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Portrait Of The Internet

I had a heartbleed this morning, and had to go to the pharmacist for a treatment. When I got there, I discovered this latest update of the Internet’s infrastructure, waiting for me outside.

Obama Official: Once We’ve Got Your Data, it’s Not Subject to the Constitution

I am grateful to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for at least holding hearings on the subject of the massive warrantless surveillance. On March 19, 2014, the PCLOB held a hearing and subsequently produced a transcript so that we can hear the Obama administration’s point of view on civil liberties.

As you already [...]

Obama Objects To Samsung Using His Picture After Obama Steals Billions Of Pictures From Samsung

Barack Obama is feeling pissy.

It seems that, after Obama agreed to have his picture taken with professional baseball player David Ortiz, Ortiz choose to post that photograph on his Twitter account. Samsung then retweeted that Twitter post, sending the photo to its many followers.

Obama was outraged. He protested. How dare Samsung take a [...]

Would Mother Nature Move You Through A Purchase Funnel?

Mother Nature Network – it sounds like a warm and friendly, huggy and human kind of place – the sort of news web site that might hand you a warm, freshly-baked gluten-free cookie when you visit. It’s a web site that celebrates the “Joy of Less”, so you might expect its web design to be [...]

Suspicious Person Alert: Code Pink Action to Spy on Dianne Feinstein February 11

Whatever else you may think of the activist group Code Pink, they are very rarely boring. In a typical display of theatrical artistic flair, Code Pink has announced that it will be conducting surveillance at the San Francisco house of a Politically Important Person (SPIP), Senator Dianne Feinstein. Senator Feinstein is one of the most [...]

As Warrantless Surveillance Scandal Grows Massive, Government’s Privacy & Liberty Board is…

… out to lunch:

As new revelations continue to burst forth — today we find out that even an Internet-free computer is no match for the warrantless spying of the NSA — the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board appears to be planning nothing. The one entity within the federal government tasked with protecting [...]

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Agenda for 2014 is…

That’s empty, and that’s it. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board agenda for 2014 is empty. It hasn’t held a meeting since November 4.

What do you call a government board that is designed to protect Americans’ civil liberties interests against the pressure of the entire United States government, that is [...]

Deanonymization: Definitely Not Delovely

Earlier this evening I found myself perusing Facebook’s privacy policy. Facebook writes in reassuring tones that don’t reassure:

We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name and any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people’s data in a way that it [...]

Obama Administration Agencies Blow Off Required Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Reports

This month, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued its second semi-annual public report on its investigations of the activities of the United States government and the extent to which those activities violate the constitutional rights of everyday people. A juicy tidbit in that report seems to have escaped notice. Let’s cover it.

Focus [...]

Your Private Information Is Now In The Public Domain

Oopsie. President Barack Obama approved a massive electronic spying program that could seize and search the content and metadata of people’s telephone calls, emails, movements, purchases and Internet activity without any search warrant. It’s now clear that the National Security Agency surveillance program was targeting prime ministers and presidents of many allied nations in Europe [...]

Transcript: Speech of David Segal at the October 26 Stop Watching Us Rally in Washington DC

The following is my transcription of a speech given by David Segal of Demand Progress at the Stop Watching Us demonstration held in Washington DC on October 26 2013 in opposition to massive government surveillance.

We all know why we’re here today. We’re here because 4 months ago, Americans and the rest of the world [...]