Are you looking forward to the holiday season?
Do you want the latest in corporate advertised surveillance?
Then hurry up and be the first one in your family to purchase a $249.00 Google Clips camera, that automatically identifies you and your pets.
“Clips automatically chooses which moments to capture and keep, so you don’t need to be behind the camera.”
Because nothing says big brother, like a camera that automatically identifies everyone it takes pictures of.
If you have never heard of Virtual Block Watch (VBW) don’t worry, you soon will.
At first glance, you might think it’s like law enforcement’s Neighborhood Watch but you’d be wrong.
VBW’s are law enforcement’s latest national surveillance program that encourages the public to use surveillance cameras spy on one another.
Why do we need another national spying program? Don’t we already have DHS’s ‘See Something Say Something’ spying program?
As you will see, one surveillance program is never enough.
Police across the country are encouraging the public to ‘voluntarily’ let police have access to their CCTV cameras.
The intelligence division at the Treasury Department has repeatedly and systematically violated domestic surveillance laws by snooping on the private financial records of US citizens and companies, according to government sources.
Over the past year, at least a dozen employees in another branch of the Treasury Department, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, have warned officials and Congress that US citizens’ and residents’ banking and financial data has been illegally searched and stored. And the breach, some sources said, extended to other intelligence agencies, such as the National Security Agency, whose officers used the Treasury’s intelligence division as an illegal back door to gain access to American citizens’ financial records. The NSA said that any allegations that it “is operating outside of its authorities and knowingly violating U.S. persons’ privacy and civil liberties is categorically false.”
US Facebook users aged 45-54 are spending more time on Facebook, and represent 21% of the total time spent on the platform, more than any other age group.
The age composition of Snapchat users in the US has become more evenly distributed over the past year, and it appears the company is doing a better job of attracting older users.
Teens are starting to use a category of social media called “digital hangouts.” These are apps that enable users to video chat with several friends simultaneously. Over 60% of users on Houseparty, one of the most popular digital hangout apps, are under 24 years old.
LinkedIn is popular among high-income users. Forty-five percent of US adult internet users with an income higher than $75,000 annually are on LinkedIn, making it more popular among this demographic than Instagram (31%), Pinterest (35%), or Twitter (30%).