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  1. http://rt.com/news/263189-facebook-messenger-location-data/ 'Marauders Map': App exposes ease of tracking Facebook Messenger users If you value privacy, you may want to think twice before using Facebook Messenger. A new extension for Chrome has revealed just how much location data is shared through the app – and it's enough to track someone down with almost perfect accuracy. The extension - called the 'Marauder's Map,' after the magical map in Harry Potter – pinpoints the locations of a person's Facebook friends. It allows a person to track their movements, learning about their routines and weekly schedules. Though some may view the information as useful, others think it is downright creepy, as it hands over a person's movements on a silver platter to any potential stalkers. Khanna developed the extension after noticing that Facebook Messenger locations had more than five decimal points of precision – meaning the sender's location was pinpointed within three feet (one meter) of accuracy. By testing his map on a group of Facebook friends who posted on chat at least once a day, Khanna realized he could see where one of them lived – even down to the exact location of his dorm room. After chatting frequently to one friend, he discovered he could track the friend's hourly movements. The person's location history was mapped out at the end of the day. Taking it up another notch, Khanna realized he could do the same thing for those who weren't his friends on Facebook. For example, he could track the locations of people taking part in a large group message, which was created to organize poker games. Indeed.
  2. whitewind

    Opal Cards / Police State

    The Police State, Data Retention Laws and the obsession of the state to track, access and hold your information, mostly without your knowledge and for no good reason Continue buying anonymous card tickets to try and keep the old system alive If you must use Opal buy an unregistered card with cash and top it up with cash Ask everyone why you need to view your trips online when it is easy to keep track of how you spend money on travel the old fashioned way Why is the Department of Transport more interested in protecting your data than the police? ------------------------------------------------------ http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/opal-card-data-surrendered-to-police-and-immigration-authorities-20150522-gh76wn Transport for NSW has provided police and immigration authorities with access to the personal information of dozens of Opal card users suspected of criminal offences. Registered Opal cards, which are linked with users' names, addresses, email and phone contacts and bank accounts, provide the authorities with the ability to track a users' journeys across the public transport network by time and date. The first figures on information disclosures to be released by Transport for NSW indicate there have been 166 Law Enforcement Requests from NSW Police, and 15 from the Department of Immigration, since the full rollout of the Opal system in December 2014. Personal information was disclosed on 57 of these requests: 19 for proceedings of an offence, 6 missing persons and 32 on reasonable grounds of an offence, according to a department spokesman. This compares with almost 11,000 incidents of access to Queensland's Go Cards, mostly by state police, between 2006 and 2014. --- That is 1,375 requests per year, one assumes there is increasing requests over time (as is usual in such cases) as the police and transport departments get more confident and blase about such things over time --- "When Transport for NSW receives a request for information from a law enforcement agency, it will consider the request on the basis of the relevant legislation and Opal's privacy policy criteria," a department spokesman said. "Transport for NSW has only released information for around 30 per cent of law enforcement requests. Information has only been released because it related to a missing person or to an offence that is known, or reasonably suspected, to have occurred." Fairfax Media revealed last year that law enforcement and other government agencies would be able to access passengers' Opal card data without a warrant in a move which worried civil libertarians but was defended by Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione. Solicitor Stephen Blanks, President of the NSW Council of Civil Liberties, said the fact that Transport was refusing two-thirds of law enforcement requests for Opal data suggested police were attempting to abuse their access to the information. "It's unsatisfactory that it's left to the Department of Transport to decide whether or not this personal information should be handed over," Mr Blanks said. "That decision should be in the hands of a judge, or a person who issues a warrant. ... I'm concerned that police are not exercising the necessary degree of restraint in asking for personal information where it's not appropriate." There are unregistered Opal cards which allow users to travel anonymously, but they can not be automatically topped up or replaced when lost. A police media spokesman said it was not practical to track which, if any, of these requests had led to a successful arrest or location of a missing person as the requests were made separately at local area command level. A spokesperson for the Immigration Department said the Opal card data was a "useful new source of information" which was used by immigration compliance officers "to assist in locating unlawful non-citizens". Other agencies permitted to request Opal data access include the police forces of other states, the NSW Crime Commission, the Australian Crime Commission, the Australian Federal Police, the Director of Public Prosecutions in NSW and other states, the Department of Corrective Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice and other agencies as the government sees fit to include. As well as assisting law enforcement, Opal customer data is a rich source of information for transport authorities' planning purposes, and is to be stored for seven years. In the week beginning May 11, there were more than 8 million trips taken on Opal cards. In total, there had been 270 million Opal card trips ever taken by 17 May, 2015. The most common mode of transport used was rail (about 180 million trips), followed by bus travel (81 million), then ferries (6 million) and light rail (2 million), the department said.