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FBI to ACLU: Nope, we won’t tell you how, when, or why we track you

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In the wake of the Jones decision, FBI refuses to release search-related memos.

Back in August 2012, we reported on how the American Civil Liberties Union was compelling the FBI to fully disclose how it interprets the results of the United States v. Jones case—a unanimous Supreme Court decision


Coming Air Traffic Control System Hackable


An ongoing multibillion-dollar overhaul of the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system is designed to make commercial aviation more efficient, more environmentally friendly and safer by 2025.

But some white-hat hackers are questioning the safety part. The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) will rely on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) instead of radar. And


Danger: Hackable Drones and GPS

On the evening of June 19, a group of researchers from the University of Texas successfully hijacked a civilian drone at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico during a test organized by the Department of Homeland Security.

The drone, an Adaptive Flight Hornet Mini, was hovering


Obama Says Warrantless GPS Tracking OK

The federal government informed an appeals court on Thursday that it has the right and the power to place GPS tracking devices on the privately owned vehicles of citizens without obtaining a warrant. This is in open rebellion to a Supreme Court decision from January that held that such warrantless installation of tracking


The Drones Among Us

Everyone is talking about drones. Also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, remote-piloted aircrafts have become a controversial centerpiece of the Obama administration’s counter-terrorism strategy. Domestically, their surveillance power is being hyped for everything from fighting crime to monitoring hurricanes or spawning salmon. Meanwhile, concerns are cropping up


Combating Techno-Tyranny


By Brandon Smith

Disclaimer: The following is a series of fictional accounts of theoretical situations. However, the information contained within was taken from established scientific journals on covered technology and military studies of real life combat scenarios. Alt-Market does not condone the use of any of the tactics described within for “illegal”


N. Korea Jamming GPS, Disrupting Flights

South Korean officials said that the jamming affected at least 250 flights

Jamming signals thought to be from North Korea have affected GPS navigation on at least 250 flights, South Korean officials say.

Nine South Korean and nine foreign airlines have been affected since Saturday, the Transport Ministry said.

The flights had to


Hackers Consider Satellite Launch

Hackers reportedly plan to fight back against Internet censorship by putting their own communications satellites into orbit and developing a grid of ground stations to track and communicate with them.

The news comes as the tech world is up in arms about proposed legislation that many feel would threaten online freedom.

According to


Will GPS Tracking Require a Warrant

(1) Supreme Court to Decide Whether GPS Tracking Requires Warrant (2) GPS Differs Fundamentally from “Bumper Beepers” of the Past (3) Jones Decision Could Impact Cell Phone Tracking (4) A Legislative Solution?

1) Supreme Court to Decide Whether GPS Tracking Requires Warrant

On November 8, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral


GM’s OnStar Becomes SpyStar

If you’re the owner of a fairly new General Motors product, you may want to take a close look at the most recent OnStar terms and conditions. As it turns out, the company has altered the parameters under which it can legally collect GPS data on your vehicle.


Tracking, Smartphones and Privacy

As Smartphone Scandal Grows, Tech Firms Run for Cover, Reap Windfall Profits Recent revelations that Apple’s iPhone and iPad, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating systems collect, store and transmit records of users’ physical locations to central databases–secretly, and without consent–have ignited a firestorm over Americans’ privacy rights in an age of hypersurveillance.


Cell Phone Information Searches Conducted

Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops ACLU seeks information on Michigan program that allows cops to download information from smart phones belonging to stopped motorists.

The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to


Government’s Right to Track You with GPS

Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn’t violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway – and no


Minority Report Type Advertising Raises Concerns

WASHINGTON — In the quest for better targeted advertising, marketers are using high-tech tools that can pinpoint a person’s location, demographics and habits, raising the hackles of privacy activists.

Online or in the shopping mall, these efforts are becoming more prevalent.

Google, Yahoo and its advertising partners can track a user’s browsing habits in an


Police Use Warrantless Tracking Devices

After a three-month investigation, the Register has revealed that multiple local law enforcement agencies are using satellite-based tracking devices, without warrants, to keep a record of where and when suspects under investigation drive.

The devices use the same Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites that portable navigation devices and cellular phones use to give


Child Tracking Watch

Child Tracking Watch

Its vivid colour is clearly designed to appeal to youngsters. But this watch is really aimed at their parents.

For its key selling point is a satellite positioning system that locates the wearer to within ten feet.

The makers claim the GPS tracking device will offer anxious parents peace of mind


Army’s Future Combat System (FCS)

Say hello to my little friend, the Army’s 200 billion dollar future combat system, typically called the FCS The most ambitious weapons program in Army history calls for a whole new arsenal of connected gear, from helicopter drones to GPS-guided missiles. But what happens if the network that links it all isn’t ready? can it


GPS Guided SDB Glider Bomb

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The Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) transition program (formerly known as Miniaturized Munitions Capability) provides the warfighter with increased kills per sortie on current and future manned and unmanned aircraft. The Small Diameter Bomb system includes two variants of the Small Diameter Bomb, a bomb carriage system, a mission planning system and


New Tracking Methods

In one high-tech thriller after another, the hero attaches a tiny tracking device on the villain and follows him as blinking dot on a computer screen.

In real life, this kind of technology would be great for tracking pets or kids, even packages or luggage – anything that tends to wander.

But it doesn’t really


China Plans to Destroy Satellites

China’s anti-satellite and space warfare program includes plans to destroy or incapacitate ‘every enemy space vehicle’ that passes over China.

The annual report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, released last week, listed among Beijing’s goals that of ensuring that Chinese space weapons are “conducted covertly so China can maintain a


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