All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Privacy’

The NSA Can Use Incidental Data Under Certain Conditions

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. It’s been said that the NSA can’t use this data, but a new report says they can under certain conditions. …

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AOL Is The Latest To Publish Data Request Numbers

Earlier this week, Facebook, Yahoo and others came forward some ballpark figures on the amount of data requests it receives from the government. Now one more of the tech companies listed in the leaked PRISM documents has come forward with its own numbers. AOL, via its blog, published the following information regarding the amount of data requests it receives from …

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Facebook Did Not Intentionally Block Tor

Tor has become a tool of free expression in parts of the world where citizens can not speak freely against their government. Many use the anonymous Web network to share information and updates with the rest of the world via social networks like Facebook and Twitter. What happens then when one of those social networks blocks Tor? That very question …

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Texas Kind Of Protects Your Email Privacy With New Law

Before the NSA leaks, everybody thought the worst the government could do was obtain your email without a warrant. Well, they can still do that, but Texas has just made it harder for local law enforcement to do the same. Ars Technica reports that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law a bill that requires local and state law …

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House Lawmakers Want To Stop The NSA’s ‘Incidental Data’ Collection

One of the worst things about the recently leaked NSA spy programs is what the agency calls “incidental data.” In short, it’s data on innocent Americans that gets picked up alongside data on non-Americans. The agency claims it can’t look at it, but the mere fact that they have this information has Americans and lawmakers concerned. The Hill reports that …

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Yahoo Joins Others, Reports Data Request Numbers

Like Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and more, Yahoo is the latest tech company to release a transparency report in light of the recent allegations that they were involved in the NSA’s secret surveillance & data-mining initiative, PRISM. Yahoo reports between 12,000 and 13,000 individual requests in the past 6 months – those figures include national security requests as well as requests …

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Can We Trust Our Government Not To Spy On Us?

Earlier this month, it was revealed that the NSA collects massive amounts of information on non-Americans and Americans via phone tapping and Internet surveillance. President Obama and his administration were quick to deny that the program targets Americans. He’s been relatively quiet about the NSA since then, but he finally broke that silence in an interview with Charlie Rose. In …

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NSA And Edward Snowden Get The NMA Treatment

NMA is rarely ever a serious outlet. The Taiwanese animation outlet prefers to spoof the news, but sometimes it can at least be kind of serious. This is one of those times. This morning, NMA decided to tackle the NSA spy programs that were revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. To help better explain the issue, the animation studio …

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Apple Also Reveals How Often the Government Asks for User Data

Apple has joined Facebook and Microsoft in revealing non-specific figures on governmental requests for user data following the PRISM leaks that have forced many tech companies to defend themselves against claims of playing fast and loose with user data. Apple’s statement, called a “Commitment to Customer Privacy,” once again denies any knowledgable participation in the NSA’s secret surveillance program and …

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Facebook Get Its Transparency Wish, Reports on National Security-Related Data Requests

On the heels of the leaked documents detailing the National Security Agency’s secret internet surveillance initiative, PRISM, companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were quick to deny any voluntary involvement in providing troves of user data to the U.S. government. Facebook and Google, most notably, went on the offensive – demanding the U.S. government that they be allowed more …

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Can We Trust Tech Companies In A Post-PRISM World?

Trust is something that’s earned, not given. Over the past decade, we’ve come to trust tech companies with our data because they promised to keep it secure. That trust was called into question earlier this month. In early June, it was revealed through a number of leaks that that NSA was spying on phone and Internet communications. The latter was …

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Overly Attached Girlfriend Takes on PRISM

Laina Walker, better known as her internet title Overly Attached Girlfriend, has won meme stardom with her wide-eyed, creepy-as-hell stare that sends the message “I’m watching you – and I always will be.” So, who better to dress up as Uncle Sam and take on the NSA’s recently-unearthed surveillance program, PRISM? The land of the free…ish?

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