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Google knows where you went last summer
USA Created: 23 Jul 2015
Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you’ve been -- whether it’s a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago? Well, starting today, Google Maps can help. We’re gradually rolling out Your Timeline, a useful way to remember and view the places you’ve been on a given day, month or year. Your Timeline allows you to visualize your real-world routines, easily see the trips you’ve taken and get a glimpse of the places where you spend your time. And if you use Google Photos, we’ll show the photos you took when viewing a specific day, to help resurface your memories.

*SNIP* see the screenshots and read the entire press-release via the source link below...

Keywords: Surveillance, Tracking, Google, Maps, Creepy
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Source: Google, Lat-Long Timeline, 21 Jul 2015

Smart-Car is remote-controllable via the cellphone network - even the brakes
USA Created: 22 Jul 2015
I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St Louis when the exploit began to take hold (MUST-WATCH VIDEO).

Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system. Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station and began blaring Skee-lo at full volume. I spun the control knob left and hit the power button, to no avail. Then the windshield wipers turned on, and wiper fluid blurred the glass.

As I tried to cope with all this, a picture of the two hackers performing these stunts appeared on the car’s digital display: Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, wearing their trademark track suits. A nice touch, I thought.

The Jeep’s strange behavior wasn’t entirely unexpected. I’d come to St. Louis to be Miller and Valasek’s digital crash-test dummy, a willing subject on whom they could test the car-hacking research they’d been doing over the past year. The result of their work was a hacking technique—what the security industry calls a zero-day exploit—that can target Jeep Cherokees and give the attacker wireless control, via the Internet, to any of thousands of vehicles. Their code is an automaker’s nightmare: software that lets hackers send commands through the Jeep’s entertainment system to its dashboard functions, steering, brakes, and transmission, all from a laptop that may be across the country.

*SNIP* watch the video and read the entire article via the source link below...

Keywords: Smart-car, Hacking, Remotely-exploitable, Security
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Source: WIRED, Andy Greenberg, 21 Jul 2015

"mobile" Orange mast on wheels in Krakow - new Telecom's idea to avoid law
Poland Created: 22 Jul 2015
Dear All,

It is unbelievable how Orange with T-Mobile are breaking the law and putting the mast on wheels in my neighborhood (Krakow) - today another article on the subject. We won another verdict in this case but still invalid and mast is working without permission and no one knows how to remove it because it stands on private land and on wheels! :-(

Please see pictures (text in Polish):

Good news, our local authorities voted on July to create map of EMF´s for my city - Krakow :-)

Best Regards from Poland.
Barbara Gałdzińska-Calik
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Source: Barbara Galdzinska-Calik/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

High court rules data retention and surveillance legislation unlawful
United Kingdom Created: 21 Jul 2015
Emergency surveillance legislation introduced by the coalition government last year is unlawful, the high court has ruled. A judicial challenge by the Labour MP Tom Watson and the Conservative MP David Davis has been upheld by judges, who found that the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (Dripa) 2014 is “inconsistent with European Union law”. The act requires internet and phone companies to keep their communications data for a year and regulates how police and intelligence agencies gain access to it.

The government will now have to pass fresh legislation that must come into effect before the end of March. The two MPs said the judgment underlined the need for prior authorisation by a judge before officers are permitted to examine the retained information from the internet, social media or phone calls. The Home Office, however, said it would appeal against the ruling, which, it warned, may result in police and investigators losing data that could save lives.

Lord Justice Bean and Mr Justice Collins declared that section 1 of the act “does not lay down clear and precise rules providing for access to and use of communications data” and should be “disapplied”. The judges said the order should be suspended until after 31 March 2016 “to give parliament the opportunity to put matters right”.

The judges identified two key problems with the law: that it does not provide for independent court or judicial scrutiny to ensure that only data deemed “strictly necessary” is examined; and that there is no definition of what constitutes “serious offences” in relation to which material can be investigated. For legal authority, the judges relied on an earlier decision, known as Digital Rights Ireland, by the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg, which is binding on UK courts.

In their challenge, Davis and Watson argued that the law allowed the police and security services to spy on citizens without sufficient privacy safeguards.They said the legislation was incompatible with article eight of the European convention on human rights, the right to respect for private and family life, and articles seven and eight of the EU charter of fundamental rights, respect for private and family life and protection of personal data.

The MPs complained that use of communications data was not limited to cases involving serious crime, that individual notices of data retention were kept secret, and that no provision was made for those under obligation of professional confidentiality, in particular lawyers and journalists. Nor, they argued, were there adequate safeguards against communications data leaving the EU.

