Big brother: Germany's foreign intelligence service under pressure

Big brother: Germany's foreign intelligence service under pressure

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has admitted a Reporters Without Borders (RWB) complaint claiming that people are not properly protected against groundless and unjustified mass surveillance by Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND.

UK rules against the use of general warrants to hack into citizen’s devices

UK rules against the use of general warrants to hack into citizen’s devices

The United Kingdom (UK) High Court has ruled that the country’s security and intelligence agencies can no longer use “general warrants” as legal writ for property interference, aka hacking.

Victory at the High Court against the government's use of 'general warrants'

Victory at the High Court against the government's use of 'general warrants'

Today, the UK High Court has quashed a decision by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) and held that section 5 of the Intelligence Services Act (ISA) 1994 does not permit the issue of general warrants to authorise property interference and certain forms of computer hacking.

Intel Aiming to Bring Face ID-Like Authentication to ATMs, Gates, Door Locks, and More With 'RealSense ID'

Intel Aiming to Bring Face ID-Like Authentication to ATMs, Gates, Door Locks, and More With 'RealSense ID'

Intel says RealSense ID has built-in "anti-spoofing technology" to protect against false entry attempts using photographs, videos, or masks, resulting in a one in a million false acceptance rate.RealSense ID is only activated through user awareness and will not authenticate unless prompted by a pre-registered user, according to Intel.

The US government admits to using the Patriot Act to collect web browsing information

The US government admits to using the Patriot Act to collect web browsing information

Letters between the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Senator Ron Wyden confirm that the United States government has used Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect web browsing information via a FISA court order.

Second Swiss firm allegedly sold encrypted spying devices

Second Swiss firm allegedly sold encrypted spying devices

Omnisec was one of the largest competitors of Crypto AG.Swiss cryptologist and professor Ueli Maurer was a consultant for Omnisec for years and told SRF that in 1989 US intelligence services (National Security Agency) contacted Omnisec through him.

Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm

Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm

Omnisec meanwhile also sold its faulty OC-500 series devices to several federal agencies in Switzerland, including its own intelligence agencies, as well as to Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, and other private companies in the country, the SRF investigation showed.

Speech readied for CSIS boss raises spectre of ‘hostile’ nations hunting for personal data through schools and businesses

Speech readied for CSIS boss raises spectre of ‘hostile’ nations hunting for personal data through schools and businesses

Concern is growing within Canada’s spy agency about the threat posed by hostile state actors, especially China and Russia, looking to steal intellectual property and “large digital data sets” from private companies and academic institutions.

Thinking like a spy can help us sort truth from lies, says former head of GCHQ

Thinking like a spy can help us sort truth from lies, says former head of GCHQ

In a new book, intelligence and security expert Sir David Omand shows how we can learn to make better judgements by thinking like a spy.How Spies Think: Ten Lessons in Intelligence by David Omand (Viking, £20) is out now.

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

If history is any guide, the longer that companies like Facebook and Google stay dominant, the more likely it becomes that they will serve as intelligence partners to the United States and other governments.

Sales Calls Have Gone Virtual, and AI Is Listening In

Sales Calls Have Gone Virtual, and AI Is Listening In

Some companies are making the most of this shift by using tools powered by artificial intelligence to track and analyze their salesforce’s virtual pitches.“You definitely miss the lunch, the dinner, the happy hour,” says Jeramee Waldum, vice president of global sales at MavenLink, a maker of project management software whose dozens of once-traveling salespeople are now stuck behind webcams.

United States, Six Other Nations Ask Tech Companies To Build Backdoors To Encrypted Communications

United States, Six Other Nations Ask Tech Companies To Build Backdoors To Encrypted Communications

Member nations of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance—which includes the United States— along with Japan and India published a statement on Sunday calling on tech companies to allow law enforcement to gain backdoor access to communication that uses unbreakable end-to-end encryption.

EU’s top court limits government spying on citizens’ mobile and internet data

EU’s top court limits government spying on citizens’ mobile and internet data

The groups specifically took issue with the U.K.'s Investigatory Powers Act, a 2015 French decree related to specialized intelligence services, and a Belgian law on collection and retention of communications data that was introduced in 2016.

Companies Can Track Your Phone’s Movements to Target Ads

Companies Can Track Your Phone’s Movements to Target Ads

Companies looking for new ways to categorize users and tailor content are turning to a new tool: physical signals from the phone itself.“We see Apple's announcements, consumers getting more conscious of privacy, and the death of the cookie,” says Abhishek Sen, cofounder of NumberEight, a “contextual intelligence” startup in the UK that infers user behavior from sensors in their smartphone.

Alibaba Servers in India Stealing Data of Indian Users, Probe Soon: Intelligence Sources

Alibaba Servers in India Stealing Data of Indian Users, Probe Soon: Intelligence Sources

At least 72 servers based in India are allegedly sending data of Indian users to China, and at the centre of this are cloud data servers of Chinese technology group, Alibaba, top intelligence sources told News18 earlier today.

