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Joe Biden: "Believe All Women" (Except The One Accusing Me Of Sexual Assault)

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Joe Biden: "Believe All Women" (Except The One Accusing Me Of Sexual Assault)

In September, 2018 - former Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on allegations of sexual assault against Justice Brett Kavanaugh by insisting that any woman's public claims of sexual assault should be presumed to be true.





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his fingers in 1993 when she was in her mid-20s, making her life "hell."



Biden's deputy campaign manager magically transformed "believe all women" into "all women have a right to tell their story" on Friday, saying in a statement to Fox News: "Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims. We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false."





As we noted last week, Reade said in an interview with Rolling Stone's Katie Halper that Biden sexually assaulted her after she was asked to run a gym bag over to him.



Biden's "hands were on me and underneath my clothes," she said, after he "had me up against the wall."



"I remember him saying first, like as he was doing it, ‘Do you want to go somewhere else,'" she said, adding "And then him saying to me when I pulled away, he got finished doing what he was doing, and I kind of just pulled back and he said, ‘Come on man, I heard you liked me.’ And that phrase stayed with me because I kept thinking what I might’ve said and I can’t remember exactly if he said ‘i thought’ or ‘I heard’ but he implied that I had done this."




Reade then went on to say that “everything shattered in that moment” because she knew that there were no witnesses and she looked up to him. “He was like my father’s age,” she said. “He was like this champion of women’s rights in my eyes and I couldn’t believe it was happening. It seemed surreal.”



Reade then said Biden grabbed her by the shoulders and said, “You’re okay. You’re fine” and proceeded to walk away.



Reade said that Biden also told her something after the alleged assault that she initially didn’t want to share because “it’s the thing that stays in my head over and over.” But after some pressing from Halper, Reade decided to share:



He took his finger. He just like pointed at me and said you’re nothing to me.”



Halper said she spoke with Reade’s brother and close friend, and both of them recall Reade telling them about the alleged assault at the time. -NewsOne




Reade says that after she revealed some of Biden's inappropriate behavior, she was accused of doing the bidding of Vladimir Putin, according to The Intercept.  



Listen to Reade's interview here:







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Believe All Women, Right? Biden Accused Of Sexual Assault

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Believe All Women, Right? Biden Accused Of Sexual Assault

Joe Biden has been 'credibly' accused of sexual assault - and in a world where Democrats set the rules for these types of claims, she must be believed.


Biden with visibly uncomfortable girl (not accuser)

The woman, Tara Reade, accused Biden last year of inappropriate behavior when she worked in his Senate office in 1993. Now (well actually, last Ap

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ril), Reade says Biden touched her inappropriately when she was in her mid-20s.



"My life was hell," said Reade. "This was about power and control. I couldn’t get a job on the Hill."



Now, She's given a graphic podcast interview with Rolling Stone's Katie Halper where she tells her full story.



Reade describes a graphic incident from 1993 in which as superior asked her to run a gym bag to Biden "down towards the capital." When Biden greeted her (not allegedly of course, since we're believing all women), he forced her up against a wall and shoved his hands up her skirt.



Biden's "hands were on me and underneath my clothes," she said, after he "had me up against the wall."



"I remember him saying first, like as he was doing it, ‘Do you want to go somewhere else,'" she said, adding "And then him saying to me when I pulled away, he got finished doing what he was doing, and I kind of just pulled back and he said, ‘Come on man, I heard you liked me.’ And that phrase stayed with me because I kept thinking what I might’ve said and I can’t remember exactly if he said ‘i thought’ or ‘I heard’ but he implied that I had done this."




Reade then went on to say that “everything shattered in that moment” because she knew that there were no witnesses and she looked up to him. “He was like my father’s age,” she said. “He was like this champion of women’s rights in my eyes and I couldn’t believe it was happening. It seemed surreal.”



Reade then said Biden grabbed her by the shoulders and said, “You’re okay. You’re fine” and proceeded to walk away.



Reade said that Biden also told her something after the alleged assault that she initially didn’t want to share because “it’s the thing that stays in my head over and over.” But after some pressing from Halper, Reade decided to share:



He took his finger. He just like pointed at me and said you’re nothing to me.”



