Surveillance, Facebook, Privacy and Facial Recognition


I will post what Facebook has stated regarding Facial Recognition.  I have turned on all privacy and off all breaches to it.  

I would like to make clear I do not consent to facial recognition.  I had someone say to me a few days ago, if you haven’t done anything nothing to worry about.  Interestingly, another friend said that apparently Nazi propaganda made the same statement.  It is a way of manipulating consent.  

I would be considered a Person of Interest as I have spoken up in truth about issues that I think are in the public interest.  I have already had Facial Recognition photos taken by the Federal Police when I walked to Parliament to make homelessness visible.  I was well aware that the police could have taken a photo of the 4 of us.  Instead the rounded the corner (I was last in the group) and I know they were targeting me.

This was confirmed in Canberra when I entered a plaza after sending a letter to the Assistant Minister for Homelessness. I was the only person there.  I noticed that a bright light came on and I knew I was being filmed. I knew it was facial recognition. I moved closer to the device and it had police insignia. 

Another incident was my driving to Parliament in the back entrance at my mother’s behest.  She indicated that ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) had a building attached to Parliament.  We all agreed that was concerning as it implies surveillance and monitoring of the people’s house.  I drove the car with my step father.  I noticed a police man with dark glasses (no smile) as we drove around the perimeter. I was curious.  I then went to the Senate Inquiry on the 4th of July (US Independence Day) interestingly the day I announced my independence and finalised my last blog.

Now I haven’t committed any crime only reporting in my blogs information that I believe is in the public interest. I am working in the pubic interest as a peacemaker as I have concerns about concealment of information that is in the public interest.  

I am concerned when journalists are raided by police, information collected and SAS soldier lawyer investigating humanitarian law given killings in Afghanistan became the subject of investigation. The essence is the criminalisation of murder of civilians in war zones. This is in the public interest.

I had two files on my USB cyber attacked (the rest fine). I am unable to access these files, one was to the ABC. 

So I am monitoring my government to ensure they are representing the people and not other parties or covering up misconduct.

This is brief information about the Australian Inquiry into press freedom. 

On 4 July 2019, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security commenced an inquiry into the impact of the exercise of law enforcement and intelligence powers on the freedom of the press. The inquiry was referred by the Attorney-General, The Hon Christian Porter MP who noted that the Government will consider proposals from media organisations and interested bodies which aim to ensure the right balance is struck between a free press and keeping Australians safe.

For further information about the inquiry see the full terms of reference.

As notified in the media release of 13 December 2019, due to the tendering of late submissions requiring further deliberations by the Committee, the inquiry will not report until early in 2020. 

Please note that the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee is currently conducting an inquiry that touches on some similar issues to this inquiry, including the freedom of the press, disclosure of information and law enforcement frameworks. Details about this separate inquiry and its terms of reference can be found here.


Therefore, facial recognition and profiling is part of this as family and friends become identified under the guise of seeking to ID the right user logging into the right account. I realised a year ago to my shock that it was about profiling and finding out who you know, a vastly different reason. 

The issue of the CIA involvement in Facebook and social media, albeit a foreign intelligence agency accessing global profiles is of great concern as they are not protecting the public interest of Australians. They may be targeting people who dissent in the name of freedom of speech.  This is the real concern here. Edward Snowden became a whistle blower warning the global public of mass surveillance of citizens not criminals.  This modus operandi of turning innocent people into the ‘enemy’ due to the focus on maintaining power as control not ensuring peace and security as good global citizenship, is the dividing line.

CIA involved with Facebook and other data gathers refer link: CBS report

The use of cyber tracking (stalking), Artificial Intelligence (predictive), unauthorised programs dropped on computers, Windows updating without internet, drones (aerial surveillance normalised as it is sold to the public), illegal access of emails given Defence capabilities (staff recruited) in industry, data gathering (algorithm programs and human intel), profiling (via human filters and unquestioned attitudes of who is ‘with us or against us’ perspectives – targeting) and a whole raft of issues concerning privacy. Yet this has been given the green light by Communications authorities as there is no real regulation as it profits IT industries.  It reflects the disempowerment of legitimate public oversight.  

When I was travelling through Central and South America, I by-passed Columbia as I was concerned it was dangerous, so I flew transiting through Miami in the US.  To my surprise I was forced to enter the country to be iris printed and finger printed like a criminal (electronically) I had no rights nor was I informed. My own government provided no warning to its citizens. I was concerned as I am aware of criminality at the highest levels and I no longer feel confident I am dealing with national security (especially when forced to enter a country), it appears to be control and profiling, starkly different rationales.  In a country that has a Bill of Rights, as an international I had no rights and this is the my underlying concern as I can be vulnerable given my peace background in the public interest.  

We are in a Brave New World which is not brave but afraid. Control always masks deep fear and insecurity.

There are real reasons why privacy is important as it enables people the freedom to live in a free society without undue scrutiny.  Every person needs privacy for wellbeing, we do not want to live under a Russian system.  The cyber scrutiny, location tracking and profiling is not unlike a person tracking your movements as they are obsessed. Or a person going through your files (scanning USB) or staring through the Window (through camera). It can cause trauma, mental health issues or evoke suicide, it is very serious for the public.  

It is the opposite of democracy and freedom.

So to Facebook assurances noting they are not an Australian company under Australian law.


Please Review the Face Recognition Setting

Your face recognition setting is off. We want to let you know what face recognition is and how we use it, and then you can decide whether to turn it on or keep it off.

How We Use Face Recognition

If you turn this setting on, we’ll create your face recognition template and use it in the following types of ways:

  • Find photos and video you’re in so we can help you review or share content, suggest tags, and provide more relevant content and feature recommendations.
  • Help protect you and others from impersonation and identity misuse, and improve platform reliability.
  • Provide accessibility features by telling people with visual impairments who’s in a photo or video.

What We Collect

Face recognition is a technology that analyzes photos and videos you’re in to calculate a unique number, called a “template.” When your face recognition setting is on, we create and use your template to compare it to analyses of other photos or video to recognize if you appear in that content.

We don’t share your template with anyone. We’ll keep your template while your account is active but will delete it if you turn your face recognition setting off.

I don’t feel assured.

Do you want to turn on the face recognition setting?

To understand how we use face recognition, please see the previous page. These examples help explain how your experience changes if you turn the setting on or keep it off. You can always manage this later in Settings.When this setting is on:

  • We can notify you about photos you’re in but haven’t been tagged in.
  • We can help protect against someone using your photo to impersonate you.
  • We can tell people with visual impairments when you’re in a photo or video through a screen reader.

When this setting is off:

  • We’ll still notify you when someone tags you in a photo.
  • We won’t be able to use face recognition to help stop someone from impersonating you, but we’ll continue to work to protect your account in other ways.
  • People with visual impairments will be told you’re in a photo only if you’re tagged.

The reality is a intelligence capability could hack in and impersonate and alter information. That is where cyber is concerning. You could swear blind that you didn’t write that blog but the evidence is in writing.

When a person who is apparently sight impaired will be told who I am. I don’t consent to that.

The tab saying to Keep off and Turn on are different. The later is bright blue the other appears deactivated. It uses psychology to influence ‘yes’. This is not democracy.

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