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PT Shamrock Ltd. 2016-12-13 13:25 ptshamrock PT Shamrock's Mid December 2016 Newsletter

"We= are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going = to spend the rest of our lives. And remember, my friends, future events s= uch as these will affect you in the future."

Opening lines fro= m Ed Wood's cult-classic Hollywood B-movie, *Plan 9 From Outer Space", RA= TED THE WORST MOVIE OF ALL TIME!

In this issue:

* W= elcome To Freedumbville USSA!
* Bend Over!
* Food for thought<b= r />* PT Shamrock's Flash Christmas Sale!!!
* Advisory
* Shamro= ck's Missive
* Letters To The Editor
* Quote of the month!

*** Welcome To Freedumbville USSA!

Happy holidays from = the terrocrats! Half Of Americans' Photos Are Now Stored In Facial Recogn= ition Databases
=C2=A0- John Vibes

According to a new rep= ort by Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology, half of Americans now have photos of themselves stored in fac= ial recognition databases. The vast majority of these citizens are not su= spects in crimes, nor do they have criminal records.

The repor= t indicated that over 117 million adults are stored in facial recognition= databases, and any of their photos can be used at any time in a "virtual= lineup," where they can be picked out by law enforcement as potential su= spects.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)= , many police departments use photos from Facebook, photos from protests,= and even videos of average people walking down the street taken from cam= eras posted up around urban centers. It was even indicated in the report = that drivers license photos are used to populate these databases, meaning= that almost anyone could be a potential suspect in one of these lineups.=
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The report's findings, along with revelations from the = ACLU on police monitoring in Baltimore, suggest that the technology may be violating the rights of millions of Americans and i= s disproportionately affecting communities of color, advocates said.

Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of Georgetown's privacy and tech= nology center says that this new technology presents a massive privacy ri= sk.

"Face recognition, when it's used most aggressively, can c= hange the nature of public spaces. It can change the basic freedom we hav= e to go about our lives without people identifying us from afar and in se= cret," he said.

The investigation poured through a year's wort= h of police reports to determine how widespread facial recognition softwa= re has become.

Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU's legislative counsel= , pointed out that government agencies have free rein to do whatever they= want with this technology, and that they offer absolutely no transparenc= y.

"In the case of face recognition, there appear to be very f= ew controls or safeguards to ensure it's not used in situations in which people are engaged in first amendment activit= y," Guliani said.

One of the most disturbing aspects of the re= cent report is the fact that these facial recognition databases have beco= me "overwhelmingly made up of non-criminal entries."

This can = get extremely dangerous because this technology is far from perfect and, = in fact, mistakes are made all of the time.

Even the FBI admit= s that one out of every seven searches of its facial recognition database= are incorrect, meaning that innocent people are singled out on a regular= basis. However, independent investigation revealed that the number was f= ar higher, with close to 90% of those identified by facial recognition te= chnology being innocent people.

Considering the fact that this= is fairly new technology, it is obvious that there will be plenty of bug= s and imperfections. When dealing with a personal computer or video game = system this is acceptable, but when dealing with people's lives the risk is far too great.
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*** Be= nd Over!

FBI using Twitter's raw 'firehose' data to monitor us= ers With Dataminr, the bureau has "near real-time" access to live tweets.=
- Steve Dent

The FBI is using a Twitter tool called Data= minr to track criminals and terrorist groups, according to documents spot= ted by The Verge. In a contract document, the agency says Dataminr's Adva= nced Alerting Tool allows it "to search the complete Twitter firehose, in= near real-time, using customizable filters." However, the practice seems= to violate Twitter's developer agreement, which prohibits the use of its= data feed for surveillance or spying purposes.


<br= />It's not clear if Twitter has authorized the bureau to access Dataminr= , but Engadget has reached out for comment. It cut off another company, G= eofeedia, for using its raw feed to track users in a similar way. However= , Twitter has a closer relationship with Dataminr; it owns five percent o= f the firm and has given it a virtual monopoly on its data feed. As the F= BI points out in a "limited source justification" document, "Dataminr is = the only certified Official Twitter Data Partner with direct proprietary = access to the full 'Twitter firehose' which allows it to provide near rea= l-time alerts of breaking news and events."