Watson, a former defence minister, said after the ruling: “It’s a year to the day since Dripa received royal assent. Good governance is about allowing the legislature the room to make law. In this case, it didn’t happen. Good opposition is about holding governments to account, and that didn’t happen either.

“So we find ourselves in a position where the courts have had to say to parliament, ‘Go back and start again.’ In his final speech in parliament on this bill last year, David Davis warned that this legislation would be junk in a year, and it is.”

Davis, a former Foreign Office security minister, said: “What this means is that access by the police and other agencies to everyone’s data is too easy. It can range from a politician giving permission [to intercept communications] to anyone in the next office. That’s against the law, and it’s not either in the interests of privacy or security.

“The government gave parliament one day to pass this legislation. This court has given the government nine months to sort it out. It’s the right judgment. It’s a measured judgment. It gives no risk to security because the government has plenty of time to sort it out. What this reflects is the emerging consensus in the last few weeks that prior judicial approval [of intercepting communications] is needed.”

But the Home Office security minister, John Hayes, said: “We disagree absolutely with this judgment and will seek an appeal. Communications data is not just crucial in the investigation of serious crime. It is also a fundamental part of investigating other crimes which still have a severe impact, such as stalking and harassment, as well as locating missing people, including vulnerable people who have threatened to commit suicide.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s The World at One, Hayes added: “The effect of this judgment would be that in certain cases, communications data that could potentially save lives would only be available to the police and other law enforcement if a communications company had decided to retain it for commercial reasons. We believe that is wrong. I do think there is a risk here of giving succour to the paranoid liberal bourgeoisie whose peculiar fears are placed ahead of the interests of the people.”

The Home Office is particularly worried by a section of the judgment that says access to retained data should only be permitted in “precisely defined serious offences”, a definition it believes will prove too restrictive.

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry, lead on communications data for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, also expressed concern: “Policing has become increasingly reliant on the availability of communications data, not only in relation to the investigation of criminality, but also in meeting our obligations under the Human Rights Act to safeguard lives. A significant proportion of our acquisition of data relates to situations where life is at immediate risk and a significant proportion of those requests relate to non-crime inquiries, for example tracing vulnerable and suicidal missing persons.”

Human rights groups welcomed the ruling. James Welch, legal director for Liberty, said: “[We have] long called for fundamental reform of our surveillance laws to ensure the public’s rights are properly respected by our government – the chorus of voices demanding change is now growing. The high court has now added its voice, ruling key provisions of Dripa unlawful. Now is the time for the home secretary to commit publicly to surveillance conducted with proper respect for privacy, democracy and the rule of law – not plough on with more of the same.”

Jim Killock, director of the Open Rights Group, which intervened in the case, said: “In autumn, the government will present the investigatory powers bill to parliament. This should not be, as rumoured, an attempt by the home secretary to reintroduce the snoopers’ charter, but an opportunity to introduce an effective surveillance law that is compatible with human rights.”

Rachel Logan, Amnesty UK’s legal programme director, said: “It shouldn’t be left to concerned MPs and campaign organisations to show that it’s totally unacceptable to rush through draconian powers which allow government agents to spy on citizens without proper safeguards.”

Carly Nyst, legal director of Privacy International, said: “Currently, under British law, access to retained data by the police and local authorities is subject to no independent review or authorisation. Police and other authorities simply self-authorise their own access to individuals’ personal information.”
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Source: Guardian, Owen Bowcott, 17 Jul 2015

This is NOT the first time, and I am sure it will not be the last time, the WHO is in the "Limelight" for negligence!
Switzerland Created: 19 Jul 2015
In 2007 the WHO were slammed for ignoring evidence when developing "evidence based guidelines":

"When developing "evidence-based" guidelines, the World Health Organization routinely forgets one key ingredient: evidence.
That is the verdict from a study published in The lancet online Tuesday.
The medical journal's criticism of WHO could shock many in the global health community, as one of WHO's main jobs is to produce guidelines on everything from fighting the spread of bird flu and malaria control to enacting anti-tobacco legislation.

"This is a pretty seismic event," lancet editor Dr. Richard Horton, who was not involved in the research for the article.
"It undermines the very purpose of WHO."

