• Mar 29, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Minnesota Senate votes 58-9 to pass Internet privacy protections in response to repeal of FCC privacy rules




In stark contrast to Congress’s recent vote against the Internet privacy rights of American constituents, Minnesota’s state Senators have voted to add broadband privacy protections at the state level. The protections were added in an amendment to S.F. No. 1937, the Minnesota economic development budget bill, by Minnesota State Sen. Latz. This Internet privacy amendment was introduced as … Continue reading “Minnesota Senate votes 58-9 to pass Internet privacy protections in response to repeal of FCC privacy rules”

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  • Mar 29, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Dear Mr. President, you must veto S.J.Res.34, protect #BroadbandPrivacy, and #KeepOurNetFree




President Donald Trump could and should veto a newly passed resolution which strips away Americans’ broadband privacy protections. In response to the 215-205 vote by the House of Representatives to pass S.J.Res.34 yesterday afternoon, Private Internet Access took out full page ads in The New York Times and The Washington Post to deliver a simple message … Continue reading “Dear Mr. President, you must veto S.J.Res.34, protect #BroadbandPrivacy, and #KeepOurNetFree”

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  • Mar 28, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

House of Representatives votes 215-205 to do away with Broadband Privacy, allow ISPs to sell your private internet history




“The ayes have it.” Broadband Privacy has been dealt a blow in Congress with the recent repeal of online privacy protections by the FCC with a 215-205 vote. Since the online privacy protections were voted in by the FCC in 2016, ISPs and their lobbying organizations have been donating and posturing hard to dismantle Internet privacy and … Continue reading “House of Representatives votes 215-205 to do away with Broadband Privacy, allow ISPs to sell your private internet history”

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  • Mar 27, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Today is Congress’s final vote to get rid of Internet privacy protections on your web browsing history




Internet privacy in America faces a crossroads today on Capitol Hill. S.J. Res 34, the Senate joint resolution to do away with FCC #BroadbandPrivacy rules, passed with a 50-48 vote late last week. Now, all that stands between it and the President’s pen is a vote in the House of Representatives, where it was be speedily pushed through … Continue reading “Today is Congress’s final vote to get rid of Internet privacy protections on your web browsing history”

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  • Mar 26, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

United Kingdom looks to ban encrypted messaging apps after Westminster attack




The United Kingdom may soon introduce legislation that will ban encrypted messaging apps, according to statements made by British Interior Minister Amber Rudd. In the aftermath of the attack in Westminster, Minister Rudd claimed that encrypted messaging apps are a “secret place for terrorists to communicate” after it was revealed that the attacker had used WhatsApp prior … Continue reading “United Kingdom looks to ban encrypted messaging apps after Westminster attack”

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  • Mar 23, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

US Senate votes 50-48 to do away with broadband privacy rules; let ISPs and telecoms to sell your internet history




Despite widespread disapproval from constituents, S.J.Res 34 has passed the United States Senate with a vote of 50-48, with two absent votes. Earlier today, at 12:25 Eastern March 23, 2017, the US Senate voted on S.J.Res 34, and will use the Congressional Review Act to strip away broadband privacy protections that kept Internet Service Providers (ISPs) … Continue reading “US Senate votes 50-48 to do away with broadband privacy rules; let ISPs and telecoms to sell your internet history”

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With appeals ruling, the United States has effectively outlawed file encryption




An appeals court has denied the appeal of a person who is jailed indefinitely for refusing to decrypt files. The man has not been charged with anything, but was ordered to hand over the unencrypted contents on police assertion of what the contents were. When this can result in lifetime imprisonment under “contempt of court”, … Continue reading “With appeals ruling, the United States has effectively outlawed file encryption”

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  • Mar 20, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Security,

Microsoft Windows 10 has a keylogger enabled by default – here’s how to disable it




Many Windows 10 users are unknowingly sending the contents of every keystroke they make to Microsoft due to an enabled-by-default keylogger. This function has been around since the beginning of Windows 10, and is a prime example of why you should never go through the default install process on any Operating System. Windows 10 privacy has … Continue reading “Microsoft Windows 10 has a keylogger enabled by default – here’s how to disable it”

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New mass warrant reverses concepts: demands all data about everybody who searched for a specific term on Google




A Minnesota judge has issued a warrant to Google to provide the local police with all data relating to anybody who searched for specific keywords. This is an enormous expansion of the concept of mass surveillance, and turns all previous concepts of search and seizure on their heads: no longer is a suspect subject to … Continue reading “New mass warrant reverses concepts: demands all data about everybody who searched for a specific term on Google”

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Telecom lobby to FCC: “Web browsing and app usage history are not sensitive information.”




On March 16th, 2017, the CTIA filed a reply with the FCC claiming attempting to plead the case that “web browsing and app usage history are not sensitive information.” The former Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, now just the CTIA, represents telecoms such as AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless. As the main 501(c)6 lobbyist … Continue reading “Telecom lobby to FCC: “Web browsing and app usage history are not sensitive information.””

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