Tag Archives: civil liberties

Daily Headline – 11/02/13

Website surveillance software developed for US defence

RIOT softwareThe Guardian is reporting about website surveillance software called RIOT developed by Raytheon for the US military.

The “extreme-scale analytics” system created by Raytheon, the world’s fifth largest defence contractor, can gather vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.

The power of Riot to harness popular websites for surveillance offers a rare insight into controversial techniques that have attracted interest from intelligence and national security agencies, at the same time prompting civil liberties and online privacy concerns.

For the full story from the Guardian click here.

US children tagged like criminals

By Leon J Williams

In the US state of Texas a school enforces a strict rule that its students must wear an electronic tag so that the school can know where their students are at all times on school property. This has been in force since the start of the 2012 academic year.

The school in question is a Northside Independent School District (NISD) in San Antonio which hopes to expand the program right across their 112 schools.

This operates in the same way as criminals on parole with the police tracking peoples every move.

One student (Andrea Hernandez) who refused to wear this device was kicked out of the school, she took the school to court and of course the US authorities told her to wear the device or find another school.

Looks like civil liberties in the US take another beating, eroding day by day.

For more on this click here.