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Court Rules NSA Data Collection Can Temporarily Continue

Despite new laws passed by Congress and signed by President Obama to end the NSA's bulk surveillance of American phone records, a FISA judge ruled the NSA program can continue for 180 more days.<p>WASHINGTON — A federal court Monday approved the temporary resumption of the National Security Agency's …

China passes a sweeping anti-terror law giving its government controversial new powers

China’s legislature passed a controversial new anti-terrorism law on Sunday (Dec. 27) that critics worry will give the government too much power, The New York Times reports.<p>While the Chinese news media did not publish the law’s text immediately, the draft version worried many, including US …

Human Rights

Surprise! It was a War Crime

By Rebecca Gordon | (Informed Comment) | – –<p>So now it’s official. The British Chilcot Report confirms what the world has known for 13 years: the …

Panama Papers: Pieth says officials are in denial as he quits

<b>The Swiss anti-corruption expert, Mark Pieth, has told the BBC he resigned from the Panama Papers commission because of government interference.</b><p>Mr Pieth said officials told him that they would have final say on whether to publish the panel's findings on the offshore tax evasion scandal.<p>Joseph …

Corruption

Google: More than 44K government requests for data

Government requests for Google user data rose slightly in the first half of 2016, the company said on Thursday.<p>Google said that it received 44,943 …

The Attention Merchants: a deep dive into the origins of the surveillance economy

Wu's book about ad-tech starts with a history of hucksters, advertisers, con artists, grifters, snake-oil salesmen, and other figures who made it …

Surveillance

The NSA was hacking other governments

Russia has recently been the target of attacks during the presidential campaign with the Democrats especially doing some major sabre rattling. On the …

Google Handles Record Number of Government Requests for Data

Google fielded a record number of government requests for user data during the first half of 2016, according to its updated Transparency Report.<p>It …

Eye in the sky: the billionaires funding a surveillance project above Baltimore

An experimental police surveillance program funded by Texas philanthropists John and Laura Arnold worries observers of private influence in the public sphere<p>Thousands of runners will sweat their way past the scenic highlights of central Baltimore in the city’s marathon on Saturday, but the action …

Surveillance

NSA: Spy on Americans, Spy for Corporations

UK spies violated privacy laws with bulk data collection

Ever since Edward Snowden's leaks came to light, UK spy agencies have responded to accusations of surveillance overreach with a common boilerplate statement: that their activities are lawful, necessary and proportionate. However, they can't always use that justification any more. The Investigatory …

Surveillance: self-defense and how you can push back

On Monday, October 17, EFF's Camille Ochoa, Amul Kalia, and Shahid Buttar will co-facilitate a free workshop on surveillance self-defense with the …

Minnesota Sheriff Must Release Emails on Use of Biometric Technology

Opinion: Congress should unveil American surveillance

The US intelligence community still appears to be violating Americans' privacy with domestic spying operations. But to reform these actions, Congress …

British Spy Agencies Snooped Illegally On Public For 17 Years

British spies illegally collected vast amounts of personal data for more than a decade, senior judges have ruled.<p>The investigation by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal was prompted by a complaint from Privacy International in June last year.<p>And, it has concluded, the British security services …

How Israel Became A Hub For Surveillance Technology

In 1948, the year Israel was founded, the Mer Group was established as a metal workshop.<p>Today it’s a much different company. It operates a dozen subsidiaries and employs 1,200 people in over 40 countries, selling wireless infrastructure, software for public transit ticketing systems, wastewater …

NSA's post-Edward Snowden reforms fall short

When Edward Snowden swiped a trove of classified information from the National Security Agency and released it to journalists, he exposed deep flaws in the way America's intelligence community secures its most sensitive computer data. The NSA and the federal government embarked on reforms meant to …

Personal data, privacy and the totalitarian state | Letters

The Guardian is right to be concerned about the sharing of individuals’ data to inform operational decisions, and we agree that this must be based on the consent of individuals and appropriate safeguards. But the use of data for research purposes is a different proposition, and you seem to miss …

There’s still time to stop the surveillance society | Gus Hosein

Revelations that security agencies unlawfully collected information for 17 years are worrying. But worse is a bill that threatens to normalise surveillance<p>This government’s “neither confirm nor deny” mantra over the extent of its surveillance powers has been replaced with a new one: “Never …

Half of American Adults Are in Police Facial-Recognition Databases

Cities and states are investing in biometric scanning technology, with few laws in place to restrict what they can do with it.<p>If you’re reading this in the United States, there’s a 50 percent chance that a photo of your face is in at least one database used in police facial-recognition …

Surveillance

Yahoo Secretly Scanning User Emails On Behalf Of US Government

According to a Tuesday Reuters report, Yahoo built a software in 2015 that let them screen their users’ emails for the US government. The tech firm …

Surveillance

Cops Monitoring Social Media Is Much More Than Just Collecting Tweets

It's often about learning new, and qualitatively different information from an individual’s or communities’ postings.<p>It's not just your friends following you on Facebook or Twitter. The cops are, too.<p>Law enforcement agencies around the world have used social media monitoring software to keep tabs …

How Microsoft Is Trying to Calm Fears About Spy 'Back Doors' in Its Code

Microsoft, still stung by accusations that it installed “back doors” for the U.S. government to access customers’ communications, opened a center in …

Yahoo to US government: Clarify email surveillance reports

Yahoo is in the midst of a major controversy over alleged email surveillance, and now it's looking to set the record straight.<p>The internet giant on Wednesday sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, asking the NSA to shed more light on an alleged court order it sent the …

NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

What do you do? Use manual typewriters or live in a Scottish croft? Our man advises<b>Comment</b> As production and usage of data keeps growing globally, …

Donald Trump

Greenhouse Gas Milestone: CO2 Levels Set Record

<b>Updated 11:27 A.M. E.T.</b> <br>WASHINGTON (AP) — Worldwide levels of the chief greenhouse gas that causes global warming have hit a milestone, reaching an …