June 2, 2013
A U.S. judge has ordered Google to comply with FBI secret demands for customer data, despite earlier ruling the warrantless orders unconstitutional.
District court judge Susan Illston this week rejected the Internet search giant’s argument that so-called National Security Letters (NSLs) violated its constitutional rights.
As such it ordered Google to hand over private information relating to U.S. citizens to federal agents.
It comes despite Illston earlier ruling the letters [...]
March 6, 2013
The FBI used National Security Letters — a form of surveillance that privacy watchdogs call “frightening and invasive” — to surreptitiously seek information on Google users, the web giant has just revealed.
Google’s disclosure is “an unprecedented win for transparency,” privacy experts said Wednesday. But it’s just one small step forward.
“Serious concerns and questions remain about the use of NSLs,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Dan Auerbach and Eva [...]
November 15, 2012
Now that Senate Republicans have killed Obama’s cybersecurity legislation, there is a good chance the president will sign an unconstitutional executive order implementing provisions of the failed legislation.
“Cybersecurity is dead for this Congress,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid following the move.
Republicans blocked the legislation in August and again on Wednesday, saying it would lead to further business regulation. The final vote was 51-47, short of the 60 votes [...]
Dirigible would hover at height of just 400 feet over “high crime areas” of city
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, August 17, 2012
The Ogden Police Department wants to fly an unmanned surveillance blimp at a height of just 400 feet over high crime areas of the city to watch for “suspicious activity,” but an initial request for approval was rejected by the FAA on the basis that the program would be a [...]
Electronic Frontier Foundation
July 31, 2012
This week, the Senate will be voting on a slew of amendments to the newest version of the Senate’s cybersecurity bill. Senators John McCain and Kay Bailey Hutchison have proposed several amendments that would hand the reins of our nation’s cybersecurity systems to the National Security Agency (NSA). All of the cybersecurity bills that have been proposed would provide avenues for companies to collect sensitive information on [...]
July 24, 2012
This is a shocking video confirming, by former NSA employees, what many of us probably suspected about the National Security Agency.
NSA whistle blowers Thomas Drake, former senior official; Kirk Wiebe, former senior analyst; and William Binney, former technical director, return to “Viewpoint” to talk about their allegations that the NSA has conducted illegal domestic surveillance. All three men are providing evidence in a lawsuit by the Electronic Frontier [...]
Jamshid Ghazi Askar
July 5, 2012
A polarizing debate is emerging over whether the unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as “drones,” should be allowed into U.S. airspace for use by local law enforcement and private businesses.
“No longer a tool used strictly by the military to take out terrorists overseas, drones of all shapes and sizes will soon be in our skies here at home for surveillance missions by local police [...]
By Alex Thomas
June 7, 2012
The United States Air Force, through the use of unmanned aerial drones, is set to be deployed inside the United States to collect data, investigate places of interest, and share data with local police agencies.
An unclassified Air Force Memo from late April documents the fact that the military is operating drone aircraft domestically and that, through a complete end run around the Constitution, can essentially share it with local [...]
From Sovereign Man:
As an technology user and steward of your own personal privacy, it is important to be aware of which services will be quick to release your information to third parties as well as the government. An informative whitepaper by The Electronic Frontier Foundation was recently released and rates popular websites based on their privacy policies. The report explains:
“We evaluated each company based on the following criteria:
1. A public [...]
May 15, 2012
A Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation has revealed a plan by the Department of Homeland Security to collect DNA from children 14 years old and up without a search warrant or criminal prosecution.
EFF reported on Monday that the DHS plan
appears to be working its way through DHS in the wake of regulations from the Department of Justice that require all federal agencies – including DHS [...]
Electronic Frontier Foundation
April 26, 2012
This week the House of Representatives is debating CISPA, the dangerous ‘cybersecurity’ bill that threatens to decimate Internet users’ privacy in the name of security. EFF and a wide variety of other groups have been protesting the law’s provisions giving companies the power to read users’ emails and other communications and hand them to the government without any judicial oversight whatsoever—essentially a giant ‘cybersecurity’ exception to all existing privacy [...]
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
President Barack Obama simply “can’t wait” to bypass Congress and use executive privilege to advance his political agenda, but even though his administration has expressed its opposition to the draconian CISPA bill, don’t hold your breath for a veto.
Earlier this week the New York Times reported on how Obama had personally invented the slogan “We Can’t Wait” to characterize his intention to “aggressively use executive [...]
by George Washington
Google launches its new “privacy” policy tomorrow. Many commentators have said that the new policy will weaken privacy protections, and allow Google to gather enormous amounts of information across its multiple platforms … and keep the information forever.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has two how-to guides on how to remove data from Google and Youtube searches.
Here are EFF’s instructions regarding clearing information from Google searches:
On March 1st, Google will implement its new, [...]
By Hanni Fakhoury, Electronic Frontier Foundation
On October 1, 2011, over 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. Most of the protesters, including Malcolm Harris, were charged with the mundane crime of disorderly conduct, a “violation” under New York law that has a maximum punishment of 15 days in jail or a $250 fine.
And yet on the basis of a charge no more consequential than speeding ticket, the New York City District Attorney’s office [...]