Spying and Surveillance

What We Learned About NSA Spying in 2014—And What We’re Fighting to Expose in 2015

Posted by on December 28, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
What We Learned About NSA Spying in 2014—And What We’re Fighting to Expose in 2015

After a banner year for shedding light on the NSA’s secret surveillance programs in 2013, the pace of disclosures in 2014—both from whistleblowers and through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits—slowed significantly.But that’s not because all the secrets of NSA surveillance have been revealed.

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The USA Freedom Act: What’s to Come and What You Need to Know

Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 1 Comment
The USA Freedom Act: What’s to Come and What You Need to Know

The USA Freedom Act, the leading contender for NSA reform, is set for a vote this week. The bill has some problems, but is a major step forward for surveillance reform. That’s why we’re asking you to call your Senator and urge them to support the USA Freedom Act. Here’s a rundown of what’s to come, what you need to know, and what may happen this week:

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Mass Surveillance Program Violates Privacy Rights, International Law: UN Report

Posted by on October 15, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Mass Surveillance Program Violates Privacy Rights, International Law: UN Report

‘Literally every Internet user’ is at risk of having their rights violated by intelligence agencies

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Snowden Slams Dropbox, Facebook As Threats To Privacy

Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance, Whistleblower with 1 Comment
Snowden Slams Dropbox, Facebook As Threats To Privacy

Dropbox, Facebook and Google are a few of the biggest threats to individuals’ privacy, Edward Snowden warned at a forum this weekend. Advising consumers to only use encrypted services that promise to not share data with the government or other corporations, the whistleblower gave some quick tips on how to protect personal data and ensure privacy. RT’s Ben Swann recaps the advice.

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Glenn Greenwald: Why Privacy Matters (TED)

Posted by on October 11, 2014 in Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Glenn Greenwald: Why Privacy Matters (TED)

Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States’ extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide.”

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Twitter Sues US Government Claiming Freedom of Speech is Being Violated by Surveillance Laws

Posted by on October 8, 2014 in Spying and Surveillance with 1 Comment
Twitter Sues US Government Claiming Freedom of Speech is Being Violated by Surveillance Laws

Twitter is suing the United States government, claiming the right to free speech is being violated by surveillance laws.

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Stop the Spies: Australians Rise Up Against Mandatory Data Retention

Posted by on October 7, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Stop the Spies: Australians Rise Up Against Mandatory Data Retention

What you searched for before emailing your lawyer. Who you Skyped with afterwards. Who they have Skyped with. Where you were when chatting with your partner last night. The websites you visit during your lunchbreak. These are just a few examples of the kind of personal information that Australian government agencies will have at their fingertips under this Orwellian law.

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MUST WATCH: Why privacy matters – Alessandro Acquisti

Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
MUST WATCH: Why privacy matters – Alessandro Acquisti

The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research — including a project that shows how easy it is to match a photograph of a stranger with their sensitive personal information.

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The Beginning of the End for Australian Freedom of Speech

The Beginning of the End for Australian Freedom of Speech

A summary of the chilling new anti-terrorism/freedom of speech laws introduced by the Abbott Government in Australia this week. George Orwell must be rolling in his grave… again. “Under the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014, anyone including, “journalists, whistle-blowers and bloggers” – who “recklessly” disclose “information” … [that] relates to a special intelligence operation” will now face up to 10 years in jail for doing so.

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Nowhere To Hide As Minority Report-Style Facial Recognition Technology Spreads Across America

Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 2 Comments
Nowhere To Hide As Minority Report-Style Facial Recognition Technology Spreads Across America

As part of the FBI’s new Next Generation Identification System, a facial recognition database known as the Interstate Photo System will have collected 52 million of our faces by the end of 2015. But that is only a small part of the story. According to Edward Snowden, the NSA has been using advanced facial recognition technology for years.

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Secret Surveillance Battle Between Yahoo and US Government Revealed

Secret Surveillance Battle Between Yahoo and US Government Revealed

In 2007, Yahoo fought back against the government’s demand for information on certain overseas customers, saying that the request was over-broad and violated the constitution.

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HOW THE NSA HELPED TURKEY KILL KURDISH REBELS

Posted by on August 31, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
HOW THE NSA HELPED TURKEY KILL KURDISH REBELS

In true “Spy v. Spy” fashion, Turkey is itself is the target of intense surveillance even as it cooperates closely with the U.S.— one NSA document describes the country bluntly as both a “partner and target.”

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Today’s Surveillance Society is Beyond Orwellian

Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 1 Comment
Today’s Surveillance Society is Beyond Orwellian

Brad Templeton argues that we’re all a part of a surveillance apparatus that would be beyond the imagination George Orwell. The problem, he says, is the belief that privacy and security are mutually exclusive. Templeton is a Board Member and Former Chair of Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Track Chair for Computing at Singularity University.

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Take Back Your Digital Privacy – For Free

Take Back Your Digital Privacy – For Free

Governments around the world, spearheaded by Uncle Sam, monitor communication via email, phone, social networks, webcam etc. en masse. Even though government surveillance is becoming more and more invasive, there are ways to shield yourself from prying eyes.

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Snowden Reveals NSA Program Described as ‘Last Straw’ Before Leak

Posted by on August 13, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance, Whistleblower with 1 Comment
Snowden Reveals NSA Program Described as ‘Last Straw’ Before Leak

In an in-depth interview published by Wired Magazine on Wednesday, Edward Snowden discloses what government activities proved to be the “last straw,” prompting the whistleblower to expose the depths of the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance operation. Speaking with investigative journalist James Bamford—who blew the whistle on a government eavesdropping program when stationed in Hawaii during the Vietnam War and later wrote a number of best-selling books about government secrecy and the NSA—Snowden reveals how a botched U.S. government hacking operation caused Syria’s 2012 internet blackout.

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