Seattles new Big Brother Mesh-Network

Ihr erinnert Euch an das Überwachungs-Szenario aus The Dark Knight? Den „High Frequency Generator“? Seattle has it, sort of. Das Seattle Police Department installiert derzeit Router in der ganzen Stadt mit Überwachungsmöglichkeiten, die noch nicht abzusehen sind. Selbstverständlich geben sie auch keinerlei Auskünfte über den Zweck der Dinger. Schöne neue Welt, Friedrich hat die sicher auch schon auf'm Schirm und der Polizeigewerkschaft läuft bei sowas das Wasser im Mund zusammen:

If you're walking around downtown Seattle, look up: You'll see off-white boxes, each one about a foot tall with vertical antennae, attached to utility poles. If you're walking around downtown while looking at a smartphone, you will probably see at least one—and more likely two or three—Wi-Fi networks named after intersections: "4th&Seneca," "4th&Union," "4th&University," and so on. That is how you can see the Seattle Police Department's new wireless mesh network, bought from a California-based company called Aruba Networks, whose clients include the Department of Defense, school districts in Canada, oil-mining interests in China, and telecommunications companies in Saudi Arabia. The question is: How well can this mesh network see you?

How accurately can it geo-locate and track the movements of your phone, laptop, or any other wireless device by its MAC address (its "media access control address"—nothing to do with Macintosh—which is analogous to a device's thumbprint)? Can the network send that information to a database, allowing the SPD to reconstruct who was where at any given time, on any given day, without a warrant? Can the network see you now?

You Are a Rogue Device (via New Aesthetics)