• 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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New leaked documents reveal that NSA can read minds of 4G LTE users

Apparently, sometime in the last year, Mark Zuckerberg’s Brain-Computer Interface, the DoD’s invisibility cloak projects, and a proprietary goop designed with input from Gwyeneth Paltrow have been integrated into every smartphone with 4G LTE capability. Whenever your phone receives 4G LTE signal, invisible goop tendrils actually extend out of your phone’s charging port and attach … Continue reading “New leaked documents reveal that NSA can read minds of 4G LTE users”

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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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How the NSA Spies on Us All – Part 4: The 90’s – Present

This is part 4 of a series. See: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Up until 1998, the NSA had been a purely defensive intelligence agency, that was tasked with cryptography (enemy code breaking), passive collection of SIGINT, intelligence production for other agencies, and defense of American and Five Eyes networks. Enter the … Continue reading “How the NSA Spies on Us All – Part 4: The 90’s – Present”

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How the NSA Spies on Us All – Part 2: The 60’s and 70’s

This is part 2 of a series. See: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Complacency or a sense of immunity started to catch up with the NSA in the early 1960s when US Army Captain Christopher Pyle, assigned to intelligence duties, learns that the US Army intelligence corps has deployed almost 2000 agents … Continue reading “How the NSA Spies on Us All – Part 2: The 60’s and 70’s”

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  • Oct 13, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Security,

Amazon hopes to blanket your home and car with listening, eavesdropping Alexa devices

Last year, Privacy News Online noted that there was a new frontier for digital privacy: home devices that understand spoken commands. Recent research from Canalys confirms that the market continues to grow strongly, admittedly from a small base: The worldwide smart speaker market grew 187% in Q2 2018, with shipments reaching 16.8 million units. Google … Continue reading “Amazon hopes to blanket your home and car with listening, eavesdropping Alexa devices”

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  • Jul 6, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

The Next Frontier in Threats to your Privacy: Voice Recognition

Privacy News Online has been tracking the increasing use of facial recognition technologies for some time. Concerns about their wider deployment are growing. But the surveillance world does not stand still. While people focus their attention on facial recognition, a new form of tracking is being rolled out: voice recognition – detecting who is speaking, … Continue reading “The Next Frontier in Threats to your Privacy: Voice Recognition”

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  • May 9, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Crypto backdoors are in the news again, and as bad for privacy as ever

VPNs are an indispensable part of online life, and they protect many aspects of privacy. But there’s a class of threats that VPNs can’t defend against: crypto backdoors, which allow even the strongest encryption to be bypassed. That’s why it’s important for everyone who cares about their privacy and security to be aware of any … Continue reading “Crypto backdoors are in the news again, and as bad for privacy as ever”

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