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  • LAWMAKERS SKEPTICAL OF FBI’S PUSH FOR ENCRYPTION BACK DOORS

    10/20/2014 11:39:03 AM PDT · by e-gadfly · 6 replies
    NextGov ^ | 2014-10-17 | Brendan Sasso
    Tech companies like Apple and Google want to make the data customers carry on their smartphones and computers more secure, safe from the prying eyes of spies and identity thieves alike. But law-enforcement officials--from the FBI to local police--see those same devices as treasure troves of evidence.... "I'd be surprised if more than a handful of members would support the idea of backdooring Americans' personal property," Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and vocal privacy advocate, said.... And a House Democratic aide said that staffers have been in touch with the FBI on the issue but that Congress is unlikely...
  • FBI Director Warns Google and Apple "If You Don't Decrypt Phones, We'll Do It For You"

    10/19/2014 12:42:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 111 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19 | Mike Shedlock
    The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution is crystal clear in meaning. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. FBI Director, James Comey, an Obama appointment, does not give a damn what the Constitution says. In a recent speech, Comey warns If Apple and Google Won't Decrypt Phones, We'll Force Them To Everyone...
  • FBI Head: Apple, Google Encryption Leads to 'Dark Place'

    10/17/2014 4:17:20 PM PDT · by e-gadfly · 22 replies
    Tom's Guide ^ | 2014-10-16 | Paul Wagenseil
    FBI Director James Comey gave a strong speech today (Oct. 16) explaining why law enforcement should have access to data on encrypted smartphones. But he failed to cite any examples in which such law-enforcement access could have made the difference between life and death.... The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) of 1994 mandates that telecommunications companies must give police the ability to listen in on telephone conversations. CALEA covers landlines and cellular carriers, and was expanded in 2004 to cover Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers and broadband Internet service providers. For the past few years, the FBI...
  • Ricin Suspect Was Tracked via Mail Scanners

    06/07/2013 4:18:20 PM PDT · by usconservative · 31 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | June 7th, 2013 | The Smoking Gun
    A high-tech computer system that captures images of “every mail piece that is processed” by the United State Postal Service was critical in helping federal agents track the Texas woman arrested today for allegedly sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In a U.S. District Court complaint filed today against Shannon Guess Richardson, an FBI agent details how investigators traced the ricin letters back to New Boston, Texas, where the 35-year-old Richardson (seen below) lives with her husband.
  • Parallel Reconstruction

    10/08/2014 9:02:53 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 7 replies
    Creators.com ^ | October 9, 2014 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    While the political commentators in the nation’s capital are wrapped up in the debate over what to do about ISIS, and as one third of the Senate and nearly all members of the House campaign for re-election, the president’s spies continue to capture massive amounts of personal information about hundreds of millions of us and lie about it. The president continues to dispatch his National Security Agency spies as if he were a law unto himself, and Congress — which is also being spied upon — has done nothing to protect the right to privacy that the Fourth Amendment was...
  • Judy Faulkner Likely Has Your Medical Records (Meet the Billionaire Obama Crony in charge of it)

    05/25/2013 7:56:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Real Revo ^ | 05/23/2013
    Ms. Faulkner is worth two billion dollars. More than 40% of the U.S. population will have its medical information stored in an Epic digital medical record by 2013. Clients include many of the country’s top hospitals, including the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and Cedars-Sinai. Faulkner largely shuns the press and leads a modest lifestyle.” From Real Clear Politics: Who is Judy Faulkner? Chances are, you don’t know her — but her politically connected, taxpayer-subsidized electronic medical records company may very well know you. Top Obama donor and billionaire Faulkner is founder and CEO of Epic Systems, which will soon store...
  • Government Agrees to Settlement for Raiding Reporter’s Home, Seizing Confidential Files

