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

Domestic phone surveillance program from the Patriot Act may finally see the grave

The Patriot Act was passed in the protectionist aftermath of 9/11, where the government decided to spy on its own citizens phone records under the guise of protecting against terrorism. When the Patriot Act was set to expire in 2015, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act which restored but barely modified several key surveillance provisions … Continue reading “Domestic phone surveillance program from the Patriot Act may finally see the grave”

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  • 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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  • Nov 20, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy, Security,

Two ways to help preserve privacy in an age of massive leaks and deep hacks

We live in the golden age of leaks. That’s not to say that leaks didn’t happen before. But the move to digital data and the availability of high-speed Internet connections has made the exfiltration of data on a massive scale much easier. Where in 1971 Daniel Ellsberg had to photocopy 7,000 pages of what became … Continue reading “Two ways to help preserve privacy in an age of massive leaks and deep hacks”

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Unlike the USA Liberty Act, the USA RIGHTS Act could actually end warrantless surveillance on Americans by the NSA

The end of unwarranted NSA mass surveillance on US citizens may finally be in sight with the (for once) properly named USA RIGHTS Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Reforming and Improving the Government’s High-Tech Surveillance Act). The USA RIGHTS Act essentially reaffirms American constituional privacy rights in light of continued overreaches of the government’s … Continue reading “Unlike the USA Liberty Act, the USA RIGHTS Act could actually end warrantless surveillance on Americans by the NSA”

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  • Oct 9, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Key transatlantic data flows under threat as US surveillance laws clash once more with EU privacy protections

We wrote recently about clouds gathering over the Privacy Shield framework that governs transatlantic data flows for thousands of US companies. As that post explained, even if the Privacy Shield is struck down by the EU courts, as some believe it will be, there are alternative mechanisms that can ensure the legality of data transfers … Continue reading “Key transatlantic data flows under threat as US surveillance laws clash once more with EU privacy protections”

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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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