September 19, 2013
Surveillance using trendy electronic devices seems to be the never-ending saga that is the rising global police state.
The southern California school district is using cyberbullying as an excuse to monitor student’s activity on social media; including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Geo Listening (GL) is the corporation hired by the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) who will track 14,000 middle and high school students.
Chris Frydrych, founder and CEO of GL explained that he expects to be monitoring about 3,000 schools worldwide by the end of the year.
GL is purposed to provide “more timely and relevant information to school administrators so that they can better intervene in the lives of children, and ultimately provide these kids with a more optimal chance to become productive citizens with positive peer connections.”
The surveillance corporation is committed to obtaining and storing “information as early as possible, intervention methodologies will be far more effective when bullying or other isolating events occur.”
By specifically targeting schools and students, GL can allow “administrators to focus on students rather than technology.”
Daily reports include actionable methodology on:
• Cyber Bullying
• Substance Abuse
Survey polls conclude that 8 out of 10 teenagers use social media as of 2012.
Tragically, a 12 year old girl in Florida committed suicide because of being “absolutely terrorized on social media”. This prompted an outcry for more allowances for school officials to step into the private lives of students to ensure this never happens again.
By never letting a good crisis go to waste, school officials have begun spying on student’s social media comments and posts in search of any future intimation of abuse or threats toward other students.
While schools become Big Brother indoctrination stations, spying on Americans with the use of the National Security Agency (NSA) PRISM program has taken a turn with the affirmation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) stating that PRISM is justified as a program that prevents terroristic activity.
FISC claims that this intrusion into the private lives of Americans is covered by the US Constitution and not a violation of the 4th Amendment.
The 4th Amendment reads : “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
FISC Judge Claire Eagan wrote: “To date, no holder of records who has received an order to produce bulk telephony metadata has challenged the legality of such an order. Indeed, no recipient of any Section 215 order has challenged the legality of such an order, despite the explicit statutory mechanism for doing so.”
Eagan claims in her opinion that the executive branch of the federal government did provide Congress with information on the PRISM program and did work with Capitol Hill to ensure that any member of Congress had available to them all information at the ready concerning PRISM.
John Clapper, director of National Intelligence (NI) proudly stated that the FISC ruling “affirms that the bulk telephony metadata collection is both lawful and constitutional. The release of this opinion is consistent with the president’s call for more transparency on these valuable intelligence programs.”
Meanwhile, new forms of personal data are being collected by tech corporations with customers paying for their own demise.
Apple’s iPhone S has fingerprint identification capabilities. It enables the user to “stamp” their finger on the screen to unlock the phone. This feature is raising concerns about the use of biometric technology and how privacy for the user is maintained.
Users are charged an extra $100 to use the biometric fingerprint feature which is touted by mainstream media (MSM) as “worth the cost.”
With passcodes becoming passé, fingerprints are sold as a more efficient way to lock and unlock user’s electronic devices as long as their fingers are not “wet or greasy”.
Indeed, “Apple says it stores the print data on your phone, in a place that’s inaccessible to other apps or to Apple’s remote servers. The company also says it’s not possible to convert a fingerprint from a police file into something the phone will recognize, as the sensor reads a sub-epidermal layer of the finger. And the finger needs to be live — cutting off a thumb won’t work.”