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Just How Closely Do the NSA and U.S. Companies Work Together?

Documents describe “contractual relationships” between NSA and U.S. companies, as well as undercover operatives at some U.S. companies.

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NSA and Naked Celebs

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Data Storms and the Tyranny of Manufactured Forgetting

The current mainstream debate regarding the crisis in Iraq and Syria offers a near perfect example of both the death of historical memory and the collapse of critical thinking in the United States.

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How Much Would You Sell Your ‘Data Soul’ For?

A Dutch student sold all his online data to the highest bidder to make an important point; your CDs (if you have any left) are slowly dying because they weren’t made to last; meanwhile, the Israeli government is trying to persuade Palestinian Christians to join its military forces. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Facebook Reveals User Information Exposed in Data Breach

The world’s largest social networking company acknowledged late Friday that a technical flaw in its system inadvertently allowed the phone numbers and email addresses of 6 million users over the past year to be accessed by unauthorized viewers.

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Time to Judge Bush Legacy, Rove Battles the Koch Brothers, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Republican governor who is pushing for stricter gun control and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake pulls a fast one on the mother of a mass shooting victim.

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Voter Information Wars: Will the GOP Team Up With Wal-Mart’s Data Specialist?

Republicans want to use data to make predictions about individual voters, and they may contract with a “data warehousing” company used by Wal-Mart and Apple.

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What Do Data Brokers Know About You?

Data companies are scooping up enormous amounts of information about almost every American. They sell information about whether you’re pregnant or divorced or trying to lose weight, about how rich you are and what kinds of cars you have.

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Census Shows Nearly Half of Americans Are Struggling Financially

The general gist of findings from the 2010 census may not be shocking, but the actual numbers detailing the growing problem of the shrinking middle class in America are: Nearly half of all Americans qualify for the poor or low-income categories, making income inequality an issue that now splits the nation down the middle.

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Illustration from Mr. T in DC

The FCC, Net Neutrality and the Future Enrons of the Internet

Apparently having learned nothing from its failure to rein in Enron, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and the rest, Congress is pushing to deregulate Internet service providers.

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Personal Data Farmed Out by Facebook Apps

No matter how strict Facebook users may be with their settings, their bid for privacy can be compromised by third-party software developers who make those annoying apps that let users play games with each other—and, apparently, share their personal information with advertisers.

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Robert Reineke of Venezuela stands by the Google booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 7.
AP / Jae C. Hong

Google to Hand Over Data Collected During Photo-Mapping

Google said it will hand over wireless network data that was collected by fleets of vehicles shooting photographs for the search giant’s Street View mapping service as it tries to resolve a privacy row with European regulators.

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Google Admits Data Audit Accusation

In an announcement following a data audit by Germany’s data protection authority, Google has admitted to accidentally sampling payload data from open Wi-Fi networks as its Google Maps mobiles traversed the globe’s streets.

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Please Rob Me

A Dutch developer has created a website called Please Rob Me that takes Twitter data and compiles a list of people who say they are away from home and at a restaurant or movie—with geocoded information and the likelihood of an empty house being broadcast throughout the Internet.

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Push for More Transparency.gov

In a push for increased government transparency, the Obama administration has announced it will require each Cabinet-level department to post online three collections of “high-value” data—covering everything from tire safety ratings to workplaces where injuries have occurred—previously undisclosed to the public.

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google.org/flutrends

Google: ‘I’m Feeling Sicky’

While worries over Google’s “big brother” surveillance practices still worry many, a softer, more health-conscious side of the search giant is partnering with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The tool, “Google Flu Trends,” uses the aggregate regional data obtained from flu-related searches to predict epidemics weeks before they can be diagnosed by traditional measures.

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10 Troubled Banks

While depositors at IndyMac banks in California do battle for a chance to get their cash out, financial analysts have been crunching the numbers to identify other troubled lenders. ABC News snuck a peek to come up with this handy guide to banks with an unfortunate “Texas ratio.”

Posted on Jul 16, 2008 READ MORE



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IRS Workers Fall for Simulated Password Scam

According to a recent internal audit, 60 percent of IRS employees fell for the oldest trick in the book, allowing auditors posing as help-desk employees access to their digital identities, and by extension your personal and private information.

Posted on Aug 3, 2007 READ MORE


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smh.com.au

Government Admits to Yet Another Domestic Spying Program

The Education Department has admitted to searching through millions of student loan records on behalf of the FBI.  The government says the operation, known as ?Project Strike Back,? was meant to uncover information on individuals allegedly related to terror investigations.

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AOL Exposes Users

America Online recently released the search queries of more than 650,000 of its users for ?research? purposes.  The data contained three months’ worth of searches that were attached to unique user IDs.  No names were included with the release, but private information was easily gleaned from some of the queries.

Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


Former Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research Carl Ford

Former Bush Intel Official Derides ‘Crap We Give You’

Former Bush Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research Carl Ford tells members of Congress not to “accept the crap we give you” regarding intelligence data. (via Huff Po)

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Sec. Snow, Cheney Defend Bank Searches

Outgoing Secretary of the Treasury John Snow said the program to troll through the financial records of Americans without warrants is the thing “I’m proudest of .... It’s really government at its best.”

Posted on Jun 24, 2006 READ MORE


Swift and the CIA
Swift: swift.org / CIA: fas.org

Feds Secretly Reviewed Bank Data to Fight Terror

Under a post 9/11 Bush administration program, CIA agents officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database called SWIFT, examining banking transactions involving thousands of Americans without specific warrants in each case. (This program is working in parallel with the NSA’s warrantless eavesdropping system)

  • The N.Y. Times has the scoop
  • The Washington Post has government officials confirming the story
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    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


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    Faces: from smartmobs.com / NSA seal: from isoc.org

    NSA Wants to Mine Data From Social Networking Sites

    The National Security Agency is funding research into ways to collect personal information from social networking websites like MySpace and Friendster, according to New Scientist magazine. The agency reportedly aims to combine the information with details from banking, retail and property records, allowing the NSA to build extensive, all-embracing personal profiles of individuals.

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    Authorities Mining More Corporate Data for Personal Information

    We learn from the Wall Street Journal that banks, Internet service providers and other companies are being besieged by law enforcement authorities who want to pore over their corporate data in hunting for clues in criminal cases.
    Just another example of how the government is going through personal records.

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Choice Point
    gregpalast.com

    Will the Real ‘Big Brother’ Please Stand Up…

    When the government can’t legally dig up your medical records, call histories and voter registration information, it turns to the data mining company ChoicePoint—which has sucked up over $1 billion in federal contracts.
    Do. Not. Miss. this article on how the frightening industry of data mining works.

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Judge Orders Google to Turn Over Some Data

    A federal judge says he will require the search engine company to provide the government with some search-query data in connection with the Justice Dept.‘s attempts to revive an online child pornography law. It’s unclear what kind of and how much data the judge will order turned over.
    That strange shifting underneath your feet? It’s the slippery slope we’re all sliding down, toward an Orwellian future.
    Truthdig’s Google expert Mark Malseed has the skinny on the implications of this battle.

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    The End of the Internet?

    Jeff Chester at The Nation has an eye-opening report on how big telcos are trying to transform the “free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online.” | story

    Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


    AOL and Victorias Secret
    Illustration by Karen Spector

    You’ve Got Jail

    In case someone in the Justice Department is reading this, let me hasten to explain why I just clicked on the Victoria’s Secret online catalog photo featuring a certain “Very Sexy Lace & Mesh Garter Belt.” AOL made me do it.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


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