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The U.S. Government Renews Its Assault on Privacy

And this time there’s “much less public scrutiny,” writes Trevor Timm at The Guardian.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE


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Privacy Rights Victory: California Encryption Bill Shut Down by Legislators

The bill, which would have penalized companies that refuse to cooperate with the government over encrypted phones, did not go to a vote.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE



Why Aren’t Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Talking About Encryption?

The controversy over encryption has been one of the biggest public debates of the year so far, yet the Democratic presidential candidates have been largely silent on the subject.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



WhatsApp Adds Encryption to All of Its Communications

WhatsApp, an online messaging service owned by Facebook, has over a billion users—and as of Tuesday, any exchanges done via the app will be encrypted.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



What’s Missing From the Technical Analysis of the Panama Papers

Although the year-long, concerted effort of hundreds of journalists is an admirable feat, their analysis may be overlooking crucial evidence involving corruption by Western corporations and billionaires.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



David Medine, Leading U.S. Privacy Watchdog, Resigns Unexpectedly

The head of the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is stepping down. Why he quit so suddenly is unknown, but his recent Twitter posts reflect a concern over expansion of government surveillance.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



The Apple Fight Is About All of Us

The fight between Apple and the FBI is not about just one iPhone—it implicates the security of all technology users.

Posted on Mar 19, 2016 READ MORE



Facebook, Google and WhatsApp Plan to Increase Encryption of User Data

Leading Silicon Valley companies are developing their own enhanced privacy technology as Apple fights the U.S. government over encryption.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE



Civil Rights Activists Say Encryption Is a Racial Justice Issue

An association of activists, including a founder of Black Lives Matter, published a letter claiming that the civil rights of minorities could be abused if the FBI gains the power to force a technology company such as Apple to undermine its users’ activities.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE



Apple Gets Legal and Congressional Boost in Privacy Fight Against U.S. Government

First a New York judge sided with Apple in its battle with the FBI over privacy. Then the technology company helped its case in Congress.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 READ MORE



The Human Rights Risks of Encryption ‘Back Doors’

Calls by candidates and law enforcement to undermine encryption could seriously harm many people, including sexual and gender-based rights activists, domestic violence victims, human rights defenders, psychiatrists and counselors and their clients, and journalists and their sources.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 READ MORE



Congressman Asks FBI to Back Down on Apple

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., is pressing FBI Director James Comey to drop the bureau’s demand that Apple create a new operating system version that lacks key security features.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE



San Bernardino Says FBI at Fault for Losing Data in Shooting Investigation

Apple executives say new information shows there was a way to avoid going to court in momentous privacy battle.

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 READ MORE


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In Privacy Fight, Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Seen as a Model of Civic Leadership From the Private Sector

Friends and close relations say that Cook—who this week published a letter explaining his decision to resist a federal order to make his customers’ private information vulnerable to theft and surveillance—is exercising his belief that “businesses and their leaders should think of themselves as important members of civic society,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE



Privacy Activists Rally Around Apple in ‘Most Important Tech Case in a Decade’

To defend users’ privacy rights, Apple is refusing to give government encrypted iPhone data in the San Bernardino shooting case.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Apple’s Tim Cook

This week, it’s a no-brainer. Tim Cook is our Truthdigger of the Week for his willingness to take on the “1984”-like security state with a statement of principle on behalf of privacy.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



How Did Apple End Up in the Government’s Encryption Crosshairs?

The tech giant has positioned itself as a champion of privacy by engaging in a potentially momentous conflict with the federal government over encryption.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



Why the Electronic Frontier Foundation Supports Apple in the Encryption Battle

“EFF applauds Apple for standing up for real security and the rights of its customers. We have been fighting to protect encryption, and stop backdoors, for over 20 years. That’s why EFF plans to file an amicus brief in support of Apple’s position.”

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



Apple Will Fight Order to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says his company will oppose a federal order to help the FBI hack into an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooters because compliance could undermine encryption for millions of other users.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



Why Government Access to Encrypted Messages Won’t Make Us Safer

Since the Paris attacks, some officials and pundits have argued that government agencies should have a “back door” to encoded apps. But such a capability would only compromise the communications of law-abiding citizens, and terrorists would quickly find new ways to evade detection.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



The Paris Attacks Are Being Used to Justify Agendas They Have Nothing to Do With

The aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks has “devolved into a dark and dishonest debate” in which governments consider banning encryption and barring Syrian refugees from entering their countries. But the attackers were neither Syrian nor refugees and there’s no evidence they used encryption to communicate.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 READ MORE



Encryption’s Role in the Paris Attacks Appears Negligible

Information coming out of Paris contradicts intelligence officials’ claims that Edward Snowden’s leaks and the increased use of encrypted communications helped the attackers carry out their deadly rampage.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