    10/02/2014 7:19:50 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 10-2-14 | Rob Bluey
    An investigative reporter whose private files were illegally seized during a raid on her home will receive $50,000 as part of a settlement with the Department of Homeland Security. Audrey Hudson, an award-winning journalist most recently at the Washington Times, told The Daily Signal she was awoken by her barking dog around 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 6, 2013, to discover armed government agents had descended on her property under the cover of darkness. The agents had a search warrant for her husband’s firearms. As they scoured the home, Hudson was read her Miranda rights. While inside Hudson’s house, a U.S....
  • Australia passes security law, raising fears for press freedom

    10/01/2014 11:16:28 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster
    Reuters ^ | October 1, 2014 | Matt Siegel
    (Reuters) - The first of a series of security powers requested by Australia's government to combat Islamist militants passed through parliament on Wednesday, despite criticism that they could land journalists in jail for reporting on national security. Australia is increasingly concerned over the number of its citizens heading to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside radical Islamists, and police said they foiled a plot by the Islamic State group last month to behead a random Australian citizen. Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that the balance between freedom and security "may have to shift" in the wake of a...
  • Why the Internet of Things Could Become a Privacy Headache

    09/29/2014 4:52:13 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 2 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/29/14 | Steve Berman
    Futurists have always yearned for the day when The Jetsons is reality, where every home is intelligent, and everyone can have Bill Gates-style home automation.  That future is being realized today, with the evolution from computers, to game consoles, to smartphones, and finally, our “stuff”, all connected to the cloud.  By “stuff” I mean appliances, controls, and systems that already have a purpose in the non-connected world.  Like toasters, ovens, refrigerators, garage door openers and doorbells.  It’s called the Internet of Things (IoT). These are the heady days of a new technology, where anyone can be an inventor, and thousands...
  • “FBI, DHS Go Full Scaremonger: Warn Police Of Airstrike-Inspired “Homegrown Extremists”...

    09/24/2014 3:20:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | Tyler Durden
    “While careful to note ‘no specific threats’ have been found, it appears the FBI and DHS have decided it’s time to show why local police departments needed to be fully militarized after all. In the first bulletin, according to Bloomberg, US security officials warned federal and local police to watch for “homegrown violent extremists” who may be motivated to attack by airstrikes in Syria. In the second bulletin, the FBI and DHS assess that disgruntled and former employees pose a significant threat to US businesses due to their authorized access to sensitive information and the networks businesses rely on (no...
  • Public university required students to submit sexual history or face disciplinary action

    09/18/2014 7:40:17 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 81 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    - Clemson is requiring students and faculty to complete an online course through a third party website that asks invasive questions about sexual history. - In an email Clemson says that failure to complete the course will be a violation of the “Student Code of Conduct, General Student Regulation 8: Failure to Comply with Official Request.” ... “How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” asks one question. “With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” asks another. ... Jerry Knighton, Director of the Office of...
  • Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants

    09/18/2014 5:59:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 35 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 9-18-2014 | Craig Timberg
    Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information. The move, announced with the publication of a new privacy policy tied to the release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, amounts to an engineering solution to a legal quandary: Rather than comply with binding court orders, Apple has reworked...
  • Sotomayor: Americans Should be Alarmed by Spread of Drones

    09/12/2014 12:30:24 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 92 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/12/2014 | Jacob Gershman
    Americans should be more concerned about their privacy being invaded by the spread of drones, Justice Sonia Sotomayor told an Oklahoma City audience on Thursday. Speaking before a group of faculty members and students at Oklahoma City University’s law school on Sept. 11, Justice Sotomayor said “frightening” changes in surveillance technology should encourage citizens to take a more active role in the privacy debate. She said she’s particularly troubled by the potential for commercial and government drones to compromise personal privacy. Said Justice Sotomayor: There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that’s happening on what...
  • National health survey coming to York County

    09/05/2014 11:59:39 AM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 29 August AD 2014 | Gary Haber
    National health survey coming to York County By Gary Haber York Daily Record/Sunday News Updated: 08/29/2014 11:40:52 AM EDT Workers from the U.S. government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be in York County from Sept. 2 through Nov. 3 to gather data for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Workers from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics will select 515 York County residents to take part in the ongoing survey of Americans' health and eating habits. York County is one of 15 counties across the country in which about 5,000 people will be asked about their health...
  • Hacker Successfully Breached Healthcare.gov Insurance Website

