US government plans to force all new vehicles to have a “kill switch”

If the US government gets its way, it will require car manufacturers to install kill switches in all new vehicles (cars, trucks, and SUVs) from 2026. The kill switch will have a backdoor that can be accessed by law enforcement. See the text of the bill here. But, as House Representative Bob Barr noted inContinue reading “US government plans to force all new vehicles to have a “kill switch””

UK spies were blasted for using pandemic as an excuse to ignore spy laws

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Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 committee subpoenas Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit

The House Select Committee, appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to investigate the events of January, 6, 2021, claims social media companies provided inadequate answers when it requested documentation last August. Now, it is demanding more from these companies. On Thursday, the committee announced that it had subpoenaed four social media companies as a partContinue reading “Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 committee subpoenas Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit”

German police face backlash for using Covid surveillance to track witnesses to a death

German police have faced backlash after it was revealed they used a Covid-tracking app to track possible witnesses to a man’s death, adding to fears that covid tacking was going to lead to an increase in the surveillance state. The police used Luca, which records the time spent in a restaurant, or other establishments, toContinue reading “German police face backlash for using Covid surveillance to track witnesses to a death”

Facebook sued for allegedly profiting off of kids’ biometric data

Parents in Alabama have filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook executives, accusing them of greed for profiting off of kids’ personal data, including biometrics. The lawsuit also accuses Facebook of violating antitrust laws and a conspiracy to illegally profit from the “digital dossiers” of children. We obtained a copy of the lawsuit for youContinue reading “Facebook sued for allegedly profiting off of kids’ biometric data”

Five Queensland police officers arrest woman who didn’t show vaccine passport

A 46-year-old woman was arrested by five police officers in Queensland, Australia, for failing to show her vaccine passport. The footage showing the arrest shows police arriving at the Dayman General Store in Hervey Bay, Queensland. They start checking vaccine passports. Realizing she did not have the vaccine pass, a woman, later identified as Rebecca,Continue reading “Five Queensland police officers arrest woman who didn’t show vaccine passport”

US police departments are using tools to monitor your social media posts

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Washington DC to combine photo ID with vaccine passport scheme

The mayor of Washington DC has decided to introduce new Covid restriction to the US capital starting on January 15, when businesses and many venues will start asking for proof of vaccination and, on top, a picture ID as yet more proof – that their vaccine pass really belongs to them. The new rules concerningContinue reading “Washington DC to combine photo ID with vaccine passport scheme”

Some Cook County Illinois cities push back against vaccine passports for kids

Some cities in Cook County, Il, have expressed their opposition to a vaccine passport mandate affecting five-year-olds. The mayors in these cities and towns have said they will not implement the mandate. Illinois’ largest county, Cook County, announced a vaccine passport mandate requiring all bars, restaurants, and fitness centers to “require any individual 5 yearsContinue reading “Some Cook County Illinois cities push back against vaccine passports for kids”

Xbox boss Phil Spencer: If you’re banned on one platform, you should be banned across all platforms

Xbox head Phil Spencer was this week interviewed by The New York Times about the industry as a whole and the position of Microsoft on various issues. One of the topics that was discussed was “harassment” in gaming communities. The interviewer, Kara Swisher attempted to make a connection between anonymity and harassment and asked whatContinue reading “Xbox boss Phil Spencer: If you’re banned on one platform, you should be banned across all platforms”

New Hampshire bill HB1273 makes the case for open source technology

The US state of New Hampshire has been at the forefront of legislating in favor of “people-friendly” technologies like cryptocurrencies/blockchain before, so it’s not surprising that it is expected to imminently start considering incorporating free and open source software, i.e., software freedom principles, into law. According to Libreboot – a free software project whose mainContinue reading “New Hampshire bill HB1273 makes the case for open source technology”

Covid is being used as a reason to push for a national medical ID system in the US

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Quebec to deny parts of society to those without a “booster” passport

The vaccine passport system in Quebec will soon be updated so that it will only work for those who have had a booster shot. The vaccine mandate was also extended to include liquor stores and cannabis dispensaries. The third dose will be a requirement at a later date when every Quebecer has had a chanceContinue reading “Quebec to deny parts of society to those without a “booster” passport”

DuckDuckGo accuses Google of further anti-competitive practices with “Change back to Google search” message

DuckDuckGo, one of Google’s competitors in search, has accused the tech giant of manipulating browser extensions to favor its own products. The accusation adds more fuel to Google’s antitrust problems. In an interview with The Washington Post, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg said that Google has implemented manipulative design features, or “dark patterns,” to encourage usersContinue reading “DuckDuckGo accuses Google of further anti-competitive practices with “Change back to Google search” message”

France suspends debates after Macron admitted he wants to “piss off” those without a vaccine passport

French President Emmanuel Macron has sparked condemnation from elected representatives of the opposition and caused several suspensions in a parliamentary debate on a vaccine passport bill after stating that he wants to “piss off” those who without a vaccine passport. Macron made the comments during a Tuesday interview with Le Parisien where he shared hisContinue reading “France suspends debates after Macron admitted he wants to “piss off” those without a vaccine passport”

Covid passport microchip developer says chipping humans is happening “whether we like it or not”

Towards the end of last year, tech start-up Dsruptive Subdermals announced a microchip installed under the skin that can be scanned to reveal Covid vaccination status. The technology was criticized, with many calling it “invasive.” In an interview with Express, the company’s managing director doubled down on the technology and told critics the technology wasContinue reading “Covid passport microchip developer says chipping humans is happening “whether we like it or not””

A single cruel tweet to a Northern Ireland politician has reignited calls for social media passports

Police are investigating a cruel tweet sent to a member of the legislative assembly from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) about her dead son. The tweet, described as “vile,” was reported to police and is being used to call for more regulation of speech on social media. Former Economy Minister Diane Dodds posted a HappyContinue reading “A single cruel tweet to a Northern Ireland politician has reignited calls for social media passports”

New cars sold in the EU will be forced to record driving data

New cars sold in the European Union will be required by law to be fitted with technology that records driving data. The surveillance move is being introduced under the guise of the data being used in case of an accident. The new rule coincides with the introduction of the Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) systems. StartingContinue reading “New cars sold in the EU will be forced to record driving data”

UK proposes increase in police surveillance drones to “protect” women

Under new plans presented to the UK government, surveillance drones could be used at night to protect women from potential attackers or stalkers. The proposals could further normalize the recent trends to replace traditional policing with surveillance and technology. The plan was kicked off by a team of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) “experts” and formerContinue reading “UK proposes increase in police surveillance drones to “protect” women”