Compulsory Biometric ID Announced by European Commission

Compulsory Biometric ID Announced by European Commission:

The European Commission has announced plans to make biometric ID cards compulsory across the bloc which will allow authorities to bar “terrorists and criminals” from accessing money and other services.

Plans to introduce mandatory ID cards across all 28 EU member states — including Britain — have been in development for more than two years in Brussels as part of the Commission’s goal of building an effective “security union”, Die Welt reports.

Set to be equipped with data including the holder’s fingerprint, the cards would be designed to tackle identity fraud and make it harder to falsify documents, according to Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos.

We have to tighten the screws until there is no room left for terrorists or criminals and no more means for them to carry out attacks,” he told the German newspaper on Monday.

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Germany: Starting April 1st cars will be monitored online with new eSIM cards. Privacy really is dead now.

Google translation:

From April 1: Online monitoring in the car – new cars must be equipped with eSIM cards

From 1 April 2018 all new cars must be equipped with eSIM cards. A new car turns into a rolling data center … and in 2015, Jim Farley, vice president at Ford, said, “We know every driver who breaks traffic rules, and because GPS is in the cars, we know where and how someone does it . “

From 1 April, all new cars must be equipped with electronic SIM cards. Behind this is the good intention to be reached faster in case of accidents by the rescue services.

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China Cracks Down On Jaywalkers With AI, Facial Recognition, & Automated Fines

China Cracks Down On Jaywalkers With AI, Facial Recognition, & Automated Fines:

As we pointed out earlier this week, China’s lack of data protection laws and its determination to overtake the US as the world-leader in AI technology poses a serious threat to US technological hegemony. As Russian President Vladimir Putin once said, whoever dominates the AI race could one day rule the world.

Well, another advantage that China has in its AI push is its reputation for strict surveillance and law enforcement – which provides for plenty of use-cases where China can test its nascent technology. Case in point: Police in Shenzen are using AI and facial recognition software to install “smart” traffic cameras that can identify and fine Chinese citizens who jaywalk – a crime that is the subject of strict enforcement in China, per the South China Morning Post.

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China Deploys “SkyNet” Facial Recognition, Can Compare 3 Billion Faces Per Second

You really can’t make this stuff up!

China Deploys “SkyNet” Facial Recognition, Can Compare 3 Billion Faces Per Second:

The system is able to identify 40 facial features, regardless of angles and lighting, at an accuracy rate of 99.8 percent,” reports People’s Daily. “It can also scan faces and compare them with its database of criminal suspects at large at a speed of 3 billion times a second, indicating that all Chinese people can be compared in the system within only one second.”

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The US Government Just Destroyed Our Privacy While Nobody Was Paying Attention

The US Government Just Destroyed Our Privacy While Nobody Was Paying Attention:

While the nation remained fixated on gun control and Facebook’s violative practices last week, the U.S. government quietly codified the CLOUD Act, its own intrusive policies on citizens’ data.

While the massive, $1.2 trillion omnibus spending bill passed Friday received widespread media attention, the CLOUD Act — which lawmakers snuck into the end of the 2,300-page bill — was hardly addressed.

The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD) “updates the rules for criminal investigators who want to see emails, documents and other communications stored on the internet,” CNET reported. “Now law enforcement won’t be blocked from accessing someone’s Outlook account, for example, just because Microsoft happens to store the user’s email on servers in Ireland.

The CLOUD Act will also allow the U.S. to enter into agreements that allow the transfer of private data from domestic servers to investigators in other countries on a case-by-case basis, further globalizing the ever-encroaching surveillance state. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has strongly opposed the legislation, listed several consequences of the bill, which it called “far-reaching” and “privacy-upending”:

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Things Are Getting Worse, Not Better: Round Ups, Checkpoints and National ID Cards

Things Are Getting Worse, Not Better: Round Ups, Checkpoints and National ID Cards

H/t reader eric:

“Compulsory I/D cards for USA by 2020.

Land of the meak – home of the slave,

It’all part of the plan and it’s all coming together nicely. George Orwell & Aldo’s Huxley warned us this was the plan.
Even Brit hating James Cameron did it with Terminator, George Lucas with the Star Wars series, but nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care.”

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Germany: Return Of The Stasi Police State?

Return? What return? The STASI has been quietly absorbed into the German government after the Fall of the Wall on Nov 9, 1989 (9/11… just a coincidence).

“The old German police state is back.

It never left, but only got upgraded… incrementally.

Related info:

David Icke: Germany & The Tyranny Of Social Media Censorship (Video)

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Germany: Return Of The Stasi Police State?:

Authored by Judith Bergman via The Gatestone Institute,

  • Germany’s new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the government. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online “criminal offenses” within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint — regardless of whether the content is accurate or not.
  • Social media platforms now have the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who will speak and what they will say.
  • Notice the ease with which the police chief mentioned that he had filed charges to silence a leading political opponent of the government. That is what authorities do in police states: Through censorship and criminal charges, they silence outspoken critics and political opponents of government policies, such as Beatrix von Storch, who has sharply criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel’s migration policies.
  • While such policies would doubtless have earned the German authorities many points with the old Stasi regime of East Germany, they more than likely contravene the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) to which Germany is a party, as well as the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

Germany’s new censorship law, which has introduced state censorship on social media platforms, came into effect on October 1, 2017. The new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the German state. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online “criminal offenses” such as libel, slander, defamation or incitement, within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint — regardless of whether the content is accurate or not. Social media companies are permitted seven days for more complicated cases. If they fail to do so, the German government can fine them up to 50 million euros for failing to comply with the law.

The new censorship law, however, was not fully enforced until January 1, 2018, in order to give the social media platforms time to prepare for their new role as the privatized thought police of the German state. Social media platforms now have the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who will speak and what they will say.

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Surveillance Is Not About Fighting Terrorism

Surveillance Is Not About Fighting Terrorism:

Intelligence Community Says US Had Better Reauthorize Surveillance… Or Else

By Caitlin Johnstone

The editorial board of the Washington Post, whose sole owner is a CIA contractor, has published a predictably fact-challenged op-ed arguing that congress must reauthorize the Orwellian surveillance program known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is deliberately used to collect communications of US citizens.

WaPo, which to this day continues to violate universal journalistic protocol by refusing to disclose its $600 million conflict of interest when reporting on the US intelligence community, just so happens to once again find itself in full agreement with that same US intelligence community. In a new joint statement by the Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, FBI Director Christopher Wray, NSA Director Michael Rogers, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the US intelligence community warns that should congress fail to reauthorize Section 702, something very, very bad may happen to America.

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