    09/04/2014 2:20:13 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/4/2014 | Jason Howerton
    A hacker successfully breached Healthcare.gov in July and uploaded “malicious software,” MarketWatch reports, citing federal officials. However, investigators said consumers’ personal information doesn’t appear to have been compromised or stolen. In a written statement, the Department of Health and Human Services noted that its review shows that the hacked server “did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted.” The statement also claimed that measures have been taken to “further strengthen security.”
  • Leaks of nude celebrity photos raise concerns about security of the cloud

    09/02/2014 2:33:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 78 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/1/14 | Andrea Peterson, Emily Yahr and Joby Warrick
    The leaking of hundreds of private and intimate photographs of Hollywood celebrities cast new doubt on the security of popular online storage sites Monday as investigators probed for explanations of the high-profile breach. Privacy experts joined Hollywood publicists in denouncing the leaks, which flooded Web sites over the weekend with nude images of more than a half-dozen A-list actresses and performers, including Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, star of “The Hunger Games” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”
  • Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls

    09/01/2014 10:51:41 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 33 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 8/27/14 | Andrew Rosenblum
    Like many [ultra-secure phones], the CryptoPhone 500...features high-powered encryption. Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, says the phone also runs a customized or "hardened" version of Android that removes 468 vulnerabilities that his engineering team team found in the stock installation of the OS. His mobile security team also found that the [standard] Samsung Galaxy SIII leaks data to parts unknown 80-90 times every hour. [snip] To show what the CryptoPhone can do that less expensive competitors cannot, he points me to a map that he and his customers have created, indicating 17 different phony cell towers known as...
  • Destroying Privacy News: DOT Proposes Mandating Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed

    08/27/2014 8:34:49 AM PDT · by theBuckwheat · 33 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, published last week an "advanced notice of proposed rulemaking" on "vehicle-to-vehicle communications." What NHTSA is proposing could begin a transformation in the American transportation system that makes our lives better and freer — or gives government more power over where we go and when.
  • DEA payments to Amtrak employee being investigated

    08/26/2014 4:09:48 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8-26-14
    Hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged payments by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel to an Amtrak employee are being investigated by the Justice Department inspector general's office. The announcement by Jay Lerner, a spokesman for the IG's office, follows the disclosure by Amtrak's inspector general that DEA paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over nearly 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers that the drug-fighting agency could have lawfully obtained for free through a law enforcement network. The Amtrak IG's report says that under a joint drug enforcement task force that includes the DEA and Amtrak's own police agency,...
  • Google Maps Has Been Tracking Your Every Move, And There’s A Website To Prove It.

    08/22/2014 9:03:17 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 97 replies
    Junkee ^ | 8/15/2014 | Elizabeth Flux
    Remember that scene in Minority Report, where Tom Cruise is on the run from the law, but is unable to avoid detection because everywhere he goes there are constant retina scans feeding his location back to a central database? That’s tomorrow. Today, Google is tracking wherever your smartphone goes, and putting a neat red dot on a map to mark the occasion. You can find that map here. All you need to do is log in with the same account you use on your phone, and the record of everywhere you’ve been for the last day to month will erupt...
  • AFBF pushing for EPA to stop privacy abuse

    08/19/2014 1:02:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s public release of farmers’ and ranchers’ personal information violates basic tenets of federal law, the American Farm Bureau Federation told a Minnesota federal court late Friday. The EPA surprised the farming and ranching community in early 2013 when it publicly released a massive database of personal information about tens of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers, ranchers and their families in 29 states. The information was distributed to three environmental groups that had filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act. The database included the names of farmers, ranchers and sometimes other family members, home addresses,...
  • Mindless Drones