US intelligence ow= ns a venture capital firm called In-Q-Tel that invested in Dataminr and o= ther social media analytics firms. Twitter reportedly authorized a pilot = program that let the CIA and other agencies scan users, but cut access off after it ended. Like Apple, Google and other US= tech companies, it wanted to avoid being associated with spying on both = foreign and domestic users, according to the WSJ.

Dataminr is = the only certified Official Twitter Data Partner with direct proprietary = access to the full 'Twitter firehose' which allows it to provide near rea= l-time alerts of breaking news and events.

During his campaign= , President-elect Donald Trump promised to force social media companies t= o give law enforcement the encryption keys needed to access to private us= er data. US tech companies, especially Apple, have argued vociferously ag= ainst that, saying it would undermine confidence in their platforms. Fore= ign regions like Europe are especially sensitive to US spying after disco= vering that the NSA used server back doors and other tricks to spy on its= citizens (and leaders).

It's not far-fetched for entire natio= ns to ban a social network, as Russia cut off 5 million LinkedIn users just last week. And the European Union is increasi= ngly wary of Facebook, Google and other US tech firms.
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Food for thought

Facial Recognition Threatens Privacy Of= All Americans
Govt tracking people without oversight
- Fiona M= iller

A coalition of over 50 civil liberties groups sent a let= ter to the Justice Department's civil rights division calling for a "safe= guards" to ensure that facial recognition software is being used accurate= ly and fairly.

Police departments and other government coaliti= ons have been using facial recognition software more often in recent year= s. However, there is currently no way to regulate government use of these= technologies, putting the safety of millions of Americans on the line.<b= r />
Claire Garvie, who helped co-author a report with several other professionals at Georgetown University entitled "The Perpetual Line Up," = stated:

"Face recognition is a powerful technology that requir= es strict oversight. But those controls by and large don't exist today. W= ith only a few exceptions, there are no laws governing police use of the = technology, no standards ensuring its accuracy, and no systems checking f= or bias. It's a wild west."

Civil liberties groups are concern= ed that since 2002, thousands of Americans who have never been arrested h= ave had their picture in a database, thanks to their driver's licenses be= ing submitted. Groups are concerned that this creates a "digital line-up"= of suspects who have never even been in trouble with the law before.

Also a concern is the amount of times software has generated a fa= lse match. Due to its nature, women, African-Americans and young people a= re often falsely matched within the database, which can trigger false or = illegal arrests or other issues.


<br= />Currently, one in two Americans have their face stored in a database, = which may have been done without their knowledge.


<br= />One big issue with the facial recognition software is that there is ve= ry little to govern it. There is almost no information in regards to who = can access this software or how the information is being collected. There= is also no comprehensive data to show exactly how the information is bei= ng used, if it is being used at all.

At least four agencies th= e civil liberties board contacted admitted who use the technology that th= ey do not have any policy when it comes to the use of the software.
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Georgetown proposes that ID photos be exempt from the databases and= that only mugshots be entered in in order to protect the civil liberties= of the American people.

Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of = the Georgetown Center and a co-author of the report stated:
"I genui= nely hope that more and more of the American public has a chance to see what's at stake here. It doesn't just track our phone= s or computers. It tracks our flesh and our bones. This is a tracking tec= hnology unlike anything our society has ever seen. You don't even need to= touch anything."
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PT Shamrock's Flash Christmas = Sale!!!

Our leprechaun has really outdone himself this time, a= nd just in time for the holidays.

These insanely discounted of= fers are for three days only, i.e. December 14th, 15th and 16th, 2016. To= qualify your email address must be on our newsletter database as of Dece= mber 13th, 2016; you place your order using the email address you are sub= scribed to at PTBuzz; your order and proof of payment must be sent on or = before 12 midnight GMT, December 16th, 2016 is required.

Reme= mber that PT Shamrock's Flash Christmas Sale discounts are to be deducted= from the list prices at the links below;

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Shamrock's Flash Christmas Sale will not be repeated= .

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Your ordering/product code is "PTS Flash Xmas Special - then the produc= ts name."

The cost is the list price LESS the noted as above d= iscounts.

