surveillance

  • Who Watches The Watchmen?

    Who Watches The Watchmen?

    In honor of the Fourth of July, let’s talk a little about how horrifically paranoid and counterproductive the US government has become. And I’m not even talking about Congress! Instead I mean our old friend the No Such Agency, who, it turns out, have been singling out for special treatment anyone who displays any interest in tools which might make the NSA’s life more difficult. Read More

  • Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

    Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

    A court permitted the National Security Agency to collect information about governments in 193 countries and foreign institutions like the World Bank, according to a secret document the Washington Post published Monday. The certification issued by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2010 shows the NSA has the authority to “intercept through U.S. companies not just the… Read More

  • NSA Spied On Human Rights Groups, Says Snowden

    NSA Spied On Human Rights Groups, Says Snowden

    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed that U.S. government intelligence agencies spied on NGOs and human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as part of its dragnet mass surveillance programs. Read More

  • Online Bill Of Rights Needed To Protect Democracy, Says Berners-Lee

    Online Bill Of Rights Needed To Protect Democracy, Says Berners-Lee

    Tim Berners-Lee, the man who pioneered the interconnected information management system we now know colloquially as the Web (he called it the World Wide Web), has called for an online Magna Carta to protect the openness and neutrality of the Internet. Read More

  • Department Of Justice Will Allow Big Tech Companies To Disclose Detailed Numbers Of Surveillance Requests

    Department Of Justice Will Allow Big Tech Companies To Disclose Detailed Numbers Of Surveillance Requests

    Apple today released more details on the requests it receives from government surveillance agencies after the Department Of Justice releaxed limits on disclosures. Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and LinkedIn today were given the right to disclose more details on the data requests and orders they receive from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court after suing the government… Read More

  • Post-Snowden, European Commission Sets Out Actions Needed To Restore Trust In E.U.-U.S. Data Flows

    Post-Snowden, European Commission Sets Out Actions Needed To Restore Trust In E.U.-U.S. Data Flows

    The European Commission has today detailed the actions it believes are required to restore trust in data-sharing agreements between the European Union and the U.S. following revelations of surveillance dragnets operated by U.S. intelligence agencies. Read More

  • Systematic Surveillance Will Eat Itself

    Systematic Surveillance Will Eat Itself

    As the digitally connected world grapples with the dystopic reality that our overreaching governments are using tech tools ostensibly designed to increase our convenience to up their own, it’s worth taking a step back from snowballing concerns about technology eroding privacy. That’s not to say there are no reasons to be concerned; there absolutely are. But there is reason for… Read More

  • OFF Pocket Is A Privacy Pouch For Your Phone That Blocks Cellular, Wi-Fi, GPS To Defy Spies

    OFF Pocket Is A Privacy Pouch For Your Phone That Blocks Cellular, Wi-Fi, GPS To Defy Spies

    The OFF Pocket is the latest privacy accessory from the creator of the spy-drone blocking stealth hoodie. It’s a water-resistant metal-fabric pouch designed to hold a smartphone and block all wireless signals — cellular, wi-fi, GPS etc — so you’re no longer carrying a personal location tracker in your back pocket. T Read More

  • Prepare To Pay For Your Privacy

    Prepare To Pay For Your Privacy

    Yesterday I walked from Cambodia into Thailand. On the way out of Cambodia, I was fingerprinted; on the way into Thailand, I was photographed. While I waited for the train to Bangkok I read legendary hacker Jamie Zawinski’s tale of how the powers that be “wanted to mandate that I surveil all of my customers, and turn that information over to the Government without a warrant”… Read More

  • Move Along, No Panopticon To See Here

    Move Along, No Panopticon To See Here

    Last week Wikileaks–remember them?–released a sheaf of documents about the Trapwire security system, which, depending on who you believe, is either a network of cameras being used to spy on everyone everywhere, or an ineffective bust more notable for shady business practices than any successful surveillance. Is it being used for “monitoring every single person via facial… Read More

  • CloudFlare Helps Save Wikileaks’ Bacon

    CloudFlare Helps Save Wikileaks’ Bacon

    Wikileaks‘ website is up again after over a week of denial of service attacks, though as of this writing I’m still seeing many errors on the site. On its Twitter account Wikileaks credited CloudFlare, a company that provides a web security service, for helping the organization get its site back online. Earlier this month Wikileaks resumed publishing e-mails acquired (yes, illegally)… Read More