    08/13/2014 8:01:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | John Stossel
    Drones -- unmanned flying machines -- will soon fill our skies. They conjure up fears, especially among some of my fellow libertarians, of spying and death from above. These fears aren't groundless. President Bush approved the use of armed drones against suspected terrorists overseas, and President Obama vastly increased their use. Drones have killed thousands of people in places such as Pakistan and Yemen, countries against which we have not declared war. Drones keep getting more sophisticated. The Air Force is now developing what it calls MAVs, Micro Air Vehicles, tiny drones that can quietly search for an individual terrorist...
  • Kim Komando: 3 surprising things that spy on you that you can't stop

    08/10/2014 12:22:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    Komando.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Kim Komando
    Do you ever feel like you're being watched? In the past, you could chalk it up to paranoia, close the curtains and get on with your life. Thanks to technology, it's not just your imagination. You really are being watched in your home, at work and everywhere in between. From online advertisers and hackers to the NSA and other government agencies, everyone is trying to keep tabs on you. And things keep getting worse. If you think you know every gadget and organization that's a danger, think again. Here are three things spying on you that you probably didn't know...
  • Facebook Crosses The Line With New Facebook Messenger App

    08/08/2014 4:21:33 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 40 replies
    Russo/CBS local ^ | 8/7/14 | Nick Russo
    First, this is VERY important to read and understand. I’m doing my best to look out for all the Facebook Users who aren’t as tech savvy as their kids or friends. I’m trying to help explain what’s happening because if I don’t…nobody else will! If you’re anything like your neighbor…you probably use Facebook on your phone WAY more than you use it on a computer. You’ve been sending messages from the Facebook app and it probably always asks you if you want to install the Facebook Messenger App. It’s always been OPTIONAL but coming soon to your Facebook experience….it won’t...
  • CIA Strikes Penitent Pose

    08/04/2014 6:29:31 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 August 2014 | John Semmens
    With the escape route of deniability closed, CIA Director John Brennan grudgingly apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders for his Agency’s covert perusal of their correspondence. “Yeah, we’re sorry,” Brennan growled. “But I still don’t see what the big deal is. We spy on everyone. Why should Senators be exempt from our efforts to protect national security? Are they somehow better than the average Americans they supposedly represent?” “Is it really implausible that Senators having access to classified information might pose a significant security risk?” Brennan continued. “I could argue that the need to keep an eye on what they...
  • Do You Want the Global Destruction of Financial Privacy to Enable Higher Tax Rates and Bigger Gov't?

    07/30/2014 10:25:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/30/2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    It’s a bad idea when governments demand information on your bank accounts and investments so they can impose economically destructive double taxation. It’s a worse idea when they also demand the right to tax economic activity in other jurisdictions (otherwise known as “worldwide taxation“). And it’s the worst possible development when governments decide that they should impose a global network of data collection and dissemination as part of a scheme of worldwide double taxation. Yet that’s exactly what’s happening. High-tax nations, working through the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, want to impose a one-size-fits-all system of “automatic information...
  • Which is better, Adblock or Adblock Plus?

    07/30/2014 9:41:18 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 22 replies
    Wladimir Palant's notes ^ | 2014-07-29 11:18 local | Wladimir Palant
    Note: This is explicitly posted in my private blog rather than the Adblock Plus blog. This post represents my own opinion only. It is likely unwise to rant about a competing project but I just don’t want to keep my findings to myself. If you are here for Adblock Plus bashing and don’t care enough to read the post, please make sure to read the edit at the bottom nevertheless. On Chrome, two popular ad blockers are currently available: AdBlock and Adblock Plus. Despite the confusingly similar names, they are completely unrelated projects. I am in charge of the latter,...
  • ACT NOW on Senate Baby DNA Bill