Related news:
May 2007, USA: WHO Criticized for Neglecting Evidence
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Source: USA Today / Associated Press, Maria Cheng (w. commentary by A. Ingvarsdottir & H. Eiriksson / MV), 05 Jul 2007

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The Illusion of Free Choice
USA Created: 17 Jul 2015
Hi all I received this today from Andrew Michrowski
It is bone-chilling, but it exactly shows our choices:
Please look at the cartoon below.
Thank you ANDREW, I am truly sorry to admit you are "Spot On"

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Source: Andrew Michrowski/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Space Race 2.0: Avanti claims headstart in bringing Africa online (editor comments below article)
South Africa Created: 14 Jul 2015
Avanti Communications has already made it into orbit in its mission to improve global internet coverage, the company's chief executive tells Sophie Curtis
The second great space race is underway. This time, rather than putting a man on the moon, the aim is to make internet access available to the two-thirds of the world that are not yet connected.
The primary target is Africa, a continent with a land mass the size of the USA, China, India and Europe put together, but with a population of 1.1bn – less than India alone. The dispersed population means that traditional methods of internet delivery, such as laying fibre cables in the ground, are often expensive and impractical.
Satellite broadband provides a more economical solution because, although it is expensive to build and launch satellites, once they are in orbit they can provide internet access over vast areas, and rather than digging up the ground or erecting masts, a satellite dish is all that is required to receive a signal.
Several companies have caught onto this idea. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced his intention to bring internet to parts of the world that are currently unconnected as part of his Internet.org initiative.
Meanwhile, Sir Richard Branson is supporting WorldVu's OneWeb project, which aims to put 648 micro-satellites into low Earth orbit to provide high-speed internet and telephone services, and Google has teamed up with SpaceX, founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, which has a similar plan to provide internet access from space.
However, one British company is way ahead of the game. Avanti Communications, a London-based satellite operator, already has a satellite in space covering large parts of Africa – including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi – known as Hylas 2.
Another satellite, Hylas 3, will be live for commercial service in 2016, and Hylas 4 will launch in 2017, completing Avanti’s coverage of Sub-Saharan Africa.
“From the outset, Avanti’s business model was about Africa. The reason for that is the economics, the teledensity, the demographics of Africa strongly favour satellite,” said David Williams, chief executive and co-founder of Avanti.
“You also have a rapidly-growing middle class with the emergence of revenues from offshore oil and gas production, and growing demand for mining products. There’s plenty of capital in Africa now, so we think we’re in the right place.”
Mr Williams was interested in space from a young age. In 1969, aged just three months, he sat in front of the TV at home in Wales and watched Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the moon.
He went on to study economics at Leeds University, and after a two-year stint as the frontman of a rock band called The Watchmen, Mr Williams ended up moving to London and getting a job in the City, working for JPMorgan Chase. He was still keen to pursue his musical dream, but found he had no time to form a band.
“It was around that time that some kids I was at school with became famous. They were called Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon, and I watched Blur become the biggest band in the world thinking, I wish I’d done that,” said Mr Williams. “So I had this latent need to do something a bit more rock-and-roll than banking.”
For the Daily Telegraph by Sophie Curtis.
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Comments by editor: Agnes
Hi all.
This is truly bone chilling, they (Telecommunications Industry) are being "Handed/Given" our Planet and the space which surrounds it for free!
Since when did the earth/air/space we all share become the "Property"! of Capital Exploiters?
And, Just as Important, WHO has given the go ahead which allows them to use our Environment and surrounding space in such a way??
Ask yourself who, but please don´t stop there, ask the "People In Power" ie our Governments, councilors, MP´s and all in power.
I cannot recall having been asked, I bet you cannot either, But, very Importantly: We are the Inhabitants here! Its Our PLANET AND OUR NEAR ATMOSPHERE SPACE, someone is giving to the Capital Exploiters!
This will mean Electromagnetic Microwave Radiation radiating on us, not just from the Huge Structures of the phone masts but also from above!
There will be No Respite Anywhere!
I include here a link to a You Tube demonstration of the sounds of Wi-Fi which goes on to demonstrate sounds of Other Wireless EMR´s which are now a part of the EMR SOUP, which we call "Airwaves" and where we all need to live our lives.

This is powerful stuff!
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Eighty foot giant mobile phone masts set for go ahead in countryside
United Kingdom Created: 14 Jul 2015
Eighty foot giant mobile phone masts set for go ahead in countryside in bid to end curse of poor reception - to anger of conservation groups.