China's 'hybrid war': Beijing's mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal

China's 'hybrid war': Beijing's mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal

A Chinese company with links to Beijing's military and intelligence networks has been amassing a vast database of detailed personal information on thousands of Australians, including prominent and influential figures.

U.S. court: Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal

U.S. court: Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal

(Reuters) - Seven years after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone records, an appeals court has found the program was unlawful - and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were not telling the truth.

Court rules NSA phone snooping illegal — after 7-year delay

Court rules NSA phone snooping illegal — after 7-year delay

Judge Marsha Berzon's opinion, which contains a half-dozen references to the role of former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden in disclosing the NSA metadata program, concludes that the "bulk collection" of such data violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The call-tracking effort began without court authorization under President George W.

The American Scholar: Our Post-Privacy World - <a href='https://theamericanscholar.org/author/thomas-a-bass/'>Thomas A. Bass</a>

The American Scholar: Our Post-Privacy World - <a href='https://theamericanscholar.org/author/thomas-a-bass/'>Thomas A. Bass</a>

Called Total Information Awareness (TIA), it was the “biggest surveillance program in the history of the United States,” said Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), whose Senate Select Committee on Intelligence had nominal oversight.

The head of Denmark’s spy program has been fired for snooping on citizens and lying about it

The head of Denmark’s spy program has been fired for snooping on citizens and lying about it

According to a press release by the TET, Danish intelligence had maintained “operational activities in violation of Danish law, including obtaining and passing on a significant amount of information about Danish citizens.” Additionally, the TET noted that the FE had not only withheld information but actually reported back to overseers “incorrect information on matters relating to the collection of the service and disclosure of information.”.

The Viking Snowden: Denmark spy chief 'relieved of duty' after whistleblower reveals illegal snooping on citizens

The Viking Snowden: Denmark spy chief 'relieved of duty' after whistleblower reveals illegal snooping on citizens

The TET clearly decided its authority and ability to oversee the intelligence services was at stake and notes that it sought, and received, repeat support from the Defense Minister in its investigation.

Feds charge former Green Beret with spying for Russia in latest legal blow to Special Forces community

Feds charge former Green Beret with spying for Russia in latest legal blow to Special Forces community

(AP) — A former Army Green Beret living in northern Virginia was arrested on Friday, charged with divulging military secrets about his unit’s activities in former Soviet republics during more than a decade of contacts with Russian intelligence.

Should Donald Trump pardon Edward Snowden?

Should Donald Trump pardon Edward Snowden?

Seven years later, Trump is President and now believes there is an argument that Snowden acted in the interest of all humankind.It is widely believed that a pardon of Snowden would encourage future whistle-blowers to publicize possible corruption or violations in the US intelligence community and other government agencies.

Secret Service Bought Phone Location Data from Apps, Contract Confirms

Secret Service Bought Phone Location Data from Apps, Contract Confirms

The sale highlights the issue of law enforcement agencies buying information, and in particular location data, that they would ordinarily need a warrant or court order to obtain.Other documents obtained as part of the same FOIA request detail the Secret Service's purchase of Babel Street's open source intelligence product.

Trump says he is considering pardon for leaker Edward Snowden

Trump says he is considering pardon for leaker Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday he is considering a pardon for Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor - now living in Russia - whose spectacular leaks shook the U.S. intelligence community in 2013.

The changing face of privacy in a pandemic

The changing face of privacy in a pandemic

China’s cavalier approach to privacy has seen the country deploy drones, artificial intelligence, and security cameras to enforce quarantines and monitor public spaces.There are two main approaches to contact tracing apps, and both versions rely on anonymized IDs to record interactions with nearby devices, which allows for complete privacy.

A U.S. government contractor embedded tracking software in the apps of millions of smartphone users

A U.S. government contractor embedded tracking software in the apps of millions of smartphone users

According to the report: A small U.S. company with ties to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities has embedded its software in numerous mobile apps, allowing it to track the movements of hundreds of millions of mobile phones world-wide, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The Air Force Spy Plane Over Portland

The Air Force Spy Plane Over Portland

“The Dornier 328 aircraft, assigned to Air Force Materiel Command’s 645th Aeronautical Engineering Group, was not gathering intelligence or conducting operations related to civil unrest in Portland, Oregon.” (According to flight tracking data, the surveillance plane left the Portland area early Friday morning.).

Fawkes tool protects your image from being identified by facial recognition software

Fawkes tool protects your image from being identified by facial recognition software

Try out Fawkes the new pixel blurring tool to avoid artificial intelligence and deep learning facial recognition software.The researcher have noted that during experiments, Fawkes provided high levels of protection against facial recognition models, the team said, regardless of how the models were trained.

Team with Canadian military intelligence unit data-mined social media accounts of Ontarians during pandemic

Team with Canadian military intelligence unit data-mined social media accounts of Ontarians during pandemic

Brig.-Gen. Conrad Mialkowski, who had PiT assigned to his headquarters during the Canadian Forces pandemic response, said the team did not break any laws or violate military regulations.Such information helps inform the Canadian military about the situation they would be operating in during the pandemic, said Mialkowski, commander of Joint Task Force Central.

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