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FBI claims default use of HTTPS by Google and Facebook has made it difficult to wiretape

FBI claims default use of HTTPS by Google and Facebook has made it difficult to wiretape

A government task force is preparing legislation that would pressure companies such as Face­book and Google to enable law enforcement officials to intercept online communications as they occur, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the effort. Driven by FBI concerns that it is unable to tap the Internet communications of [...]

Apple’s iMessage encryption trips up feds’ surveillance

Apple’s iMessage encryption trips up feds’ surveillance

The fuss iMessage's encryption has created answers a question that I've often pondered. It'd be trivial to build powerful, public key encryption into our email programs. The first messages would exchange keys and from that point on, every email would be private. Why hasn't that been done? Probably because anyone who talks about creating such an [...]

Cops Ask Congress for Your Text Messages

Cops Ask Congress for Your Text Messages

Law enforcement authorities are asking Congress to mandate that cell phone companies record and store data from Americans’ text messages for at least two years, according to a report on the tech media site CNET. In recent years, the use of cell phone data in criminal cases has increased, and now law enforcement wants cell phone companies to be [...]

New Orleans cancels plans for Super Bowl drone

New Orleans cancels plans for Super Bowl drone

Above, "The Bravo 300," a tactical drone man­u­fac­tured in New Or­leans by Cres­cent Un­manned Sys­tems. Weeks after New Orleans local investigative paper The Lens began digging into city of­fi­cials’ plans to use a U.S. Home­land Se­cu­rity De­part­ment aer­ial drone to mon­i­tor crowds at the upcoming Super Bowl, a spokesman [...]

How Many Checkpoints in One Morning?

Like a? boss! "Did I stumble into Mexico?" The appropriate responses should be: Why are you stopping me? Do you have reason to believe I am not a US Citizen? Are you charging me with a crime? Am I free to go ?

How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did

How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did

ran test after test, analyzing the data, and before long some useful patterns emerged. Lotions, for example. Lots of people buy lotion, but one of Pole’s colleagues noticed that women on the baby registry were buying larger quantities of unscented lotion around the beginning of their second trimester. Another analyst noted that sometime in the [...]

The risk of using apps that access your Gmail account

The risk of using apps that access your Gmail account

Andy Baio, in an opinion piece for Wired News... "Since Gmail added oAuth support in March 2010, an increasing number of startups are asking for a perpetual, silent window into your inbox. I’m concerned oAuth, while hugely convenient for both developers and users, may be paving the way for an inevitable privacy meltdown." Source

House Committee Postpones Action on SOPA

House Committee Postpones Action on SOPA

Wowsers! The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has postponed further debate on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) until after Congress' holiday break. At the urging of some SOPA opponents, Representative Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican and committee chairman, said Friday he will consider a hearing or a classified [...]

Homemade anti-SOPA PSAs

We Forgot Our Name! is so worried about the Stop Online Piracy Act that he's created four short PSAs to help explain what's wrong with the idea to your friends and family: "The Stop Online Piracy Act will be going back to the House for a vote this WEDNESDAY December 21st. The House tried to make people think they would not reconvene to vote on [...]

Military given go-ahead to detain US terrorist suspects without trial

Military given go-ahead to detain US terrorist suspects without trial

Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay. Human rights groups accused the president of deserting his principles and disregarding the long-established principle that [...]

ICanStalkU twitterbot nags Twitter users about disclosing their location

ICanStalkU twitterbot nags Twitter users about disclosing their location

ICanStalkU is a twitterbot Twitter-analyzing servicethat seeks out Twitter users who transmit their location in the photos they tweet and generates responses like "ICanStalkU was able to stalk @XXXXXXXX at http://maps.google.com/?q=35.5371666667,139.510166667," with the stated purpose of "Raising awareness about inadvertent information [...]

Facebook “flaw” lets anyone see your private photos

Facebook “flaw” lets anyone see your private photos

Features in Facebook give users access to personal, private and hidden photos that would normally be hidden from view. The flaw, spotted by members of a body building forum, no less, allows Facebook users to access photos revealed by the report abuse tool. This flaw appears to expose private photos of any person on Facebook. We tried this out for [...]

Malls stop tracking shoppers’ cell phones

Malls stop tracking shoppers’ cell phones

The Promenade Temecula in southern California and Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Va., launched a survey on Black Friday, tracking shoppers' movements by monitoring the signals from their cell phones. The original plan was for those malls to continue the survey through New Year's Day, but after receiving a phone call from Sen. Charles [...]

You say “rootkit,” I say “diagnostic tool”

You say “rootkit,” I say “diagnostic tool”

"The only way to remove Carrier IQ is with advanced skills," Eckhart wrote in a report, published on the Web on Monday. "If you choose to void your warranty and unlock your bootloader you can (mostly) remove Carrier IQ." The software, Carrier IQ, tracked the location of the phone, what keys were pressed, which Web pages were visited, when calls [...]

As you already suspected, the CIA is reading your tweets and Facebook status updates

As you already suspected, the CIA is reading your tweets and Facebook status updates

According to this Associated Press story, the tinfoil beanie hat crowd was right all along: In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets — up to 5 million a day. At the agency's Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the 'vengeful librarians' also pores over Facebook, [...]

BART police officers website hacked, database released

BART police officers website hacked, database released

Reports are circulating that databases containing BART police officer information from the website for The Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Officers' Association site have been published. The bartpoa.com site is currently down. Who is responsible for the hack? Whoever ends up claiming credit, it's complicated. What isn't complicated: the notion that [...]

LinkedIn opts you into being used in advertisements; Here’s how to opt out

LinkedIn opts you into being used in advertisements; Here’s how to opt out

LinkedIn have rolled out a new line of advertisements in which their customers' faces are used to advertise their sponsors' products. Helpfully, LinkedIn have decided to opt all their users into this. Here's a guide to keeping yourself from being an unpaid shill by opting out again. 1. Click on your name on your LinkedIn homepage (upper right [...]

House Committee passes bill requiring your ISP to spy on every click and keystroke you make online and retain for 12 months

House Committee passes bill requiring your ISP to spy on every click and keystroke you make online and retain for 12 months

Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 19-10 for H.R. 1981, a data-retention bill that will require your ISP to spy on everything you do online and save records of it for 12 months. California Rep Zoe Lofgren, one of the Democrats who opposed the bill, called it a “data bank of every digital act by every American” that would “let us [...]

New Service Adds Your Drunken Facebook Photos To Employer Background Checks, For Up To Seven Years

New Service Adds Your Drunken Facebook Photos To Employer Background Checks, For Up To Seven Years

The FTC has given thumbs up to a company, Social Intelligence Corp., selling a new kind of employee background check to employers. This one scours the internet for your posts and pictures to social media sites and creates a file of all the dumb stuff you ever uploaded online. For instance, this sample they provided was flagged for [...]

Why using Facebook doesn’t mean you don’t value privacy

Why using Facebook doesn’t mean you don’t value privacy

Microsoft Research Group researchers Danah Boyd and Alice Marwick have posted a draft paper entitled "Social Privacy in Networked Publics: Teens' Attitudes, Practices, and Strategies" that reports on fieldwork interviewing teenagers about how they view privacy. It rebuts the cynical, easy dismissal of online privacy issues that says that kids [...]

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