· Government could allow new masts to increase coverage radius by 150%
· Telecoms industry has rejected idea to create 'national roaming' network
· Companies also want 'charter for coverage' to speed up planning consent

While the beauty of Britain’s countryside is a fine sight, there’s one thing that often seems to upset those more used to living in towns or cities - poor mobile phone reception.
But now the Government could allow 80ft (25m) phone masts to be installed in rural areas in a bid to strengthen the signal and increase the coverage radius by 150 per cent.
It comes after the telecoms industry rejected an idea from ministers to create a ‘national roaming’ network that would have seen firms allow customers to swap freely between networks.
However rural campaigners say the new masts would be a 'significant intrusion' and insist there are better ways of improving coverage than 'using bad designs that would be a blot of the landscape'.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid had proposed to mobile phone operators that eliminating poor signals affecting many areas could be achieved by sharing mobile phone masts to increase rural coverage.
But the plan was feared to be too complicated and expensive, and cause problems such as batteries being put under too much strain and calls dropping out as phones switch between masts.
By Mark Duell for MailOnline

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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Short-term 3G phone radiation has significant effect on brain electrical activity: study
Netherlands Created: 13 Jul 2015
Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate whether a 15-minute placement of a 3G dialling mobile phone causes direct changes in EEG activity compared to the placement of a sham phone.
Furthermore, it was investigated whether placement of the mobile phone on the ear or the heart would result in different outcomes.

Thirty-one healthy females participated. All subjects were measured twice: on one of the two days the mobile phone was attached to the ear, the other day to the chest.

In this single-blind, cross-over design, assessments in the sham phone condition were conducted directly preceding and following the mobile phone exposure.

During each assessment, EEG activity and radiofrequency radiation were recorded jointly. Delta, theta, alpha, slowbeta, fastbeta, and gamma activity was computed. The association between radiation exposure and the EEG was tested using multilevel random regression analyses with radiation as predictor of main interest.

Significant radiation effects were found for the alpha, slowbeta, fastbeta, and gamma bands.
When analyzed separately, ear location of the phone was associated with significant results, while chest placement was not. The results support the notion that EEG alterations are associated with mobile phone usage and that the effect is dependent on site of placement. Further studies are required to demonstrate the physiological relevance of these findings.

Related news:
Feb 2011, USA: Cell Phone Radiation Changes Brain Metabolism
Sep 2013, China: 4G Cell Phone Radiation Affects Brain Activity in Cell Phone Users
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Source: PLoS One, Roggeveen et al., 08 Jun 2015

Cancer Expert Warns: Extremely Important to Adopt Precaution against RF Exposure
Canada Created: 12 Jul 2015
“There is a potential risk of rapidly progressive and more malignant tumours” - Dr. Anthony Miller.

In March and April, 2015, the Canadian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health invited international experts to testify about Safety Code 6—Health Canada’s exposure guideline on non-ionizing radiation from cellphones, WiFi, cordless phones, baby monitors, smart meters, and other electromagnetic sources. These doctors, scientists, and researchers almost unanimously denounced Safety Code 6 as outdated and inadequate for protecting the health of Canadians. Below is the testimony presented by Dr. Anthony B. Miller, Canada’s foremost expert in radiation and cancer.

Mr. Chair, members of the committee, thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to present on Health Canada’s review of the evidence for Safety Code 6, which I believe has led to unsafe conclusions.

I am a physician and epidemiologist specializing in cancer etiology, prevention, and screening. I have performed research on ionizing radiation and cancer, electromagnetic fields and cancer, and other aspects of cancer causation. I have served on many committees assessing the carcinogenicity of various exposures, including working groups of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, commonly known as IARC, of which Canada is a member. I was the first Canadian member of their scientific council.

I was a visiting senior scientist in the monographs program in IARC in September, 2011 until January, 2012, where as part of my duties I reviewed the scientific literature that was used by a working group to designate radio frequency fields as a class 2B carcinogen, that is, a possible carcinogen. I was also one of the peer reviewers invited by the Royal Society of Canada to review the draft report of the Royal Society panel on Safety Code 6.

I have a number of concerns over the documents that have recently been released by Health Canada on Safety Code 6 and the document called “Rationale.” What Health Canada has said in its latest iteration of Safety Code 6 is that it should be distinguished from some municipal and national guidelines that are based on socio-political considerations. I find that a strange statement because it seems to provide no room for emerging evidence on health hazards, which surely should be considered if the safety of humans is the objective.

Since the IARC review, which identified radio frequency fields as a possible human carcinogen, there had been a number of studies that have been reported. In my view – and that of a number of colleagues who have written a couple of papers with me on this issue, one of whom will present to you next week – these studies, we believe, reinforce the evidence that radio frequency fields are not just a possible human carcinogen but a probable human carcinogen, putting it in the category 2A. It would be impossible to ignore such a hazard in regulatory approaches.

