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.

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.

Darknet forum leaks Telegram database with millions of Russian users’ information

Darknet forum leaks Telegram database with millions of Russian users’ information

A darknet forum has released a database with the telephone numbers and unique identifiers of millions of users of the messaging app Telegram, reports the IT news site .

NSA's tracking program FAR more extensive than thought

NSA's tracking program FAR more extensive than thought

That tool, dubbed Mainway, secretly scoured billions of phone records a day for years, cultivating a database that was 'preconfigured to map anyone's life at the touch of a button', Gellman writes.

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

One of those documents, the first to be made public in June 2013, revealed that the NSA was tracking billions of telephone calls made by Americans inside the US.

The Biggest Lies We Heard About Net Neutrality This Week

The Biggest Lies We Heard About Net Neutrality This Week

“I would love for anyone to have Mr. Walden point to the government takeover language, like where they think that power even resides in the text,” he said, referring to the FCC’s Open Internet Order, which was passed in the 2015 and upheld by a federal appeals court the following year.

Patriot Act renewal gives privacy advocates an opening

Patriot Act renewal gives privacy advocates an opening

Thirty-nine groups have signed on to a recent letter to Congress asking lawmakers to consider limiting large-scale collection of data by the NSA, saying the 2015 USA Freedom Act has not achieved its goal of preventing bulk surveillance.

Congress Has a Chance to Finally End the NSA’s Mass Telephone Records Program

Congress Has a Chance to Finally End the NSA’s Mass Telephone Records Program

Coincidentally, EFF had organized a briefing of congressional staff the day after the Times report on the controversial surveillance law used to conduct telephone record surveillance: Section 215 of the Patriot Act. As we told Congress, it is long past time to end the telephone records program for good.

Wyden Calls for Permanent End to NSA Phone Records Program

Wyden Calls for Permanent End to NSA Phone Records Program

I will not stop pushing Congress and intelligence leaders to be straight with the American people and end unnecessary surveillance that violates our constitutional freedoms without keeping us any safer.” Last year, Wyden and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., asked the NSA Inspector General to investigate the NSA’s overcollection of phone records.

Privacy - Wherefore Art Thou? The Third Circuit Denies 4th Amendment Right

Privacy - Wherefore Art Thou? The Third Circuit Denies 4th Amendment Right

The Supreme Court held that Fourth Amendment privacy rights do attach to such personal location information and that the government may not obtain that information without a warrant.

Uber fined €1M for 2016 data breach by European privacy watchdogs

Uber fined €1M for 2016 data breach by European privacy watchdogs

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (Dutch DPA) just announced it’s imposing a €600,000 fine on Uber and its Dutch subsidiary Uber B.V. for violating Dutch data breach regulation in 2016.

A new standard for government based data collection – PrivaSecTech

A new standard for government based data collection – PrivaSecTech

I would like to see every government organization publish whom they have shared personal information with. In summary, related to the specific case at hand, I feel that StatsCan like every other organization in Canada, including political parties, should be bound by privacy laws.

Freedom Where Did You Go?

Freedom Where Did You Go?

The minute you go online, you are subject to collection of information about yourself. The digital world makes Big Brother’s Memory Hole possible.