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  • Zuckerberg: "I'm Really Sorry This Happened"

    03/22/2018 7:55:06 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 66 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 3-22-2018 | Ian Schwartz
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks to CNNMoney’s Laurie Segall after the news broke this weekend that Cambridge Analytica accessed information from 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge. LAURIE SEGALL, CNN SENIOR TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT: I want to start with just a basic question, Mark. What happened? What went wrong? MARK ZUCKERERG, FACEBOOK CEO: So this was a major breach of trust, and I’m really sorry that this happened. You know, we have a basic responsibility to protect people's data. And if we can't do that, then we don't deserve to have the opportunity to serve people. So, our responsibility now...
  • Academic who collected 50 million Facebook profiles: ‘We thought we were doing something normal’

    03/22/2018 1:58:57 AM PDT · by blueplum · 30 replies
    The Verge ^ | 21 March 2018 | James Vincent
    ....Kogan’s comments, made to BBC Radio 4’s Today program, describe an environment of permissive data-gathering and lax privacy policies. “We thought we were acting perfectly appropriately. We thought we were doing something that was really normal,” Kogan said. “My view is that I’m being basically used as a scapegoat by both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.” {snip} Whether or not the Facebook data helped swing the election for Trump is unclear, although experts are skeptical. “I think Cambridge Analytica is a better marketing company than a targeting company,” one academic studying political microtargeting told The Verge this week. Speaking to Radio...
  • Facebook Reminds Users Its Terms Of Service Specifically Allow For Orwellian Social Engineering

    03/20/2018 11:57:55 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 4 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | March 20, 2018
    MENLO PARK, CA—Responding to the recent data-hijacking scandal which has its stock price plummeting and lawmakers demanding an explanation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reminded everyone in a Facebook Live video Tuesday that the tech giant’s official terms of service specifically allow for it or any third party to utilize data it collects to engage in nefarious, Orwellian social engineering of any type it chooses. ... The young tech billionaire went on to stress that the same terms also grant third parties unlimited use of user data once it’s purchased from Facebook, even if that means doing things “the likes of...
  • James Clapper avoids charges for 'clearly erroneous' surveillance testimony

    03/11/2018 9:09:13 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 11, 2018
    Former intelligence chief James Clapper is poised to avoid charges for allegedly lying to Congress following five years of apparent inaction by the Justice Department. Clapper, director of national intelligence from 2010 to 2017, admitted giving “clearly erroneous” testimony about mass surveillance in March 2013, and offered differing explanations for why. Two criminal statutes that cover lying to Congress have five-year statutes of limitations, establishing a Monday deadline to charge Clapper, who in retirement has emerged as a leading critic of President Trump.
  • How Companies Scour Our Digital Lives for Clues to Our Health

    02/26/2018 12:23:02 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2/25/18 | Erika Janik
    Your digital footprint — how often you post on social media, how quickly you scroll through your contacts, how frequently you check your phone late at night — could hold clues to your physical and mental health. That is the theory behind an emerging field, digital phenotyping, that is trying to assess people’s well-being based on their interactions with digital devices. Researchers and technology companies are tracking users’ social media posts and clicks in search of behavior changes that could correlate with disease symptoms. Some of these services are opt-in. At least one is not. People typically touch their phones...
  • Your Location Data Is Being Sold—Often Without Your Knowledge

    03/04/2018 7:26:37 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4 Mar 2018 | Christopher Mims
    ...Marketers spent $16 billion on location-targeted ads served to mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers in 2017... .The data required to serve you any single ad might pass through many companies’ systems in milliseconds—from data broker to ad marketplace to an agency’s custom system... There are plenty of ways to track you without getting your permission. Some of the most intrusive are the easiest to implement... The spy in your pocket... Your telco knows where you are at all times, because it knows which cell towers your phone is near. In the U.S., how much data service providers sell...
  • New York’s attorney general oversaw and facilitated secret surveillance

    02/22/2018 1:14:25 PM PST · by son of terrence · 26 replies
    New York’s attorney general oversaw and facilitated secret surveillance on pro-life counselors outside an abortion clinic as well as the creation of a fake identity in an attempt to win an ongoing case, according to a witness’s testimony. Testimony in People v. Griepp et al — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against pro-life advocates counseling women outside of Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica-Queens, N.Y. — illustrated Schneiderman used a witness to spy on pro-lifers via creating a fake Facebook account to access their information. The witness testified she had used someone else’s photo, listed her occupation as a...

