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  • Windows 10 EULA Questions

    09/01/2015 10:29:46 AM PDT · by econjack · 45 replies
    email ^ | August 31, 2015 | N/A
    According to a email today: The End User License Agreement (EULA) for Windows 10...is problematic and the opt-out does not ever allow you to fully opt-out. If I understand correctly, they explicitly tell you that they will take your:contacts, WIFI passwords, and content of your files and sell them, at their discretion to others, and will use the info for targeted marketing on your computer. Or any other use they may feel is appropriate as the future unfolds. I have not downloaded Win 10, so I don't know. Has anyone else read the EULA closely to render an opinion?
  • Abortion and Down Syndrome [Zot!]

    08/25/2015 10:31:30 AM PDT · by Bluewater2015 · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/25/15 | Editorial Board
    It is tempting to dismiss the latest anti-choice salvo from Ohio lawmakers, which would criminalize abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome, as a blatantly unconstitutional ploy that would never be enforced. That would be a mistake. The bill stands a disturbingly good chance of approval this fall by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature A similar bill passed in North Dakota in 2013 bans abortions on the grounds of fetal genetic anomalies, including Down syndrome. The law has not yet been enforced — under existing Supreme Court precedent it is hard to see how it could be — but...
  • Planned Parenthood Threatens to Sue [semi-satire]

    08/22/2015 9:25:08 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Aug 2015 | John Semmens
    Planned Parenthood's executive vice president Dawn Laguens said the organization is weighing whether to sue the Center for Medical Progress, the group behind the release of videos showing that Planned Parenthood is engaged in murdering, dismembering, and selling aborted babies. "Since these videos were made secretly without Planned Parenthood's explicit consent they constitute an egregious invasion of privacy," Laguens maintained. "Invasion of privacy is a crime. That makes the videos the 'fruit from the poisoned tree' and inadmissible as evidence against Planned Parenthood for any alleged crimes depicted in the videos." Laguens also contested the idea that there are any...
  • Even when told not to, Windows 10 just can’t stop talking to Microsoft (link only due to copyright)

    08/13/2015 8:54:36 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 43 replies
    Ars Technica — LINK ONLY | August 12, 2015 | by Peter Bright
    It's no wonder that privacy activists are up in arms. Read more at Ars Technica — Link only due to copyright restrictions on FreeRepublic: LINK TO THE ARTICLE: Even when told not to, Windows 10 just can’t stop talking to Microsoft
  • Harvard student loses Facebook internship after pointing out privacy flaws

    08/13/2015 10:33:47 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 13 replies
    Boston.com, via Drudge ^ | Aug 12, 2015 | Allison Pohle
    Three months ago, Harvard student Aran Khanna was preparing to start a coveted internship at Facebook when he launched a browser application from his dorm room that angered the social media behemoth. His application, called Marauder’s Map — a clever name that Harry Potter fans will appreciate — was a Chrome extension that used data from Facebook Messenger to map where users were when they sent messages. The app also showed the locations, which were accurate to within three feet, in a group chat with people he barely knew. That meant complete strangers could hypothetically see that he had messaged...
  • Google’s robots and creeping militarization

    01/11/2014 4:06:23 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/9/2014 | Scott Cleland
    Google CEO Larry Page has rapidly positioned Google to become an indispensable U.S. military contractor. Google recently purchased Boston Dynamics, a robotics pioneer that produces amazing humanoid robots for the U.S. Defense Department. This development invites attention to Google’s broader military contracting ambitions — especially since Boston Dynamics is the eighth robotics company that Google has bought in the last six months. ... In 2012, Google hired Regina Dugan, the head of DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), DOD’s in-house “moon-shot” idea factory. At the time a Google spokesperson said: “Regina is a technical pioneer who brought the future...
  • NSA Proclaims: "If you have nothing to fear you have nothing to hide" [satire]

    08/09/2015 12:30:48 PM PDT · by JustTheTruth · 27 replies
    Check out this sign that the NSA Data Center has in front of their massive facility in Utah. See photo at their linked web site. Anybody feeling reassured yet???
  • Is the 4th Amendment Dead in Cyberspace?

