• Aug 30, 2019
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Trump Administration seeks to permanently restore NSA program to spy on Americans

The Trump Administration supports the permanent restoration of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allowed the National Security Administration (NSA) to collect the phone records of American citizens as part of a mass surveillance program. The support was made known to key Senate members in an attempt to shore up support for future legislation … Continue reading “Trump Administration seeks to permanently restore NSA program to spy on Americans”

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NSA phone surveillance may end soon thanks to a bipartisan bill introduced to Congress

A group of bipartisan Senators and House Representatives have introduced legislation that would end the NSA’s mass surveillance of American phone records. The bill is titled: “Ending Mass Collection of Americans’ Phone Records Act” and will put an immediate end to the NSA collection of phone records. Curtailing the NSA’s overarching mass surveillance plans is … Continue reading “NSA phone surveillance may end soon thanks to a bipartisan bill introduced to Congress”

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  • Dec 21, 2018
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

India now allows government agencies to “intercept, monitor, and decrypt” citizens’ computers

On December 21st, 2018, India expanded its governmental spying powers to an unprecedented level – granting ten new agencies the government writ to “intercept, monitor, and decrypt” data from Indian citizens. The specific law that was expanded was Section 69 of the nation’s IT Act from the year 2000. The Ministry of Home Affairs tried to … Continue reading “India now allows government agencies to “intercept, monitor, and decrypt” citizens’ computers”

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  • Sep 22, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Top court rules UK mass interception of fiber-optic cable traffic violates the right to privacy: a victory, but how big?

Five years have passed since Edward Snowden’s revelations about the scale of surveillance by the US and UK shocked the world. Things have gone rather quiet on that front now, partly because there have been few new releases of documents from the Snowden hoard. But in the background, many privacy groups have been quietly working … Continue reading “Top court rules UK mass interception of fiber-optic cable traffic violates the right to privacy: a victory, but how big?”

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  • Oct 17, 2017
  • David Meyer
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

British spies are collecting and sharing datasets of people’s social media activities

The British intelligence services have for years quietly claimed the right to collect so-called bulk personal datasets (BPDs) about people, most of whom may be innocent of any crime. The practice was only officially acknowledged in 2015, and last year’s Investigatory Powers Act was – for all its draconian elements – supposed to at least … Continue reading “British spies are collecting and sharing datasets of people’s social media activities”

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  • Oct 7, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

These 13 House Reps sponsored a bill to legalize mass surveillance on Americans and called it the USA Liberty Act

On October 6th, House Representative Goodlatte and 12 other Representatives proposed the USA Liberty Act (H.R. 3989) – which would renew the currently active NSA’s mass surveillance programs. We’ve known for the better part of a year that the Trump Administration intended to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which would … Continue reading “These 13 House Reps sponsored a bill to legalize mass surveillance on Americans and called it the USA Liberty Act”

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  • Jul 14, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Security,

New Dutch law allows law enforcement to digitally wiretap your friends and family to get to you

This past Wednesday, the Netherlands Senate passed a new surveillance and data mining law that will go into effect on January 1st, 2018. The new law (available in Dutch) expands the government’s targeted and mass surveillance powers and were first introduced in 2015. The Dutch government will soon have expanded surveillance powers, allowing authorities to force … Continue reading “New Dutch law allows law enforcement to digitally wiretap your friends and family to get to you”

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  • May 4, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

UK government seeks expansion of mass surveillance “technical capabilities” via the Investigatory Powers Act

The UK government is seeking an expansion to their mass surveillance powers on the Internet. The plans were leaked and released by the Open Rights Group. The draft rules were only officially circulated to a short list of companies, mostly telecommunication companies and internet service providers (ISPs) according to The Register. The proposed bulk surveillance rules will force telecoms … Continue reading “UK government seeks expansion of mass surveillance “technical capabilities” via the Investigatory Powers Act”

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  • Apr 12, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

4/13 is Australia’s National Get a VPN Day as ISPs and telecoms officially begin metadata retention

April 13th, 2017 is now “National Get a VPN” Day for the entire country of Australia. In March 2015, Australia passed the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill (info). The law mandates metadata retention by Australian internet service providers (ISPs) and telecommunication companies (known as carrier service providers in Australia). Australians scramble to get a VPN … Continue reading “4/13 is Australia’s National Get a VPN Day as ISPs and telecoms officially begin metadata retention”

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  • Jan 3, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Despite promises, metadata gathered by Australian mass surveillance may be made available to civil litigators, not just law enforcement

Australia, one of many countries that conducts mass surveillance with mandatory metadata logging laws, is planning to make your private information available in civil proceedings. When Australia initially passed the mandatory logging laws in 2014, government proponents, such as AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin, emphasized that information was only supposed to be made available for the … Continue reading “Despite promises, metadata gathered by Australian mass surveillance may be made available to civil litigators, not just law enforcement”

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