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MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH DEPT. SUED FOR COVERTLY INSTALLING SPYWARE ON ANDROID PHONES TO FIGHT COVID

 
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MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH DEPT. SUED FOR COVERTLY INSTALLING SPYWARE ON ANDROID PHONES TO FIGHT COVID
A new lawsuit filed by New Civil Liberties Alliance, a non-profit founded to "protect constitutional freedoms from violations by the Administrative State," alleges that the Massachusetts Public Health Department secretly installed MassNotify, a spyware app, on residents' Android devices as a measure to 'fight Covid.'

An attorney for the plaintiffs, Peggy Little, said, "This 'android attack,' deliberately designed to override the constitutional and legal rights of citizens to be free from government intrusions upon their privacy without their consent, reads like dystopian science fiction—and must be swiftly invalidated by the court,' Just the News reports.

The lawsuit alleges the Massachusetts Public Health Department worked with Google, starting in June 2021, to install the software surreptitiously on over one million Android phones. MassNotify can only be found through the devices' "settings" function and then navigating to "view all apps" and is not readily visible on the screen.

According to the class-action suit, the software was installed without search warrants and the Massachusetts Public Health Department would reinstall it if a user found it and deleted it.

Read full article here:
[link to www.blacklistednews.com (secure)]
I thought commanders could order anything.”
"They can order the moon to turn blue, too, but it doesn't happen. Listen, Ender, commanders have just as much authority as you let them have. The more you obey them, the more power they have over you.
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I would venture to guess they weren't the only ones doing so.
I thought commanders could order anything.”
"They can order the moon to turn blue, too, but it doesn't happen. Listen, Ender, commanders have just as much authority as you let them have. The more you obey them, the more power they have over you.
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Thanks for the pine kind sirs
I thought commanders could order anything.”
"They can order the moon to turn blue, too, but it doesn't happen. Listen, Ender, commanders have just as much authority as you let them have. The more you obey them, the more power they have over you.
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If this is true, and they can prove it in the US Supreme Court is will rewrite constitutional case law.

This is definitely one to follow folks.

Instead of just a Civil Suit, it needs to be prosecuted as criminal as well.


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If this is true, and they can prove it in the US Supreme Court is will rewrite constitutional case law.

This is definitely one to follow folks.

Instead of just a Civil Suit, it needs to be prosecuted as criminal as well.


5 Stars.
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hesright
I thought commanders could order anything.”
"They can order the moon to turn blue, too, but it doesn't happen. Listen, Ender, commanders have just as much authority as you let them have. The more you obey them, the more power they have over you.
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How did they remotely install this on people's phones?
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How did they remotely install this on people's phones?
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Easy they worked with google that says it all
I thought commanders could order anything.”
"They can order the moon to turn blue, too, but it doesn't happen. Listen, Ender, commanders have just as much authority as you let them have. The more you obey them, the more power they have over you.
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Did you hear that joke about Peggy Little? She thought she had privacy on a smart phone! Some people will believe anything.
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What?!?!

Are you telling me my phone has a bunch of back doors that can be remotely accessed to spy on me?

bsflag
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Violations of the Bill of Rights ARE an attack on the country itself, and therefore should be regarded as treason, and result in a minimum of 25 years in prison, or the death penalty. Remember, 4th amendment violations like this were and are fully supported by Trump. When he was campaigning, on video, he told us all that "We need to be surveilled".
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Why is this lawsuit only in Massachusetts when this affected all users of android phones.

Needs a class action lawsuit!
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Violations of the Bill of Rights ARE an attack on the country itself, and therefore should be regarded as treason, and result in a minimum of 25 years in prison, or the death penalty. Remember, 4th amendment violations like this were and are fully supported by Trump. When he was campaigning, on video, he told us all that "We need to be surveilled".
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clappa
I thought commanders could order anything.”
"They can order the moon to turn blue, too, but it doesn't happen. Listen, Ender, commanders have just as much authority as you let them have. The more you obey them, the more power they have over you.
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If this is true, and they can prove it in the US Supreme Court is will rewrite constitutional case law.

This is definitely one to follow folks.

Instead of just a Civil Suit, it needs to be prosecuted as criminal as well.


5 Stars.
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yeah right, you know when the Supreme Court will rule something against the treasonous Government

never, they have their ass covered
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you know that the USA courts ruled couple of years ago that the three letter agencies can spy your online history records and activity without a search warrant

and you smoke hopium they'll defend the Constitution
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I can confirm that this happened. I got rid of it and it came back. Google Play did it through updates. I had to turn updates off to keep it from coming back.
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If this is true, and they can prove it in the US Supreme Court is will rewrite constitutional case law.

This is definitely one to follow folks.

Instead of just a Civil Suit, it needs to be prosecuted as criminal as well.


5 Stars.
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What is that called when a few humans can rewrite Law in the Constitution?


No Treason. No. VI. The Constitution of No Authority (1870)

Lysander Spooner

He wrote on the constitutionality of slavery, natural law, trial by jury, intellectual property, paper currency, and banking.
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A new lawsuit filed by New Civil Liberties Alliance, a non-profit founded to "protect constitutional freedoms from violations by the Administrative State," alleges that the Massachusetts Public Health Department secretly installed MassNotify, a spyware app, on residents' Android devices as a measure to 'fight Covid.'

An attorney for the plaintiffs, Peggy Little, said, "This 'android attack,' deliberately designed to override the constitutional and legal rights of citizens to be free from government intrusions upon their privacy without their consent, reads like dystopian science fiction—and must be swiftly invalidated by the court,' Just the News reports.