    08/08/2015 11:58:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Inside Higher Ed ^ | July 29, 2015 | Tracy Mitrano
    Over a year ago former director of both the NSA and CIA, Michael Hayden, flat out admitted, "we kill people based on metadata." He quickly distinguished between the metadata about which the debate was focused, telephone records, and other forms of surveillance metadata upon which covert actions are taken. Not surprised about the actions, I confess I was taken aback when I considered the implications that this disclosure has on Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in cyberspace. Ever since the USA-Patriot Act in 2001, I have been harping on complications of the Fourth Amendment between content and metadata in data networking. For...
  • How your smartphone's battery life can be used to invade your privacy

    08/04/2015 6:33:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 4 August 2015 | Alex Hern
    How your smartphone's battery life can be used to invade your privacy A group of researchers have demonstrated how to track users with nothing more than their remaining battery power, which could compromise privacy Alex Hern Tuesday 4 August 2015 08.18 BST A little-known feature of the HTML5 specification means that websites can find out how much battery power a visitor has left on their laptop or smartphone – and now, security researchers have warned that that information can be used to track browsers online. The battery status API is currently supported in the Firefox, Opera and Chrome browsers, and...
  • Obama’s Socialist Databases

    08/05/2015 11:45:38 AM PDT · by samovar123 · 4 replies
    http://www.independentsentinel.com ^ | 8/5/15 | John Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Obama’s Socialist Databases by John Velisek • August 5, 2015 FacebookTwitter19Share There are many areas that will need to be cleaned up after our current President has left his legacy of chaos and unconstitutional power grabs. One of the most damaging is the compilation of databases on almost every American based on race, class and income. Obama has instituted a plan whereby 330 million Americans will be put into databases which will encompass all aspects of every American life. Not since the socialist system of Stalin has so much information been officially gathered by a government on its citizens. These...
  • Cybersecurity bill could 'sweep away' internet users' privacy, agency warns

    08/05/2015 7:13:13 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/3/2015 | Sam Thielman
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday said a controversial new surveillance bill could sweep away “important privacy protections”, a move that bodes ill for the measure’s return to the floor of the Senate this week. The latest in a series of failed attempts to reform cybersecurity, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa) grants broad latitude to tech companies, data brokers and anyone with a web-based data collection to mine user information and then share it with “appropriate Federal entities”, which themselves then have permission to share it throughout the government. Minnesota senator Al Franken queried the DHS in...
  • If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

    08/04/2015 7:33:57 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 33 replies
    The Register ^ | 3 Aug 2015 at 19:52 | Chris Williams
    Here's a quick FYI: if you installed Windows 10, and in a rush to try out Microsoft's new operating system, you clicked through the default settings without looking, you may want to look again. ... There's a handy guide here to the settings you need to look out for during the install and afterwards.
  • Obama Administration War Against Apple and Google Just Got Uglier

    07/31/2015 9:30:30 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    the Intercept Unofficial Sources — FirstLook.org ^ | July 30, 2015 | by Jenna McLaughlin
    p>The Obama administration’s central strategy against strong encryption seems to be waging war on the companies that are providing and popularizing it: most notably Apple and Google. The intimidation campaign got a boost Thursday when a blog that frequently promotes the interests of the national security establishment raised the prospect of Apple being found liable for providing material support to a terrorist.Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of the LawFare blog, suggested that Apple could in fact face that liability if it continued to provide encryption services to a suspected terrorist. He noted that the post was in response to an idea raised by Sen....
  • CISA: the dirty deal between Google and the NSA that no one is talking about

    07/29/2015 10:43:18 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 29, 2015 | By Evan Greer and Donny Shaw
    One of the things that civil liberties activists like to lament about is that the general public seems to care more about Google and Facebook using their personal data to target advertising than the government using it to target drone strikes. The reality is that both types of abuse are dangerous, and they work hand in hand. It’s hard to find a more perfect example of this collusion than in a bill that’s headed for a vote soon in the U.S. Senate: the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA. CISA is an out and out surveillance bill masquerading as a...
  • Hillview man arrested for shooting down drone; cites right to privacy

