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China Snares Tourists’ Phones in Surveillance Dragnet by Adding Secret App

BEIJING — China has turned its western region of Xinjiang into a police state with few modern parallels, employing a combination of high-tech surveillance and enormous manpower to monitor and subdue the area’s predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities. Now, the digital dragnet is expanding beyond Xinjiang’s residents, ensnaring tourists, traders and other visitors — and digging […]

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Hacked documents reveal sensitive details of expanding border surveillance

Cars wait in line at the San Ysidro border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, earlier this month. Details of U.S. Customs and Border Protection surveillance technologies used here were exposed after a cyberattack. (Cesar Rodriguez/Bloomberg News) The recent cyberattack on a U.S. Customs and Border Protection subcontractor didn’t expose just the faces and license plates of […]

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Bits: The Week in Tech: How Google and Facebook Spawned Surveillance Capitalism

Supported by Bits The Week in Tech: How Google and Facebook Spawned Surveillance Capitalism ImageShoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” says digital services like Google and Facebook claim private human behavior “as something to be bought and sold in the marketplace.”CreditCreditMark Lennihan/Associated Press By Natasha Singer Jan. 18, 2019 Each week, technology […]