Happy holidays from all at PT Shamrock and the lepre= chaun!
'Go mbeire muid beo ar an am seo ara-s.'
=C2=A0- May we = be alive at this time next year.

'Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit!'
=C2=A0- A prosperous New Year!

Irish New Year's Toasts
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*** Advisory
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Please be advised that starting December 21st until the second week= of January 2017, we will be enjoying the festive holiday season. Therefo= re replies to your emails will be replied to sporadically and not in our = normal time frame. Please understand and we wish to yours a Happy Holiday= season.
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Shamrock's Missive:

Well de= ar readers, another year is nearing a close. In spite of the on going and= never ending draconian laws, i.e., FATCA and NSA's spying, a new Preside= nt elect in the united States (correct spelling) along with all the other= menaces that continue to erode your privacy, we're still alive and well thank you very much indeed!

That said we'= d like to end 2016 on a positive note! As our leprechaun's 2016 Christmas= gift to you, we're pleased to offer you one of the indubitable Dr. Charl= es Freeman's best reports, and a remarkable one at that, "The Asset Prote= ct Trust by Dr. Charles Freeman"

You can download this massive= 32,000 word, 80 page report at <http://www.ptshamrock.com/books/apt.h= tml>


As the above report acts as our final newsletter= for 2016, do enjoy and Happy Holidays to all!

You can start t= he New Year off right as well! Be sure to catch our January 2017 PTBuzz i= ssue. This will be a special issue, with updated services and products so= be sure not to miss it.

As another way to thank you for anoth= er great year at PT Shamrock, and to wish all our readers a Merry Christm= as and a safe, prosperous and Happy New Year, our leprechaun is offering = 10% off most products listed at our web site if ordered and payment received prior to December 21st, 2016.

Thi= s 10% off offer is for our subscribers only who must use the email addres= s used to subscribe to PTBuzz and be on our newsletter database prior to = December 14, 2016.

In addition to being able to pay for your o= rder by pay by Bank Wire Transfer, Moneybookers, MoneyGram or Western Uni= on, we are also happy to offer BitCoins as another payment option for you= .

Order at https://www.ptshamrock.com/order_bwe.html
<br= />We're going to settle down for a long winter's nap from Christmas eve = day until the second week of January 2017..... Sooooo replies to your ema= il's and orders will be made accordingly during the holidays.

= We'd like to leave you and this year with our Season's Greetings;
<b= r />'Go mbeire muid beo ar an am seo ara-s.'
=C2=A0- May we be alive= at this time next year.

'Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit!'
=C2= =A0- A prosperous New Year!

Irish New Year's Toasts

and

"A little Christmas Tree Story"<b= r />
When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not = produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre= -Christmas pressure.

Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was= coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.

When he went= to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give = birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows wher= e.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboar= ds cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattere= d.

Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cide= r with a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elv= es had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he = accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little = glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end o= f the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated San= ta marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel wi= th a great big Christmas tree.

The angel said very cheerfully,= 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tre= e for you. Where would you like me to stick it?'

And thus bega= n the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
<b= r />Not a lot of people know this.

Merry Christmas and a Happy= New Year!

See you in 2017!

PT Shamrock

= "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
= =C2=A0- Edmund Burke, 1784
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*** Letters to the Edi= tor:

Keep them postcards and letters coming' folks, 'cause we = done mailed the rosebushes!

Dear Shamrock,

I've noticed that you ha= ven't mentioned anything in your newsletter about the new President elect= of the United States, Donald Trump. Is there any reason for that?
<= br />Merry Christmas

G. K.

Dear G.K.

Hap= py holidays to you as well.

PTBuzz is not a political newslett= er. Rather it's a privacy and personal liberty newsletter. We're sure tha= t after your new president is sworn in as your new president, his policie= s will finds its way into PTBuzz. In any event all should give him and ev= eryone a change for success.

Regards

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Quote of the month!

"People who have be= en lied to and deceived continually are detached from the truth and are t= he same ones who eventually end up being manipulated and exploited."
- Dr. Walter Belford, Conversations - 2007
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To peruse our past= PTBuzz newsletters, just proceed to https://ptshamrock.com/ptbuzz/
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Enjoy.
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PT Shamrock - issue one; 1994
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