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‘Do you brush your teeth with a ‘smart’ toothbrush?

Did you know there are ‘smart’ toothbrushes?

According to the package information that comes with the Oral-B Triaction/Precision 5000/5500, it contains an “interactive wireless display,” i.e., a radio transmitter that puts out electromagnetic frequencies. Holy moly—one more smart device to track us, even while brushing our teeth!

I wonder what it reports back and to whom? Or, does it tie into the AMI Smart Meter on your electric service to become a surveillance cog in the Internet of Things?’

Read more: ‘Smart’ Toothbrushes Are Equipped With Interactive Wireless Displays—Radio Transmitters

‘A new form of malware has been discovered masquerading as popular messaging client WhatsApp. The virus steals an extraordinary amount of data from the victim’s device, including call logs, text messages, contacts, phone numbers, location, and browser history.

WhatsApp users should be on the look-out for a dangerous new form of malware that disguises itself as the successful messenger.

Dubbed GhostCtrl, the malware disguises itself as a number of popular apps, including WhatsApp and Pokemon Go to trick users into downloading the virus.’

Read more: WhatsApp Warning – New virus secretly Films You and can record your entire browser history

‘Everyone who is enamored with smart technology probably won’t be interested in what I’m going to talk about, but I think it’s important to know what the future foreshadows and probably will entail once 5G technologies are rolled out and become the ‘norm’.

Recently, Health Impact News published the article “New 5G Cell Towers and Smart Meters to Increase Microwave Radiation – Invade Privacy” by John P. Thomas, which ought to get consumers thinking very seriously about how their lives and health will be affected when there will be nowhere to run to get away from electrosmog and the surveillance society forced upon everyone by utility companies.

The opening paragraph sets the stage:

When the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) approved the use of 5-G microwave communication technology in 2016 and approved the use of microwave frequencies in the 30 Ghz range, [1], they opened the door to even higher levels of human illness and severe disability for American children and adults.’

Read more: High Tech Surveillance With 5G Wi-Fi

‘Governments are using so called ‘cyber troops’ to manipulate public opinion on social media, according to a study from the University of Oxford.

Researchers say the extent to which some governments use these techniques may surprise the public.

The practice is a sweeping global phenomenon used in both authoritarian regimes and western democracies, according to researchers at the Computational Propaganda Project, who have been investigating the issue since 2012.

A newly published paper from the project entitled ‘Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers : A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation’ examines the practice across 28 countries including the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey and Venezuela.’

Read more: Governments deploy ‘cyber troops’ for social media manipulation – study

‘While many American parents think ‘smart toys’ are a great idea, the FBI has issued an unprecedented warning that internet-enabled items may pose a privacy and safety risk for children by harvesting personal information.

Smart toys and entertainment devices for children typically contain sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage chips and multimedia capabilities such as speech recognition or global positioning (GPS).

“These features could put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the large amount of personal information that may be unwittingly disclosed,” the FBI said in a warning issued Monday.

Smart toys typically require user accounts, which involve disclosure of personal information. Companies that make such toys and apps that come with them also collect large amounts of data such as voice messages, conversation recordings, physical locations of the toy and internet use history ‒ all of which could create opportunities for child identity fraud if they fall into the wrong hands, the bureau warned.’

Read more: They see you: FBI warns about dangers of internet-connected toys

‘Given the steady roll-out of biometrics in banking, personal computing, and travel as of late, it seemed to be just a matter of time before police were equipped the latest biometric ID technology.

Defense One reports that,

Device-maker Motorola will work with artificial intelligence software startup Neurala to build “real-time learning for a person of interest search” on products such as the Si500 body camera for police, the firm announced Monday.

Neurala, it turns out, received partial funding by DARPA under a program called SyNAPSE that dates back to 2008 as an effort to create next-gen artificial intelligence “to build robots whose intelligence matches that of mice and cats.”

Neurala’s “Brains for Bots” mission can be seen in the video below which emphasizes what DARPA is seeking: the ability to scan the environment and recognize people and objects. The video becomes more than a tad creepy, however, when a drone is eventually seen stalking following a young woman who is strangely referred to as an “object.”’

Read more: Police Body Cameras To Be Equipped With Facial Recognition

‘Privacy advocates suffered a stinging defeat by a federal appeals court which ruled in favor of the FBI’s nondisclosure surveillance requests enforced on social media and tech companies.

A three-judge panel of the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reached a unanimous decision and ruled against privacy advocates while agreeing with a lower court ruling that the FBI, using gag orders, may issue secret national security letters requesting customer data.

Credo Mobile, a phone network operator, and CloudFare, a content distributor, had sued for the right to notify their customers of five national security letters (NSL’s) sent between 2011 and 2013.

The ruling stated that this does not violate free speech protections in the First Amendment of the Constitution.’

Read more: US court upholds ‘gag’ rules on surveillance of social media users

‘Watch what you say to your Amazon Echo. Amazon may give developers transcripts of your conversations with your Amazon Alexa personal assistant so they can build smarter, more responsive software, according to a new report.

Alexa is the smart assistant software running on Amazon Echo and a few other devices, which can take pizza orders, summon a ride service, or check the weather via voice requests.

Such information sharing would be useful for developers who want to provide more valuable services to customers who want more accurate responses. But such data sharing may also creep out others who already worry about the privacy of their interactions with smart home devices and how that data is used by their technology providers.

Amazon (AMZN, +0.32%) already shares conversation transcripts with select “white listed” developers, an unnamed source told tech news site The Information, which broke the story. Google also reportedly shares chat information from Google Home with developers, according to the Information.’

Read more: Amazon May Share Your Alexa Conversations With Developers

‘In one of the most invasive moves by the state in recent history, the UK government will now require internet users to verify their identity before being able to access online porn.

In an Orwellian move — ostensibly made to ‘protect the children’ — the UK government is set to announce that by April 2018, people in the UK will have to prove they are 18 before being allowed access to porn websites. What could possibly go wrong?

As the BBC reported on Monday, websites will be legally required to install age verification controls by April 2018 as part of a move to make the internet safer for children.

If a porn site refuses to go along with this Orwellian move, they will be essentially banned from the internet by rules set out in the Digital Economy Act.’

Read more: UK Citizens Will Now Be Forced to Identify Themselves Online Before Viewing Porn 

‘Yes, the Canadian government has rolled out an app that gives you points for eating well and exercising and taking quizzes about the flu shot and other healthy activities! And everyone seems totally fine with this. Welcome to the future, everyone, because the totalitarian states of tomorrow will be more carrot then stick, and we will all be pigeons in a virtual Skinner box. What could go wrong?’