Halper said she spoke with Reade’s brother and close friend, and both of them recall Reade telling them about the alleged assault at the time. -NewsOne






Reade says that after she revealed some of Biden's inappropriate behavior, she was accused of doing the bidding of Vladimir Putin, according to The Intercept.  



Probably nothing, right?






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Brit housing association blabs 3,500 folks' sexual orientation, ethnicity in email blunder

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A UK housing association blurted 3,500 people's sensitive personal data as part of a bungled "please update your contact details" email exercise, The Register has been told.…

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Prosecutor Says Weinstein Sentence Should Reflect "Lifetime Of Sexual Abuse"

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Prosecutor Says Weinstein Sentence Should Reflect "Lifetime Of Sexual Abuse"

Disgraced movie moguel and #MeToo posterboy Harvey Weinstein is awaiting what will in all likelihood be a de facto life sentence for the nearly 70-year-old mogul, whose health has allegedly deteriorated significantly following his epic fall from grace, going from one of the most powerful men in Hollywood to a federal inmate in the span of three years.





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p>As the world waits to see what Weinstein's sentence will be, New York prosecutors on Friday filed a letter to judge James Burke in advance of Weinstein's March 11 sentencing arguing that he should be held accountable for a "lifetime of abuse" in which he "trapped women into his exclusive control and assaulted or attempted to assault them."



Weinstein should be punished not only for the crimes detailed during his trial, but for 36 other alleged cases of sexual harassment and assault, workplace abuse and even physically assaulting a reporter that have become part of the public record.




The 11-page letter was penned by Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi, who presided over the prosecution during Weinstein's trial, where he was found guilty on two of the four charges. Though he evaded the most serious charge of predatory sexual assault, he will still likely face a decades-long sentence.



In the letter, Illuzzi-Orbon delivers a devastating account of the longtime Democratic donor's vicious sexually-tinged crimes. "Throughout his entire adult professional life, Weinstein has displayed a staggering lack of empathy, treating others with disdain and inhumanity. He has consistently advanced his own sordid desires and fixations over the well-being of others," she wrote.



Most of the letter is a stunningly long itemization of Weinstein’s alleged misconduct, drawing on a two-year investigation out of the New York district attorney’s office. She breaks the shocking litany up into three categories: "sexual assault and harassment," "bad acts and behavior in the work environment" and "other bad acts."



The trial evidence, the testimony of the six accusers who took the stand, and the additional allegations depict a person who has spent his entire adult life preying on women and those weaker than him.



Illuzzi-Orbon asked Judge Burke to "impose a sentence that reflects the seriousness of defendant's offenses, his total lack of remorse for the harm he has caused, and the need to deter him and others from engaging in further criminal conduct."



Weinstein was convicted Feb. 24 of third-degree rape and first-degree sexual assault involving two women. The recommended sentencing range is five to 25 years - which means it's still possible that he could get off with a light enough sentence allowing him to spend his final years outside a jail cell.



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Uber forks out $4.4m to settle claims of rampant sexual harassment and retaliation in the Travis Kalanick era

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Uber has agreed to pay $4.4m to settle claims it allowed employees to be sexually harassed and then allowed retaliation against them when they came forward.…

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Sexual Exploitation "Epidemic" In England As Nearly 19,000 Children Identified As Victims

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Sexual Exploitation "Epidemic" In England As Nearly 19,000 Children Identified As Victims

Authored by Emma Fiala via TheMindUnleashed.com,



There’s a new official epidemic in England and it can’t be tackled with increased hand washing or a new vaccine. In the past year, nearly 19,000 children have been sexually groomed, according to official numbers. But some say the real figure is much higher.



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Five years ago, 3,300 suspected victims of child sexual exploitation were identified by authorities. That number rose to a shocking 18,700 in 2018-2019.



Grooming was not officially recorded as an assessment factor during referral to social care until 2013.



Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, told the Independent that the grooming of children “remains one of the largest forms of child abuse in the country.”




“Too many times, government has said it will ‘learn lessons’, yet 19,000 children are still at risk of sexual exploitation.



The government has singularly failed to tackle this issue head on. Its approach has been piecemeal and underfunded.”




According to the Independent, the Home Office has begun an analysis of data regarding the cases and will use the results to inform new policy and prevention strategies, but the Queen’s Speech did not mention anything about a public review.



