Posts tagged "privacy"

Fascinating Story About the Developer Responsible for a Number of Privacy-Enhancing Applications Making Encryption Easy to Use

This story of Moxie Marlinspike, the developer responsible for a number of privacy-enhancing applications such as the one recently added to WhatsApp, is quite the fascinating read: Mr. Marlinspike created an encryption program that scrambles messages until they reach the intended reader. It’s so simple that Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp made it a standard feature for… Continue reading

Raspberry Pi-Based Tool Allows Anyone to Anonymously Access Wi-Fi From 2.5 Miles Away

This little gem of a Raspberry Pi-based tool allows anyone to anonymously access wifi from up to 2.5 miles away from a wireless access-oint: Proxyham is composed of a WiFi-enabled Raspberry Pi computer and three antennas setup. One of the antennas connects to a source public Wi-Fi network while the other two transmit the Wi-Fi… Continue reading

Clueless Japanese Judge Orders Google to Delete Links to a Man’s Previous Under-Age Sexual Solicitation Arrests

An obviously clueless Japanese Judge orders Google to delete links to a man’s previous under-age sexual solicitation arrests from the search engine in an attempt to hide his embarrassing past from the world: In 2012, the man was arrested for paying a girl under the age of 18 for sexual favors. He was charged with… Continue reading

XKeyScore Is NSA’s Google for All of the World’s Private Communication

The Intercept on the scary thought about how XKeyScore is NSA’s Google for the world’s private communication. First, in case you have forgotten what XKeyScore is since it was actually first revealed by The Guardian in July 2013 (emphasis added): The NSA’s XKEYSCORE program, first revealed by The Guardian, sweeps up countless people’s Internet searches,… Continue reading

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Approved NSA to Resume Bulk Telephone Metadata Collection

The Washington Post on how the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved NSA to resume bulk telephone metadata collection for the next 180 days as authorized in the recently enacted USA Freedom Act: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Monday ruled that the NSA could resume gathering millions of Americans’ phone metadata — call times, dates… Continue reading

HOWTO Opt-Out of Tynt, Craptastic Copy-and-Paste Javascript Tracking “Technology”

This is more as a reminder for myself than anything, but if you want to know howto opt-out of Tynt, a crappy piece of advertising and tracking technology, then this is how you can turn that shit off. If you use multiple browsers, you will have to hit the site in each one to turn… Continue reading

How DOJ Gagged Google over Surveillance of WikiLeaks Volunteers Gmail Account

Intercept on how the DoJ gagged Google over surveillance of a Wikileaks volunteers Gmail account and the tough legal battle that ensued (emphasis added): The Justice Department argued in the case that Appelbaum had “no reasonable expectation of privacy” over his email records under the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Rather… Continue reading

Secretive FISA Court Skips Privacy Advocates in First Decision Since USA Freedom Act Enacted

The National Journal on how the secretive FISA court skipped involving privacy advocates in its first decision since the USA Freedom Act was signed into law: Saylor reasoned that in decisions where the “outcome is sufficiently clear” and that reasonable jurists would agree, the appointment of privacy panel is not required by the Freedom Act…. Continue reading

Creepy Google Chrome Secretly Eavesdropping On All Your Conversations

Privacy Online News on creepy ass Google Chrome secretly installing audio listening software and transmitting audio data back to Google: This was supposedly to enable the “Ok, Google” behavior – that when you say certain words, a search function is activated. Certainly a useful feature. Certainly something that enables eavesdropping of every conversation in the… Continue reading

ATF Tracked Most International Calls For Nearly A Decade Before 9/11, US Government Still Unable to Prevent Massive Terrorist Attack

TechDirt on the ATF tracking most international calls for nearly a decade before 9/11 and yet the intelligence agencies were unable to prevent the massive terrorist attack that has gutted American’s privacy ever since: Except, it turns out, the feds did have just such a program prior to 9/11 — run by the DEA. As… Continue reading