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Gawker Filing for Bankruptcy, Seeking New Owner

The online media site owes Hulk Hogan $140 million after it lost a privacy lawsuit earlier this year, but it’s hoping to be bought by publishing company Ziff Davis, which could lower its payment.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 READ MORE


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Edward Snowden Explains What Makes Whistleblowing Permissible

In a piece published by The Intercept, the ex-CIA employee and NSA subcontractor reflects on the risky but necessary act of revealing information not intended to be publicly known.

Posted on May 5, 2016 READ MORE



New Document Shows the CIA Is Investing in Data-Mining Firms

A report by The Intercept shines a light on social-media mining and surveillance-oriented companies receiving funding from In-Q-Tel, the intelligence agency’s venture capital firm.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



Three New European Union Laws May Limit Freedom of the Press

The European Parliament—the E.U.’s legislative arm—passed a controversial legislative package with the potential to allow member countries to restrict what journalists report.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE



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



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



FBI Offers to Unlock iPhone in Arkansas Homicide Case

If the FBI succeeds, it will be the first time that the “backdoor” technology used in the San Bernardino case will have been used elsewhere—exactly the situation that Apple said it wanted to prevent.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 READ MORE



FBI Drops Lawsuit Against Apple, Saying ‘Third Party’ Has Helped It Unlock iPhone

While the legal battle may now be over, the debate about privacy and surveillance continues.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE



U.N. Report Says NSA’s Mass Digital Surveillance ‘Violates Core Privacy Rights’

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald writes that a report recently released by the United Nations’ top official for counterterrorism and human rights rejects the “key argument often made by American defenders of the NSA.”

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE



Doctors Are Not ‘Steering Clear’ of Medicare

Despite what Republicans say, a study shows that physicians are not turning away elderly patients on the insurance plan; after revelations about the NSA, the American public has becoming increasingly discontent with government protection of privacy; meanwhile, television host Jimmy Kimmel duped the world with a disastrous twerking YouTube video that proves how easy it is to divert attention from serious matters. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Google’s Spymasters Are Now Worried About Your Secrets

There is a growing acceptance and indeed a demand for additional surveillance cameras, cellphone eavesdropping, location checks and biometric identifiers.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Will Democrats Sell Your Political Opinions to Credit Card Companies?

For years, state Democratic parties have been gathering information about individual voters’ political leanings. Now, that record may go up for sale—and not just to political groups. They are looking into whether credit card companies, retailers like Target or other commercial interests may want to buy the information.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Supreme Court Dismisses Eavesdropping Lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case against the nation’s telecommunications companies for cooperating with a once-secret wiretap program enacted by the Bush administration to monitor suspected terrorists.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Senator Moves to Rein In Warrantless Spying

A bill put forward by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., proposes to slap some limits on the U.S. government’s collecting of information on Americans under its warrantless electronic spying program.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE


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