The Independent also reports that investigations into grooming gangs are ongoing throughout the country. In fact, abusers in Huddersfield have already been jailed.



Sammy Woodhouse, a victim from Rotherham, told the Independent:




“You hear this bullshit line, ‘lessons have been learned’, but they haven’t learned anything.”




Woodhouse, who isn’t surprised by the newly released numbers, helped expose a sandal in 2012 that involved the abuse of an estimated 1,500 victims.



“I still hear a lot about the authorities aren’t doing things as they should. It’s not very often I hear something good and for all different reasons—if the police won’t act on reports, people feel they’re not being listened to or supported properly, or information not being shared,” Woodhouse explained.




“I’ve said for years that this country’s in epidemic when it comes to abuse and exploitation. Authorities claim it’s under control but it’s not.”




Woodhouse also noted the likelihood that many victims won’t report what is or has happened to them.



Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, says officers are “doing all we can to pursue and prosecute criminals who exploit and abuse young people” but that “more must be done to stop abuse happening in the first place.” Bailey suggests “honest conversations, education, and appropriate safeguarding.”



A spokesperson for the Home Office said:




“The Home Office is committed to tackling child sexual abuse and will leave no stone unturned in tackling this abhorrent behavior.



This is why we launched the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse to get to the truth, expose what has gone wrong and learn lessons for the future. The inquiry operates independently of government and, within its terms of reference, decides for itself what it investigates.



The inquiry is investigating institutional responses to child sexual exploitation by organized criminal networks with public hearings set for the spring of 2020.”




“We cannot allow grooming to fall out of the spotlight, because sexual exploitation always flourishes in the shadows,” Champion contends.




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CNN Producer Accused Of Rewarding Female Employees For Sexual Favors Quits Following Project Veritas Exposé

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CNN Producer Accused Of Rewarding Female Employees For Sexual Favors Quits Following Project Veritas Exposé

An October exposé by Project Veritas has resulted in the resignation of CNN producer Steve Brusk, who was accused on undercover footage of sexual misconduct and rewarding female employees for sexual favors.






In a November 26 email obtained by The Wrap, Brusk wrote: "As I mark my 20-year anniversary at CNN this week, I have made the hard decision that this is the right time to step down," adding "Truth be told, I have barely had any time off or gotten much sleep the last five years — as we covered the campaign, the transition and the historic White House story. The stress of the last several weeks and being able to be home with my family for the holidays has confirmed for me this is the right decision."



Apparently Steve is the real victim here - despite credible allegations that he made unwanted advances on women during social gatherings.




When speaking about CNN Politics Supervising Producer and White House Unit Supervising Producer/Coverage Manager, Steve Brusk, ‘The Lead with Jake Tapper’ Senior Producer Rick Saleeby said: “…he would like make advances if there was a social gathering and they were drunk… Put his arms around them, try and touch their leg. Try and build up emails to the level where he would get flirty and inappropriate.” -Project Veritas  




Saleeby, Tapper's senior producer, went on to describe how he had to rescue a 21-year-old woman from a lecherous Brusk during a party for a co-worker.




“So, like, there is this girl that was twenty-one. She’s actually a good friend of mine. She had just gotten hired after being an intern…And she was getting…There was a going away party for a co-worker. We were all having a really good time…She was very well liked. We were getting drunk. He started like staying close to her…Arm around her.”



Saleeby went on to describe the scene with more details: “She had a skirt on. I could see the hand. I like grab her. It looked like I was being the assaulter because I grabbed her so aggressive…To keep her from him. Like go around her and go Come over here and looked at him because I could flatten him…It was like…I wouldn’t do it because then I would be the one who got fired…He would have absolutely been like ‘get in a cab with me later.’”



Saleeby states that he found out later that there had allegedly been prior accusations against Brusk: “Because she was drunk. He had his arm around her. And in the setting like any other time ever, they barely speak…But he was like, trying to like, touch her thigh…He had already been accused of the things prior…Which I found out…Which I found out later.”




Saleeby then suggests that Brusk would have been fired in today's "Me-Too" climate where "People are afraid to do shit."



"I mean he has been at CNN for like twenty years…People have gotten away with a lot of sh*t," Saleeby added.



Another CNN employee suggested Brusk rewarded sexual favors.



