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

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

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

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

New PRISM Slides Reveal How The NSA Collects And Analyzes Data 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 …

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

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

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

Senators Ask The NSA To Start Telling The Truth Senators Ask The NSA To Start Telling The Truth
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The NSA has been on the defensive ever since Edward Snowden revealed its massive spying programs in a series of leaks earlier this month. The agency has been called into Congress for multiple hearings to defend the programs and to …

Would You Wear These Goofy Glasses To Protect Your Privacy? Would You Wear These Goofy Glasses To Protect Your Privacy?

Google Glass makes some people feel rather uncomfortable. The biggest concern seems to stem from the idea that Google Glass will eliminate more of our privacy with facial recognition software and the like. Despite Google banning such software on Glass, …

Google Says It Has A First Amendment Right To Release NSA Data Request Numbers Google Says It Has A First Amendment Right To Release NSA Data Request Numbers
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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 …

The NSA Can Use Incidental Data Under Certain Conditions The NSA Can Use Incidental Data Under Certain Conditions
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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. …

AOL Is The Latest To Publish Data Request Numbers 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 …

Facebook Did Not Intentionally Block Tor Facebook Did Not Intentionally Block Tor
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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 …

Texas Kind Of Protects Your Email Privacy With New Law Texas Kind Of Protects Your Email Privacy With New Law
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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. …

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

Yahoo Joins Others, Reports Data Request Numbers Yahoo Joins Others, Reports Data Request Numbers
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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 …

Can We Trust Our Government Not To Spy On Us? Can We Trust Our Government Not To Spy On Us?
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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 …

NSA And Edward Snowden Get The NMA Treatment 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 …

Apple Also Reveals How Often the Government Asks for User Data 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 …

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