Back to the drawing board
When I wrote about the decentralization movement a year back, one of the big pro-privacy hopes was Mailpile, which is ambitiously trying…
Cut out the middleman
Apical, a company best known for the years of work it has spent contributing imaging tech to camera lenses inside smart phones…
Groundbreaking if toothless
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has for the first time found a surveillance software company to be in violation of…
Better than nothing?
The U.S. administration is set to make a few changes to the country’s mass surveillance practises, according to a New York Times…
Ding dong, amendments dead
Members of the U.K. House of Lords, who last week introduced amendments to an antiterror bill that would have essentially brought back…
Surveillance state proposals
Four U.K. Lords have proposed amendments to an anti-terror bill that would revive much of the dormant Communications Data Bill, a.k.a the “Snooper’s…
CCTV is evolving
The U.K.’s surveillance camera commissioner has warned that British citizens don’t seem to be aware of the implications of being constantly monitored…
Human rights are a thing
Two British members of Parliament have won the right to have the contentious Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) – an…
The resolution cleared committee stage on Tuesday and will now go before the General Assembly in December.
The Intelligence and Security Committee report into the murder of Lee Rigby claimed that the failure of the firm to alert authorities to the killer’s murderous desires was the “single issue” that stopped MI5 stepping up surveillance on him.
The government wants ISPs to retain records linking specific devices to the IP addresses they use. So far, the move has received a cautious welcome from civil liberties campaigners.
The flawed bill fell two votes short of what was needed, creating an odd situation where the bulk collection of communications records and other metadata can continue for now, but some of the underpinning legislation becomes likely to expire in mid-2015.
It’s the sort of thing that makes you want to hide in a cave with a tin foil hat: a new report reveals that the Justice Department is using airplanes to scan the cell phone data of suspected criminals, and anyone who might be standing near them.
Facebook has updated its bi-annual report on government data requests. The update reflects a now-familiar increase in data demands, but also the frequency with which Facebook is the subject of Patriot Act demands.
The case involves a notorious piece of spyware, sold by a British firm, that helps spies and police all over the world gain access to their targets’ computing devices.
“Stealth” pouches such as the UnPocket and Off Pocket have their uses, particularly if you suspect you’re being monitored — but they should be used wisely and in moderation.
Well, you didn’t think surveillance had decreased, did you? The latest Google transparency report shows government demands for data in criminal investigations increased again, and that more countries are asking for it too.
In investigating a minor government scandal, the British police used the RIPA law — recently expanded to include web-based communications of all kinds — to figure out a journalist’s sources. Somehow, this was legal.
Gently at first but perhaps more strongly in the future, Google is now ranking up websites that use secure connections for their customers’ communications and activities.
It’s not clear why the company is being investigated, but based on earlier statements by the Chinese government it is most likely to do with the security of Windows.
Tom Watson and David Davis are teaming up with Liberty to launch a legal challenge against the data retention law, which was barely debated but which allows the UK authorities to monitor all kinds of web services.
The House of Lords passed the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill on Thursday without a vote, and it received royal assent hours later. That means DRIP is law after just a few days’ scrutiny.
The UK Data Retention and Investigation Powers (DRIP) Bill, which is being fast-tracked through the legislative process, cleared the first stage in…
The German parliamentary committee investigating NSA activities in the country may use non-connected, mechanical typewriters to protect its work, committee chairman Patrick…
A major new report from The Intercept has identified 5 respected individuals whose emails were targeted by the NSA and FBI. NSA leaker Edward Snowden said he leaked the list to enable targets to challenge the constitutionality of their surveillance.
In what may turn out to be the biggest diplomatic upset yet to emerge from the surveillance scandal, German authorities have arrested a German intelligence employee who reportedly confessed to spying on a parliamentary NSA inquiry committee, on behalf of U.S. intelligence.
The U.S. firm’s contract for running Germany’s federal administrative infrastructure will be allowed to expire next year, and the NSA revelations are a big, explicit reason.
Civil liberties activitists sued the British intelligence agencies over their surveillance programs, forcing the government to explain its legal rationale for intercepting certain online searches and communications.
Finally, a full-blown investigation has been launched. It’s only focusing on the phone-bugging incident, though, not the NSA’s alleged surveillance of normal Germans.
In a major victory for privacy advocates, the European Court of Justice has ruled that the EU’s data retention policies for phone and internet companies are too broad.
