Mozilla furious as disguised spyware used against pro-democracy activists

May 2, 2013 in News

London Telegraph | Internet firm Mozilla has demanded a British surveillance software company stop using its browser as a front for governments to collect data covertly from citizens. Developed by Hampshire-based Gamma International, software known as ‘Finfisher’ was installed unknowingly…

DoJ Secretly Granted Immunity to Companies that Participated in Monitoring Program

April 26, 2013 in News

Kim Zetter | The Justice Department agree to grant internet service providers that participated in a new cybersecurity monitoring program legal authorization to monitor and intercept communications traffic, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

CISPA DOA in the Senate, For Now

April 26, 2013 in News

Ed Krayewski | A representative of the Senate committee that would have to hold hearings on the cybersecurity bill CISPA, passed last week by the House, said the committee won’t be taking the legislation up, according to U.S. News.

U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance

April 25, 2013 in News

Declan McCullagh | Justice Department agreed to issue “2511 letters” immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act, according to new documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Tax-free Online Shopping Days are Numbered: Senate passes “online sales tax”

April 22, 2013 in News

Ars Technica | Your tax-free days of online shopping are numbered. If S743, also known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, becomes law, the millions of Americans who have been able to avoid sales tax online will have to start paying it. Given the broad support…

Senate Approves Warrantless Electronic Spy Powers

December 28, 2012 in News

Wired | The Senate on Friday reauthorized for five years broad electronic eavesdropping powers that legalized and expanded the President George W. Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

China tightens internet controls

December 28, 2012 in News

London Telegraph | China has unveiled tighter Internet controls, legalizing the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain “illegal” information

Government Seeks to Shut Down NSA Wiretapping Lawsuit

December 16, 2012 in News

Ars Technica | At a hearing today in San Francisco federal court, the debate over whether NSA can continue its practices heated up again.

U.N. summit votes to support Internet eavesdropping

December 7, 2012 in News

CNET | A United Nations summit has adopted confidential recommendations proposed by China that will help network providers target BitTorrent uploaders