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Files show NSA collects more data on U.S. citizens than targets

Newly released documents show that the communications of everyday Internet users were targeted by the National Security Agency (NSA) far more times than communications from legally targeted individuals.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 2 comments

Edward Snowden inspired anonymity software, OnionShare, launches

A recently released open-source software, created in response to the controversy surrounding Edward Snowden's release of classified NSA documents, claims to allow users to securely send large files over the internet with complete anonymity.
In the Media by Greta McClain

Op-Ed: With Facebook policies in mind, mobile messaging privacy matters

The mobile messaging market made headlines this week after Facebook agreed to acquire WhatsApp for a staggering $19 billion - however, there may be considerable privacy and security issues at stake.
In the Media by Michael Krebs

Swedish website publishes criminal records

Stockholm - A controversial new site that lets Web users check out the criminal records of their friends and neighbours has caused outrage among privacy experts in Sweden who warn that it could breach privacy laws.
In the Media by D.M. McGrory

Privacy feature on Android phones removed by Google

San Francisco - Android users had a feature that allowed them to choose what personal information third-party apps could collect from them. Now the feature is no more.
In the Media by Andrew Ellis - 1 comment

Op-Ed: CISPA is coming back again in the US Senate

Washington - The National Security Agency director Keith Alexander is pushing for the introduction of a revised version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act to be introduced into the US Senate.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 2 comments

Op-Ed: What privacy rights do you have online?

Beginning November 11th, 2013, Google can use your user name, profile pictures, and “implied endorsement” in its display ads. Unless you are an actor looking for some exposure, this probably does not sit well with the average Google user.
In the Media by Alyssa Sellors - 1 comment

Google wiretapping cases greenlit by federal judges

Two cases against Google were given a go-ahead by federal judges last week. Last Thursday Google failed in an attempt to stop a case against Gmail privacy intrusions and a similar attempt to stop a case against Street View privacy intrusions also failed.
In the Media by Dawn Denmar

Facebook to pay $20 million for sharing users’ details on ads

Facebook has been ordered to compensate more than 600,000 users for having shared their personal details in ads on the site without their consent. Each user will receive a $15 payout.
In the Media by Valerie Benguiat - 5 comments

Google: No 'expectation of privacy' for Gmail users

Mountain View - Users who send or receive information via Google's Gmail should not expect their messages to remain private, the Internet giant argued in a court motion seeking the dismissal of a class-action lawsuit.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 7 comments

DHS cautions staff against reading The Washington Post online

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) staff could find themselves out of a job when they view The Washington Post’s July 10 Snowden leaks article, "The NSA slide you haven’t seen."
In the Media by Kirstin Stokes Smith - 5 comments

UK's GCHQ piggybacking on covert NSA Internet Operation Prism

Cheltenham - Reports today indicate that the UK's top secret GCHQ intelligence gathering operation was involved in the US' National Security Agency's Operation PRISM, gathering data from users' Internet habits.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Op-Ed: FBI believe they can search e-mails, and chats without warrants

Washington - The American Civil Liberties Union obtained government documents that show both the US Department of Justice and the FBI take the position that they do not need a search warrant when searching Americans' e-mails, Twitter messages, or Facebook chats.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 5 comments

Op-Ed: Six-strike plan imposed by Internet Service Providers

Washington - Beginning this week, major ISPs will start spying on US Internet users. With the new program, its a case of "six strikes and you are out" if they think you are pirating copyright-protected content.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 6 comments

Op-Ed: Threats to online privacy rise as CISPA to be reintroduced

Washington - Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan and Sen. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat from California, intend to reintroduce the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a bill that critics claim threatens Internet privacy.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 3 comments

Is the gov't spying? Alternative search engines protect privacy

When you use search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo, your activity is tracked. Your personal data -- location, political leanings, sexual orientation, and medical condition -- is collected, stored and can be used in ways that might surprise you.
In the Media by Victoria N. Alexander - 7 comments

Facebook announces facial recognition switch off in Europe

Dublin - More then a year after Facebook came under fire by an Austrian group and Irish and EU officials began to investigate possible privacy violations, Facebook announced it would stop using its facial recognition tool in Europe.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Australia’s proposed Internet tracking laws won’t work

Sydney - The proposal to store the data of all Australian users for 2 years has drawn a storm of outrage. Now it’s starting to look like it can’t even do the job it’s supposed to do. There are some serious weaknesses from the point of view of law enforcement
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 15 comments

Op-Ed: YouTube knows your name

YouTube has started prompting users who want to post a comment to use their real name. If a user has a gmail account connected to Google+, YouTube lets you choose to use your real name when you post. But you can also still use your YouTube name.
In the Media by Ini Augustine - 1 comment

'Declaration of Internet Freedom' — to keep the Internet free

Many of the web giants and other organizations are joining together to sign a Declaration of Internet Freedom, to keep the internet free and open.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

The International Trade Committee of EU Parliament rejects ACTA

Brussels - The INTA committee rejected the controversial legislation by 19 votes to 12 with no abstentions, and is the fourth and final committee to deliver its report on ACTA.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 4 comments

Microsoft & Yahoo selling personal info for political gain

Just when you thought that internet privacy was already at its worst, along comes Microsoft and Yahoo, selling your information to politicians for campaign targeting gains.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

Assange 'The World Tomorrow' Ep 8: Cypherpunks part 2 — Privacy

London - In part 2 of Assange's interview with the Cypherpunk movement, we learn how Internet privacy is in danger and what steps can be taken to protect this.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Assange 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep 8: Cypherpunks Part 1

London - This week's episode deals with cyber threats, hacker attacks and laws aiming to tackle internet piracy. Assange interviews activists from the Cypherpunk movement.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

The Internet Defense League — fighting for a free Internet

A new league is out there and fighting to defend our freedom on the Internet. Those with a website, blog or even a YouTube channel can join the fight.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Microsoft has change of heart about CISPA — drops support

Microsoft has decided not to back CISPA citing consumer privacy concerns. One of the major corporate supporters of the draconian bill backs down.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

U.S. House passes controversial CISPA Internet security bill

Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the CISPA cybersecurity bill today, despite protests by civil liberties groups who point out that it puts Americans' online privacy at risk.
In the Media by Elliott Freeman - 6 comments

The White House threatens to veto CISPA

Washington - The president's advisers have now said they will recommend that Obama vetoes the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act if it is passed by Congress.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 6 comments

Obama officially opposes CISPA but bill might still go through

Washington - The Obama administration has formally declared its opposition to the draconian Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg supports CISPA? (updated with video)

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (or CISPA for short) is currently being discussed in Congress and it seems that Mark Zuckerberg is in support of the Act.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 6 comments
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