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NSA whistleblower: ‘UK mass surveillance may cost lives’

Plans to legitimatize mass surveillance and give security services unfettered access to Britons’ data may end up costing lives, a former technical director for the NSA will tell a parliamentary select committee reviewing the legislation.<p>William Binney, who resigned from the NSA in 2001 after 36 …

UK Open Rights Group Crowdfunds Mass Surveillance Explainer

Proof, if proof were needed, that democracy is a cat and mouse game of PR these days… Civil rights campaign organisation, the Open Rights Group, is running a crowdfunding campaign to try to raise £20,000 to fund a challenge to the U.K. government’s own massive PR machine which is in the midst of …

Surveillance

UK Police May Use Drones To Monitor Protests, Siege Operations

Police in the United Kingdom plan to start using drones as part of priority operations, like a home siege, as well as for smaller-scale …

To Remind of Surveillance, Artists Stream Web Cams from Around the World

From picturesque landscapes to busy city squares, surveillance is everywhere.<p>A park bench sits alone. A vast snow-plain stretches on for miles. Lush green mountains reach up to an expansive blue sky. Cars bustle across a city crossroad in all directions, and a packed pizza restaurant serves dozens …

Internet

Little Sister's Watching, Too: Surveillance Art and the Ethics of Looking

The show features 14 works from artists, like Trevor Paglen and James Bridle, that explore the intersections of surveillance agencies and operations with civic rights and privacy.<p>“What are the ethics that are attached to looking?” This is the question at hand in the works of <i>Little Sister (is</i> …

Surveillance

Charlie Hebdo attacks: five ways France has changed

It’s one year since two gunmen, brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, burst into the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and opened fire.<p>Two days later, in a separate but linked attack, Amedy Coulibaly, killed four hostages at a Jewish supermarket in Paris.<p>The attacks, which left 17 …

Big tech groups warn UK against spy bill

Silicon Valley’s biggest companies have urged the UK government to reconsider swaths of its proposed surveillance law, saying it will have …

Surveillance

Hacker-proof security gadgets find their (tiny) niche at CES

CES in Las Vegas was resplendent with consumer gadgets designed to connect you to the outside world. Only a very few were designed to help protect …

Information Systems

The UK is being warned that their new surveillance bill will be out of date in 5 years

They have warned that there are serious questions over whether fundamental parts of the new law that will overhaul of surveillance powers will be relevant in the near future as the technological landscape changes.<p>The new draft investigatory powers bill is the first major overhaul of Britain's …

Surveillance

Beware: Surveillance software police are using to score citizens' threat level

High-tech is increasingly used by police departments, but some have gone so far as surveilling citizens via software that calculates a citizen’s …

Surveillance

The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat 'score'

While officers raced to a recent 911 call about a man threatening his ex-girlfriend, a police operator in headquarters consulted software that scored the suspect's potential for violence the way a bank might run a credit report.<p>The program scoured billions of data points including arrest reports, …

Surveillance and Surveys in Kabul

In Kabul, where the Afghan Peace Volunteers have hosted me in their community, the U.S. military maintains a huge blimp equipped with cameras and computers to supply 24-hour surveillance of the city. Remotely piloted drones, operated by Air Force and Air National Guard personnel in U.S. bases, also …

Who's paranoid? Personal security tech goes mainstream in surveillance era

Gadget-makers in biometrics and tracking say they used to deal with the tinfoil hat brigade, but now everyone wants to know ‘how to stay secure’<p>The man selling biometric equipment at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas this week had never seen so much interest in his booth in nearly 30 …

Privacy

This Short Film Stars a Boy With a Camera for a Head

See the world through eyes of glass.<p>The modern human experience is a world lived through cameras, screens, and an array of social media doubles. It’s an interesting but often unfortunate reality in that there comes with it the sense that we’re not really living at all, but intentionally …

Art

Canadian Cops Can Still Use an Unconstitutional Mass Surveillance Tactic to Grab Your Cell Data | VICE News

An Ontario judge chided Canada's cops for indiscriminately collecting cell phone records on tens of thousands of innocent Canadians on Thursday.<p>The practise of collecting Canadians' cell phone records in bulk is unconstitutional in its present form, ruled Justice John Sproat on Thursday. Those …

