e.Woke #18: Modern Day Spying

Welcome to e.Woke #18!

This week, we’ll take a look at modern day spying. Whether it’s intercepting your phone and email records via targeted searching or a private spy plane, we’ll help you understand what has happened this week!

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This Shadowy Company Is Flying Spy Planes Over US Cities

It’s a bird! It’s a plane that’s tracking your location for advertisers! Private contractors have grown very popular amongst advertisers and the US military. So, advertisers are using spy planes to track where their customers come from, and the US military uses the planes to track “terrorist groups”. (via BuzzFeed)

Warrantless US Spying Is Set To Expire Soon. Let It Die

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is currently waiting for reauthorization from Congress. Section 702 allows dragnet surveillance, backdoor searches of phone and email records, and the unlawful targeting of communities of color and immigrants. We can do better, and we must.  (via Wired)

You Can Trick Self-Driving Cars By Defacing Street Signs

Recently, a team of researchers have discovered how easy it is to trick self-driving cars into reading stop signs wrong. By defacing “Stop” signs with stickers or spray paint, they successfully tricked a car into seeing a “Stop” sign as a “Speed Limit 45” sign. As if self-driving cars weren’t terrifying already. (via Bleeping Computer)

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