Surveillance State, Privacy & Citizenship

By Wesley Fryer | Articles and thoughts relating to our modern surveillance state (government and corporate) as well as privacy and citizenship. by @wfryer

How a Trump Administration Could Reshape the Internet

Under a President Donald Trump, cable and phone companies could gain new power to influence what you do and what you watch online — not to mention how much privacy you have while you're at it.<p>Many experts say that Republicans who generally oppose regulation are likely to take charge at the Federal …

Net Neutrality

EFF Launches Community Security Training Series

EFF is pleased to announce a series of community security trainings in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. High-profile data breaches …

Security

Senate Votes to Let ISPs Sell Your Data Without Consent

The Senate took the first step Thursday toward blocking rules that would restrict how some big tech companies share and sell your personal data, a prospect that digital activists said would be a huge loss for online privacy.<p>On a party-line vote of 50-48, the Senate passed a joint resolution that …

Net Neutrality

Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers moved to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for individuals on Thursday, the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration and a harbinger for more deregulation to come.<p>In a 50-to-48 …

Prosecutors think they can extract data from phones seized during Inauguration Day protests

It may be harder than they think<p>Court papers filed today indicate that prosecutors are trying to break into locked smartphones seized during arrests made on Inauguration Day. According to a report from <i>BuzzFeed</i><i>,</i> there are more than 100 phones involved, some belonging to individuals who have not been …

Surveillance

Two open source secure email services

As much we all complain about email, for most of us, email is still our primary conduit for online communication. That said, numerous hacks and …

Security

4 myths -- and facts -- about online security

<b>San Francisco (CNN) —</b> Use strong passwords and don't go to sketchy websites, and you'll protect yourself online, right?<p>Well... That's a good start. But it's not quite that simple.<p>A new report from Pew Research details some of American's biggest misconceptions about cybersecurity.<p>Myth 1. Emails are …

Security

Congress Is About To Give Away Your Online Privacy

Congress is poised to roll back FCC privacy protections in a way that could seriously compromise our online lives. The protections require internet …

Net Neutrality

The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency

Last month, when President Donald Trump toured a Boeing aircraft plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, he saw a familiar face in the crowd that greeted him: Patrick Caddell, a former Democratic political operative and pollster who, for forty-five years, has been prodding insurgent Presidential …

Steve Bannon

Identity fraud reached record levels in 2016

<b>Identity theft cases reached record levels in 2016 with young people a growing target, the fraud prevention organisation Cifas says.</b><p>Almost 25,000 victims of fraud were aged under 30, with the number of under-21s defrauded rising by a third.<p>The statistics were gathered from 277 banks and businesses, …

Identity Theft

D.C. Circuit Court Issues Dangerous Decision for Cybersecurity: Ethiopia is Free to Spy on Americans in Their Own Homes

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today held that foreign governments are free to spy on, injure, or even kill …

Security

How Should We Address Cybersecurity Threats Facing K-12 Schools?

Thanks to my invited participation in the National Governors Association regional summit, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge, I …

Cybersecurity

Border agents demanded searches of U.S. citizens’ phones, NBC investigation finds

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents have demanded cellphone passwords to search devices of American citizens entering the United States, an …

Security

Facebook says police can’t use its data for “surveillance”

<b>By Elizabeth Dwoskin</b>, <i>The Washington Post</i>Facebook is cutting police departments off from a vast trove of data that has been increasingly used to …

Facebook

Facebook finally takes huge step to stop people being spied on

Facebook and Instagram have finally banned developers from using people's posts to spy on them.<p>Until now, the sites had given up public posts freely …

Facebook

US Air Force leak exposes 'holy grail' of top secret data including details of over 4,000 officers

An unsecured backup drive of an unnamed lieutenant colonel was the alleged cause of the leak.<p>The US military has been hit with a massive data leak …

Data Breach

UK public faces mass invasion of privacy as big data and surveillance merge

Tony Porter, the government’s surveillance camera commissioner, says regulators are struggling to keep up with pace of technological change<p>The privacy of the public is at risk of being invaded on a mass scale without its consent as the collection of big data meshes with proliferation of video …

Big Brother

Poorly-configured online backup leaks US Air Force documents

Sensitive information related to the United States Air Force has been found exposed publicly on the internet, allowing anyone with a web connection …

Security

White House report finds cybersecurity gaps at federal agencies

Despite the US government’s steps to tackle cybersecurity threats, hackers continue to target federal agencies and they experienced tens of thousands …

Cybersecurity

SXSW: SXSW Panel: You Are Not Anonymous: The Myth of Online Privacy

The moving hand clicks, and its activity is tracked and sold everywhere

Security

What the CIA WikiLeaks dump tells us: Encryption works

NEW YORK (AP) — If the tech industry is drawing one lesson from the latest WikiLeaks disclosures, it's that data-scrambling encryption works, and the industry should use more of it.<p>Documents purportedly outlining a massive CIA surveillance program suggest that CIA agents must go to great lengths to …

Encryption

Creating the Most Secure Password Possible

While social media does use the internet, there is no denying that it is its own entity. It also encompasses the other forms of media in a neat, …

Security

Your password is probably useless, says coding guru Jeff Atwood. Here's why

The best way to improve passwords is to think like the user and stop creating bad password-composition rules, Stack Overflow founder Jeff Atwood …

Information Security

SXSW 2017: There's a Scary Reason You'll Start Taking Digital Privacy Seriously

Technology waits for no one.<p><i>Entrepreneur is on the ground at</i> <i>SXSW</i><i>. Watch our coverage for highlights throughout the festival.</i><p>As technology speeds ahead, we’ve struggled to keep our privacy intact. Recent current events drive this home, from the hacking scandals dogging the last U.S. election to the …

Privacy

Rand Paul is Right: NSA Routinely Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants

As Lieu says, the 2008 FISA law explicitly allows NSA – without a warrant – to listen to Americans’ calls or read their emails with foreign nationals …

Surveillance

Typo in IP address led to innocent father's arrest for paedophilia

One extra digit added to an IP address led police in the wrong direction.<p>| March 13, 201711:26 am | Filed under: Law & order 0<p>A shocking story, as …

Ip Address

Psst, Your Company Is Watching You Now

Every day when I boot up my company-issued laptop, I am greeted by a warning: “This computer system is the property of Time Inc. and is intended for …

Security

How Far Should IT Practitioners Go to Police Corrupt Data?

sponsored by<p>How Far Should IT Practitioners Go to Police Corrupt Data? FBI Director James Comey Worries about Manipulated Information Eric Chabrow …