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Tech Giants Are Destroying Privacy, Producing Inequality and Undermining Democracy

Author Jonathan Taplin discusses how novelist Ayn Rand’s cruel libertarianism has permeated Google, Amazon, Facebook and the White House.

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In Trump’s America, Your Privacy Is for Sale

Unless you are reading this column in a good old print newspaper, odds are your internet service provider knows what you are up to.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 READ MORE



Electronic Frontier Foundation Pleads for Action to Save Online Privacy Rules

Last week, the Senate voted 50-48 to pass a measure that would repeal federal privacy requirements. The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Ed Markey, Longtime Supporter of Net Neutrality and Consumer Privacy

The Massachusetts senator reinforced his commitment to consumer rights this week by strongly opposing a Senate resolution to roll back internet users’ privacy.

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Latest WikiLeaks Data Dump Shows CIA Hacking iPhones Since 2008

The organization claims the CIA probably “infected” Apple’s supply chain, intercepting shipments and uploading secret software to Apple devices. 

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The Debate Over WikiLeaks and Privacy Rights

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange offers to use the latest leaks to help companies improve their cybersecurity, but critics argue that privacy is dead.

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How to Protect Your Digital Privacy in the Era of Public Shaming

We offer nine tips to foil hackers, online trackers, data brokers and other menaces.

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 READ MORE


Checking In With Trump Supporters

By Clara Romeo

We interviewed fans of the new president to learn what drew them to the inauguration and to discover their hopes for his administration.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Long Ordeal of Whistleblower Chelsea Manning

The WikiLeaks whistleblower has now served seven years of her sentence, experiencing extraordinary hardship as a person seeking gender-reassignment treatment while imprisoned by the U.S. military.

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AT&T’s Secret Surveillance Program Spies on American Customers Without Warrants and for Profit

Here’s yet another reason to be concerned about the implications of AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner: The Daily Beast has detailed a sophisticated surveillance program created by AT&T that has been covertly providing U.S. law enforcement with consumers’ data. And guess who profits from “Project Hemisphere”?

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE



Apple Logs Users’ iMessage Contacts and May Share Them With Police

A document obtained by The Intercept reveals the violation of Apple’s promise to protect its customers’ conversations from anyone but users and their friends.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Makes His Case for a Pardon, Says Leaks Were ‘Necessary, Vital Things’ (Video)

“I think when people look at the calculations of benefit, it is clear that in the wake of 2013, the laws of our nation changed,” the whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor tells The Guardian.

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Mass Aerial Surveillance Is a Growing Orwellian Concern in the United States

The federal government has been equipping planes with monitoring devices for some time. But how far will law enforcement agencies go in order to watch citizens?

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Secret Cameras Are Recording Baltimore’s Every Move—From the Sky

Since the start of 2016, the Baltimore Police Department has been using a privately funded and operated surveillance company to investigate crimes via a camera-equipped airplane—without informing the public.

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The Illusion of Freedom

This deception will exist as long as we “stay in our place.” Once we call out power for what it is, once we resist, the chimera will vanish. The iron fist of history’s most sophisticated security and surveillance apparatus will assert itself with a terrifying fury.

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Edward Snowden Calls the Hack of NSA Hackers by ‘Shadow Brokers’ a Significant Turn in the Spy Wars

Calling a leak of sophisticated spy tools unprecedented, the whistleblower says things “could get messy fast.”

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Nine FOIA Requests Seek to Find the Extent of Government Spying on Climate Protesters

The Intercept revealed last month that federal agents went undercover at a fossil fuel auction protest.

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‘Smart Borders’ Would Be a Step Toward a ‘Pan-European System of Surveillance’

A digital system for tracking people as they traverse European borders threatens privacy, civil liberties and the safety and dignity of migrants fleeing their embattled homelands, critics say.

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Edward Snowden: New Russian ‘Big Brother’ Law Would Savage Privacy and Personal Freedoms

The NSA whistleblower called the law moving through Russia’s Legislature an “unworkable, unjustifiable violation of rights” that would “take money and liberty from every Russian without improving safety.”

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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.

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FBI Wants to Exempt Its Biometric Data From Privacy Rules

The intelligence agency is facing blowback from advocacy organizations in response to its proposal for long-term storage and use of personal information—including that of people who haven’t committed crimes.

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Edward Snowden Tells Vice News All About the ‘State of Surveillance’

Vice Media founder Shane Smith traveled to Moscow to learn from the NSA whistleblower exactly what the U.S. government is able to do to bypass security on our digital devices and violate our privacy.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Declassified Documents Confirm That Edward Snowden Tried to Tell the NSA About Surveillance Concerns

Internal records obtained by Vice News show that the agency “did not tell the public the whole story about Snowden’s contacts with oversight authorities before he became the most celebrated and vilified whistleblower in U.S. history.”

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



An Appeals Court Just Robbed Us of Our Cellphone Privacy

Judges ruled that police and federal authorities are free to seek the location data of cellphone users from telecommunications companies without obtaining a search warrant.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE



Former Attorney General Eric Holder: Snowden Performed ‘Public Service’ but Should Be Punished

Despite his belief that the way Snowden opened the public debate on surveillance was “inappropriate and illegal,” Holder says that any judge who might try the NSA whistleblower should account for his contribution to the debate about mass surveillance.

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Study: Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship

Oxford researchers found that “the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression,” Glenn Greenwald writes at The Intercept.

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FBI Won’t Tell Apple How It Hacked iPhone but Vows to Help Local Police

“Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints.”

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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.

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Think the NSA Can’t Hack an iPhone Without Apple’s Help?

A secret, internal government catalog of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices displays the tricks the U.S. military and intelligence agencies can use to spy on anyone. Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept discusses the revelation.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Conversation on Privacy With Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden

Finding the right balance between national security and individual rights has been a challenge since the Patriot Act was enacted.

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John Cusack and an Ex-Clinton Aide Wage a War of Tweets Over Internet Freedom

The spat between the actor and former State Department staffer Alec Ross frames an issue that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves in the presidential race.

Posted on Mar 23, 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



Some Things You Should Know About the FCC’s Proposed Privacy Rules

They would stop Verizon’s zombie cookie in their tracks but allow AT&T to keep charging customers extra for privacy.

Posted on Mar 15, 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


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With William Binney About the iPhone and Blowing the Whistle on the NSA

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer sits down with William Binney, a former National Security Agency official turned whistleblower, to discuss the fight between Apple and the U.S. government over access to Americans’ cellphone data.

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



War Zone Tactics Come Home as Pentagon Admits Domestic Spy Drone Use

“The appetite to use surveillance drones in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow,” an internal report states.

Posted on Mar 9, 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.

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The FBI Has a New Plan to Spy on High School Students Across the Country

Under the federal agency’s new guidelines instructing high schools to report students who criticize government policies and “Western corruption,” Muslim students are likely to be disproportionately targeted, but virtually any young person could be deemed dangerous and worthy of surveillance.

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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



Like Your Privacy? Then Get Behind Apple’s Battle to Save It

The FBI is pressuring the tech giant to create a “back door” to gain access to everything on the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists. Supposedly it would be a one-time-only thing. Don’t believe it.

Posted on Feb 20, 2016 READ MORE



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.

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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


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