Surveillance

‘Suspicionless surveillance’: Cafes, universities may be forced to retain Wi-Fi users’ data

New snooping powers contained in Britain’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill could force cafes, libraries and universities to hand over customers’ confidential data to government authorities.<p>Wi-Fi networks belonging to such outlets will likely be targeted under the legislation, which has been sharply …

Why Bosses Should Snoop On Employees Less

It has never been easier for your boss to spy on you at work.<p>But doing so may be a mistake. While some companies justify employee monitoring as an attempt to make things run more smoothly, it can actually hurt morale and have a ripple effect on the business' overall performance.<p>That downside was …

'The UK Does Not Undertake Mass Surveillance,' Says UK Home Secretary

Theresa May was challenged by MPs on controversial proposed surveillance laws.<p>Theresa May, the UK's Home Secretary, defended the country's bulk interception capabilities on Wednesday, saying that they do not constitute mass surveillance.<p>"The UK does not undertake mass surveillance," she said when …

Surveillance

EU wants stricter controls over U.S. snooping powers in data pact talks | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union wants guarantees of effective limits on U.S. authorities’ power to request people’s personal information from companies to conclude a new EU-U.S. data transfer pact, a top EU official said on Monday, as a deadline from EU privacy regulators looms.<p>A general …

Personal Data

Many Americans Are Willing To Sacrifice Personal Information For Good Deals

A new Pew Research Center study shows that many Americans would share their personal information in exchange for something valuable, or would accept some level of surveillance under certain circumstances. However, the adults surveyed did find certain tradeoffs unacceptable, were concerned with the …

Privacy

Canadian Judge Offers Guidelines to Make Cellphone Surveillance Less Intrusive

A "landmark" privacy didn't outlaw tower dumps completely, but it did raise the threshold for requests.<p>Last Thursday, the Ontario Superior Court ruled that a 2014 police request for tens of thousands of cellphone subscriber records—also known as "tower dumps"—was overly broad, and thus …

Surveillance

'Don't snoop on staff,' European bosses warned

<b>Bosses have been urged not to indulge in invasive surveillance by reading their employees' private messages.</b><p>A series of groups spoke out after Europe's top court ruled a Romanian man whose employer read his messages had not had his rights violated.<p>He broke company policy by using a work account to …

Privacy

FBI Improperly Hid Info on Cellphone Surveillance Devices, Judge Rules

A federal judge has ordered the FBI to release 8 additional StingRay documents<p>A federal judge has ruled that the FBI must release documents it improperly withheld about StingRays, the now-infamous cellphone mass-surveillance devices that police and federal agencies have deployed in secret for …

Surveillance

Nothing to see here, move along: NSA praises itself for privacy, transparency

The National Security Agency just released its first ever transparency report, as required under last year’s law USA Freedom Act. The agency gave …

NSA: New phone spying program meets privacy safeguards

The program, which some Republican presidential hopefuls have criticized because they say it puts Americans at greater risk of attack by Islamic State and other violent groups, has satisfactorily complied with eight privacy safeguards that include transparency, oversight, data minimization and use …

Surveillance

Americans are wary about IoT privacy

The study proposed different scenarios to which 461 Americans expressed whether they believed being monitored by a device was acceptable, not acceptable, or depended on the situation. Pew Research Center found that some scenarios were acceptable to the majority of Americans, but the answers often …

Internet of Things

UK scoops up millions of phone and email records but claims that's not mass surveillance

Speaking as though the last few years of spying revelations just didn’t happen, the UK’s Home Secretary Teresa May has given evidence on the controversial Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) claiming the government does not undertake mass surveillance.<p>In what sounds like a game of semantics, in her …

About last night: Bush on encryption, Christie on surveillance

<i>With help from Nancy Scola</i><p><b>DEBATE DISPATCH: TALES FROM CHARLESTON</b> — Technology issues played a smaller role in Thursday’s debate than they did in the last GOP primary battle, but still got some attention from the Republican candidates. Here are the top three tech moments from last night:<p><b>— BUSH OPEN</b> …

Autonomous Cars

Here's Yet Another Way Your Boss Can Spy on You

On Monday, journalists at <i>The Daily Telegraph</i> were welcomed to work by individual sensors that monitored when they were at their desks. The sensors …

Employment