Nick Neville, CNN's Media Coordinator, said “I will just say this, because this is open knowledge, it’s not like a Me Too thing, but there was this other girl who was like an NA (News Assistant), I feel like we basically had the same level of experience…And a job just kind of like appeared out of nowhere…And it was never posted online, and this girl always worked pretty closely with Steve, like all of us on the desk would help Steve out with stuff…But this other girl works pretty closely with him and he would email her, I mean, he emails all of us, but he would email and was very friendly to her. And then she just like got a job like working on his team and she was like, oh it’s hush-hush. The job was never posted anywhere. I was like, what is it?…I just thought it was a little strange…Was there an agreement? What happened there?…Like I’m saying, that’s open knowledge, but it just kind of like goes along with what he said."



Watch the entire video below:






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In a world of infosec rockstars, shutting down sexual harassment is hard work for victims

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How a close-knit hero-worshiping culture can make reporting abusers difficult – and how help is at hand

Cassie was studying for the computer security industry qualification CISSP when the harassment started.…

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Finance Conference Outraged After Billionaire Ken Fisher Shocks With Crude Sexual Remarks

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Finance Conference Outraged After Billionaire Ken Fisher Shocks With Crude Sexual Remarks

At a financial services conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, billionaire Ken Fisher - whose firm manages more than $100 billion (for now, at least) - shocked attendees when he compared gaining a client's trust to "trying to get into a girl's pants," according to Bloomberg. Rachel Robasciotti, a founder of wealth manager Robasciotti & Philipson sa

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id: "I was floored. For me and some of the women sitting nearby we were kind of in shock. We were like: ‘Wait, did that really just happen?’”



Doubling down on his jarring remarks, Fisher also noted that executives who were "not comfortable talking about genitalia should not be in the financial industry."  (Maybe because it's inevitably going to come up when discussing long-term wealth building strategies, right?). Robasciotti also said Fisher referenced dropping acid and likened his employees to cattle who needed to be branded. 



Alex Chalekian, founder of Lake Avenue Financial, posted a video on Twitter calling the remarks “absolutely horrifying.”



Chalekian conceded that "the way the summit is set up, it’s meant to allow many of these icons in the industry to be comfortable, and talk among their peers" before continuing by saying "But I just had to open up and mention how disgusted I am."




Sonya Dreizler, a consultant who attended most of the fireside chat, added: "Since this content is not about business issues, I’m choosing to break that code of privacy to confirm that the comments from the stage indeed were outrageous.”



Fisher responded in a statement on Wednesday: “While I said words he cited I don’t think he heard me correctly and clearly misconstrued my meaning and certainly my intended meaning. Most of his slant is ‘gotcha,’ wrong in my view. To the extent he and any others were offended I apologize truly and sincerely.”



After reports of Fisher's comments made their rounds on Wednesday, Fisher followed up by telling Bloomberg: “I have given a lot of talks, a lot of times, in a lot of places and said stuff like this and never gotten that type of response. Mostly the audience understands what I am saying.”



“I regret I accepted that speech invitation because it was kind of a pain in the neck,” he continued. "I wonder if anybody will be candid at one of these Tiburon events again.”





To some degree, Fisher has a track record of making similar comments in the past. He was quoted at an investing conference in California last year as saying: "The most stupid thing you can do is what every mutual fund firm in the world always did, and that’s brag about performance in a direct mail piece. That’s a little bit like walking into a bar and you are a single guy and want to get laid and walking up to some girl and saying: ‘Hey you want to have sex?’ You just turn yourself into a jerk."



At the same conference, when asked what he would have done differently in his life, he said he would “have more sex.” 



Regardless, while Fisher may have turned off conference attendees this week, he still has an estimated worth of $3.6 billion to help keep him company.



One astute Twitter observer did a great job summarizing the key points of Fisher's presentation: 




Nice guy, indeed.




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Did Epstein Own An 'Extremely Sexual' Portrait Of Bill Clinton In A Blue Dress?

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While Little St. James, aka Jeffrey Epstein's 'Orgy Island', has attracted the bulk of the media's attention since the convicted pedophile/alleged financier was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell Saturday morning, as it turns out, one of the most interesting posthumous Epstein stories comes from his Manhattan Townhouse.



