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School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home

School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home

According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families. The issue came to light when the [...]

PleaseRobMe.com

PleaseRobMe.com

This is seriously genius. It can just show you that people don't realize this stuff. I'm patiently waiting for the site that filters on "got totally drunk last night and made a mistake. These huge breasts constantly get me into trouble." (more…)

Feds push for tracking cell phones

Feds push for tracking cell phones

Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the "Scarecrow Bandits" that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with a novel method of locating the thieves. FBI agents obtained logs from mobile phone companies corresponding to what their cellular towers had recorded at the time of a dozen different bank [...]

Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks

Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks

Under an agreement that is still being finalized, the National Security Agency would help Google analyze a major corporate espionage attack that the firm said originated in China and targeted its computer networks, according to cybersecurity experts familiar with the matter. The objective is to better defend Google -- and its users -- from future [...]

Federal Court Dismisses Pittsburgh Couple, the Borings (no joke), Privacy Suit Against Google Street View

Federal Court Dismisses Pittsburgh Couple, the Borings (no joke), Privacy Suit Against Google Street View

Looks like the Borings are upset the Google StreetView car drive down their Private Drive and took photos of their home, outbuildings, and pool. Seems reasonable considering they have a "Private Road - No Trespassing" sign at the entrance. Wonder if it will be appealed. If I were them I would also be concerned with the images from Microsoft's [...]

Panopticlick: EFF’s tool for telling you how unique your browser profile is

Panopticlick: EFF’s tool for telling you how unique your browser profile is

Electronic Frontier Foundation staff technologist Peter Eckersley has published some new research showing that individual browsers can be identified to a high degree of accuracy without cookies or other tracking technology. EFF has produced a tool called "Panopticlick" that tests how unique your browser is, and they're using the results from it to [...]

United States Government data-laundering: Using corporate databases to get around privacy law

United States Government data-laundering: Using corporate databases to get around privacy law

"Buying You: The Government's Use of Fourth-Parties to Launder Data about 'The People'," a paper by Columbia Law School's Joshua L. Simmons in the Columbia Business Law Review, describes the way that US government agencies circumvent the fourth amendment and privacy statutes by outsourcing their surveillance to private credit reporting bureaus and [...]

Has your laptop been searched at the US border?

Has your laptop been searched at the US border?

The EFF's Jennifer Granick is looking for people who've had their laptop hard-drives searched at the US border... In U.S. v. Arnold we fought for a requirement that customs agents have some reason before searching your computer and in our FOIA work on border searches, we have pushed the government to reveal its policies and practices in this [...]

Body scanners can store and send images

Body scanners can store and send images

A privacy group says the Transportation Security Administration is misleading the public with claims that full-body scanners at airports cannot store or send their graphic images. The TSA specified in 2008 documents that the machines must have image storage and sending abilities, the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) [...]

“Come Back With a Warrant” doormat

“Come Back With a Warrant” doormat

...apropos of bloggers being bullied into parting with their hard drives: check out this nifty doormat, available at Target and Amazon for 18 bucks and some change. Haha, if you're gonna violate my 4th amendment rights, you're gonna have to literally walk on them and photos or video of the mat in front of your door probably wouldn't be a bad [...]

TSA subpoenas bloggers and demands names of sources

TSA subpoenas bloggers and demands names of sources

TSA special agents served subpoenas to travel bloggers Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott, demanding that they reveal who leaked the security directive to them. The government says the directive was not supposed to be disclosed to the public. Frischling said he met with two TSA special agents Tuesday night at his Connecticut home for about [...]

The EFF ebook buyer’s guide to privacy

The EFF ebook buyer’s guide to privacy

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has pored over the terms of service for several popular ebook services and devices and come up with "An E-Book Buyer's Guide to Privacy," a handy chart that tells you what information about your reading habits you "agree" to send to these companies by simply standing in the vicinity of the device, clicking a [...]

CMU professor: New privacy issues are emerging

CMU professor: New privacy issues are emerging

As people's personal information from cell phones and computers is used in more and more new software applications, America's leaders need to deal soon with how to protect people's privacy in the process. That's the theme of a perspective article written by Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Tom Mitchell in tomorrow's issue [...]

Google: Only miscreants worry about net privacy

Google: Only miscreants worry about net privacy

If you're concerned about Google retaining your personal data, then you must be doing something you shouldn't be doing. At least that's the word from Google CEO Eric Schmidt. "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place," Schmidt tells CNBC, sparking howls of incredulity from the [...]

What do ISPs charge the law to spy on you?

What do ISPs charge the law to spy on you?

Cryptome is hosting several ISPs' pricelists and guidelines for "lawful spying" activities on behalf of law enforcement. Included is Yahoo's price-guide (hilariously, Yahoo tried to send them a copyright takedown notice to make this go away). One of the more remarkable elements of Yahoo's document is the sheer quantity of material that Yahoo [...]

Google expands tracking to logged out users

Google expands tracking to logged out users

Anyone who's a regular Google search user will know that the only way to avoid the company tracking your online activities is to log out of Gmail or whatever Google account you use. Not any more. As of last Friday, even searchers who aren't logged into Google in any way have their data tracked in the name of providing a 'better service'. The [...]

Survival School.Why more Americans are learning to pick locks, bust out of handcuffs, and avoid surveillance.

It's a sticky Saturday morning and I'm handcuffed in the back seat of a Jeep Grand Cherokee parked on the side of a Philadelphia street. On one side of me is my boyfriend, Bruce, and on the other his best friend, Nick. Both of them are also cuffed—and like me, sweating like pigs. I reach into my hair and pull out a bobby pin that within seconds [...]

HOWTO: Kill wiretaps when making a phone call

HOWTO: Kill wiretaps when making a phone call

CALEA is the terrible US federal law that requires that all switches that carry voice-traffic be built with an easy-to-access remote wiretapping capability so that cops (or bad guys who know cop secrets) can listen in on your voice conversations without cooperation from the phone company. A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers (already [...]

TSA doesn’t understand what “random” means

TSA doesn’t understand what “random” means

Deirdre Walker, the 24-year police veteran and former Assistant Chief of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Police who wrote up a sharp, professional critique of the TSA's checkpoint procedures, has written a follow-up, showing a huge flaw in the "random" screening process used at the BWI airport... I asked, "How are people selected [...]

Kiss Your Freedoms Goodbye If Health Care Passes

Kiss Your Freedoms Goodbye If Health Care Passes

Congress recognizes no limits on its power. It doesn’t care about the Constitution, it doesn’t care about your inalienable rights. If this health care bill becomes law, America, life as you have known it, freedom as you have exercised it and privacy as you have enjoyed it will cease to be. Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on [...]

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