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Jeff Schuler (CC-BY)

FBI Makes It Easier to Pry

The FBI is making it easier for agents to snoop on their fellow Americans without leaving a paper trail, raising disturbing questions outlined by The American Prospect’s Adam Serwer. A former agent quoted by Serwer says it may return the agency to the COINTELPRO era.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



Facebook

Poll: Are You Worried That Facebook Recognizes Your Face?

Regulators in the U.S. and Europe are concerned about a new Facebook feature that uses face-recognition software to “tag” users in their friends’ photos. (more)

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE


Patriot Act Renewal

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Posted on May 29, 2011 READ MORE



apn / Namco Bandai

Starship Amerika

President Barack Obama is actually siding with police who want to use GPS devices to track you without a warrant. It always disturbed me when on “Star Trek” the captain asked the ship’s computer where a crew member was and was told the person’s exact location.

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 READ MORE


iPhone
Courtesy of Apple

Activist App: ‘Panic Button’ for Cellphones

A new “panic button” cellphone application is being promoted by the U.S. State Department for pro-democracy activists, especially those in the Arab world and China, that wipes out the phone’s contacts and alerts fellow activists.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 READ MORE



Daniel Erwin (CC-BY)

Europe Cares About Privacy, Even If Europeans Don’t

In the age of oversharing, we take it for granted that our every status is up to date and hanging out for all to see. Privacy, we are told, is dead. But over in Europe, they have crazy new laws that actually restrict how businesses stalk us online. Communists.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Ed Yourdon (CC-BY-SA)

Justice Dept. Wants Providers to Retain Internet Data

The Justice Department will ask Congress to make it mandatory for Internet service providers to retain data on their users’ activity. Law enforcement officials already can ask for data to be preserved, but Justice would like to have more robust snooping capabilities in order to investigate and prosecute “almost every type of crime.” (more)

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE



MLK’s ‘Missing Years’

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “missing” final years, questioning the capacity of our undergraduate graduates, and a new California law that allows cops to snoop our smart phones. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 READ MORE



twitter.com / wikileaks

Twitter Fights the Man

When the Justice Department hit Twitter with a court order demanding the private data of certain users associated with WikiLeaks, the G-men might have expected that the social networking site would wilt like the half-dozen easily bullied companies that have cut off the whistle-blower, but Twitter, in the words of Wired’s Ryan Singel, “beta-tested a spine.” (more)

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Ludovic Bertron (CC-BY)

2011: A Brave New Dystopia

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” It turns out they were both right.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / webtreats (CC-BY)

Big Brother Is Watching, Friending, Following You Online

Everyone from employers to the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, raising questions about how standards enforcing privacy online can withstand the rush of data about you and everyone else that courses through the Internet.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Rosie O'Beirne

GSA Workers Alerted Over ID Leak

In a “how in the world can this happen” moment, federal employees have been put on alert after it was discovered that a worker at the General Services Administration sent the names and Social Security numbers of the agency’s entire staff to a private e-mail address, exposing 12,000 people to the threat of identity theft.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Swerz

Google Under Privacy Investigation Again

Google is back in the privacy hot seat, as Britain’s privacy commission says it will once again investigate the kind and amount of personal information that the Internet search giant gathered from private Wi-Fi networks as its Google Street View cars patrolled.

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Gauldo

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.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE



joindiaspora.com

The Anti-Facebook

The creators of Diaspora are touting their new social network as a privacy conscious, open-source alternative to Facebook, but it’ll take more than good will to win over any of Mark Zuckerberg’s 500 million social drones.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Pat Sullivan

One Day, You’ll Have a Chip in Your Rear

Should your car help authorities track you? Should it be a traveling billboard? … Amid emerging technology, the role of the license plate is in flux and causing controversy.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 READ MORE



American Science & Engineering

Airport X-Ray Scanners Hit the Road

While debate continues in the United States over whole-body imagers, manufacturers of the technology are opening deeper opportunities for themselves elsewhere that could make the controversial machines an even bigger part of everyday life.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE



Germany Might Make Facebook Snooping Verboten for Employers

If you’ve recently entered the job market (and who hasn’t in the last couple of years), you’re probably familiar with the ritual of sterilizing your Facebook presence and hoping your prospective boss doesn’t find anything juicy. Apparently Germans are sick of potential employers snooping, and a proposed law would put limits on that.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE


How to Lose Big Brother’s Interest

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Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Utah Agency at Heart of Undocumented List Leak

A list of 1,300 alleged illegal immigrants has been given to Utah media and state policymakers—a list that includes individuals’ first and last names, Social Security numbers, addresses, and even pregnancy due dates—and many are looking to a particular state agency as the culprit for the leak.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE


Berlusconi
Wikimedia Commons / Agência Brasil

Italian Journalists Strike Against Gag Law

TV, radio and newspaper journalists across Italy are on a 24-hour strike, shutting down news around the country Friday in response to a so-called “gagging law” that intends to shield politicians, like playboy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, by restricting the capacity of investigators to eavesdrop on suspects and blocking journalists from publishing the results.

Posted on Jul 9, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / cobby17

Power to the Police at G-20

Canada’s Ontario province, possibly inspired by the decade-long assault on civil liberties in the U.S., has secretly passed a regulation allowing Toronto police to arrest anyone near the security zone for the upcoming G-20 financial summit who declines to identify himself or herself or submit to a search.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 READ MORE


Too Much Information

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Posted on May 30, 2010 READ MORE


There Goes Palin’s Neighborhood

I’m with Sarah Palin on this one. Her new neighbor, it turns out, is author Joe McGinniss. Coincidence? I think not. McGinniss wrote an unflattering profile of Palin for Portfolio magazine last year, and he’s now writing a book about the former Alaska governor.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


China to Stop Spying on Its People, Will Use Facebook Instead

According to the head of the domestic spying operation, China decided to scrap its elaborate array of spy satellites, eavesdropping devices and closed-circuit surveillance cameras after recognizing that Facebook put them all to shame.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


Facebook Privacy

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Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


Straight Women, Too, Play Softball

She’s not gay, OK? Actually, the all-too-public discussion about the ought-to-be private topic of Elena Kagan’s sexuality would be easier if the Supreme Court nominee were gay.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Swerz

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.

Posted on May 15, 2010 READ MORE


Fix Facebook Privacy Problems in 2 Minutes

Facebook has become something of a privacy nightmare (but then what did we expect when we turned over the social sphere to a private company?). Grumbles aside, here are some quick changes that can keep Grandma in photos without sharing your sexts and pokes with the world.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE



google.com / governmentrequests/

Google’s ‘Government Requests’ Map Outs Nosy Feds

Google has a new service, but it won’t help you find pictures of Justin Bieber or stay in touch with friends. It’s a map that shows how many times governments around the world have contacted the company with requests—either to remove content or retrieve data about Google users. Who knew Brazil was so nosy? (continued)

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / ridiculously

One-Third Didn’t Return Census Forms

Maybe it’s laziness or maybe it’s privacy concerns, but the U.S. Census Bureau reports that 32 percent of all U.S. households receiving census questionnaires did not return them ahead of Friday’s official deadline. Come May 1, census workers will begin pounding on the doors of the laggards.

Posted on Apr 17, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / HeatedGroundPhotography

Judge Rules That Bush’s Illegal Wiretap Program Was Just That

Lagging a few years behind the liberal media, public opinion and common sense, the justice system has come to the conclusion that President George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program broke the rules. (continued)

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE



‘Health Care Reform Is Law’ Edition

Why are Scandinavians so good at murder mysteries? Was Cleopatra really hot? Plus: Stealing your water and the secret deal Obama made to kill the public option.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE



Privacy Is Dead Edition

The many legal ways your boss is probably spying on you, Stephen Baldwin’s latest crusade, and the famous photo even professional journalists don’t recognize—all this and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE


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 May Close Virtual Doors in China

Google is “99.9 percent” certain it will shut down its search engine operation in China after the government in Beijing warned the company that it was flouting the country’s censorship laws, which require limited access to content like “Tiananmen Square” and “democracy.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Airports Expand Full-Body Screening

Igniting criticism by privacy advocates around the world, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is in the process of installing 450 full-body X-ray scanning machines in the country’s airports. The machines show images of hidden objects, as well as passengers’ bodies through their clothes.