According to the Daily Mail, which has reported on FBI agents searching Epstein's island (including the creepy 'Temple' that some believe was used to house Epstein's sex slaves) and also revealed the location of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's companion and

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purported madam who reportedly helped him recruit underage girls, one visitor to Epstein's Manhattan mansion witnessed a truly twisted work of art: A photo of President Bill Clinton wearing a blue dress and red heels in the Oval Office.



The DM can't say for sure that the portrait hung in Epstein's home, but it apparently found multiple sources to back up the story, and was also given a snap of the portrait by one of its sources.



Clinton and Epstein were friends (even if Clinton denounced any association with Epstein after his first sex-charge investigation) for a while during the aughts, and Epstein even flew him on his planes more than 20 times.



The Daily Mail's anonymous tipster managed to surreptitiously snap a photo of the Clinton portrait, and she shared it with the Mail.





Though Clinton has insisted that he never visited Epstein's island, one of Epstein's accusers, Virginia Roberts, claims she saw Clinton on the island for a dinner held in his honor shortly after he left office.



As for the "extremely sexual" portrait which obviously recalls Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress, the source of the photo said she was inside Epstein's home for around an hour and a half for a meeting, which had been arranged by the pedophile's then-assistant Lesley Groff.



Groff has been named as a possible accomplice in the New York case - AG William Barr has said the DoJ would prosecute alleged Epstein accomplices. She was granted immunity in Epstein's controversial plea deal in 2008.




"We had been in communication with Lesley Groff. She was the person who coordinated our meeting," the Mail's source said.



"We were met at the door of Epstein's penthouse by a butler. He had a real butler - an old gentleman who walked with a limp. He led us to Lesley's circular office. She was beautiful and fabulous and so nice and bubbly."



"Then she led us into Epstein's private quarters which is when we passed by the open door and the portrait."



"We went into his dining room and spoke to him about the proposal."




The source said she immediately got a creepy vibe from Epstein, and hoped she wouldn't end up doing business with him.




"He came out in pajamas. He wasn't messy but he had on a white t-shirt, pajama bottoms and bare feet. He was very grey and he looked creepy."



"He looked like a villain to me. I immediately knew we didn't want to do business with him, despite wanting the contract."



"I knew he would bury us if something went wrong."




But fortunately, the proposal fell through and she never worked with the billionaire.

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Sexual Consent Classes Offered To Berlin Refugees Following High-Profile Rape Cases

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Refugees living in Berlin are being offered sexual education classes following public outcry over recent high-profile cases involving rape and other sexual offenses, according to TheLocal.de.





Participation is voluntary for the four-hour course, "Together for Security," which Germany's integration commissioner Annette Widmann-Mauz called for following a gang rape case in Freiburg in which 10 of the 11 suspects are refugees. It is very similar to the "migrant sex courses" launched in Sweden last year. 



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The tone in the room and on the screen quickly changes when the man takes the woman home, locks the door and, when she attempts to leave, he rapes her.



When the grim video ends, seven men in their thirties, refugees who have come to Berlin from Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan, are invited to react and comment.



"She has had too much to drink, they are sleeping together," says one, convinced the man in the video took advantage of the young woman's drunkenness to abuse her.



"He knew very well what he wanted," says another.



At this point, the workshop's moderator, Carola Pietrusky-Niane, jumps in to explain that "it happens frequently in Berlin, young people drink a lot, take drugs," and in certain cases, this type of aggressive crime can happen. -TheLocal.de




In another exercise, a video tablet shows immigrants how close they are alloweed to stand without invading someone's personal space



"You shouldn't get too close to the person you're talking to," said Pietrusky-Niane, adding "The same with children, they don't necessarily like to be touched (by strangers)." 



The session, organized by Norwegian hostel management company Hero, was attended by seven single men - some of whom are fathers. Questions included "How do you know whether a woman is willing?" and "How do you react if she isn't?"




Advice is given to refugees from countries where displays of affection are banned in public, boys and girls often attend separate schools and rape within marriage is not considered a crime.



One of the short videos during the workshop spells out the difference between consensual sex and rape.



"It's like asking a person if they want a cup of tea," says the voiceover in English.



"If she answers 'Yes, I love it', it's because she wants one.



"If she hesitates, you can make the tea and ask again," the video continues.



