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vissha posted a topic in Security & Privacy NewsSwiss Vote to Give Their Government More Spying Powers Swiss approve new surveillance law with 66.5% majority Last year, the country's parliament passed a law that allowed its secret service, FIS (Federal Intelligence Service), more powers to snoop on emails, tap phones, or use hidden cameras and microphones. Such technologies and investigative procedures are common practice in other countries, but they have been outlawed by the strict Swiss government. New surveillance law passed in 2015, implementation delayed The law, which the government argued it was needed after the devastating Paris ISIS attacks, was contested by privacy groups and the Swiss leftist political parties, which delayed its implementation and forced it into a country-wide referendum that took place this Sunday. The Swiss population made their voice heard over the weekend and concerned with the ever-increasing threat from terrorist groups have voted to sacrifice some of their privacy for the sake of security. Switzerland, next to Germany and the northern Scandinavian countries, has some of the strictest privacy laws in Europe. So much so that it took Google years to get permission to map out the country via its Street View service. Swiss secret service will need special authorization on a per-case basis FIS, who handles both internal and external cyber-espionage operations, will need special authorization from a court, the defense ministry, and the cabinet if they are to launch internal surveillance operations. According to SwissInfo, opponents of this law struggled in winning the older generation on their side, who mostly voted for the new surveillance laws. The publication also noted the little attention the campaign got in the media, with most of the attention focusing on another topic included in the three-vote referendum, related to a 10 percent boost to the country's old age pension fund. The population voted against an increase of the pension fund just because it would add an extra strain on the state's budget. The third issue was related to Switzerland increasing its green economy, which citizens also voted down. Source
vissha posted a topic in Security & Privacy NewsCatalog of Surveillance Tech Used by US Police Leaks Online Let's have a look at the spying gear deployed by US police The 120-page catalog is dated 2014 and includes a panoply of spying gadgets worthy of any James Bond movie. The Intercept, an online news portal initially set up to release documents from the Snowden leak, claims the catalog came from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Catalog includes top-shelf spying gear The catalog is split in seven sections: video surveillance products; IP mesh networks; cameras & sensors; audio surveillance; tagging, tracking, and locating (TTL) systems; command & control systems; and cellular surveillance technology. The products listed in the audio and video surveillance sections are your regular microphones and video cameras, but there is also a section of mics and camera disguised as other products such as wall clocks, trash cans, street lights, bird houses, bug zappers, smoke detectors, garden reels, roof vents, paint and tar buckets. While this is the regular tech you'd expect police SWAT and surveillance teams to possess, there are some devices that are much powerful than your usual AV surveillance tech. Cops are not satisfied with audio-video surveillance anymore For example, a device called 3G-N can blackout cellular coverage in broad areas and collect data from users via a fake network it sets up in its place. The Cobham catalog also includes powerful gadgets that can deny service to targeted cellular phones, or that can take control of phones with the purpose of intercepting calls or SMS messages. There are also two "direction finders," devices that can track cellular devices in motion. These can be mounted in a backpack, underneath clothes, or on police cars, and used to track a suspect's whereabouts. Devices vary in size and are available from portable gadgets that can fit under clothes to powerful workstations that police officers need to install in vans to power-up and move around. All devices come with a special software called Mapplication, which plots out locations and surveilled areas on a screen using a map of the local terrain. Privacy groups have been fighting against the US government for years trying to discover cases where small police stations have performed non-discriminatory blanket surveillance on innocent US citizens, all with the purpose of catching one single suspect. According to numerous reports from US agencies, this practice is slowly becoming the day-to-day mode of operation for US police, who does not seem to respect user privacy anymore. The problem is not that US law enforcement agencies use military-grade surveillance tech, the problem is that they're using it without telling anyone, using a closed doors policy. More Images: View other 12 images here. Source