Civilization Means Privacy

July 22, 2013 in News

Ben O’Neill | Since the details of the NSA programs became publicly known a short time ago, already there are signs of market pressures being brought to bear to curtail the actions of the agency and its partner companies. There are early signs of emerging boycotts…

TIME/CNN Poll Shows Increasing Number Of Americans Won’t Give Up Civil Liberties To Fight Terrorism

May 6, 2013 in News

Tim Cushing | When discussing NYPD Police Chief Ray Kelly’s assertion that “privacy is off the table” as a result of the Boston bombing, I mentioned I hadn’t heard any public outcry demanding the government and law enforcement step in and do something (i.e., curtail civil liberties) in response to the tragedy.

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.

Obama Hypocritically Threatens Veto of CISPA Despite Executive Orders

April 17, 2013 in News

Intellihub | In a statement released Tuesday the Obama Administration once again threatened to veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) over fears that information sharing between corporations and government will lead to more privacy violations.

CISPA still alive in the Congress, no privacy protections in the bill

April 12, 2013 in News

CNET | A controversial data-sharing bill won the approval of a key congressional committee today without privacy amendments, raising concerns that the National Security Agency and other spy agencies will gain broad access to Americans’ personal information.

Can Police Read Text Messages Without A Warrant?

April 12, 2013 in News

Liberty Crier | The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the Washington State Supreme Court Monday to recognize that text messages are “the 21st Century phone call” and require that law enforcement officers obtain a warrant before reading texts…

Google faces privacy investigation over merging search, Gmail and YouTube data

April 2, 2013 in News

London Telegraph | The Information Commissioner’s Office, Britain’s privacy regulator, said it would launch a formal investigation after Google did not bow to European pressure to reverse the changes. Google introduced its privacy policy in March last year.

Nanny State Mayor Bloomberg on Big Brother, Drones: “Get Used To It”

March 25, 2013 in News

New York Post | Like it or not, the eye in the sky will soon be following your every move, according to Mayor Bloomberg. “You can’t keep the tides from coming in,” the mayor remarked when asked about drones on his weekly radio show.

Resistance Builds Against Law Enforcement Drone Programs Amid Privacy, Safety Concerns

March 23, 2013 in News

Declan McCullagh | Concerns about privacy, facial recognition, cell phone tracking, and infrared surveillance have dealt a setback to law enforcement’s growing enthusiasm for aerial drones.

New Cybersecurity Executive Order Partners U.S. Spy Agencies, Private Companies to Scan Internet Traffic

March 22, 2013 in News

Reuters | By using DHS as the middleman, the Obama administration hopes to bring the formidable overseas intelligence-gathering of the NSA closer to ordinary U.S. residents without triggering an outcry from privacy advocates who have long been leery of the spy agency’s eavesdropping.