Snowden Files Declaration in NSA Spying Case Confirming Authenticity of Draft Inspector General Report Discussing Unprecedented Surveillance of Americans, Which He Helped Expose

Snowden Files Declaration in NSA Spying Case Confirming Authenticity of Draft Inspector General Report Discussing Unprecedented Surveillance of Americans, Which He Helped Expose

Mr. Snowden’s short declaration confirms that a document relied upon in the case, a draft NSA Inspector General Report from 2009 discussing the mass surveillance program known as Stellar Wind, is actually the same document that he came upon during the course of his employment at NSA contractor.

Trudeau defends Statistics Canada move to collect banking info of 500,000 Canadians

Trudeau defends Statistics Canada move to collect banking info of 500,000 Canadians

Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen grilled Trudeau during question period Monday following a report by Global News that revealed Statistics Canada is asking the country’s nine largest banks for the transaction data of 500,000 randomly chosen Canadians, including everything from bill payments to cash withdrawals from ATMs to credit card payments and even account balances.

NSA Finalizes $6.7 Billion in Classified Tech Contracts

NSA Finalizes $6.7 Billion in Classified Tech Contracts

NSA awarded the first $5 billion Groundbreaker contract in 2001 to a joint alliance of contractors called the Eagle Alliance, led by Computer Science Corp., which became CSRA.

Will the EU Copyright Directive ‘break the internet’?

Will the EU Copyright Directive ‘break the internet’?

In a landmark case, NLA v Meltwater, heard in the UK’s Supreme Court and which resulted in questions referred on to the Court of Justice of the European Union, it was determined that on-screen and cached copies of websites generated by users while browsing may be created without authorisation from copyright holders.

A Cypherpunk's Manifesto

Therefore, privacy in an open society requires anonymous transaction systems. An anonymous system empowers individuals to reveal their identity when desired and only when desired; this is the essence of privacy. We are defending our privacy with cryptography, with anonymous mail forwarding systems, with digital signatures, and with electronic money.

What’s the difference between Monero, Zcash, and BEAM?

What’s the difference between Monero, Zcash, and BEAM?

That means that when Monero reaches Bitcoin’s current scale concerning the total number of transactions, its blockchain will be about 5 terabytes — hardly sustainable for a regular PC, let alone on smaller devices.

From Inside The NSA, A Call For More Whistleblowers

From Inside The NSA, A Call For More Whistleblowers

"I felt very strongly that this was a key function for an inspector general's office, to have a robust whistleblower program," Storch said in an interview at his office on one of the top floors at NSA headquarters.

UK high court blocks mass privacy action against Google

UK high court blocks mass privacy action against Google

The high court has blocked a mass lawsuit against Google that aimed to collect as much as £3bn in compensation for the company’s historical practice of collecting data on iPhone users whose privacy settings should have prevented surveillance.

Google praises London court’s decision to block iPhone data collection lawsuit

Google praises London court’s decision to block iPhone data collection lawsuit

LONDON (Reuters) – Google welcomed a decision on Monday by London’s High Court to block an attempt to bring legal action over claims it had collected sensitive data from 4 million iPhone users in England and Wales.

Google may face £3.3bn bill for UK customers' data breach

Google could face a compensation bill of up to £3.3bn over claims it harvested personal data, including political views and health information, from more than four million Britons without their permission. Mr Lloyd set up a consumer campaign called Google You Owe Us as part of this legal action.

Inside the NSA's War on Internet Security

Inside the NSA's War on Internet Security

The presentation states that the NSA encounters "major" problems in its attempts to decrypt messages sent through heavily encrypted email service providers like Zoho or in monitoring users of the Tor network*, which was developed for surfing the web anonymously.

Reflections on America’s post-9/11 domestic spying program

Reflections on America’s post-9/11 domestic spying program

Foremost among these generals were Keith Alexander, who became National Security Agency (NSA) chief and James Clapper, who had climbed the ranks of the secret military spying community to become director of national intelligence.

Apple is building an online portal for police to make data requests

Apple is building an online portal for police to make data requests

Along with tech companies like Google and Microsoft, Apple regularly publishes transparency reports detailing how often it gets requests for data from governments as well as private parties.

The NSA Continues to Blame Technology for Breaking the Law

The NSA Continues to Blame Technology for Breaking the Law

The NSA has repeatedly insisted to the American public and Congress that these call records are necessary for “national security,” and yet, the agency’s solution to discovering the over-collection was to delete everything it had grabbed for the past three years.

Google, Mastercard have ‘secret partnership’ to track in-store transactions: report - National

Google, Mastercard have ‘secret partnership’ to track in-store transactions: report - National

Google and Mastercard have had a secret partnership for the past year in which the credit card company has shared U.S. transaction data with the tech giant, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Google, Mastercard allegedly had an ad-vantageous tracking deal

Google, Mastercard allegedly had an ad-vantageous tracking deal

According to the site’s sources, Google paid Mastercard for credit card transaction data. Naturally, privacy advocates will go nuts over this report, especially since it involves Google as well as one of the world’s largest credit card companies.

Fiserv Flaw Exposed Customer Data at Hundreds of Banks — Krebs on Security

Fiserv Flaw Exposed Customer Data at Hundreds of Banks — Krebs on Security

Two weeks ago this author heard from security researcher Kristian Erik Hermansen, who said he’d discovered something curious while logged in to an account at a tiny local bank that uses Fiserv’s platform.

Lufthansa data leak: What a single URL can reveal about you

Lufthansa data leak: What a single URL can reveal about you

When not carefully implemented, these scripts can capture the unique URLs pointing to an order/booking details page – meaning that third parties now have access to all that data.

NSA Taken to Court Over Warrant-Free Surveillance

NSA Taken to Court Over Warrant-Free Surveillance

The PRISM program allows the NSA, as well as other U.S. intelligence agencies, to access U.S. citizens’ international emails, internet calls and chats without a warrant.

Leaker of secret report on Russian hacking faces sentencing

— A Georgia woman who leaked a secret report on Russian hacking of U.S. voting systems could get a tough sentence. The 26-year-old former National Security Agency contractor pleaded guilty in June to copying a classified U.S. report and mailing it to an unidentified news organization.