Protecting your digital privacy during a protest

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So we've all seen the footage of protesters clashing with police, but beyond the fiscal confrontation police another law enforcement officials are using a lot techniques to monitor and identify protesters. Give me a rundown on what they're doing yet. So police have had tools for a very long time, and they used things like IAMs eye catchers, a more simple name for that would be sting rays which are tools that serve as fake cell phone power. So when you're when you're texting somebody when you're calling somebody, it would connect to them rather than. Than, connecting to whatever service provider that you have, and they would be able to use that to intercept all your calls, and all your text message that you're sending they also have been using tools like Gio fence warrants where they can send requests to police to tech companies, or they can send requests to sell service providers and say we want. Data on all the mobile phones that were in this specific area. Can you please provide that kind of information and Google and companies like t mobile at and t horizon? They have complied with these requests because they're legally obligated to. Other tools include facial recognition that they use to identify people in protests. There was another tool used during protests in Baltimore where they used. A company called Geo Fida with social media surveillance to basically help identify protesters. That were demonstrating again. Police brutality, so you? You actually wrote about Gio. Fence warrants yesterday, and it's an interesting thing. I don't think people really understand. How specific or how narrow is that geographic target that they can get? Can you get them to square block, too? Like a ten square feet patch of land like how specific talking about so these you fence warrants to threat is more about the fact that. They don't have to be specific at all more so versus how specific it can get so a case in Virginia that I had found, they narrowed it down to within the range of like just a bank or the block that a bank was on because they were trying to figure out who was behind this bank robbery, and they didn't have a name they didn't have. Any details about what the person looks like or anything like that, but they. They knew that happened at this bank at this time, so they send us warned request to Google that says we're looking for data on all the phones that was in this area during this hour, but the problem is. Is that with these warrants? You can have it, you know the. The size of entire neighborhood these are this is essentially a dragnet surveillance kind of thing. Where imagined the non tech? Like version of this right? It would basically be cops knocking on every single door, being able to go in and search every single home and say and and seeing you know hey, where you at this bank at this time that kind of thing. That happened in colonial times. I was called a general warrant. And that's part of the reason why we have the fourth amendment now say you need probable cause, and you need a specific reason to search someplace, and that was understood for a very long time with search warrants GIO fence warrants. It seems like you know because the law hasn't really caught up with technology. They're able to just do these widespread searches and gathered data on on. An entire range of people there are so many cases where you know innocent people have had their data swept up by these searches just because they've just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Well, and it's not very difficult for police obtained warrants right? It's not difficult at all from what we've seen in other cases so out of Minnesota. The Minnesota public radio did an investigation on this where judges will sign off on this within with like just looking at it for like five ten minutes, or so the another issue with that being that it's hard for to visualize something when you just get the latitude and longitude so these war requests. They don't show they don't show like. Oh, we're looking for something in this area. They'll say something like we're looking for data on devices between the coordinates of negative, one, hundred and ten. Latitude and positive one hundred five launched your. I don't know where that is. That could be in the middle of the ocean for all I know, but. That's the point like you. When you hear something like that, you don't know how large that whole area is. And you kind of just an judges have just signed off on warrants like that well, and you also mentioned in your store today. The DA is now authorized mantra protesters. What are the implications with that? So th Buzzfeed News? Take a memo. I'm from the Justice Department basically signing off or the DA to do covert surveillance, which basically means they're allowed. They have a blank check to basically secretly spy on George Floyd protesters. Now the argument from the Justice Department has been. You know were doing this kind of surveillance to look for riders and members of Antigua and things like that, you know the people that are causing damage during these peaceful protests. Outside of police, and the consequences of the being do blanket surveillance means that you now have the full force of the federal government. Able to do secret surveillance, and that includes things like. Catchers. But not just at the scene of a of what are these? Protests are because they have planes that can fly around and just gathered data on thousands of people. All at once, and you think about the surveillance tools at the NSA

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