As expected, Senator Patrick Leahy recently introduced a new Senate version of the USA Freedom Act. This version of the bill was negotiated heavily by the White House and Senate and will block a number of activities by the NSA.
The OnePoll study found that nine in ten people believe that the government was listening to their phone conversations.
Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled that a warrant is required for cell phone location tracking since someone’s cell phone location data is included as part of a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment.
ConsciousLifeNews It’s an open secret that the NSA is keeping tabs on Internet users through various means. Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations suggest that the agency does not even have to take an active role in eavesdropping, as it’s the Internet and tech companies that do this for them. Case in point: Vodafone recently published a transparency report, indicating the means and methods through which governments are spying through telecom networks. Google is actually one of the companies that have been used by spy agencies in their data mining efforts. In particular, the movement of information between datacenters can be the chink in…
In their first-ever transparency reports, Verizon and AT&T combined received an equivalent of 1.2 requests every minute: AT&T reported receiving 301,816 requests for user data from state, local and federal authorities. Verizon reported receiving 321,545 requests for user data from state, local and federal authorities.
Verizon is “enhancing” their Relevant Mobile Advertising program, allowing Verizon to collect and hand over your online habits to marketers with creppy precision.
A Google employee has let it slip that Google is researching ways to streamline the use of PGP/GPG with Gmail. Google has “research underway to improve the usability of PGP with Gmail,” said the employee.
The ubiquity of mobile devices has prompted government agencies to piggyback on corporate efforts to collect our information all in the name of marketing, says security expert Bruce Schneier. Depending on which study you reference, smartphone penetration in the US reportedly ranges from 62 percent to 71 percent, according to analytics firms like comScore and NPD. Regardless of the actual figures, one thing is for sure: smartphones, tablets and wearable devices like smartwatches and smart glasses are gaining ground among consumers. The convenient fact is that these devices offer an unprecedented level of connectedness among users, that we are plugged…
The NSA ran an operation code-named “Shotgiant” which targeted the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. One aim of the project was to add back doors to Huawei products. Then, when Huawei sold its equipment to other countries the NSA could easily gain access to their networks and conduct surveillance operations.
Ever wonder how Google handles a request for user information via an U.S. search warrant? In a new video, Google illustrates the entire process.