Surveillance

The Plan to Test Cities’ Sewage for Drugs Is a New Form of Mass Surveillance - VICE

Nearly every drug you snort, inject, smoke, butt-plug, vaporize or freebase eventually ends up back in the water supply via your excrement. The fish love it—well, maybe not the ones mutating from it. But apparently crabs and trout aren't the only ones sifting through your waste.<p>Across the globe, …

Addiction

New York bill aims to limit police use of "stingray" phone surveillance

The bill would limit but not block law enforcement use of so-called cell site simulators in New York state.<p>New York lawmakers are pushing a new draft …

Fish

GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan quits

Hannigan had been director of government intelligence agency for two years<p>The director of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, has decided to step down after just over two years in the top role, the intelligence agency has announced.<p>He said he had departed for personal reasons, confirming his decision in an …

UK News

Microsoft asserts clients' rights in FBI email searches fight

Microsoft's effort to halt the FBI's so-called sneak-and-peak searches of emails may ride on whether it's allowed to defend its customers' constitutional rights.<p>The judge who will decide whether the case can go ahead told the company's lawyers to be ready in court Monday to address earlier rulings …

Microsoft

DOJ: Microsoft isn’t harmed when it can’t tell users what data we want

Meanwhile, Microsoft says DOJ has expanded "power to conduct secret investigations."<p>A federal judge in Seattle is set to hear arguments Monday …

Microsoft

Microsoft heads to court to fight Justice Department gag orders

Microsoft heads to court Monday morning to defend its right to disclose when the government requests data on its users. The case, known as <i>Microsoft v. Department of Justice</i> began in 2016 when Microsoft sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) to challenge a part of the Electronic Communications Privacy …

Microsoft

Forget About Backdoors, This Is The Data WhatsApp Actually Hands To Cops

When the Guardian published a report on an alleged WhatsApp backdoor last week, it elicited both fear of state surveillance and ire from cryptography experts. On Friday, that second group labelled the story needless scaremongering in a letter to the British paper demanding a retraction. Whatever …

Security

New Satellites Will Soon Allow Flights to Be Tracked in Real Time

Losses like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 might soon be a thing of the past.<p>Nearly three years after a Malaysian airliner vanished, it's still possible, if unlikely, for a plane to disappear. But that's changing with new satellites that will soon allow flights to be tracked in real time over …

Aviation

In Opinion: Will Trump try to erode digital freedoms?

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> The Conversation.<p>As Donald Trump assumes the presidency, our digital freedom of speech deserves special …

Net Neutrality

How Use Social Media at a Protest Without Big Brother Snooping

If you’re marching or protesting today, or any day, you may take photos or videos. Maybe some light livestreaming. So long as you’re in public places …

Security

Edward Snowden: ‘Faith In Elected Leaders’ Is a ‘Mistake That We Keep Repeating’

Whistleblower Edward Snowden recently gave a lengthy interview at an event hosted by acTVism. (Begin Snowden’s segment at the 2:58:30 mark in the …

National Security Agency (NSA)

New U.K. Surveillance Law Will Have Worldwide Implications

Even if you don’t live in Britain, the U.K.’s new “Snooper’s Charter” is worth watching. It could inspire other democratic nations to adopt …

Net Neutrality

Obama’s Parting Gift to Trump: Expanded Surveillance Powers

In <b>his final week in office,</b> President Obama made several feel-good moves that played to his base. He transferred 10 Guantanamo detainees to Oman. He …

Big Brother

Trump Has Huge Powers To Spy On Brits - And They're Not Happy

An interesting advertisement appeared this morning in the Gloucestershire Echo – the local paper for Cheltenham, home to UK spy agency GCHQ.<p>In the ad, campaign group Privacy International calls for more transparency from the British government over its data-sharing arrangements with the US.<p>Under …

Big Brother

Encrypted Email Service Once Used by Edward Snowden to Relaunch

In 2013, Ladar Levison, founder of the encrypted email service Lavabit, took the defiant step of shutting down the company’s service rather than …