Apple Boss Says He’ll Resist U.K. Spy Law

Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged Wednesday to resist the British government’s effort to gain access to digital users’ encrypted data through a proposed spying law.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Facing Encryption, Law Enforcement Recommends More Informants

A new document created by a state intelligence fusion center and the Department of Homeland Security says that widespread use of surveillance-hindering encryption software has created a need for more informants.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



Cybersecurity, Encryption and the Golden Age of Surveillance

The governments of both the United States and the United Kingdom want a master key to everyone’s digital life.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE



Government Wants to Improve Its Cybersecurity and Weaken Ours

The FBI wants tech companies to build “back doors” into encryption that protects user information but allows government to access the data. But even if that was OK with you, it wouldn’t work, says one expert.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald Explains How to Keep Your Data Away From the NSA

In an April interview with acTVism Munich, Intercept reporter Glenn Greenwald explains how tech giants were “eager” to cooperate with the National Security Agency and offers important advice that individuals can follow to make it harder for the NSA to collect private data.

Posted on May 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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Surveillance State Repeal Bill Gets Bipartisan Support

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., is sponsoring the proposed law with the help of five other House members, including Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky. When Congress returns from recess next week, Pocan plans to present the bill in an effort to repeal parts of the Patriot Act.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE



The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who Almost Went Broke

Werner Koch’s code powers the email encryption programs around the world. If only somebody would pay him for the work.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



Tech Companies Boost Their Efforts to Stave Off Spy Agencies

Tech companies are in a new race to make it harder for spy agencies around the world, such as the NSA in the U.S., to access their customers’ data.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE


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House Committee Puts NSA on Notice Over Encryption Standards

An amendment adopted by a House committee would, if enacted, take a step toward removing the National Security Agency from the business of meddling with encryption standards that protect security on the Internet.

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE



NSA Row Sparks Rush for Encrypted Email

A new push to encrypt email, keeping messages free from government snooping, is gaining momentum.

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Privacy Tools: Encrypt What You Can

Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the inner secrets of the NSA, he has been urging Americans to use encryption to protect themselves from rampant spying.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



Apple Removed Encryption Protection for Email Attachments, Researcher Says

The tech giant withheld safeguards from parties seeking access to users’ email attachments in the latest versions of its operating system for the iPad and iPhone, contrary to claims made on its website, an independent security research firm based in Germany reports.

Posted on May 3, 2014 READ MORE



Twitter Stopped Encryption Project: Report

Twitter has stopped a project that would have encrypted direct messages between users, according to anonymous sources speaking to The Verge.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Says He Would ‘Absolutely’ Do It Again

The NSA whistle-blower told an audience at the SXSW festival/conference via video chat, “Would I do it again? Absolutely yes.” He added: “I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and I felt the Constitution was being violated on a massive scale.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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NSA Dreams of a ‘Cryptologically Useful Quantum Computer’

The National Security Agency is reportedly building a “quantum computer” capable of breaking all forms of encryption used to protect global banking, business, medical and government records.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



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NSA Paid Security Firm $10 Million to Distribute Bad Encryption

A new Reuters report explains how the National Security Agency was able to get its backdoor encryption onto so many machines.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Presidential Panel to NSA: Stop Undermining Encryption

The National Security Agency should not undermine encryption standards that are designed to protect the privacy of communications, the panel of experts appointed by President Obama to review NSA surveillance recommended in a report released Wednesday.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Twitter Toughens Encryption in Cat and Mouse Game With NSA

The microblogging site has added a tougher encryption protocol previously implemented by Google and Facebook to help combat NSA spying.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Editors and Reporters of The Guardian

In an age of unprecedented antagonism toward the press, one newspaper headquartered in the heart of a former empire is making a spirited thrashing of the image and ambitions of some of the world’s proudest elites.

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Intellectuals as Subjects and Objects of Violence

Intellectuals are out of place in a society that values only ideas that serve the interests of the market and the powerful and rich. Their chief alleged wrongdoing today is that they have revealed the illegalities, military abuses, sordid diplomacy and crimes committed by the United States government in the name of security.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Surveillance State’ Legislation Would Bar Some NSA Decryption

Disclosures about the NSA’s secret campaign to undermine online privacy protections have prompted Rep. Rush D. Holt Jr., D-N.J., to propose legislation that would prohibit the agency from installing “backdoors” into encryption intended to protect email, online transactions and other communications.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Syria Fact Check

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole pokes holes in the case for bombing Syria; WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner; “ghetto tracker”; and Exxon’s gay shame.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE


Syria Fact Check

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole pokes holes in the case for bombing Syria; WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner; “ghetto tracker”; and Exxon’s gay shame.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Not Even Encryption Will Save You, Snowden Documents Show

The NSA has thwarted many of the encryption safeguards currently relied upon to protect the online activities, communications and data of governments, banks and hundreds of millions of private citizens, major news outlets in possession of classified documents provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden report.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE


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