Google released the latest update to its Transparency Report and, for the first time, the overall number of user accounts that the government wants to see hasn’t increased.
The latest Snowden-derived story, this time from the Washington Post, gives us a broad outline of a program called MYSTIC, through which the NSA can record all voice calls in a country and store them in a searchable archive.
A technological spin-off from the Occupy movement, Loomio is crowdfunding a system to help groups of all sizes make decisions. The team is starting small, but it has political transformation in its sights.
It’s not just overbearing web giants and mighty broadband mergers that threaten to destroy competition — there’s also a case for seeing the surveillance state as a potential monopolistic blocker in the marketplace of ideas.
The latest Snowden revelation suggests that Australia’s spies are committing economic espionage on Americans, for the benefit of the American government.
The European Commission has announced a set of standards for connected car systems, but privacy enthusiasts will be glad to hear such systems won’t be mandated by law, unlike in the U.S. However, practically speaking, connected cars will become the norm.
Microsoft says foreign customers will be able to choose to have their data stored outside the U.S. However, there are a couple of problems to bear in mind, with the big one being the Patriot Act.
Verizon gave accounts of the subpoenas, security orders and warrants it received and the wiretaps it executed for law enforcement. But it said nothing on FISA, which it’s barred from reporting on.
President Obama’s speech on spying and privacy was eloquent, but it sure was long. So, very loosely, here’s what he said, section by section, in around a tenth of the words.
The NSA developed a tool 6 years ago to let it attack the then-new iPhone(s aapl), according to documents from that time,…
Verizon is joining companies like Google and Facebook in deciding to publish a report that states how often the government asks for subscriber data.
A panel appointed by the White House to report on the NSA’s surveillance tactics has responded with surprising recommendations to rein in the agency.
Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show how the NSA has at least considered using evidence of alleged Islamist extremists’ online sexual activities to discredit them. The targets were not suspected of involvement in terrorist plots.
Developed-world governments are more likely than those in the developing world to spy on their citizens’ online communications, a report from the World Wide Web Foundation has warned. Meanwhile, a U.N. resolution on online privacy has been softened but retains some bite.
What’s the sensible reaction to the NSA spying on European countries (with, ahem, some cooperation of those countries’ own intelligence agencies)? According…
Privacy International has asked the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to investigate whether telecoms giants such as BT and Verizon Enterprise broke human rights rules by cooperating too much with British intelligence and not fighting back on their customers’ behalf.
There has been a lot of speculation over whether recent disclosures about America’s extensive spy programs will harm the country’s economic interests.…
Germany and Brazil are pushing forward with proposals for a global right to online privacy. It would have been nice if this action had begun in earnest when it was citizens being spied upon, and not only after Angela Merkel and Dilma Rousseff were revealed as targets.
Shoppers are walking around with little homing devices in their pockets, better known as smartphones. Retailers like Nordstrom love the idea of…
A Snowden-derived article in Le Monde on Monday claimed that the NSA has been recording millions of voice calls in France and scanning them for keywords. Businesspeople and politicians appear to have been targeted.
Tired of all the grim news about NSA and eroding civil liberties. A Brooklyn-based outfit has introduced a bit of fun into the process, recounting the NSA scandal to the tune of Blurred Lines.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/02/us/drug-agents-use-vast-phone-trove-eclipsing-nsas.html?pagewanted=all The New York Times continues the surveillance theme with a scoop about a project called Hemisphere, which involves the collection and…
http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20130818120421175 Pamela “PJ” Jones, the proprietor of Groklaw, is shutting down operations in the wake of the Lavabit secure email service closure.…
A London startup called Renew is using Wi-Fi-equipped recycling bins to track the smartphones that pass by on the street. The legality of this is questionable, particularly as there’s no opt-in.
Sure, you can dump your SIM card, but according to a group of Dresden researchers, your phone has a unique radio frequency signature that can be tracked.
Vint Cerf, one of the “fathers” of the internet and a current Googler, reckons it is impossible to ensure people’s online privacy through technological means. But is it really?
The blocking of Skype and WhatsApp rival Viber in Saudi Arabia may or may not be a matter of censorship, but CEO Talmon Marco is pointing a finger at Google for making the process too easy.
If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I wish there were a way to keep tabs on my home when I’m away WHILE…
Between Twitter, MySpace, YouTube (s GOOG), and personal sites, celebrities write their own tabloids these days. And that’s especially true for the…