    07/09/2014 3:33:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act is waiting in the US Senate for a vote. Last week, before the House voted on it, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann went to the floor of the House and said parent consent should be required. But it passed without consent requirements. Now, the U.S. Senate is planning to vote on the Houseʼs newborn screening bill and send it to the President. The Senate wants to hotline it, but we want to stop it unless it has written informed parent consent for the government storage, use, analysis, and sharing of newborn DNA. Call your Senators...
  • WARNING: Eight EHR Hazards (electronic health records)

    07/09/2014 3:15:22 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    CCHFREEDOM.ORG ^ | 7-9-14 | Twila Brase
    There's triple trouble with electronic health records: patient safety, medical privacy, and data security. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes. England has already tried and failed. The National Health Service, which serves a population of 53 million, began building a national EHR system in 2002. By 2007, it missed key deadlines. In 2011, the $20 billion...
  • HIPAA Complaints Vex Healthcare Organizations [Thanks, Øbamacare]

    07/08/2014 7:08:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Informationweek ^ | 7/8/2014 | Alison Diana
    Since 2013, complaints to the Department of Health and Human Services have risen regarding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations. The number of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violation complaints received by the Department of Health and Human Services spiraled upward in 2013. Complaints are on a similar high-speed trajectory for 2014, according to analysis by TrueVault. "The number of complaints through May 2014 is up 20.6% over the number received through May in 2013, so we believe that we will continue to see complaints surge through 2014," Morgan Brown, vice president of growth at TrueVault, said...
  • Doctor/Patient Confidentiality Gains New Partner

    07/05/2014 10:10:51 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 July 2014 | John Semmens
    It used to be that what transpires between a doctor and patient was considered confidential. Under the Affordable Care Act the Government has now been added as a participant in observing communications between doctor and patient. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell justified the expansion of those in the know as "only prudent. The Affordable Care Act has made the federal government responsible for the health of everyone in America. We can't adequately do that job if information on anyone's condition is withheld from us." "Unenlightened individuals may think that their health is their own concern," Burwell said. "They...
  • U.S. top court rejects Google bid to drop Street View privacy case [illegal Wi-Fi wiretap]

    06/30/2014 10:07:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 67 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2014 | BY LAWRENCE HURLEY
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Google Inc's bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of violating federal wiretap law when it accidentally collected emails and other personal data while building its popular Street View program. The justices left intact a September 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which refused to exempt Google from liability under the federal Wiretap Act for having inadvertently intercepted emails, user names, passwords and other data from private Wi-Fi networks to create Street View, which provides panoramic views of city streets. The lawsuit arose soon after the Mountain...
  • ‘Get a Warrant’: Judicial Engagement Results In Huge Win For Digital Privacy

    06/27/2014 11:31:15 AM PDT · by Hugin · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5:28 PM 06/25/2014 | Evan Bernick
    Can cops simply take your cell phone and browse through it to their hearts’ content after they arrest you? Today, in Riley v. California, a unanimous Supreme Court answered that question with a resounding “no.” It’s not only a victory for digital privacy, but an example of the kind of judicial engagement that we desperately need to protect our liberties from unreasonable government interference. In Riley, the Court addressed the question of whether the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement applies to cell phone searches. In two separate cases, individuals were arrested and searched by police. The police took their cell phones...
  • Wolf Richter just got Paypals new absolutely privacy ever-policy.

    Sunday, when people had other things to do and weren’t supposed to pay attention, PayPal sent its holders an innocuous-sounding email with the artfully bland title, “Notice of Policy Updates.” PayPal didn’t want people to read it – lest they come away thinking that the NSA, which runs the most expansive spying dragnet in history, is by comparison a group of choirboys. The email started with corporate blah-blah on privacy, that PayPal was “constantly” changing things “to give you more of what you want and improve your experience using us.” Got it. This is going to be for your own...
  • Hospitals Now Use Consumers’ Personal Habits (from credit card purchases) To Predict Health Issues

