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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 …

Google Glass Gets Its Own “Privacy Cover” Google Glass Gets Its Own “Privacy Cover”
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A lot of people are concerned about Google Glass. Most feel that those who use the wearable computers will be infringing on their privacy with the device’s camera. There’s a simple solution though – just put a box over it. …

Is Google Bringing Incognito Mode To Android? Is Google Bringing Incognito Mode To Android?
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Incognito mode for Chrome is super helpful not just as a privacy feature, but also for letting your friends use Chrome without using your Google account. A recent comment from Android head Sundar Pichai suggests that we could see a …

Should Facial Recognition Be Allowed On Google Glass? Should Facial Recognition Be Allowed On Google Glass?
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The “Terminator” films have been mentioned more than a handful of times in discussions about Google Glass, and this is not going to do anything to make the comparison less relevant. Facial recognition is reportedly coming to Google Glass, potentially …

Germany, Australia Think The Xbox One Is An Orwellian Nightmare
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Much of the controversy surrounding the Xbox One thus far has been focused on its vague used game policy. Now another controversy may be brewing in countries with strong privacy laws. Gamasutra reports that both Germany and Australia have expressed …

Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Online Privacy Protection Bill Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Online Privacy Protection Bill
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There’s not a lack of online privacy protection bills floating around Congress at the moment, but it can’t hurt to have one more. On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul introduced the Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act, or S. 1037, to …

Now Some Members Of Congress Are Scared Of Google Glass Now Some Members Of Congress Are Scared Of Google Glass

Google Glass has sparked a conversation on the value of privacy ever since it was revealed last year. Those arguing for or against have become much louder in recent months, however, since the hardware is now in the hands of …

Justice Department Says It May Support Email Privacy Bill Justice Department Says It May Support Email Privacy Bill
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In the debate over email privacy, law enforcement has usually been on the side claiming a warrant requirement when accessing email would impede investigations. It’s a good sign then when the largest law enforcement agency – the Department of Justice …

Do The Privacy Implications Of Google Glass Scare You? Do The Privacy Implications Of Google Glass Scare You?
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Google Glass has some people spooked. They think that Glass turns those who wear the technology into a surveillance cyborg. Now some groups are calling upon the government to take action. Do you think Google Glass should be banned? Let …

Reddit’s New Privacy Policy Is Written for Clarity, Specificity Reddit’s New Privacy Policy Is Written for Clarity, Specificity

Reddit has just announced that they have completely rewritten their privacy policy “from the ground up,” to be clearer and more accessible to the average user. “For some time now, the reddit privacy policy has been a bit of legal …