Posts tagged "privacy"

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

US Government Launches HTTPS-Everywhere Initiative for Government Web Sites

The White House today launched a new HTTPS-everywhere initiative, requiring all US Government web sites to only provide access via SSL-secured connections: Today, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued the HTTPS-Only Standard directive, requiring that all publicly accessible Federal websites and web services only provide service through a secure HTTPS connection…. Continue reading

FBI Flying Secret Surveillance Planes Over U.S. Cities, Hidden Behind Fictitious Shell Companies

TIME on the FBI operating a small nationwide air force of low-flying planes carrying video and cellphone surveillance technology, hidden behind fictitious shell companies acting as fronts for the United States government, according to The Associated Press: The FBI asked the AP not to disclose the names of the fake companies it uncovered, saying that… Continue reading

TISA is Yet Another Leaked Treaty You’ve Never Heard Of That Makes Secret Rules for the Internet

The EFF on an Obama administration nightmare, this time another leaked treaty you have likely never heard of that makes global secret rules for the internet: But the latest leak has revealed more. The agreement would also prohibit countries from enacting free and open source software mandates. Although “software used for critical infrastructure” is already… Continue reading