Edward Snowden

Even the 'most transparent administration in history' failed to pardon Snowden

Obama is out of time.<p>In February 2013, President Barack Obama hailed his administration as “the most transparent administration in history.” It was an echo of a 2008 promise, made first on the campaign trail and then enshrined in Presidential memoranda, to share with the world the otherwise opaque …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Senators delay 'rushed' confirmation vote for president's pick to run CIA

Dissatisfied by Mike Pompeo’s answers on surveillance issues, Democrats said job was too important to be subject of ‘rubber stamp’ hearing on inauguration day<p>Donald Trump sworn in as 45th president – live coverage<p>Senate Democrats have delayed the confirmation of Donald Trump’s nominee to run the …

Government

Snowden: BlackBerry will be 'erased from the pages of history' over privacy stance

NSA whistleblower slammed the mobile firms' compliance with state spying<p>Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor turned …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Labor 'very concerned' about telco data retention use in civil cases

Mark Dreyfus has said the review of whether data retention should contain exceptions for use in some civil cases should be public, and needs to be …

Law

US intelligence agencies' 'black budget' detailed

<b>A breakdown of US intelligence's multi-billion dollar "black budget" has been revealed in files disclosed by leaker Edward Snowden to the Washington Post.</b><p>The CIA's budget is the most expensive, $14.7bn (£9.5bn) out of $52.6bn in total for 16 intelligence agencies, according to the files.<p>Two of …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Andrew Napolitano: Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a parting shot at personal freedom

On Jan. 3, outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency -- America’s 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus -- to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their …

Big Brother

Leaked emails reveal how Dataminr was pitched to foreign governments

In March 2015, Philippe Reines, a former aide to Hillary Clinton at the US State Department, reached out to an old colleague about his consulting firm’s client.<p>Reines contacted Capricia Marshall, a consultant who had been the US chief of protocol, a top State Department officer who acts as a …

Corruption

Trump’s Long History With The FBI: In 1981, He Offered To “Fully Cooperate”

After the president-elect met with FBI agents, they finalized an “undercover proposal” to take to their superiors. It’s not known what action, if any, the bureau took on that proposal.<p>The FBI’s role in the election that gave Donald Trump the presidency has been a matter of partisan contention for …

Government

The CIA outlined new rules for collecting information on Americans

The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, updating …

Government

Intelligence bill drops FBI bid to read Americans' browser history, email records

The provision would have expanded the FBI's powers to use national security letters to grab Americans' browsing histories without a court order.<p>An …

Security

Report: The FBI And Other Agencies Are Probing Whether Russia Sent Money To The Trump Campaign

Mere days before he is set to enter office (after a much deserved weekend off) McClatchy DC is reporting that the FBI and five other law-enforcement agencies are looking into Donald Trump’s alleged connections to Russia. The months-long collaborative investigation will probe whether the Kremlin …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Turns Out Banks Use Cellebrite Phone Cracking Tech Too | Motherboard

<b>This is part of an ongoing Motherboard series on the proliferation of phone cracking technology, the people behind it, and who is buying it. Follow along</b> <b>here</b><b>.</b><p>The biggest customer base for phone cracking technology is likely law enforcement: cops who need to circumvent passcodes on seized devices, …

Security

Obama's most enduring legacy may be the establishment of the modern US surveillance state

In his farewell address earlier this month, outgoing President Obama warned that US citizens “must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are.” And digital privacy advocates such as myself welcomed his call to “reform our laws governing surveillance to protect privacy and civil …

Big Brother

Russia extends Snowden's residency permit

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that Snowden can stay in the country for two more years. The announcement came one day after Obama commuted fellow whistleblower Chelsea Manning's prison sentence.<p>Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden may stay in Russia for two more …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Edward Snowden's asylum in Russia extended

Edward Snowden, the US intelligence contractor turned whistleblower, can stay in Russia awhile longer. The Russian government on Wednesday extended his asylum for another three years.<p>Snowden arrived in Russia in 2013 after disclosing evidence of mass surveillance by the US and UK. The Russian …

Edward Snowden