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Coalition Releases Software To Protect Against Government Spying

Yesterday, a coalition of groups including Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Privacy International announced the release of Detekt, a piece of software that can detect many of the spybots used by the NSA, other governments, and corporations to track people’s online activity.

Detekt won’t work on all computers, and the governments […]

Thanks To Bill Nelson, Even Watered-Down NSA Reform Won’t Take Place

Yes, it’s true that the George W. Bush and Barack Obama oversaw a massive spying program through the National Security Agency, seizing huge numbers of private communications involving Americans who are suspected of no crime whatsoever, but that’s all been reformed since then, right?

Wrong

In response to the revelations of Edward Snowden that the […]

Will Boeing Bucks Lead Congress To Look The Other Way From Dirtbox Spying Against Americans?

At the end of last week, we found out that the US Marshals are using airplanes to secretly gather data indiscriminately from huge numbers of electronic mobile devices, using airplanes that are equipped with “dirt box” devices that make the planes act like fake cell phone towers. The practice is far outside the scope of […]

US Government Using Airplanes To Hack Into Americans’ Phones En Masse

Late yesterday, the Wall Street Journal revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice is using airplanes equipped with “dirtbox” technology to hack into Americans’ cell phones from the air. (Read all about it in The Guardian) This technology converts an airplane into a fake cell phone tower. When Justice Department planes fly over American cities, […]

FBI Tries To Get Permission To Spy On Any Computer Anywhere

If FBI Director James Comey thinks that the Bill of Rights isn’t good enough for the USA, then he ought to have the courage to say so, and to stand before Congress, testifying that he wants the Fourth Amendment abolished. Until then, the FBI needs to stop its out of control electronic surveillance of Americans. […]

Scott Brown Senate Campaign Uses Big Data Tools That Spy On You

Yesterday an organization called B-PAC spent $125,000 in one pop in an effort to cripple the re-election of U.S Senator Scott Brown.

The $125,000 was spent, says the brief filing submitted to the FEC, to buy “web ads; also support Scott Brown”? “Web ads; also support Scott Brown?” What does that mean?

It’s telling […]

Police Deploy Creepy Computer Cop Spy Program in America… Here’s How to Get Rid of It

Thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation for bringing my attention this evening to Computer Cop, a computer program designed to log keystrokes and send them, unencrypted, over the internet:

Malware filters and anti-virus software won’t stop Computer Cop, because in our police-friendly culture the software hasn’t been classified as malware, even though its intent […]

Telling Your Kids The Truth About Being Safe On The Internet

Neither the Net Cetera manual nor OnGuard Online ever acknowledge the threat to the privacy of American children posed by the electronic spying system created by the National Security Agency. They don’t even mention the existence of the NSA. They pretend that all cybersecurity threats come from unscrupulous individuals. […]

Many Law Enforcement Agencies Given Easy, Searchable Access To YOUR Private Communications

What the NSA didn’t own up to is that The Intercept discovered that the personal communications of millions upon millions of Americans living within US borders, who are not suspected of any wrongdoing, are also pulled into the NSA surveillance search engine. While they were never targets of any criminal investigation, and are not in any sense foreign, the private communications of these Americans is nonetheless made easily searchable to people from 23 federal government agencies. […]

Why Is The FBI Withholding Privacy Reports About Its Spying Programs In The USA?

Yesterday, Jim noted that, despite promises of reforms of extraordinary spying powers created under the FISA Amendments Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has failed to create the position of Public Advocate that was recommended by a Presidential commission at the end of last year. The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies seems […]