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Newsflash: Facebook Messenger is Recording You Even When Your Phone is Not Being Used

Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Newsflash: Facebook Messenger is Recording You Even When Your Phone is Not Being Used

People have come to see multi-tasking as a virtue, and so have required companies to make communication easier and faster. Facebook Messenger, for instance, has become a powerful tool for people to connect with each other.

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New Hampshire Bill To Ban NSA Activity Called the “Biggest Threat Since the Civil War”

Posted by on December 23, 2015 in Government, Policies, Spying and Surveillance with 5 Comments
New Hampshire Bill To Ban NSA Activity Called the “Biggest Threat Since the Civil War”

A bill introduced in the New Hampshire House for the 2016 session would prohibit a federal-local surveillance collaboration that the NSA’s former chief technical director called the “biggest threat since the civil war.”

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Creepy Doll Redux: 8 Reasons Not To Buy Hello Barbie

Posted by on November 10, 2015 in Conscious Living, Conscious Parenting with 0 Comments
Creepy Doll Redux: 8 Reasons Not To Buy Hello Barbie

Your nightmare has come to life; she’s perky with impossible proportions and loves talking fashion while coaxing secrets from little girls.

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Estonia Is a Global Example of E-Government, Digital Freedom, Privacy, and Security

Estonia Is a Global Example of E-Government, Digital Freedom, Privacy, and Security

Since Estonia regained independence in 1991, its government has sought to redesign the nation’s entire information infrastructure with goals of openness, privacy, and security. The technology platform that Estonia built to serve its citizens sets an example for the rest of the world. Each citizen has one identification number to use across all systems, from paper passport to bank records to any government office or medical care. This includes giving electronic signatures, filing taxes, and voting. Estonians elect their parliament online, and get their taxes back in two days.

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With New Privacy Bill, California Delivers Landmark Win For Digital Privacy

Posted by on October 11, 2015 in Government, Internet Control with 5 Comments
With New Privacy Bill, California Delivers Landmark Win For Digital Privacy

California now has the most comprehensive tech privacy bill in the nation and should be model for other states.

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Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Maintaining Extensive Database on NSA Spying

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Maintaining Extensive Database on NSA Spying

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF.org), a public interest technology watchdog group, is maintaining an extensive database on NSA surveillance that it is making available for public research. The site includes NSA primary sources, information on key officials and agencies involved in the creation and perpetuation of NSA surveillance, legality authorizations, a surveillance timeline, and much, much more.

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Congress introduces USA Freedom Act to limit NSA’s domestic phone spying

Congress introduces USA Freedom Act to limit NSA’s domestic phone spying

Patriot-Act penitents Sensenbrenner and Leahy offer belated retribution to the American people in the form of the USA Freedom Act. The Senate bill requires the NSA to halt the metadata collection of Americans’ phone records, provides for a public advocate to represent the interests of private citizens in the FISA courts, and allows for increased public scrutiny of FISA court rulings.

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The Data Hackers: Mining Your Information for Big Brother

The Data Hackers: Mining Your Information for Big Brother

We willingly hand over information to the big data companies and in return they facilitate our communications and provide us with diversions. Take Google, which offers free email, data storage, and phone calls to many of us, or Verizon, which charges for smartphones and home phones. We can withdraw from them anytime, just as we believe that we can delete our day-to-day social activities from Facebook or Twitter.

But there is a second kind of data company of which most people are unaware: high-tech outfits that simply help themselves to our information in order to allow U.S. government agencies to dig into our past and present. Some of this is legal, since most of us have signed away the rights to our own information on digital forms that few ever bother to read, but much of it is, to put the matter politely, questionable.

This second category is made up of professional surveillance companies. They generally work for or sell their products to the government — in other words, they are paid with our tax dollars — but we have no control over them.

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Communications Media and Privacy: Destroying the Right to be Left Alone

Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Corporate Controlled Media, Media & Arts with 1 Comment
Communications Media and Privacy: Destroying the Right to be Left Alone

In the U.S. these days, privacy is so been-there-done-that. Just this week, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a secret outfit that hears only the government side of any argument and has generally been a rubberstamp for surveillance requests, declassified an opinion backing the full-scale collection and retention of the phone records (“metadata”) of American citizens. That staggering act was, the judge claimed, in no way in violation of the Fourth Amendment or of American privacy. She also gave us a little peek at corporate courage in our brave new surveillance world, writing that “no holder of records [i.e., telecommunications company] who has received an order to produce bulk telephony metadata has challenged the legality of such an order.”

That story, like so many others in recent months, arrived thanks to the revelations of Edward Snowden about the ever-widening powers of the National Security Agency (NSA), led by a general who, we now know, lives in a world of intergalactic fantasies of power and control out of Star Trek: The Next Generation and once even worked in an Army intelligence war room created by a Hollywood set designer in the style of that show. As Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood indicate today, however, gigantic as the NSA’s intrusions on privacy might be, they are only part of an uncomfortably large story in which many U.S. agencies and outfits feel free to take possession of our lives in ever more technologically advanced and intrusive ways.

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Laura Poitras: The Wiz Behind Snowden’s Surveillance Relevations

Laura Poitras: The Wiz Behind Snowden’s Surveillance Relevations

If anyone could be designated the media architect behind the Edward Snowden revelations about the extent of NSA surveillance, it would be photojournalist Laura Poitras. When David Miranda, domestic partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, was recently detained in London’s Heathrow Airport under the UK’s Terrorism Act, he was in transit from Berlin, where he had been visiting Poitras. This article provides context for Miranda’s detention, as well as background on events relating to the media coverage of Edward Snowden’s revelations in Hong Kong.

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US Government Task Force To Force Companies To Spy On Users

Posted by on April 30, 2013 in Government, Internet Control with 1 Comment
US Government Task Force To Force Companies To Spy On Users

A United States government task force is formulating legislation that will give companies no other choice but to find a way for federal agencies such as the FBI to spy on the online communications of millions of Americans. The task force wants Internet companies to give law enforcement agencies backdoor access to customers’ account, and if the legislation becomes law businesses that don’t comply could face stiff penalties for not facilitating the monitoring of Internet activity.

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CISPA: U.S. Employees Set To Be Forced To Give Bosses Their Facebook PASSWORDS

Posted by on April 23, 2013 in Internet Control, Spying and Surveillance with 1 Comment
CISPA: U.S. Employees Set To Be Forced To Give Bosses Their Facebook PASSWORDS

An attempt to ban US bosses from asking employees to hand over their Facebook login details has been blocked by Congress.

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Two Out of Every Three Americans Lost Fourth Amendment Protections to DHS

Posted by on March 30, 2013 in Internet Control, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Two Out of Every Three Americans Lost Fourth Amendment Protections to DHS

Two out of every three people reading this could have your electronic devices searched, without there being any reasonable suspicion, because the Department of Homeland Security has decided that such search and seizures do not violate your Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

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Little-Known Cell Phone Surveillance Tool Raises Concerns By Judges, Privacy Activists

Little-Known Cell Phone Surveillance Tool Raises Concerns By Judges, Privacy Activists

The investigations used a device known as a StingRay, which simulates a cellphone tower and enables agents to collect the serial numbers of individual cellphones and then locate them. Although law enforcement officials can employ StingRays and similar devices to locate suspects, privacy groups and some judges have raised concerns that the technology is so invasive — in some cases effectively penetrating the walls of homes — that its use should require a warrant.

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