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Yes, Your Google Hangouts Can Be Wiretapped

Yes, Your Google Hangouts Can Be Wiretapped

By Josh Wolford May 12, 2015

Google encrypts your Hangouts conversations, but it doesn’t use end-to-end encryption. This means that Google can wiretap your Hangouts at the government’s request. That’s one big revelation from a recent reddit AMA with Richard Salgado, Google’s director for law enforcement …

Facebook Says Government Data Requests Up 24% Facebook Says Government Data Requests Up 24%

It’s Election Day in the US, and Facebook is reminding everyone to vote with a giant banner at the top of the news feed which asks people to share the vote with friends. By the looks of my news feed, …

This Guy Says Google Took Away $46K In AdSense Earnings, And He Doesn’t Know Why This Guy Says Google Took Away $46K In AdSense Earnings, And He Doesn’t Know Why

It’s not uncommon to hear about an over-dependence on Google costing people big money. There have been plenty of tales of businesses losing all their search visibility after Google algorithm changes. In some cases, people have lost their jobs. In …

Twitter Would Like to Be More Transparent, If They Could Twitter Would Like to Be More Transparent, If They Could

Twitter has just released their fifth-ever transparency report, and it shows that requests for user data, content removal, and copyright takedowns are all on the rise. But the main focus of Twitter’s announcement isn’t really the report itself – instead, …

Google Can Finally Publish FISA Request Numbers Google Can Finally Publish FISA Request Numbers

For a few years now, Google has been publishing a bi-annual transparency report to let us know how many times governments around the world have petitioned the company for user data. The reports were always missing a few things though …

Is Google Being Transparent Enough? Is Google Being Transparent Enough?
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Many would say that Google has become more transparent over the years. It gives users, businesses and webmasters access to a lot more information about its intentions and business practices than it did long ago, but is it going far …

Google Once Again Pushes For Transparency When Dealing With Federal Data Requests Google Once Again Pushes For Transparency When Dealing With Federal Data Requests

Does Google hand over your private information to the feds? The company says it doesn’t, but it can’t prove this because of gag orders placed on it by the federal government. That’s why Google, along with Microsoft, have petitioned the …

Microsoft Says The Government Isn’t Doing Enough To Promote Transparency Microsoft Says The Government Isn’t Doing Enough To Promote Transparency

In late June, Google and Microsoft both filed suit with the FISA court demanding that the government let them publish the number of federal data requests they receive. The companies had hoped to work out a deal with the government …

Facebook Releases Transparency Report, U.S. Government Made 12,000 Requests For Data Facebook Releases Transparency Report, U.S. Government Made 12,000 Requests For Data
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When PRISM was leaked in early June, Facebook was one of the first companies citied in the report to deny any involvement with the program. The revelation did, however, push Facebook into asking the U.S. government for permission to publish …

Google Adds Data on Unsafe Websites to Transparency Report Google Adds Data on Unsafe Websites to Transparency Report
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Google is adding a new section to its online Transparency Report, which currently documents data requests from the government, content removal requests, and just recently, National Security Letter information. Starting now, Google will show information on malware and phishing attacks …

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 …

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. …

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 …

EFF: Twitter Has Your Back, Apple Not So Much When It Comes to Protecting User Data EFF: Twitter Has Your Back, Apple Not So Much When It Comes to Protecting User Data

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, champions of the public interest in matters related to free speech and digital privacy, has just released their latest report on which companies actively help protect your data from the government. It’s called the “Who has …

Google Reports Rise in Government Removal Requests Google Reports Rise in Government Removal Requests

Google has released the data from July to December of last year inside their Transparency Report, and they’ve been busier than ever. Google says that they have received more governmental requests for content removal than ever before. “From July to …

Google Now Includes National Security Requests in Its Transparency Report, But It’s Really Unspecific Google Now Includes National Security Requests in Its Transparency Report, But It’s Really Unspecific

Google has added another metric to its Transparency Report so users can identify one more manner in which the government is requesting their information. Starting today, Google is now including data about National Security Letters on its U.S. Transparency Report. …