    06/26/2014 3:36:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 41 replies
    Consumerist ^ | June 26, 2014 | Ashley Kieler
    By now we know that every purchase a consumer makes is added to a list detailing one’s spending and life-style habit, which is used to target people for marketing campaigns and other services. But how would you feel if that information was used by your doctors to keep tabs on your health? A new report from Bloomberg details how hospitals are using our habits such as buying cigarettes or skipping the gym to create patient profiles in order to identify those who are most likely to get sick.
  • Microsoft Suffers Another GSA Blow - Smartsheet Chosen In Place Of Microsoft Project (Google)

    06/26/2014 1:19:54 PM PDT · by uncommonsense · 18 replies
    Forbs ^ | 6/24/2014 | Ben Kepes
    When the General Services Administration (GSA), the agency in charge of supplying products and communications for US government offices, chose Google Apps for email and calendaring functions back in 2011, fear was no doubt struck into the heart of Microsoft. After all, the Microsoft MSFT -0.71% Office franchise has been the number one pick of Government agencies for decades. That the GSA would chose an upstart like Google GOOGL -0.35% was something of a shock. Well, the stress in Redmond continues with news today that the GSA has selected Smartsheet to be its online collaborative project management tool. This is,...
  • The Supreme Court Just Struck a Huge Blow Against the Government's Invasion of Your Privacy

    06/26/2014 8:14:09 AM PDT · by Marie · 19 replies
    Policy Mic ^ | 6/25/2014 | Jenna Kagel
    (Regarding Cellphones) The Supreme Court has handed down a unanimous decision in Riley v. California, and it's good news for digital privacy advocates. The Court decided that once someone is arrested, the police may not search the person's phone without a warrant. The ruling stated that "the term 'cell phone' is often misleading in shorthand; many of these devices are in fact miniature computers that also happen to have the capacity to be used as a telephone. They could just as easily be called cameras, video players, rolodexes, calendars, tape recorders, libraries, diaries, albums, televisions, maps, or newspapers." Before just...
  • U.S. will allow EU citizens to sue over data privacy

    06/25/2014 7:40:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 25, 2014 | by Renee Maltezou
    The United States will enact legislation giving European Union citizens the right to sue in the United States if they think their private data was released or misused, the U.S attorney general said on Wednesday. "The Obama administration is committed to seeking legislation that would ensure that ... EU citizens would have the same right to seek judicial redress for intentional or wilful disclosures of protected information and for refusal to grant access or to rectify any errors in that information, as would a U.S citizen," Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters. "This commitment - which has long been sought...
  • Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones

    06/25/2014 10:17:06 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 25, 2014 | ADAM LIPTAK
    <p>In a major statement on privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest.</p> <p>Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the court, said the vast amount of data contained on modern cellphones must be protected from routine inspection.</p>
  • Supreme Court bans warrantless cell phone searches, updates privacy laws (for 21st century)

    06/25/2014 7:59:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Updated: 10:37 a.m. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | By Stephen Dinan
    The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot go snooping through people’s cell phones without a warrant, in a unanimous decision that amounts to a major statement in favor of privacy rights. Police agencies had argued that searching through the data on cell phones was no different than asking someone to turn out his pockets, but the justices rejected that, saying a cell phone is more fundamental. The ruling amounts to a 21st century update to legal understanding of privacy rights. “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the...
  • Swiss based encrypted email service, brought to you by CERN and MIT scientists.

    06/21/2014 8:02:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    indiegogo ^ | 6-21-14 | indiegogo
    ProtonMail is a new email service that is developed by a team of scientists working at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. Our goal is simple: we want to protect people around the world from the mass surveillance that is currently being perpetrated by governments and corporations around the world. We believe that privacy is a fundamental human right that must be protected at any cost. The advent of the internet has now made all of us more vulnerable to mass surveillance than at any other point in human history. The disappearance of online privacy is...
  • DELETE YOUR FACEBOOK

    06/15/2014 4:10:42 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 106 replies
    youtube ^ | 6-5-14 | Matthias
    Is it time for you to delete your Facebook account permanently? This guy thinks so, and his arguments may just convince you. You should take a moment to hear what he has to say and then decide for yourself.
  • Why Is Obama Stockpiling Your Personal Financial Records?