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / The White House

Obama Renews Patriot Act Provisions

The president has signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the Patriot Act that would have expired Sunday, renewing the government’s authority to spy on phones and seize records and property of citizens.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 READ MORE



Jae C. Hong / AP

‘Buzz’-Kill for Privacy Advocates

Buzz, Google’s answer to Twitter, is getting a lot of bad looks from privacy advocates. The service, which allows users to share short messages or “tweets” (buzzers?) with a network of friends, is faulted for an alleged invasion of privacy that uses e-mail data to automatically create a preconfigured friends list.

Posted on Feb 13, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Gail Borden Public Library

Don’t Count on Me

Some conservative opponents of President Barack Obama are trying to stir up a movement against the 2010 census, arguing that the census form asks too many personal questions and is one more example of the erosion of privacy.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


Zuckerberg
flickr / deneyterrio

Facebook Tailors Privacy Settings to Suit ‘Social Norms’

Facebook has come under fire more than once for its execs’ creative interpretations of the term privacy, and now the megasite’s fresh-faced CEO Mark Zuckerberg has drummed up a very interesting line of argument to justify his stance on the issue. What you might see as violations of personal privacy, Zuckerberg and his team view as “reflect[ing] the current social norms.” Oh.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE



Original: crd! CC-BY-SA

Thanks to Sprint, the Cops May Have a GPS Fix on You

Most mobile phones have tiny GPS chips that do things like give directions or route your call to the right city when you dial 911. It turns out that law enforcement can ask phone companies for GPS info that reveals exactly where a phone owner is, and, according to a disturbing piece of audio making the rounds, the cops asked Sprint-Nextell for the locations of customers 8 million times in one year. (continued and video)

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 READ MORE


Google privacy village

The Onion: Is Anyone Safe From Google?

Worried about the info-hungry beast that is Google going after your personal details with grabby-handed glee, greedily harvesting private information about your tastes, desires, shopping habits and geographical location with impunity? There is a way out, in the form of a remote mountain village sealed off from the world.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE



thefrisky.com

Oklahoma’s New Abortion Law Not OK, Say Critics

A new Oklahoma law, effective Nov. 1, will require women seeking abortions to reveal personal information such as marital status, number of children and race—all of which will be posted online. Critics say that the intent is intimidation.

Posted on Oct 18, 2009 READ MORE


dog on computer
Flickr / WB-CMH

50 Casualties of the Internet

The Internet has introduced a whole host of new marvels to the world, but as this list compiled by the U.K.’s Telegraph demonstrates, the Web giveth and the Web taketh away. And it has taken away a few things from users’ lives that we might miss (see: “The art of polite disagreement”)—others, not so much (cf. “Sarah Palin”).

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE



Collage: Flickr / Qfamily and melloveschallah

We Are Watching You

Just about every Web site you visit, including this one, keeps track of details such as who you are, where you come from, and what you look at on the site and for how long. But some go even further to please advertisers, who may know what kind of books you read, what you search for, whom your friends are and more. Enter the House of Representatives.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


Facebook
semanticweb.org

Facebook to Make Privacy Changes

Even if we still refuse to thank Canada for Alan Thicke and Shania Twain, we can cheer a recent push by the country’s privacy commissioner that will make social networking giant Facebook more transparent and give users more control over the data the site collects about them.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE


Surveillance
infowars.net

Surveillance Case Gets Canned

A judge has rejected a challenge to FISA brought by activists abroad who fear that their communications may be tapped by the U.S. government. The judge said fear is not enough to warrant a change in the law, and that challenges need to make explicit claims of unlawful surveillance. The question remains: How does one know he is being surveilled?

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE


Facebook
guardian.co.uk

Lobbying For Privacy 2.0

If a movie written about Facebook by Aaron Sorkin wasn’t enough, the fast-growing social networking site is in the midst of hiring lobbyists in both Washington and Brussels to push for easing privacy regulations, no matter how well-meaning those restrictions may be, “that would keep people from the beneficial sharing of information.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2009 READ MORE


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