"And if someone says 'No, thank you', don't make the tea and don't get angry -- it's the same with sexuality," the video concludes. -TheLocal.de




Backlash



The combination of rape cases (including a 2016 rape-murder by an Afghan refugee) and mass assaults on New Year's Eve in 2015-2016 has stoked a massive backlash against Germany's more than one million refugees. In November of 2018 a 15-year-old girl was dragged into a public toilet in Königs Wusterhausen and raped by two Afghan migrants, resulting in a massive protest. 



In 2016, the daughter of a high-ranking EU official was raped and murdered in the German city of Freiburg by an Afghan migrant


Maria Ladenburger


In Germany, there was a 15-percent rise in sex crimes committed by foreigners in 2018, 6,046 offences compared to 5,258 in 2017, according to federal statistics.



prosecute perpetrators of sex-related crimes.



But they also underline the challenge of integrating large numbers of migrants, a big proportion of whom are young, single men from countries which would view Western norms as surprisingly liberal.



In Norway, migrants were compelled to undergo similar courses between 2013

and 2015, after several rape cases involving refugees. -TheLocal.de




"Differences in culture and customs exist," said University of Merseburg sexology professor Heinz-Jürgen Voss, adding that such training is "useful" and should be offered to refugees throughout Germany. 

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Siri "Regularly" Listens In On Your Sexual Encounters, Apple Insists "Only For A Few Seconds"

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Should it come as any surprise? And yet the details are shocking and outrageous. A whistleblower working for Apple has revealed to The Guardian that its popular voice activated spying device helpful virtual assistant Siri, now in millions of households, "regularly" records people having sex, and captures other "countless" invasive moments which it promptly sends to Apple contractors for their listening pleasure "quality control":




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ion, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.






We've long pointed out that according to Amazon's Alexa terms of use, the company collects and stores most of what you say to Alexa (or perhaps what you groan) - including the geolocation of the product along with your voice instructions. 



However, what's not disclosed or at least not well known up to this point is that a "small proportion" of all Siri recordings of what consumers thought were private settings are actually forwarded to Apple contractors around the world, according to the new report. Supposedly this is to ensure Siri is responding properly and can continue to distinguish dictation. Apple says, according to The Guardian, the data “is used to help Siri and dictation… understand you better and recognise what you say”.



But an anonymous current company insider and whistleblower told The Guardian: “There have been countless instances of recordings featuring private discussions between doctors and patients, business deals, seemingly criminal dealings, sexual encounters and so on. These recordings are accompanied by user data showing location, contact details, and app data.”





Contradicting Apple's defense that these sultry samples are "pseudonymised recordings," Apple employees can know precisely who is having sex and where, and what time the deed was done



Apple's formal response to the Guardian investigation was as follows:




A small portion of Siri requests are analysed to improve Siri and dictation. User requests are not associated with the user’s Apple ID. Siri responses are analysed in secure facilities and all reviewers are under the obligation to adhere to Apple’s strict confidentiality requirements.




Just trust us, Apple appears to be saying. Most of what can be deemed sensitive data is captured through so-called accidental activations by "trigger words," according to the report, with the highest rates of such occurrences via the Apple Watch and HomePod smart speakers. 



“The regularity of accidental triggers on the watch is incredibly high,” the company whistleblower explained. “The watch can record some snippets that will be 30 seconds – not that long but you can gather a good idea of what’s going on.”



The insider continued, “you can definitely hear a doctor and patient, talking about the medical history of the patient. Or you’d hear someone, maybe with car engine background noise – you can’t say definitely, but it’s a drug deal… you can definitely hear it happening. And you’d hear, like, people engaging in sexual acts that are accidentally recorded on the pod or the watch.”


Apple Watch Series 4. Image source: Bloomberg

Further less than comforting is just how many across the globe have access to these private moments: “There’s not much vetting of who works there, and the amount of data that we’re free to look through seems quite broad,” the contractor continued. “It wouldn’t be difficult to identify the person that you’re listening to, especially with accidental triggers – addresses, names and so on.”



“Apple is subcontracting out, there’s a high turnover. It’s not like people are being encouraged to have consideration for people’s privacy, or even consider it. If there were someone with nefarious intentions, it wouldn’t be hard to identify [people on the recordings].”



The evidence continues to mount: Siri is a blackmailer's dream come true... or spy agency, or voyeur, or political adversary, or just plain pervert. 


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