    02/14/2018 12:17:54 PM PST · by mojito · 59 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 2/13/2018 | John Hinderaker
    Why did Susan Rice send herself an email purporting to document this part of the meeting? Because she was C’ing her own A. Rice was nervous about the fact that, at the president’s direction, she had failed to “share information fully as it relates to Russia” with President Trump’s incoming national security team. This violated longstanding American tradition. Outgoing administrations have always cooperated in the transition to a new administration, whether of the same or the opposing party, especially on matters relating to national security. Susan Rice is far from the brightest bulb on the tree, but she was well...
  • The Lasting Impact of Obama Spying on the Trump Campaign

    02/14/2018 11:49:28 AM PST · by MeganC · 15 replies
    Megan C. ^ | 2/14/2018 | Megan C.
    In the aftermath of all of the revelations about how Obama weaponized our national intelligence agencies against the Trump campaign we need to look to the future. Because the illegal spying hasn't stopped and the use of law enforcement and intelligence agencies as political hitmen will undoubtedly continue. So what's next for conservatives and Republicans as they campaign for office? First off is that the assumption of privacy on any form of electronic communication is from here on out an act of sheer idiocy. Even the best encryption available outside of government is going to be susceptible to monitoring. And...
  • Everything Trump Said About Obama-era Illegal FBI Surveillance Was Correct! Here’s the Truth...

    02/09/2018 12:23:37 PM PST · by davikkm · 5 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    Let me begin this article with a joke about something that actually occurred very recently in the greatest country in the world: Question: What happens to the FBI when they lie in court to a judge? The answer: Pay raise and promotion if they get away with it, full retirement if they get caught. Now, getting back to our news-story, two notorious Democrat Senators, Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley respectively, recently produced a second Senate-memo, which came as a counter-response/counter-attack of sorts to David Nunes’ now-famous FISA memo, which describes the immense corruption in Obama’s FBI and DOJ, with FBI...
  • It Can Happen Here

    02/08/2018 7:54:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | February 8, 2018 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    We remain embroiled in a debate over the nature and extent of our own government's spying on us. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was enacted in 1978 as a response to the unlawful government spying of the Watergate era, was a lawful means for the government to engage in foreign surveillance on U.S. soil, but it has morphed into unchecked government spying on ordinary Americans. The journey that domestic spying has taken in 40 years has been one long steady march of massive increase in size and scope. The federal government now employs more than 60,000 people to spy...
  • NEW: Criminal Referral Confirms Nunes Memo’s Explosive Claims Of FISA Abuse

    02/07/2018 8:27:55 AM PST · by markomalley · 61 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2/7/18 | Mollie Hemingway
    A criminal referral from top Senate investigators confirms explosive charges in last week’s House Intelligence Committee memo regarding abuse of surveillance authorities at the FBI and Department of Justice. It also reveals a host of problems arising from the bureau’s cooperation with foreign investigator Christopher Steele, who was working on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The eight-page memo from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) includes underlying evidence to support the claims.“It appears the FBI relied on admittedly uncorroborated information, funded by and obtained for Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign,...
  • Former FISA court adviser 'might have argued that the Steele dossier was unreliable' if he was asked

    02/06/2018 7:41:13 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Feb. 6, 2018
    An attorney selected to advise the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court says he might have recommended against surveilling former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. But he was never asked for an opinion. John Cline was one of the first people designated by the shadowy court’s judges as eligible to advise them on privacy and other intelligence collection issues, but he was not consulted on the Page case — or any other — during his two years on the amici curiae roster. Cline served as an on-call expert alongside five others when the FBI and Justice Department sought a warrant to spy...
  • Exceptional Work by Sharyl Attkisson – Did FBI Violate Woods Procedures?…

