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Google, Facebook And Others Are Fighting To Protect Your Email Privacy

Remember the ECPA? The bill, and others like it, would require government officials to obtain a warrant before requesting emails and other communication data from any Internet service provider. Some in government don’t like that proposed requirement very much, and are now fighting against it. The Hill reports that the Justice Department and the SEC have formally asked the Senators …

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Is Microsoft The Biggest Big Brother Of Them All?

Microsoft made headlines yesterday when its CEO, Steve Ballmer, announced a massive restructuring of the company. His vision is to have Microsoft provide everything for your life through a number of devices – including phones, TVs, computers and tablets. It’s a marvelous idea, and one that has the potential to put Microsoft back on top. It’s also a terrifying idea …

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Microsoft Allows NSA/FBI To Access Outlook, Skype, Other Communication Software

Over at the YouTube page for Microsoft’s Your Privacy is Our Priority video, the description features the following promise: The lines between public and private may never be perfect, but at Microsoft we are going to keep on trying, because your privacy is our priority. This, in turn, links to a page that discusses Microsoft’s commitment to privacy, and the …

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NSA Is Writing Security Code For Android

The openness of Android has always been a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because anybody can do what they want with it, but that openness means far more instances of malware and hacking. Now the NSA is reportedly embracing the openness of Android for security purposes. Bloomberg reports that the NSA has been developing code for Android since …

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Japanese Officials Confuse Google Groups Privacy Settings, Leak Internal Trade Memos

It appears that some government officials in Japan have found themselves scrambling after a Google Groups privacy misstep allowed internal memos to be open and available for anyone to browse at their convenience. According to the AFP, the incident occurred within the Environmental Ministry. Unaware that the default setting for Google Groups in public (in terms of who can see …

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Lawsuit Against NSA Can Move Forward As Judge Smacks Down State Secret Defense

Many of the questionable actions taken by our government in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks have been defended on the grounds of state secrecy or executive privilege. It’s been pretty effective thus far in stopping challenges mounted against secret surveillance programs, but the state secret defense has just been dealt a substantial blow. You may recall the EFF …

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AT&T’s Info Collecting Program: How To Opt Out

Earlier this week, AT&T announced that they were getting in the business of selling anonymized information about their customers to buyers. In the Internet world, aggregate and anonymous data can be used by retailers, advertisers and marketing companies to figure out what consumers want in a particular area. You benefit by having better products available and seeing advertising more relevant …

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FTC’s Stricter Rules on Collecting Kid’s Data Are Now in Effect

Today, the Federal Trade Commission’s updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act rules officially go into effect. The modifications, first announced last year, attempt to keep the safeguards on the collection of young children’s information current with expanding technology. The new rules not only extend the scope of what is meant by “personal information” to include things like geolocation data, but …

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New PRISM Slides Reveal How The NSA Collects And Analyzes Data

When the NSA spy programs were leaked in early June, President Obama and his administration assured Americans that the programs were subject to rigorous oversight. We already knew that wasn’t exactly true, but new slides published by the Washington Post further confirm this. In four new slides published over the weekend, we have been given a better look at how …

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Over 500,000 People Want The NSA To Stop Watching Them

Earlier this month, Mozilla launched an anti-NSA spying campaign called Stop Watching Us. The goal of the group is simple – pressure Congress into passing laws that remove the NSA’s ability to gather data on American citizens. In just two weeks, the petition has already proven itself to be a success. According to the official Stop Watching Us Web site, …

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Microsoft Says It Also Has A First Amendment Right To Release NSA Data Request Numbers

Google’s fight for transparency took an interesting turn earlier this month when it submitted a filing arguing that it had a First Amendment right to release more detailed NSA data request numbers as part of its transparency report. Now another tech giant has made the same argument before the FISA court. CNET reports that Microsoft has filed a 9-page filing …

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Facebook: We’re Not Giving User Data to the Turkish Government

Facebook wants to make it clear that they are not handing over user data to the Turkish government, even if some reports may suggests otherwise. Not only that but Facebook says that they intend to “communicate strong concerns” to Turkish officials when they meet in Silicon Valley this week over what they believe are unwarranted requests for user data. Turkish …

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