According to a NYC. gov page, CityBridge was chosen in 2014 to offer free private Wi-Fi to NYC residents. CityBridge is a consortium of companies that includes Intersection, Qualcomm, and CIVIQ Smartscapes – to develop and operate the LinkNYC network. (the above pic. shows one of two surveillance cameras)
These kiosks, called ‘Links,’ will provide the public with a fast, private Wi-Fi network providing free domestic calling, two USB charging ports, a tablet for accessing the internet, and a red 911 button to contact emergency services. New York city plans on installing nearly10,000 spying kiosks.
According to Cryptome, LinkNYC kiosks use microphones, cameras, sensors and more to spy on the public.
CityBridge collects lots of personal information
CityBridge claims they won't keep a person's personally identifiable information longer than 12 months after their last login. Which means, every time the same person uses CityBridge they reset their privacy countdown.
CityBridge collects personal info. and uses it to sell ads
"By having access to the browsing activity of people using the Wi-Fi — all anonymized and aggregated — we can actually then target ads to people in proximity and then obviously over time track them through lots of different things, like beacons and location services, as well as their browsing activity. So in effect what we're doing is replicating the digital experience in physical space" Sidewalk's CEO, Dan Doctoroff said.
CityBridge denies sharing people's personal info. and pictures with law enforcement
“CityBridge will never sell any user’s personal information or share with third parties for their own use. This includes the city, law enforcement, investors, vendors, partners, and advertisers. Alphabet, Sidewalk Labs, and Google are all third parties to CityBridge.”
Last week, I warned everyone how easy it is for the police to identify allegedly anonymous Wi-Fi users.
According to Inverse, LinkNYC has been used more than five million times since its debut, and 15,000 people use it for the first time every week. It doesn't get more ominous than that, CityBridge/Google are collecting millions of peoples faces, MAC addresses and personal info.
Google's spying kiosks to expand across the country
The company [Google] intends to clone that system and start selling it around the world, government by government...every place that signs on will become another profit center in Google's advertising business...
CityBridge's president is one of the most powerful women in D.C.
The President of the CityBridge Foundation, Katherine Bradley is one of the most powerful women in Washington D.C., she's also on Washington Life's A-list. (page 3) Mrs., Bradley is married to David Bradley owner or Atlantic Media, theNational Journal Hotline (NJH) and the Government Executive (GE) magazines. Mr. Bradley is also one of the largest employers of young professional talent in the Washington, D.C.
The NJH's primary audience includes Congressional staffers, political operatives and pundits. His GE magazine is distributed free to senior executives in federal, state and local governments and is the number one publication read by federal managers.
A brief history of Qualcomm and Google:
In 2014, Qualcomm installed spying Bluetooth beacons in LA & Chicago.
Qualcomm is part of DHS's 'National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center'.
Qualcomm is working with DHS to create smartphone chemical sensors.
Qualcomm even has a Government Affairs Director, Mark Koro.
Google has a close relationship with DHS.
Google had secret anti-piracy meetings with DHS & Sony.
Google has created numerous DHS apps.
Google has turned the Minority Report into a punch list
"It's as if someone took Minority Report as a shopping catalogue or a punch list rather than a vision of dystopia," University College, London professor Adam Greenfield said.
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