    06/05/2014 4:35:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    Investors.com ^ | June 5, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Diversity Police: Republicans are scratching their heads over the Obama regime's privacy-invading "National Mortgage Database Project." What's it for? That's easy: redistribution of wealth. In an unprecedented federal intrusion, the president's most radical financial regulators — Mel Watt of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Richard Cordray of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — are creating a massive discrimination database on as many as 230 million Americans. It will encompass a mortgage holder's entire credit history — including credit scores and account balances — and all credit lines, from credit cards to student and car loans. "Why are we collecting...
  • New NSA chief seeks to reassure public on surveillance

    06/04/2014 8:32:37 AM PDT · by Iced Tea Party · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/3/14 | Ellen Nakashima
    The new director of the National Security Agency on Tuesday acknowledged that the agency uses facial-recognition tools but said the intent is primarily to identify terrorists and help prevent attacks — adding that such technologies are not broadly directed against Americans. “We do not do this on some unilateral basis against U.S. citizens,” said Adm. Michael S. Rogers, in some of his first public remarks since taking the helm of the embattled spy agency two months ago. A year after the first leaks emerged about the scope of NSA surveillance programs, Rogers is seeking to reframe the public debate that...
  • Is Snowden Obliged to Accept Punishment?

    06/03/2014 10:45:26 AM PDT · by Iced Tea Party · 33 replies
    Just Security ^ | 6/3/14 | Michael J. Glennon
    This is Secretary of State John Kerry’s answer.... “He should man up, come back to the United States. If he has a complaint about what’s wrong with American surveillance, come back here and stand in our system of justice and make his case....” The argument has a specious attractiveness; however, its premises are arbitrary, its logic shaky, and its implications pernicious. ...It is true that some disobedients, such as Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Rosa Parks, did not seek to evade punishment. It is also true, however, that they could not possibly have done so, for...
  • N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

    06/01/2014 3:59:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 31, 2014 | James Risen and Laura Poitras
    The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents. The spy agency’s reliance on facial recognition technology has grown significantly over the last four years as the agency has turned to new software to exploit the flood of images included in emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other communications, the N.S.A. documents reveal. Agency officials believe that technological advances could revolutionize the way that the N.S.A. finds intelligence targets around the world, the documents show....
  • Larry Page: many celebrity 'right to be forgotten' requests likely to be denied

    05/30/2014 9:18:30 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 30/5/2014 | Telegraph
    Many of the requests made to Google by public figures hoping for links to embarrassing information about them are likely to be turned down, the company's CEO Larry Page has said. Following the recent European Court ruling that individuals should have the right to request links to embarrassing or outdated information about them be taken down, Google has received thousands of applications. Mr Page told the Financial Times he worried about the effect the 'right to be forgotten' ruling would have on democracy over time if the search engine did not "do that perfectly" with regards to politicians attempting to...
  • Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy

    05/28/2014 5:33:39 PM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/27/2014 | Eben Moglen
    Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know the apparatus of repression has been covertly attached to the democratic state. However, our struggle to retain privacy is far from hopeless.
  • Big Brother alert: Cameras in the cable box to monitor TV viewers

    05/24/2014 8:17:57 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 95 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Cheryl K. Chumley
    It hardly gets more Orwellian than this. New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers’ homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements. The technology would come via the cable box, and at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill is standing in opposition.
  • So this is how liberty dies

    05/22/2014 11:27:57 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 26 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-22-14 | DrJohn
    This is why I hate Obamacare. I knew this was coming. This is why I railed against using the IRS to enforce Obamacare. I knew insinuating the IRS into your health care was just the beginning. I knew going to electronic health records was going to send this country down the rabbit hole. And here it is. The federal government is piecing together a sweeping national “biosurveillance” system that will give bureaucrats near real-time access to Americans’ private medical information in the name of national security, according to Twila Brase, a public health nurse and co-founder of the Citizens Council...