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New Verizon TechZine Aims for Millenial Audience While Banning Talk About Surveillance

Patrick Howell O’Neill of DailyDot reveals that telecommunications megacorporation Verizon wants to set up its very own supercool tech news page called “SugarString.” It’s supposed to appeal to “Millenials” and be superslick and popular-like…

… except visitors can’t leave any comments on any of the articles or participate in any active way on the site, […]

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 […]

Gov’t Financial Surveillance Hit All-Time High in 2013, Reports on Links to Terrorism Fade Away

Did you know that an American’s political career was brought to an end thanks to warrantless government surveillance of their financial activity?

It’s true. Remember New York Governor Eliot Spitzer? He was brought down from political office when payments to a prostitute were discovered by government snooping without a warrant or any prior suspicion of […]

Barack Obama’s Broken Promise on Edward Snowden Petition: 452 Days and Counting

On June 22 2013, the petition to pardon civil liberties whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, and has continued to gather signatures every day since, reaching 162,720 signatures today. The Obama administration promised to respond to any petition gaining more than 100,000 signatures in 30 days or less. The petition to […]

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. […]

“If they are innocent they should have nothing to fear” Check #1: Alan Turing

“Innocent people are sure to be spied upon, but if they are innocent they should have nothing to fear.” — Jack McCully, August 4 2014

“If you are innocent you should have nothing to fear and you will most probably not be noticed.” — Myrmidon, February 24 2014

“So this is surveillance! The innocent should […]

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 […]

Despite NSA Review Panel Recommendation, Public Advocate Position at FISA Court Goes Nowhere

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is supposed to stop abuses of warrantless surveillance power. But out of the thousands of requests for warrantless surveillance made this decade by the administration of President Barack Obama, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has not rejected a single request. Not one. This isn’t surprising; all of the members of […]