    07/29/2015 7:19:24 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 67 replies
    WDRB.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Ryan Cummings
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Hillview man has been arrested after he shot down a drone flying over his property -- but he's not making any apologies for it. It happened Sunday night at a home on Earlywood Way, just south of the intersection between Smith Lane and Mud Lane in Bullitt County, according to an arrest report. Hillview Police say they were called to the home of 47-year-old William H. Merideth after someone complained about a firearm. When they arrived, police say Merideth told them he had shot down a drone that was flying over his house. The drone...
  • Obama’s Diversity Police State and Government Mandated Racism

    07/19/2015 4:57:42 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 22 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | July 19, 2015 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Obama has brought racism to a whole new level in our government. It’s breathtaking in scope and breadth. He is solidifying his legacy before leaving office with the unprecedented gathering of information on all of us and how we live to be used in racial databases. Not only does the government already have such databases on police departments, they have created monster ones for almost every area of our lives to be used to forward “racial and economic justice” as we have never seen before as a nation. Enforced diversity is racism. Obama is already using the databases against institutions...
  • Google accidentally reveals data on 'right to be forgotten,' private information requests

    07/15/2015 1:33:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    CNN ibnlive.com ^ | July 15, 2015
    ....Google has accidentally revealed crucial data on information requests it receives from people, which includes those of a private and personal nature. The Guardian discovered the data hidden in the source code on Google’s own transparency report that reveals the scale and nature of the data requests it receives. The revealed data shows that 95 per cent of Google’s privacy requests are from the general public who want to protect personal and private information.....
  • Hacking Team, Which Sells Surveillance Tech To Governments, Exposed By Major Hack

    07/06/2015 5:43:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | July 6, 2015 | Jon Russell
    One of the technology world’s most notorious providers of surveillance and intrusion software has found itself on the wrong end of an embarrassing hack. A range of sensitive documents belonging to Italy-based Hacking Team, which is known for working with governments worldwide, appeared to leak out over the weekend, including email communications and client lists. The hackers, who remain unidentified at this time, also took over the group’s Twitter account, using it to post screenshots of emails and other details, as CSO first reported. Hacking Team is a mysterious organization which has long been thought to sell tracking and hacking...
  • Kuwait Makes DNA Tests Mandatory After ISIS Bombing

    07/01/2015 2:19:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Wednesday, 1 July 2015
    Kuwait’s parliament, reacting to a suicide bombing last week that killed 26 people, adopted a law Wednesday requiring mandatory DNA testing on all the country’s citizens and foreign residents. The legislation, requested by the government to help security agencies make quicker arrests in criminal cases, calls on the interior ministry to establish a database on all 1.3 million citizens and 2.9 million foreign residents. Under the law, people who refuse to give samples for the test face one year in jail and a fine of up to $33,000 (29,700 euros). Those who provide fake samples can be jailed for seven...
  • Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth

    06/23/2015 12:58:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    Privacy Online News ^ | 6/18/15 | Rick Falkvinge
    Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”.It looked like just another bug report. "When I start Chromium, it downloads something."...
  • NSA Has Reverse-Engineered Popular Consumer Anti-Virus Software In Order To Track Users

    06/22/2015 12:20:58 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 20 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 6-22-15 | Lucas Matney
    The NSA and its British counterpart the GCHQ have put extensive effort into hacking popular security software products to “track users and infiltrate networks,” according to the latest round of Snowden docs unearthed today by The Intercept. Cybersecurity companies, including the Moscow-headquartered Kaspersky Lab, were targeted by government agencies to gain intelligence of the latest exploits. Details of the security software’s inner workings were deciphered by agencies through a process called software reverse engineering (SRE), which allowed them to analyze and exploit the software suites. A top-secret warrant renewal request issued by the GCHQ details the motivations behind infiltrating the...
  • Who Has Your Back - Protecting Your Data from Government Requests