    02/04/2018 11:03:44 PM PST · by bitt · 29 replies
    The biggest of all BIGGER story aspects to the HPSCI Memo, in all coverage, has been overlooked by all Main Stream Media. The Department of Justice FBI FISA request was for “Title I” surveillance authority. This is not some innocuous request for metadata exploration – the FBI said American citizen Carter Page was a “foreign agent of a hostile foreign government”; the FBI was calling Carter Page a spy. “Title I” FISA surveillance of U.S. citizens is the most intrusive, exhaustive and far reaching type of search, seizure and surveillance authority, permitting the FBI to look at every scintilla of...
  • [From 2013] DOJ: We don't need warrants for e-mail, Facebook chats

    02/03/2018 6:25:05 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CNET ^ | 5/8/2013 | Declan McCullough
    The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI believe they don't need a search warrant to review Americans' e-mails, Facebook chats, Twitter direct messages, and other private files, internal documents reveal. Government documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union and provided to CNET show a split over electronic privacy rights within the Obama administration, with Justice Department prosecutors and investigators privately insisting they're not legally required to obtain search warrants for e-mail. The IRS, on the other hand, publicly said last month that it would abandon a controversial policy that claimed it could get warrantless access to e-mail correspondence....
  • MRC President Bozell Hammers Biased Network Coverage of FBI Memo

    02/02/2018 2:30:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | February 2, 2018 | NB Staff
    RESTON, VA – Media Research Center President Brent Bozell issued the following statement today slamming the media’s coverage of the newly released congressional memo concerning FISA abuses at the DOJ and FBI. The bombshell report documents multiple surveillance abuses carried out by the FBI against then-candidate Donald Trump. According to a new study from NewsBusters, between January 29 and February 1 network news devoted 3.5 times more coverage to worries over the memo’s release than the alleged FBI misconduct it documents. MRC President Brent Bozell: “This explosive memo exposes a disturbing and unprecedented agenda within the FBI and DOJ against...
  • Amazon patents wristband that tracks warehouse workers' movements(electronic surv.)

    02/01/2018 12:37:06 PM PST · by ransomnote · 36 replies ^ | 1/31/2018 | Olivia Solon
    Amazon patents wristband that tracks warehouse workers' movements Bracelet, which can vibrate to point an employee’s hand in the right direction, would further increase surveillance of work environment Olivia Solon in San Francisco @oliviasolon Email Wed 31 Jan 2018 19.30 EST Last modified on Thu 1 Feb 2018 13.11 EST View more sharing options Shares 7,723 Workers pack and ship customer orders at an Amazon fulfillment center in Romeoville, Illinois. Amazon has patented designs for a wristband that can precisely track where warehouse employees are placing their hands and use vibrations to nudge them in a different direction. The concept,...
  • Intelligence Agencies Join FBI in Push Against Plans to Release FISA Abuse Memo

    01/31/2018 5:56:04 PM PST · by Revel · 36 replies
    Sarah A. Carter ^ | 1/30/18 | Sarah A. Carter
    Whistleblowers, Republican congressional members, and some former intelligence officials cite mounting concern that the White House may not release the House Intelligence Committee’s FISA abuse memo as the FBI pushed against plans to make it public based on false allegations that the memo contains information that would harm U.S. national security, sources tell this reporter. The memo alleges severe abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by employees of the FBI and Department of Justice but FBI Director Christopher Wray Wednesday warned against the release of the memo issuing a public statement from the FBI that the bureau has “grave...
  • Nunes Statement on FBI, DOJ Objections to Release of HPSCI Memo

    01/31/2018 12:52:48 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 263 replies
    House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes issued the following statement today: “Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies. The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses. Regardless, it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in...
  • The Hill:It was Rod Rosenstein!

    01/29/2018 6:25:11 AM PST · by epluribus_2 · 105 replies
    The Hill, reporting on NYT ^ | 29 jan 2017 | Epluribus_2
    Memo claims Rosenstein approved application to extend surveillance of Carter Page: report See link