surveillance

SpotCam HD Pro: a durable security cam for outdoors

SpotCam HD Pro: a durable security cam for outdoors

SpotCam has announced the upcoming arrival of its new SpotCam HD Pro, a consumer-level security camera designed specifically for outdoor use (though, of course, it'd do just fine indoors, too). The camera is reasonably durable and both water/dustproof (IP65 certified), which is enough to withstand the rain or any dust that's blowing around. This is coupled with a mixture of cloud-based footage storage, mobile control via Android and iOS apps, and simplistic functionality that makes setup fairly quick and painless.

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Man tracks down stolen package through Facebook, surveillance footage

Man tracks down stolen package through Facebook, surveillance footage

It's not unheard of these days for delivered packages to go missing, especially when so many people are buying potentially valuable gifts online. The delivery service drives up, leaves a box at your front door when no one answers, and someone nearby with ill intentions and a chance opportunity snatches the item and runs off. One man in Texas recently found himself in this situation, but through creative use of a surveillance camera and Facebook, he actually managed to track down and recover his package.

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Detekt tool hunts down government spyware on your PC

Detekt tool hunts down government spyware on your PC

Government surveillance is a hot topic, and as news about the extent of such monitoring keeps coming, many individuals have wondered at one point or another whether any of their own data is under some agency's watchful eye. To help (potentially) ease your paranoia is a new open-source malware tool called Detekt, which its maker Claudio Guarnieri -- with support from the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- says will help you determine whether your computer is infected. The malware detector is available for Windows users.

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Panel says NSA surveillance is a threat to the Internet’s survival

Panel says NSA surveillance is a threat to the Internet’s survival

Imagine a future where a single unified Internet no longer exists, instead being replaced by locked down local versions that exist, primarily, to keep prying eyes away from data that is private. Such is one possibility posed by current government Internet surveillance, largely resting on the NSA's shoulders, according to a panel that recently gathered to discuss the issue. Senator Ron Wyden set up the discussion panel, and many big-name individuals from within the tech industry took part, including Google's Eric Schmidt and Microsoft's General Counsel Brad Smith. The topic is a serious one, and dire warnings were given.

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NSA Transparency Report is in the last place you’d look

NSA Transparency Report is in the last place you’d look

Like so many of our favorite tech companies are doing lately, the NSA has released a “transparency” report. The scope of the report is to give us a better idea of just what the NSA was up to in 2013. Unfortunately, just like some of the other reports we see, it doesn’t give a lot of detail, and may not even be useful in many cases.

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UK counter-terrorism boss wants unfettered data access

UK counter-terrorism boss wants unfettered data access

A new report submitted by the General Director of the Office for Security and Counter-terrorism in the UK has some surprising takes on surveillance. According to Charles Farr, because some data centers reside outside of the UK, all surveillance should be fair game. This would extend beyond public chats and into private correspondence.

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