    06/18/2015 11:26:30 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Electronic Frontiers Foundation ^ | June 18, 2015 | EFF Staff
    Executive SummaryWe live digital lives—from the videos shared on social networks, to location-aware apps on mobile phones, to log-in data for connecting to our email, to our stored documents, to our search history. The personal, the profound, and even the absurd are all transcribed into data packets, whizzing through the fiber-optic arteries of the network. While our daily lives have upgraded to the 21st century, the law hasn’t kept pace. To date, the U.S. Congress hasn’t managed to update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act to acknowledge that email stored more than 6 months deserves identical protections to email stored...
  • 4 Tips to Avoid Road Tolls This Summer

    06/18/2015 6:56:30 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Time ^ | June 4, 2015 | Brad Tuttle
    We've got a secret the rental car companies would prefer you didn't know. people camping in RV More The Cheapest Way to Roadtrip Might Surprise You 3 Ways to Avoid Costly Rental Car Insurance These Are the Most Hated Fees in America This won’t come as news to commuters and frequent road trippers, but drivers are encountering more and more toll roads, as well as higher and higher tolls on the existing ones. The latest example is I-10 in Texas, where plans called for the maximum toll during peak travel hours to shoot from $7 to $10 as of May...
  • Medical Expert: ‘The Power Of The Doctor Is Becoming Subsumed By The Government’

    06/15/2015 8:53:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 14, 2015 | Ginni Thomas
    As America hears of more doctors leaving the profession, the head of a patient-centered national health care organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, sees both political parties in Washington making matters worse. “Huge things are happening under the surface that people don’t understand,” says Twila Brase, a public health nurse and the founder of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom in this 33 minute video interview with The Daily Caller. “The power of the doctor is becoming subsumed by the government.” America is moving, from Brase’s perspective, from the charitable human “mission of medicine” to a cold, sterile “business of...
  • NSA agents 'feel violated' after hackers access their emails (People's Cube Satire)

    06/14/2015 9:47:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 15 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 6/12/2015 | Offline Chedoh
    The U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, released a statement this morning informing the public of a massive security breach after a group of hackers broke into the NSA's secure network and read through a sizeable amount of personal emails, retrieved web browser history, and even recorded Skype conversations. "Earlier today, while we were performing routine monitoring of far right-wing internet activity, we discovered a security hemorrhage of personal information of NSA agents that was put on display in multiple online forums and social media across the internet," the statement said. "It appears...
  • The Online Privacy Lie Is Unraveling

    06/08/2015 8:16:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 06/07/15 | Natasha Lomas
    A new report into U.S. consumers’ attitude to the collection of personal data has highlighted the disconnect between commercial claims that web users are happy to trade privacy in exchange for ‘benefits’ like discounts. On the contrary, it asserts that a large majority of web users are not at all happy, but rather feel powerless to stop their data being harvested and used by marketers. The report authors’ argue it’s this sense of resignation that is resulting in data tradeoffs taking place — rather than consumers performing careful cost-benefit analysis to weigh up the pros and cons of giving up...
  • New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying

    06/04/2015 10:21:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ProPublica and The New York Times ^ | June 4, 2015 | by Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson
    Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified NSA documents. In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad — including traffic that flows to suspicious Internet addresses or contains malware, the documents show. The disclosures, based on documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former NSA contractor, and shared with...
  • Leaked TISA Documents Reveal Privacy Threat

    06/04/2015 7:09:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/04/15 | Emma Woollacott
    Under the draft provisions of the latest trade deal to be leaked by Wikileaks, countries could be barred from trying to control where their citizens’ personal data is held or whether it’s accessible from outside the country. Like TTIP and TPP, TISA could be sped through Congress using Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast-track authority, which has been passed by the US Senate and may be taken up in the House this month. Under TPA, Congress is barred from making amendments to the trade deals, and most simply give yes-or-no approval. And the contents of TISA make interesting...
  • So evading government scrutiny is a crime. Why?

