Class action lawsuit against Google says internet giant tracks private internet use

Google is being sued for 5 billion USD in a class action lawsuit over the tracking of private internet activity. Boies Schiller Flexner LLP has filed a massive lawsuit against Google and Alphabet Inc. for tracking and storing private internet activity. The suit, Case No. 20-3664, was filed on behalf of plaintiffs Chasom Brown, Maria … Continue reading “Class action lawsuit against Google says internet giant tracks private internet use”

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  • May 28, 2020
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history

Your internet history is safe from the FBI… for now. Government surveillance powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) – which have sat unrenewed since March – failed to be renewed this week in the House despite passing earlier this year. The FISA renewal vote came up as H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization … Continue reading “House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history”

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  • May 26, 2020
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

House to vote on whether the FBI can access internet history without a warrant: Act now to Save Internet Privacy

Internet privacy is on the line as Congress votes this week on whether or not the FBI will be able to access the internet history of Americans without a warrant. The House of Representatives is likely planning to vote on H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020, tomorrow May 27th, 2020. As is, … Continue reading “House to vote on whether the FBI can access internet history without a warrant: Act now to Save Internet Privacy”

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How a VPN can protect your internet history from The Patriot Act & the FBI

If passed as is, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 will expand the infamous Section 215 of the Patriot Act to allow the FBI to view your internet search history without a warrant. This new surveillance capability was added to the Act by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a sneaky amendment. Another amendment … Continue reading “How a VPN can protect your internet history from The Patriot Act & the FBI”

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  • May 18, 2020
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

The Patriot Act is up for renewal with the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and this bill as-is allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to access your internet history without a warrant. Under this new law, all the DOJ has to do is claim that an American citizen is tangentially … Continue reading “Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant”

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  • May 14, 2020
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

These are the 37 Senators that voted to let the FBI seize your internet history without a warrant

A key amendment to the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020 (H.R. 6172) that would have required authorities to obtain a warrant before gaining access to American internet browsing and search history just failed on the Senate floor by a single vote. For those that are unaware, key parts of the Patriot Act – namely … Continue reading “These are the 37 Senators that voted to let the FBI seize your internet history without a warrant”

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Apple could have years of your internet browsing history; won’t necessarily give it to you

Apple has years of your internet browsing history if you selected “sync browser tabs” in Safari. This internet history does not disappear from their servers when you click “Clear internet history” on Safari – which has led to many users being surprised to receive this data from Apple. This recently was brought to the internet’s … Continue reading “Apple could have years of your internet browsing history; won’t necessarily give it to you”

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  • Aug 3, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Security,

If you use a browser extension, your full Internet history may be for sale – and easily de-anonymized

The recent repeal of broadband privacy protection in the US has highlighted the highly-personal nature of browsing histories. One natural solution is to use a VPN in order to shield details of your Internet activities from your ISP. But research by a German journalist and data scientist, originally released last year at the 33rd Chaos … Continue reading “If you use a browser extension, your full Internet history may be for sale – and easily de-anonymized”

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Verizon’s newest rewards program, Verizon Up, encourages you to trade your internet privacy for coupons

Verizon’s new rewards program, Verizon Up, lets mobile subscribers get rewards and coupons on their bill every time they spend $300 – if they voluntarily agree to enrolling in Verizon’s personalized advertising program called Verizon Selects. Verizon Selects, the carrier’s newest rewards program which gives up your internet privacy in the name of advertising. Users … Continue reading “Verizon’s newest rewards program, Verizon Up, encourages you to trade your internet privacy for coupons”

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These are the 17 House Representatives that introduced a bill to let telecoms sell your personal internet history

Most Americans don’t know that telecoms and internet service providers store the internet history of their users; even more don’t know that recently introduced legislation aims to do away with privacy protections on this high value data. For years, the telecom industry has lobbied the government for the ability to sell your internet history to … Continue reading “These are the 17 House Representatives that introduced a bill to let telecoms sell your personal internet history”

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  • Mar 8, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News, Privacy,

These are the 23 Senators that introduced a bill to let telecoms sell your private internet history

Protection of your Internet history is up in the air thanks to new, pending legislation. A new bill coming before Senate aims to completely dismantle the FCC’s ability to enact data security or online privacy protections for consumers under the powers of the Congressional Review Act. Senate Joint Resolution (S.J.Res 34) was introduced by Arizona … Continue reading “These are the 23 Senators that introduced a bill to let telecoms sell your private internet history”

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  • Dec 2, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Security,

A French man has been sentenced to two years in jail because of the contents of his internet history

The contents of your internet history are more than enough to send you to jail in France. A French man has been sentenced to two years in jail for visiting terrorist websites. According to French sources, the 32-year-old man, whose name is not yet released, had been regularly visiting pro-ISIS websites for two years. On … Continue reading “A French man has been sentenced to two years in jail because of the contents of his internet history”

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  • Jul 1, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

What could a whole year of your internet history reveal? The UK wants to find out – and without needing a warrant

Does your internet history from the last twelve months have anything that you wouldn’t want the public, the government, or even a blackmailing hacker to know about? For most people in the world, our Internet activity can provide enough information to paint a clear picture. Browsing and search history can easily reveal your sexual preferences, … Continue reading “What could a whole year of your internet history reveal? The UK wants to find out – and without needing a warrant”

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