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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 …

“George W. Obama” Photo Takes Aim At NSA Scandal “George W. Obama” Photo Takes Aim At NSA Scandal
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If you’ve been anywhere near the internet in the last couple days, you are probably aware of the recent government surveillance scandals. It started yesterday with the revelation that the government was collecting data from Verizon customers phone calls (all …

White House Probe Reportedly Finds No Evidence Of Spying From Chinese Telecom White House Probe Reportedly Finds No Evidence Of Spying From Chinese Telecom

Earlier this month, the House Intelligence Committee accused Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE of spying on America. They feared that these two companies were investing in American telecoms only to gain access to critical American infrastructures. Turns out those …

Skype Promises That They’re Not Spying On You Skype Promises That They’re Not Spying On You

Skype has been in the news more often the past few weeks thanks to some rumors that Microsoft is now using the service to spy on users. It all started with some rumor mongering that their upgrade to Linux servers …

Skype Is Spying On You, But Only In Chat Skype Is Spying On You, But Only In Chat
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We brought you word earlier this week that some people think Skype is beginning to spy on people who use the service. The switch to dedicated servers instead of P2P would make it easier for the folks at Skype to …

Google “Surprised” that UK Privacy Agency Cares About Privacy Google “Surprised” that UK Privacy Agency Cares About Privacy

The Information Commissioner’s Office in the United Kingdom announced last week that it would be re-opening its inquiry of Google and its payload data-collecting Street View cars. In a letter sent to Google’s Global Privacy Counsel, Peter Fleischer, ICO Head …

One Man’s Crusade Against Google Street View’s Payload Data Collection [Updated] One Man’s Crusade Against Google Street View’s Payload Data Collection [Updated]
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Nobody really knows what kind of information Google obtained when it was collecting payload data as its Street View car drove around the neighborhoods of the world sponging up personal information from people using unsecured wi-fi networks. Speculation abounds about …

Google Street View Faces Probe in Australia Google Street View Faces Probe in Australia
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The Google Street View wi-fi spying scandal may have been quelled in the United States, but the fun’s just getting started in other parts of the world. Over the weekend, an independent privacy watchdog in United Kingdom launched an investigation …

Windows 8 Makes it Easy For Parents to Spy on Their Children Windows 8 Makes it Easy For Parents to Spy on Their Children

Microsoft has unveiled the Family Safety features that are built into Windows 8. One of the main features of the software is a weekly report, seen below, that is emailed to parents detailing their child’s computer use. The report details …

Living in Google’s World; or, Lessons from Street View Wi-Fi Spying Living in Google’s World; or, Lessons from Street View Wi-Fi Spying
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A friend of mine spotted the Google Street View car here in my city a couple of days ago. It’s always fun to hear about those sightings because it feels like catching a glimpse of a full-on double rainbow or …

Google Street View “Rogue” Engineer Identified in Spying Scandal Google Street View “Rogue” Engineer Identified in Spying Scandal

When basically anything you want to know about the world is out there on the internet and all you need in order to find it is some gumption and know-how, is anybody surprised that the concealed identity of the engineer …

Jon Stewart Derides FCC for Weak Google Spying Fine Jon Stewart Derides FCC for Weak Google Spying Fine
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Do you remember earlier this week when the Federal Communications Commission issued a $25,000 fine to Google? You know, because of the unauthorized collection of personal information Google obtained from unsecured wi-fi networks while the Google Street View car was …

Chinese Spies Target US Made Systems In Taiwan Chinese Spies Target US Made Systems In Taiwan

14 months ago Taiwanese Major General Lo Hsieh-che was arrested for being a Chinese spy. Since then 3 more people have been arrested for the same crime. The Chinese spies all seem to want one of two things. Either the …

Guy Spies On Wife’s Sex Life With Under-The-Bed Transmitter Guy Spies On Wife’s Sex Life With Under-The-Bed Transmitter

Sometimes, a man can only take so much. And after walking in time after time on your wife and her boyfriend having sex, you have to take some steps to protect yourself. Wait, what? As odd as that sounds, that’s …

Android Users: Facebook May Have Read Your Text Messages Android Users: Facebook May Have Read Your Text Messages
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You may not know it, Android users, but when you installed the Facebook mobile app on to your phone, you gave Facebook access to read your text messages. This fact rose to the surface yesterday after a report from the …

Robot Cockroach Produces Its Own Power Robot Cockroach Produces Its Own Power
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I think we can all agree that cockroaches are pretty gross. Science has always stuck up for the disgusting vermin and are once again championing the little guys as the first step towards cyborgs. Science has found a way, according …

Assange to iPhone, Blackberry, Gmail Users: “You’re All Screwed.” Assange to iPhone, Blackberry, Gmail Users: “You’re All Screwed.”
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Yesterday marked the launch of Wikileaks’ newest project, the Spyfiles, following an announcement from Julian Assange while speaking on a panel at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism at the City University of London. Addressing the audience, Assange casually dropped the …

Accusation: Domestic Spying Began Before 9/11

Well before the horrific 9/11 attacks, the National Security Agency reportedly approached former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio for access to the company’s customer phone records.

EFF Reminds AT&T What It Said The First Time

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sent a reminder to AT&T (and the rest of us) that at one time the company resisted government pressure to spy on US citizens, and even publicized it.

French Fear The Blackberry

Since servers for the addictive Blackberry wireless mail service reside in places like the United States, some government workers in France have been told to eschew using those devices.

Odd Privacy Comments From Google’s Fleischer
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The company’s global privacy counsel had some critical things to say about proposed Swedish wiretapping legislation, but picked a strange example when comparing Sweden to other countries.