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 [...]
A federal appeals court has turned down a Freedom of Information Act request to disclose National Security Agency records about the 2010 cyberattack on Google users in China.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center, which focuses on privacy and civil liberties, sought communications between Google and the NSA, which conducts worldwide electronic surveillance and protects the U.S. government from such spying.
But the NSA refused to confirm or deny whether it had any [...]
Internet users are being asked to read random property numbers snapped by Google’s Street View cameras, as part of new security checks.
The tests weed out “bots” by ensuring that users are human. But Google has been accused of exploiting the data submitted in by the public for commercial gain – by adding the information to its own mapping system.
Campaign groups said that the use of pictures of real house numbers [...]