The lawsuit alleges the Massachusetts Public Health Department worked with Google, starting in June 2021, to install the software surreptitiously on over one million Android phones. MassNotify can only be found through the devices' "settings" function and then navigating to "view all apps" and is not readily visible on the screen.

According to the class-action suit, the software was installed without search warrants and the Massachusetts Public Health Department would reinstall it if a user found it and deleted it.

Read full article here:
[link to www.blacklistednews.com (secure)]
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Why not post the source of the article instead of crappy Blacklisted News? No one wants to see their nasty ads about fat and toe fungus! Ugh - just stop and post the source.

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People who use smartphones are idiots.

Then again, it's difficult to buy a normal non-smartphone these days. Well, the people who made that happen by buying into smartphones in the early days were/are idiots.
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A new lawsuit filed by New Civil Liberties Alliance, a non-profit founded to "protect constitutional freedoms from violations by the Administrative State," alleges that the Massachusetts Public Health Department secretly installed MassNotify, a spyware app, on residents' Android devices as a measure to 'fight Covid.'

An attorney for the plaintiffs, Peggy Little, said, "This 'android attack,' deliberately designed to override the constitutional and legal rights of citizens to be free from government intrusions upon their privacy without their consent, reads like dystopian science fiction—and must be swiftly invalidated by the court,' Just the News reports.

The lawsuit alleges the Massachusetts Public Health Department worked with Google, starting in June 2021, to install the software surreptitiously on over one million Android phones. MassNotify can only be found through the devices' "settings" function and then navigating to "view all apps" and is not readily visible on the screen.

According to the class-action suit, the software was installed without search warrants and the Massachusetts Public Health Department would reinstall it if a user found it and deleted it.

Read full article here:
[link to www.blacklistednews.com (secure)]
 Quoting: The Future Hegemon




Trump's legacy
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What?!?!

Are you telling me my phone has a bunch of back doors that can be remotely accessed to spy on me?

bsflag
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.... back doors .... that's so homophobic!
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Violations of the Bill of Rights ARE an attack on the country itself, and therefore should be regarded as treason, and result in a minimum of 25 years in prison, or the death penalty. Remember, 4th amendment violations like this were and are fully supported by Trump. When he was campaigning, on video, he told us all that "We need to be surveilled".
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Link?
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Fuck Joe Biden
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I can confirm that this happened. I got rid of it and it came back. Google Play did it through updates. I had to turn updates off to keep it from coming back.
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I live in the UK and got this on my phone when everything was turned off in flight mode . I just got the phone and was setting it up ,there was a thread about it here in April 2020 others noticed it I laughed at first then checked my phone and saw it there ? How they managed it I do not know but the phone remained ina drawer for a year and I kept using my old windows phone
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Trump's legacy!
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tds

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I would venture to guess they weren't the only ones doing so.
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When people get a phone they scroll down and place a check in the box on the end of the contract

Which says they agree to all the terms and conditions.


Then put another check agreeing they read all the terms and conditions.


End of story.


Do you have a right to contract? Would you sign a contract with anyone and not have a say in the contract?


Think people, use the thing between your ears.
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Wow, peoples memories are short. This was not just in Massachusetts, this was all over the USA. Almost everyone had it installed without their permission, & there was no way to delete it. You most likely still have it on your phones.

The only option you had was to open the app & select whether or not you wanted to be notified if you came in close proximity to a COVID positive person, but it is most likely still on your phone & most likely still tracking you.
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The ostensible supporters of the Constitution, like the ostensible supporters of most other governments, are made up of three classes, viz.:

1. Knaves, a numerous and active class, who see in the government an instrument which they can use for their own aggrandizement or wealth.

2. Dupes—a large class, no doubt—each of whom, because he is allowed one voice out of millions in deciding what he may do with his own person and his own property, and because he is permitted to have the same voice in robbing, enslaving, and murdering others, that others have in robbing, enslaving, and murdering himself, is stupid enough to imagine that he is a “free man,” a “sovereign”; that this is “a free government”; “a government of equal rights,” “the best government on earth,” and such like absurdities.

3. A class who have some appreciation of the evils of government, but either do not see how to get rid of them, or do not choose to so far sacrifice their private interests as to give themselves seriously and earnestly to the work of making a change.









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A new lawsuit filed by New Civil Liberties Alliance, a non-profit founded to "protect constitutional freedoms from violations by the Administrative State," alleges that the Massachusetts Public Health Department secretly installed MassNotify, a spyware app, on residents' Android devices as a measure to 'fight Covid.'

An attorney for the plaintiffs, Peggy Little, said, "This 'android attack,' deliberately designed to override the constitutional and legal rights of citizens to be free from government intrusions upon their privacy without their consent, reads like dystopian science fiction—and must be swiftly invalidated by the court,' Just the News reports.

The lawsuit alleges the Massachusetts Public Health Department worked with Google, starting in June 2021, to install the software surreptitiously on over one million Android phones. MassNotify can only be found through the devices' "settings" function and then navigating to "view all apps" and is not readily visible on the screen.

According to the class-action suit, the software was installed without search warrants and the Massachusetts Public Health Department would reinstall it if a user found it and deleted it.

Read full article here:
[link to www.blacklistednews.com (secure)]
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glassesoff

Check ur settings see if it's there
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I would always revert google play/services back to the stock app without the covid bullshit on it.
Thought they might try some bullshit like this.
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What?!?!

Are you telling me my phone has a bunch of back doors that can be remotely accessed to spy on me?

bsflag
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Yes and you wank it every night. Find a real person will you
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What?!?!

Are you telling me my phone has a bunch of back doors that can be remotely accessed to spy on me?

bsflag
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Yes and you wank it every night. Find a real person will you
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Pretty sure they were being sarcastic, duh





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