• Sep 13, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy,

Another threat to your privacy: the way you write

The ‘creator’ of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, has been identified. That, at least, is the claim in a recent article by Alexander Muse on Medium. But don’t get too excited. The article not only fails to name him/her/them, Muse admits he doesn’t know, either. All he will say is that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) … Continue reading “Another threat to your privacy: the way you write”

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  • Jul 14, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Which would you prefer: backdoored crypto, government malware – or the third way?

As regular readers of this blog will have noticed, one of the hottest topics in the world of online privacy is government access to communications. Essentially, the authorities want to be able to read encrypted information, but at the same time, they insist that they do not want to weaken the online security of law-abiding … Continue reading “Which would you prefer: backdoored crypto, government malware – or the third way?”

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  • Jun 9, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

UK police arrest man picked out from the crowd in real time by automatic facial recognition system

An automatic facial scanning system has been used in Wales to spot a man wanted by the UK police, who was then arrested. Believed to be the first of its kind in the country, the arrest follows an earlier announcement by the South Wales police force that that it would be introducing NEC’s NeoFace Watch … Continue reading “UK police arrest man picked out from the crowd in real time by automatic facial recognition system”

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New bipartisan bill will permanently end warrantless collection of American emails by the NSA

A new bill currently with the House of Representatives will permanently forbid the US government from illegally collecting and searching Americans’ private emails. The two House Representative that presented this bill are Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) – both members of the Fourth Amendment Caucus and co-chairs of the Post 9/11 Veterans … Continue reading “New bipartisan bill will permanently end warrantless collection of American emails by the NSA”

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Trump Administration wants to renew FISA Section 702; keep Snowden revealed NSA surveillance programs PRISM and Upstream

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 2008 has been the “legal” backbone of NSA’s mass internet surveillance programs for almost the entirety of the last decade. Section 702 of FISA authorizes the ongoing NSA spy programs PRISM and Upstream, and the extent of the privacy violations were revealed by the Snowden … Continue reading “Trump Administration wants to renew FISA Section 702; keep Snowden revealed NSA surveillance programs PRISM and Upstream”

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  • Oct 13, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Remember: Yahoo helped the US government spy on users for years, and they can’t be the only ones

Yahoo spied on users, even American citizens, at the behest of the United States government. As everyone hopefully already knows, according to Reuters sources, a NSA (and/or FBI) backed surveillance program was implemented at Yahoo that actively searched the content of every email passing through its servers. That means everything you sent to or received … Continue reading “Remember: Yahoo helped the US government spy on users for years, and they can’t be the only ones”

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Phone metadata can reveal your location, relationship status, and the NSA can still get it under the guise of hunting for terrorists

Since the Snowden leaks, the US government has sought to repair its public image and curtail public knowledge of its invasions of privacy. Before 2015, the US government was allowed access to five years worth of phone metadata from anyone within three hops of a suspected terrorist. In 2015, the most egregious bits of the … Continue reading “Phone metadata can reveal your location, relationship status, and the NSA can still get it under the guise of hunting for terrorists”

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