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What happens when surveillance cameras can connect with your smartphone?

Researchers have developed a technology that allows public surveillance cameras to send personalized messages to people without knowing the address …

Who's Afraid of Kaspersky?

We went to Kaspersky Lab's SAS conference, where the controversial Russian anti-virus firm showcases its best research, wines and dines competitors and journalists, and burns American espionage operations.<p>In early March, at a five-star hotel in Cancun, Mexico, the lights go off, the room turns …

Cops have a secret, unaccountable system for tracking you by your cellphone, and they abuse it like crazy

Securus Technologies markets a product to law enforcement that taps into realtime cell-tower data from mobile carriers to produce fine-grained …

Fourth Circuit Rules That Suspicionless Forensic Searches of Electronic Devices at the Border Are Unconstitutional

In a victory for privacy rights at the border, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today ruled that forensic searches of electronic …

Judge challenges Mueller's actions in Manafort case

'I don't see what relation this indictment has with what the special counsel is authorized to investigate,' the judge says.<p>A federal judge sharply challenged special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecution team Friday, questioning how its indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on …

NSA says searches of Americans' data spiked in 2017

The agency collected a staggering 534 million domestic phone records last year, up threefold on the year earlier.<p>New figures reveal a sharp increase …

Feds Try To Force Church Cafeteria To Pay Volunteers As Employees

The Grace Cathedral church near Akron, Ohio, found itself in big legal trouble for running a (money-losing) cafeteria open to the public in which …

Police Are Downloading Data From People's Phones Without Warrants and Privacy Advocates Are Outraged

Campaigners from U.K.-based Privacy International have formally complained about British police being able to download the contents of people’s …

Backpage Has Been Taken Down By The US Government And Sex Workers Aren’t Happy

The classified ads site displays the message "backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized."<p>Backpage.com, the popular classified ads website, went offline Friday after being seized and disabled by the federal government.<p>The Backpage.com notice stated that additional information would be …

DHS may have found unauthorized Stingray devices in Washington DC

The <i>Associated Press</i> reports today that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has confirmed that it found what appear to be unauthorized cell-site simulators, also known as Stingrays, in Washington DC last year. The agency told Senator Ron Wyden in a letter that it had found "anomalous activity" …

A New Backdoor Around the Fourth Amendment: The CLOUD Act

There’s a new, proposed backdoor to our data, which would bypass our Fourth Amendment protections to communications privacy. It is built into a …

Reddit says it has banned cryptocurrency ads since 2016

Now it’s even banned cryptocurrency advertisers from purchasing Google cached ads<p>Tech companies like Facebook and Google, have recently announced that they’re banning ads for digital currencies. It turns out that Reddit has been banning cryptocurrency ads since early 2016, but just never announced …

Bitcoin Drops to Month Low After Google Bans Crypto Advertisements

Bitcoin slumped to the lowest level in more than a month after Google said it will ban online advertisements promoting cryptocurrencies and initial …

What Yahoo’s NSA Surveillance Means for Email Privacy

<i>Updated October 7, 2016 with additional clarification and analysis of Yahoo’s denial</i>Dear ProtonMail Community,Two weeks ago, we published a security …

Privacy

The US government keeps subpoenaing this VPN for customer information

AnchorFree, a major VPN provider, just released its 2017 transparency report. This lists government demands for user data by country, and the legal mechanism used. Perhaps the most eye-catching figure is that of the 81 formal legal requests received by the company, an astonishing 63 came from the US<p>…

A Privacy Case Before the Supreme Court Is About Press Freedom, Too

If the government can access cellphone location records without a warrant, journalism suffers. So does democracy.For today’s journalists, cellphones …

How much of your online life should police have access to? SCOTUS prepares to weigh in.

So much of our lives today are conducted online that it’s essential that we know who has access to our information. And that’s especially true when it’s the government that’s doing the prying into our emails, texts, and Facebook updates.<p>A recent case, in which Facebook acted in the perhaps …

Surveillance

Google collects Android users' locations even when location services are disabled

Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card?<p>Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it …

Disability

Pentagon data leak: Massive trove of global social media data left accidentally exposed online

The data exposed included social media posts made by people across the globe, including the US.<p>The Pentagon accidentally exposed classified US …

The NSA Is Hacked...Again

So uh, the NSA was hacked. Again. It’s a bit disconcerting, to say the least, that our country’s hackers keep getting hacked. The folks who are are …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Street-Level Surveillance

A Guide to Law Enforcement Spying Technology<p>EFF’s “Street-Level Surveillance” project shines light on the advanced surveillance technologies that law …

Equifax says it owns all its data about you

By Hamza Shaban<p>, Reporter<p>Members of the Senate Commerce Committee challenged Equifax's chief executive Wednesday about the credit reporting agency's sweeping data collection and its one-sided relationship with millions of Americans whose personal information it harvests for profit.<p>Equifax revealed …

Identity Theft

Former Trump Aides Charged as Prosecutors Reveal New Campaign Ties With Russia

WASHINGTON — The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, announced charges on Monday against three advisers to President Trump’s campaign and laid out the most explicit evidence to date that his campaign was eager to coordinate with the Russian government to damage his rival, Hillary Clinton.<p>The …

Donald Trump

'The nail in the coffin': Russia's top cyber firm may have made a 'catastrophic' mistake

Investigators believe that software from Russia's top cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, was involved in a theft of top-secret National Security Agency intelligence outlining how the US hacks its adversaries, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.<p>And depending on what was stolen, the breach …

Kaspersky Lab

End-to-end encryption isn't enough security for 'real people'

Government officials continue to seek technology companies’ help fighting terrorism and crime. But the most commonly proposed solution would severely …

Apple reported a spike in secret national security orders this year

Device and requests went down, but secret and classified orders spiked by more than three-fold.<p>Apple received fewer government demands for data …

Google warns that govt is demanding more of your private data than ever

And thousands more user accounts have been affected by US national security orders than previously reported.<p>Google received more government requests …

Ottawa sharing info with U.S. Homeland Security on all Americans entering Canada

Canada's border agency has quietly begun sharing information with U.S. Homeland Security about the thousands of American citizens who cross into …

Here’s why the FBI refused to release Hillary Clinton files to the public

The Federal Bureau of Investigation denied a request for information about Hillary Clinton and gave what some might consider to be a ridiculous excuse for the declination.<p>The FBI says there is not enough public interest to merit releasing the information.<p>Fox News obtained the letter explaining to a …