Meet the 'Spy Smurfs': Here's how the NSA, GCHQ target iPhones, Android devices British and American spy agencies are able to gather vast amounts of personally identifiable information, including age, location, and even sexual orientation and political persuasions, according to the latest documents leaked by former U.S. government contractor Edward Snowden. The Guardian, The New York Times and ProPublica working together each published claims that smartphone apps "leak" data from iPhone and Android apps, which are then piggybacked by Britain's GCHQ and the U.S. National Security Agency. Not needing to tap into a user's smartphone directly, other mass surveillance efforts — such as cable taps — provide the intelligence agencies with the bulk of this data.
Senator Franken Wants Us to Know When Our Apps Are Tracking Us: | Anita Ramasastry Cyberstalking apps and geolocation apps can track a mobile-device user’s location—and this information can then be shared with third parties such as advertisers, or with jealous spouses—often without the user’s knowledge that this is happening. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) publicized its concern over apps installed on children’s phones that tracked the children’s location and broadcast it to advertisers and third parties without proper consent by, or notification to, parents or children. Senator Al Franken wants to do something about this. Moreover, he is also concerned about mobile applications that allow other people to surreptitiously track another person, again using geolocation. The Senator recently proposed legislation that attempts to require that companies that develop and sell such mobile apps must get our consent before such programs are installed on our mobile devices. The bill would prohibit the covert monitoring of a person’s location, as well.
Students Refusing Tracking ID Cards Unable to Vote for Homecoming? John Jay High School in San Antoni, Texas, has launched a new program to increase attendance. The "Student Locator Project" requires students to wear their microchip-embedded school IDs around their necks at all times and have their location tracked and monitored. "KSSHHT - We've got a teen purchasing some Reese's Pieces from a vending machines after designated vending time hours.
This weekend in New York City was a three-day hackers' conference called HOPE Number 9 which is only held every two years; HOPE stands for "Hackers on Planet Earth" and there's always a lot of great info that comes out of it. One of the quotes floating around in regard to #HOPE9 came from Founder and CEO of Pallorium Inc's Steven Rambam as "Rambam's first law: All databases will eventually be used for unintended purposes." This is the same man who spoke at the 2008 HOPE about "Privacy is dead - Get over it." Privacy and Security Fanatic: HOPE 9: Whistleblower Binney says the NSA has dossiers on nearly every US citizen
A Senate committee passed an act recently called the Protect IP Act but then, just as quickly, a Senator from Oregon, Ron Wyden, put the bill on hold because as he said, it would “muzzle speech and stifle innovation and economic growth.” The latest piece of internet blacklist legislation, known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives, was introduced by the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) who claims it is for the purpose of shutting down foreign sites that post intellectual property created by U.S. firms, goes even further than the Protect IP Act. The act would allow the US Justice Department powers to punish and shut down websites, both in the U.S. and anywhere in the world and go after companies that provide support for them, either technically or through payment systems The U.S. joins China in censoring the Internet
In an amazingly short and to the point ruling (embedded below), a judge in a district court in Southern Texas, Lynn Hughes, ruled that letting the government get mobile phone data without a warrant was unconstitutional: When the government requests records from cellular services, data disclosing the location of the telephone at the time of particular calls may be acquired only by a warrant issued on probable cause. U.S. Const., amend. 4. Court Says Warrantless Mobile Phone Tracking Is Unconstitutional
Fmr. Fox News Executive: Americans' Phones Were Hacked After helping chairman Roger Ailes create the Fox News channel in 1996, Cooper was fired for doing an anonymous interview with New York Magazine: ”I'm frightened right now,” said a former Fox employee, noting the vast array of powerful connections Ailes maintains throughout the political and media worlds. “I've been told that if Ailes figures out I talked to you, he'll hunt me down and kill me.” Negotiating the ground rules for an off-the-record meeting, Ailes came on like an Edward G. Robinson character in a B movie.
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Microsoft Patents 'Legal Intercept' Technology, Will Skype Have A Backdoor? — TheTelecomBlog.com Microsoft and Skype may represent a match made in mobile heaven but they’ve been in the news for all the wrong reasons of late. Skype outages have become a norm rather than an exception. Skype protocol has been cracked through reverse engineering and published as an open source project. And now a newly patented Microsoft technology called ‘Legal Intercept‘ that would allow the company to secretly intercept, monitor and record Skype calls is stoking privacy concerns. The technology would allow Microsoft to silently record communications on VoIP networks such as Skype.
An overzealous bill that claims to be about stopping child pornography turns every Web user into a person to monitor Every right-thinking person abhors child pornography. To combat it, legislators have brought through committee a poorly conceived, over-broad Congressional bill, The Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011. The Legislation That Could Kill Internet Privacy for Good - Conor Friedersdorf - Politics
Internet providers would be forced to keep logs of their customers' activities for one year--in case police want to review them in the future--under legislation that a U.S. House of Representatives committee approved today. The 19 to 10 vote represents a victory for conservative Republicans, who made data retention their first major technology initiative after last fall's elections, and the Justice Department officials who have quietly lobbied for the sweeping new requirements, a development first reported by CNET. A last-minute rewrite of the bill expands the information that commercial Internet providers are required to store to include customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses, some committee members suggested. By a 7-16 vote, the panel rejected an amendment that would have clarified that only IP addresses must be stored. House panel approves broadened ISP snooping bill | Privacy Inc.
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Aurora critics can remain anonymous, judge rules In a decision with broader implications for online privacy, a judge has ruled not to force the identification of anonymous bloggers who wrote critical web posts about former Aurora mayor Phyllis Morris. The Ontario Superior Court ruling, which Ms. Morris intends to appeal, is a major blow to her $6-million defamation action, which targets three individuals who authored anonymous posts on the Aurora Citizen website, along with the site's moderators.
What did you do for AT&T? How long did you work there? I worked at AT&T for 22 and a half years. My job was basically to keep the systems going. They were computer systems, network communication systems, Internet equipment, Voice over Internet [Protocol (VoIP)] equipment. I tested circuits long distance across the country. Interviews - Mark Klein | Spying On The Home Front | FRONTLINE
This open-source application maps the information that your iPhone is recording about your movements. It doesn't record anything itself, it only displays files that are already hidden on your computer. Download the application petewarden/iPhoneTracker @ GitHub
FBI: Customers Might Sue If They Knew Companies Were Helping With Wiretaps
Breaking News on EFF Victory: Appeals Court Holds that Email Privacy Protected by Fourth Amendment In a landmark decision issued today in the criminal appeal of U.S. v. Warshak, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the government must have a search warrant before it can secretly seize and search emails stored by email service providers. Closely tracking arguments made by EFF in its amicus brief, the court found that email users have the same reasonable expectation of privacy in their stored email as they do in their phone calls and postal mail. EFF filed a similar amicus brief with the 6th Circuit in 2006 in a civil suit brought by criminal defendant Warshak against the government for its warrantless seizure of his emails.
ACLU of Northern California : Don't Hide Your Gun in Your iPhone(?!)
One Hundred Naked Citizens: One Hundred Leaked Body Scans
TSA Groping Out Of Control
Facebook's Zuckerberg Says The Age of Privacy is Over