One of the most important was a study in France, a large case-controlled study, which found a doubling of risk of glioma, the most malignant form of brain tumour, after two years of exposure to cellphones. After five years it was five times the risk. They also identified the fact that in those who lived in urban environments, where there are probably a number of other carcinogens that could impact upon brain tumours, the risk was even higher.

That brings us back to Safety Code 6 and the document that Health Canada contracted to produce a review of the evidence. This was the document produced by the Royal Society panel. I feel that panel was conflicted. As you probably know, the chair changed and the panel had insufficient expertise in epidemiology. My friend, Paul Demers, was called in to be chair of that panel. I believe he presented to you fairly recently. I feel he was put in an impossible situation.

If you read that document carefully, it says that the panel did not have adequate time to do a full review of the data, they therefore relied on reviews of other people and they did not do a detailed evaluation of the studies. That led them, I believe, to false conclusions.

"It is important to recognize that there are no safe levels of exposure to human carcinogens. Although risk increases with increasing intensity of exposure, and for many carcinogens, such as tobacco smoke, even more with increasing duration of exposure, the only way to avoid the carcinogenic risk is to avoid exposure altogether. This is why we tend to ban carcinogens from the environment. Asbestos is one particular example of why much effort is taken to get people, particularly young people, not to smoke. Further, we now recognize that people vary in their genetic makeup, and that certain genes can make some people more susceptible than others to the effect of carcinogens. It is those who are susceptible that safety codes should be designed to protect."

As an epidemiologist who has done a great deal of work on breast cancer, one of the most concerning factors that have come to light is a series of case reports, starting with some reports from California and recently with the identification of a similar case in Saskatchewan. In all, there are now seven case reports of women who developed unusual breast cancers in the exact position where they kept cellphones in their bras. These are unusual tumours. They’re multifocal, which means they occur in several places. They seem to mirror where the cellphone was being kept. The radiation from the cellphone seems to have increased in these women the risk, which they presumably already had, of developing breast cancer. They were all relatively young women. This is a most unusual occurrence that must concern us greatly.

We have brain cancers and parotid gland tumours, which are tumours of the salivary gland. There have been several instances of people who have developed this. In Israel recently, a study identified increasing risk of these cancers, particularly with increasing exposure.

Given the long natural history of cancer and the fact that human populations have not been exposed for a sufficient length of time to exclude a carcinogenic effect, it is in my view extremely important to adopt a precautionary approach to the exposure of humans, particularly children, to radio frequency fields. We should note that an individual, if appropriately informed, can reduce their exposure to radio frequency fields from devices that use WiFi, but in the case of cell towers and smart meters, the exposure they receive is outside their control. Then, with the people who manufacture these devices and those who promote WiFi in all sorts of instances, we’re reaching a situation where homes are being saturated with radio frequency fields.

It will be very difficult to prove conclusively an effect. Spread over a large population, if the normal occurrence is relatively rare – and it is relatively rare for brain tumours to occur – even if you double the risk, triple the risk, or even quadruple the risk, it will be difficult to identify that precisely. We need to do these studies.

In the meantime, to avoid a potential epidemic of cancer caused by radio frequency fields from WiFi and other devices, we should strengthen the codes that are meant to protect the public. In my view, Health Canada has not done an adequate job. Safety Code 6, in its current iteration, needs to be re-revised.

Dr. Anthony Miller is Professor Emeritus at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. A physician-epidemiologist, he was a member of the scientific staff of the UK Medical Research Council, 1962-71, Director of the Epidemiology Unit of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, 1971-86, Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics, University of Toronto, 1992-96, special expert in the Division of Cancer Prevention, US National Cancer Institute, 1997, Senior Epidemiologist, International Agency for Research on Cancer, 1998-99, and Head, Division of Cancer Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Centre, 2000-03.

He is a consultant to the Division of Cancer Prevention, U.S. National Cancer Institute and to the World Health Organization, is Scientific Lead of the Cancer Risk Management Initiative and a member of the Cancer Control Council, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Chair, Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) Scientific Advisory Committee and Member, OCRC Steering Committee.

His research encompasses cancer control, prevention and screening, including the impact of nutrition, radiation and occupation on cancer. Since 1978, Dr. Miller has authored medical publications and books for both medical professionals and the broad general audience. His recent book What Causes Cancer: What We Know and What It Means offers readers a clear and concise overview of the main types of cancer, summarizing data gathered over the history of cancer research from across the globe.

Dr. Anthony B. Miller is the recipient of multiple international awards and honours.

Full transcripts and audio recording:
https://openparliament.ca/committees/activities/5150/ (Dr. Miller testified on April 23, 2015).
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Source: The Green Gazette, 29 Jun 2015

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