IRS To Track Taxpayer Behavior, Movements Through Phones – Nextgov

When taxpayers use online systems, the IRS really wants to make sure the people accessing information are who they say they are.

“BioCatch collects behavioral metrics—i.e., left/right handedness, pressure—while a user is interacting with eAuth without impacting user experience and establishes a profile for the user,” IRS contracting officers wrote in the statement of work. “Once this profile is established, this data is used to detect fraud on subsequent login attempts and to prevent account takeover during the user’s session.”

… BioCatch was selected for its behavioral biometrics and fraud reduction capabilities to be tested with eAuth.”

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Facebook to Buy Startup for Controlling Computers With Your Mind

(Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc. agreed to acquire CTRL-Labs, a technology startup that is building software to let people control a digital avatar using only their thoughts. The world’s largest social network is paying between $500 million and $1 billion, according to people familiar with the deal.

The closely held four-year-old startup, which has dozens of employees and has raised tens of millions in venture capital, uses a bracelet to measure neuron activity in a subject’s arm to determine movement that person is thinking about, even if they aren’t physically moving. That neuron activity is then translated into movement on a digital screen. Facebook declined to comment on the price of the acquisition.

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DEA Agents Ambush and Search Amtrak Passengers

More problematically, Perry has been captured on surveillance footage boarding empty Greyhound buses and pulling bags out of the checked luggage bin. One clip captures him pressing on a bag so aggressively that he appears to be tackling it. But he stops short of opening the bag, which would be blatantly unconstitutional. Several people that Perry has seized cash from insist that they are not drug couriers and, in fact, were never criminally charged as such, though that didn’t help them get their money back.

Perry is not the only cop riding the rails. His tactics offer a case study in how law enforcement targets mass transit in the war on drugs, generating thousands of busts and a steady stream of revenue from seized assets.

CONTINUE READING at TheIntercept.com — DEA Agents Ambush and Search Amtrak Passengers

Instead of Arresting the Homeless, City of Little Rock is Paying Them to Pick Up Trash

After a total of 130 sites cleaned, 1,821 hours worked, and 2,056 bags of trash—all within five months— hearts and minds have been changed.

Each clean-up crew is paid in cash and is given a meal for their work.

CONTINUE READING at ActivistPost.com — Instead of Arresting the Homeless Population, City Paying Them to Pickup Trash