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‘Prevent, the British government’s counter-radicalization strategy, should not be viewed negatively, Home Secretary Amber Rudd insists, despite accusations it is highly intrusive and disproportionately targets Muslims.

In an interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun tabloid, Rudd said the government’s counter-terrorism efforts are being “actively undermined” by the critics of the Prevent program, who accuse the government of unnecessarily invasive surveillance methods.

“Stopping people committing appalling acts of terror is something we should all want. It should go without saying,” said the Tory Home Secretary.

“Yet there are some who actively seek to undermine the Prevent program without offering any meaningful alternatives. They say it is about spying.

“Prevent has made a significant impact in preventing people being drawn into terrorism and it is here to stay,” she added.’

Read more: UK counter-terrorism effort ‘actively undermined’ by Prevent critics, says home secretary

‘The CIA has developed a top-secret program allowing users to remotely hack and capture still images of video streams, according to the latest release from WikiLeaks.

Dubbed ‘CouchPotato,’ a user guide to the tool uploaded by WikiLeaks says that it utilizes ffmpeg software, which produces libraries and programs for handling multimedia data to decode streaming connections.

The user guide is dated February 2014 and the document front page is marked: “Classified By: 2273504” and “Declassify On: 25X1, 20620712.”

“Today, August 10th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes the the User Guide for the CoachPotato project of the CIA. CouchPotato is a remote tool for collection against RTSP/H.264 video streams,” a statement on the WikiLeaks site reads.

Just one part of the document appears to have been redacted, an index page at the beginning under a heading marked “Authority.”’

Read more: CIA CouchPotato tool ‘captures video stream images remotely’ – WikiLeaks

Those “incredibly difficult questions” are ones patients may soon have to ask themselves, Dr. Igor Galynker, associate chairman of research at Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s psychiatry department in New York, told CBS News Tuesday. That’s because a recent study has shown that current software may be better at detecting depression in patients than actual human doctors.

The study, conducted by Andrew Reece, a graduate student at Harvard University’s psychology department, and Chris Danforth, a professor at the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, aimed to discover how accurately clinical depression could be detected through visual cues in the photos people post to social media.

Reece and Danforth asked 166 people to share their Instagram feeds and their mental health histories. All told, the pair was able to collect nearly 44,000 photos from volunteers, along with answers to individual questionnaires.’

Read more: New Software To Diagnose Depression Based On Social Media Selfies

‘The Walt Disney Co. secretly collects personal information on some of their youngest customers and shares that data illegally with advertisers without parental consent, according to a federal lawsuit filed late last week in California.

The class-action suit targets Disney and three other software companies – Upsight, Unity and Kochava – alleging that the mobile apps they built together violate the law by gathering insights about app users across the Internet, including those under the age of 13, in ways that facilitate “commercial exploitation.”

The plaintiffs argue that Disney and its partners violated COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a federal law designed to protect the privacy of children on the Web. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California, seeks an injunction barring the companies from collecting and disclosing the data without parental consent, as well as punitive damages and legal fees.

The lawsuit alleges that Disney allowed the software companies to embed trackers in apps such as “Disney Princess Palace Pets” and “Where’s My Water? 2.” Once installed, tracking software can then “exfiltrate that information off the smart device for advertising and other commercial purposes,” according to the suit.’

Read more: These 42 Disney Apps Are Spying On Your Kids, Lawsuit Claims

‘Britain’s former spy chief has should children should spend more time on computers during the summer to master their cyber skills and potentially ‘save the country’.

Robert Hannigan said it was the national duty of parents to ensure youngsters enjoyed more screen time as opposed to letting them ‘mooch around on the streets’.

The father-of-two said the UK risked falling behind, warning that Britain was already struggling to keep up with rivals due to a lack of engineers and computer scientists.

Mr Hannigan’s suggestion is at odds with the advice of many health professionals, who argue that too much screen time can prove detrimental to a child’s social skills.’

Read more: Ex-spy boss says children should spend MORE time indoors and online in the summer holidays to master their cyber skills and ‘save the country’  

‘The group’s research paper, entitled Robust Physical-World Attacks on Machine Learning Models, outlines how simple alterations to both a “stop sign” and “right turn sign” can fool a vehicle’s onboard computer.

“We physically realized and evaluated two attacks, one that causes a Stop sign to be misclassified as a Speed Limit sign in 100% of the testing conditions, and one that causes a Right Turn sign to be misclassified as either a Stop or Added Lane sign in 100% of the testing conditions,” the paper says.

In the first experiment, a high resolution image was placed over a stop sign in order to carry out a “poster-printing attack.”’

Read more: Researchers have found a simple way to trick self-driving cars into misidentifying street signs, a vulnerability that could put drivers in harms way.

‘New biometric tracking methods seem to be rolled out by the day for policing, travel, banking, medical applications, and beyond.

February of last year I covered a development by a company called Chaotic Moon that was seeking “total integration” with their Tech Tats which they envisioned could be used to replace wallets, as well as to monitor your vital signs:

“We carry wallets around and they are so vulnerable. With the tech tattoo you can carry all your information on your skin and when you want your credit card information or your ID, you can pull that up automatically through the system…

…“Rather than going to the doctor once a year for your physical, this tech tattoo can be something you put on your body once a year and it monitors everything that they would do in a physical and it sends that to your doctor, and if there’s an issue they can call you,” Schneider said. “So the tech tattoos can really tie in everything into one package. It can look at early signs of fever, your vital signs, heart rate, everything it needs to look at to notify you that you’re getting sick or your child is getting sick.”’

Read more: New Graphene Electronic Tattoo For Tracking Internet Of Things And Biometric IDs

‘The government will soon give British citizens the ability to see what social media firms like Twitter and Facebook know about them and provide the right to demand that information is deleted.

The Data Protection Bill will make it easier for people to find out how companies are using their personal details, including their browsing history. They will then be able to request that posts or pictures be permanently deleted as their “right to be forgotten.”

The powers, introduced by Digital Minister Matt Hancock, will mean individuals can ask social media platforms to delete information they posted when they were children, while allowing parents and guardians to give consent for their child’s data to be used.

The measures will also require people to give explicit consent for their personal information to be collected online. Where a company relies on people’s consent, instead of people ticking a box to “opt out” of their data being collected, they will now need to “opt in” to give that consent.’

Read more: New privacy laws will offer Brits ‘right to be forgotten’ from social media

‘Many may remember the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Returns starring Christian Bale. In the movie Batman searches in his computer for the jokers precise location and finds it down to the very floor of the building he is in. This technology has now become a reality and specialized police departments are beginning to use it to fight crime.

“A new surveillance system that collects and records information in real-time — and then lets trackers rewind, zoom in and follow certain targets — has hit the test market streets of Baltimore, Md., and Dayton, Ohio, and in at least one crime-fighting unit in California,” the Washington Times reported.

The surveillance software sounds a lot like Google earth with real time and TIVO like capabilities, able to search any individuals location and associations through out their day. A law enforcement officer could track your daily voyage from when you leave your home in the morning until you return in the evening.

The system will be able to track your daily trends, where you travel to, who you are with, when you visit and for how long. Any crimes you may commit throughout your day could be used against you.’

Read more: Police Receive God’s Eye Technology, Google Earth with Real Time Tivo Capabilities