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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. …

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

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 …

Yahoo Fought the Good Fight Against PRISM But Failed [REPORT] Yahoo Fought the Good Fight Against PRISM But Failed [REPORT]
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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 …

‘Terms And Conditions May Apply’ Gets New Trailer (Featuring Classic Mark Zuckerberg) ‘Terms And Conditions May Apply’ Gets New Trailer (Featuring Classic Mark Zuckerberg)

There’s a new trailer out for the documentary, “Terms and Conditions May Apply”. The film, which focuses on major Internet companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter, and the user privacy associated with them, premiered at Sundance earlier this year. The …

Twitter Loses French Appeal, Told to Give Up Anti-Semitic Users Twitter Loses French Appeal, Told to Give Up Anti-Semitic Users
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Twitter has lost its latest appeal in a racist tweet controversy that’s persisted for nearly 8 months. According to a French court, following French law is not optional for U.S.-based Twitter, and they will be compelled to turn over the …

Mozilla Launches Petition Telling The NSA To Stop Watching Us Mozilla Launches Petition Telling The NSA To Stop Watching Us

Mozilla has always been a staunch proponent of privacy. Its position hasn’t won the non-profit a lot of corporate friends, and its next move won’t win it many friends in government either. A bunch of privacy loving Web companies, including …

Facebook, Like Google, Urges Transparency for National Security Data Requests Facebook, Like Google, Urges Transparency for National Security Data Requests
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Like Google, Facebook was quick to deny any involvement in the so-called “PRISM” program, which leaks indicated involved high-profile tech companies providing the National Security Agency a “backdoor” to all of their user data. And like Google, Facebook is now …

DuckDuckGo Has Doubled Its Daily Searches Over The Past Year DuckDuckGo Has Doubled Its Daily Searches Over The Past Year
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DuckDuckGo announced on Monday that it has broken its all-time high for traffic, reaching two million searchers per day. Follow @duckduckgo DuckDuckGo @duckduckgo Thanks to everyone spreading @duckduckgo, we broke our all time traffic high, with 2 million direct searches! …

ACLU Files Suit Against NSA’s Phone Data Collection, Cites 1st and 4th Amendement Violations ACLU Files Suit Against NSA’s Phone Data Collection, Cites 1st and 4th Amendement Violations
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In a move that can’t be too shocking to most, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with the New York Civil Liberties Union, has filed a lawsuit challenging the recently-revealed NSA phone records program. The initiative, unearthed by The …

Google Asks the U.S. Government to Let Them Be More Transparent About National Security-Fueled Data Requests Google Asks the U.S. Government to Let Them Be More Transparent About National Security-Fueled Data Requests
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Google has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Mueller – one that they’ve just made public on their public policy blog. The letter asks the U.S. government to let Google publish the aggregate numbers of …

Don’t Trust Tech Companies With Your Data? Use These Alternatives Don’t Trust Tech Companies With Your Data? Use These Alternatives
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Last week, it was revealed that the NSA may have tapped into the data servers of Google, Microsoft and more. After the revelation, people may be concerned about their data online. Is there any refuge from the major tech companies …

Tim Berners-Lee Says NSA Spy Programs Threaten Democracy Tim Berners-Lee Says NSA Spy Programs Threaten Democracy
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The Internet community was shaken to its very core last week when it was revealed that the NSA may have tapped into data servers belonging to Google, Yahoo and more. The revelation caused some to say that this was not …

NSA Whistleblower Comes Out, Congress Calls For Investigation NSA Whistleblower Comes Out, Congress Calls For Investigation
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The NSA had a rough time of it last week. It was revealed on Wednesday that the spy agency was collecting phone records from millions of Verizon subscribers. It was revealed a day later that the agency was also collecting …

A Lot Of People Seem To Have A Problem With The New Yahoo Mail A Lot Of People Seem To Have A Problem With The New Yahoo Mail
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Yahoo Mail Classic is now dead. Yahoo Mail users, as of Monday, no longer have the option of using the old version, and must instead use the new version, which Yahoo reminds them, serves ads based on the content of …

Google’s Larry Page Denies Involvement With PRISM Google’s Larry Page Denies Involvement With PRISM
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Every tech company named in the leaked PRISM documents from last night are now doing a bit of damage control today. They don’t want to be seen as a company that just hands over user information to the government without …

Want To Catch The Attention Of The Government? Use These Words On Social Media Want To Catch The Attention Of The Government? Use These Words On Social Media
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This morning has certainly been fun – we now know that the NSA has been, and will continue, collecting personal metadata of Verizon subscribers until July 19. If that wasn’t enough surveillance for you, the Department of Homeland Security would …

NSA Will Be Collecting Verizon Customers’ Phone Records Daily Until July 19 NSA Will Be Collecting Verizon Customers’ Phone Records Daily Until July 19
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Are you on Verizon? If so, your phone records are now in the hands of the government. The Guardian got its hands on a secret FISA court order yesterday that reveals Verizon was forced to hand over customer metadata to …

FCC To Vote On Whether Wireless Carriers Can Sell Your Private Information FCC To Vote On Whether Wireless Carriers Can Sell Your Private Information

Did you know that pretty much everything you do on your smartphone, feature phone or cellphone is logged at your carrier? Did you also know that this information is routinely sold to advertisers without your consent? Well, the FCC is …

Americans Are Warming Up To Google Glass And Its Ilk Americans Are Warming Up To Google Glass And Its Ilk
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Do you like Google Glass? Are you scared of its privacy implications? Turns out most Americans fall into both camps. USA Today reports that a new survey out of Rackspace has found that Americans love wearable technology like Google Glass. …

TSA Cuts Out Backscatter Body Scans at Airports

When the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began using backscatter X-ray machines, privacy advocates balked at the notion of TSA employees seeing a colorless image of passengers’ naked bodies. Not long after, naked airport protests embarrassed the TSA and worries of …