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Twitter Would Like to Be More Transparent, If They Could

Twitter Would Like to Be More Transparent, If They Could

By Josh Wolford July 31, 2014

Twitter has just released their fifth-ever transparency report, and it shows that requests for user data, content removal, and copyright takedowns are all on the rise. But the main focus of Twitter’s announcement isn’t really the report itself – instead, …

Declassified NSA Documents Reveal Privacy Violations Declassified NSA Documents Reveal Privacy Violations
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Following pressure from lawsuits by both the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the federal government has released 14 documents concerning privacy violations committed by the NSA in their collection of private data from US citizens. Both lawsuits were based …

Google Pushes For Greater Data Request Transparency Google Pushes For Greater Data Request Transparency

Does Google hand over your private information to the feds? The company says it doesn’t, but it can’t prove this because of gag orders placed on it by the federal government. That’s why Google, along with Microsoft, have petitioned the …

Government To Publish Aggregate Surveillance Numbers Government To Publish Aggregate Surveillance Numbers
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Earlier this month, President Obama outlined four ways that he would like to reform the NSA and FISA court. A big part of those reforms was increased transparency, and it looks we’ll finally be getting a little more transparency. On …

Here's How The NSA Violated The Fourth Amendment Here's How The NSA Violated The Fourth Amendment
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One of the big talking points from NSA proponents is how the agency’s spy programs are constitutional. That’s debatable and many in Congress feel that the agency has largely overstepped its bounds in the collection of American’s cellphone metadata. Even …

NSA Violated Its Own Privacy Rules Over 2,000 Times NSA Violated Its Own Privacy Rules Over 2,000 Times
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Since the NSA’s spy programs were revealed in early June, its proponents have argued that there’s a number of safeguards in place to make sure the agency’s surveillance is under the utmost oversight. A recent report finds that to not …

Senate Wants To Reform The FISA Court Senate Wants To Reform The FISA Court

The NSA can spy on just about everything you do. The agency is able to do this thanks to the FISA Court – a secretive judicial system that approves or denies government requests to collect data. The only problem is …

Google Continues To Fight For Transparency Google Continues To Fight For Transparency
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UDPATE: It was revealed Wednesday that Microsoft has also filed a motion claiming a First Amendment right to publish federal data request numbers. Original Story Below: For the past two weeks, Google has been petitioning the government to allow it …

FISA Court Says NSA Can Use Incidental Data FISA Court Says NSA Can Use Incidental Data
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One of the scariest parts about the NSA’s spying program is its collection of incidental data – information that may or may not be about American citizens that just so happens to be picked up with information on non-U.S. targets. …

Yahoo Fought the Good Fight Against PRISM But Failed Yahoo Fought the Good Fight Against PRISM But Failed
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It looks like Yahoo fought the good fight, but ultimately failed to prevent its own forced participation in the recently-revealed PRISM – the NSA’s previously top secret surveillance program. The New York Times reports that they have determined the identity …

FISA's Violation Of Your Privacy Must Be Kept Secret FISA's Violation Of Your Privacy Must Be Kept Secret
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Five more years of warrantless surveillance at the hands of the NSA and other spy agencies was signed into law before the new year thanks to the quick passage of FISA. We already discussed how the bill’s passage proves that …

Congress Doesn't Care About Privacy At All Congress Doesn't Care About Privacy At All
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Online privacy was a big ticket item in 2012. More and more people are becoming concerned with just how much of their personal lives are available online for everyone to see. In fact, there’s been a push to adopt certain …

The Supreme Court Doesn't Care About Your Privacy The Supreme Court Doesn't Care About Your Privacy

After the September 11 terrorist attacks, the government began to implement programs that would “protect” the country and its citizens from future attacks. One of those plans was an amendment to FISA that would allow warrantless wiretapping of American citizens. …

International Emails And Phone Calls Get Tapped

caption on image says - CAUTION Slippery Slope proudly brought to you by FISAIn a move that chills my bones yesterday George Bush attained congressional approval to make "a massive expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act" (FISA).

Telecom Immunity Bill Delayed For Now
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Voting on a bill to give telecommunications companies retroactive immunity for participating in the government’s warrantless electronic surveillance program was originally scheduled for today. The Democrats, who are suddenly discovering they may have a set of cojones after all, have successfully delayed renewal of the speciously titled "Protect America Act," at least until next week.

Congress Leaves Out Telco Immunity (For Now)

There may be hope yet for the idea that our government actually works for us. Two bills, one in the House, and one in the Senate Judiciary Committee, passed without giving blanket retroactive immunity to telephone companies that willingly aided the Bush Administration in illegally spying on the American people.

Dodd Speaks Out Against Telecom Amnesty

In a move that takes considerable political clout, Presidential hopeful Chris Dodd has placing a hold on the FISA bill in the Senate that would immunize telecommunications companies against litigation for their role in handing over phone records to the US government.