    06/03/2015 11:41:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday I started to delve into the Dennis Hastert case, paying particular attention to the specific crimes with which the former Speaker is being charged. But even after I finished writing about it and reading some of the comments here, I wasn’t very happy with my conclusions. There’s something very unsettling about the entire case (leaving out the obvious, horrible alleged child rape parts of it) but I felt that I wasn’t quite able to put my finger on it. Today I found someone who has done a better job of wrestling those questions to the ground and it...
  • The Tory Party vs. Rand Paul

    06/03/2015 10:52:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2015 | Bob Barr
    If John McCain, John Cornyn, Mitch McConnell, and the other Republican senators lashing into Rand Paul because of his efforts to force expiration of Sec. 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act had been alive and part of the debate back in 1775-76, they would have been blasting Patrick Henry for supporting Liberty. Colonialists McCain, Cornyn and McConnell would have been firmly in the Tory camp; defending the powers of the Crown to “protect” the colonialists through such tools as Writs of Assistance. Today, in this 21st Century, the tools may have changed, but the foundational principle on which our independence...
  • The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans

    06/02/2015 6:05:32 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 2, 2015 | Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker
    The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans Associated Press Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press Jun. 2, 2015, WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency...
  • Personal details of 500 million Android users at risk: impossible to completely clear data

    05/23/2015 10:54:18 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5/23/2015 | James Dunn
    Up to 500million Andriod users who use or have used Android software could be at risk from having personal information shared after tests revealed it's impossible to clear data from many devices. A report by Cambridge University showed that private text messages, images, videos and email details can be recovered, even after a total wipe - or factory reset - has been done. It means that people who have given away, sold or lost phones are now at risk from having their personal details and any private or sensitive information in messages or emails seen by whoever now has their...
  • Why Conservatives Need to Focus on the 4th Amendment

    05/20/2015 1:38:23 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 10 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | May 19, 2015 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq.
    The Fourth Amendment is getting attention that it's not gotten before, and by popular will, it will be defined in how it is interpreted and implemented. Unless conservatives participate and act to define it, it will be defined by liberals and/or libertarians. From NSA spying to publicized abuses by armed federal agents and even some local police, people are afraid and are speaking out. That's good. The debate is leading to federal legislation and even constitutional amendments in states to rein in lawless government investigations. The Fourth Amendment is one of the most important arrows in the quiver against bullying...
  • Government must obtain warrant for e-mails (unless government wants your e-mails)

    05/20/2015 10:15:08 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/20/2015 | Government must obtain warrant for e-mails (unless government wants your e-mails) Read more: http:/
    S. 356, the Electronic Communications Act Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015, starts out well but ends badly. S. 356 is purportedly written to cure a defect in existing law that government may access our e-mails that are 18 months or older without a warrant from a judge. That's a little bit of bait and switch, though, since the bill authorizes government agencies to skip the requirement of going to a judge by unilaterally issuing judge-less warrants. The bill claims that it protects privacy, which is all well and good. E-mails, though, are private property even if held in the...
  • Tech giants don’t want Obama to give police access to encrypted phone data

    05/19/2015 3:27:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 54 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 19 at 8:34 AM | By Ellen Nakashima
    FBI Director James B. Comey has expressed concern that the growing use of encrypted technologies is hindering the ability of law enforcement agencies to do their jobs. (Andrew Harnik/AP) May 19 at 8:34 AM Tech behemoths including Apple and Google and leading cryptologists are urging President Obama to reject any government proposal that alters the security of smartphones and other communications devices so that law enforcement can view decrypted data. In a letter to be sent Tuesday and obtained by The Washington Post, a coalition of tech firms, security experts and others appeal to the White House to protect privacy...
  • De-Google your life: it’s worth the hassle if you value your privacy

    05/14/2015 10:04:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    Iriah Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | Derek Scally
    Data privacy may seem like a distant and abstract concept but what is more personal than the information you are sharing with Google? Imagine you get a letter in the post offering you free water. Instead of paying Irish Water for your supply, another company promises you a generous quantity of free water. The catch? Instead of water meters, the company wants to install meters measuring the comings and goings to your home. They will also record who you know, who you communicate with and how often.They will store information on what you watch on television, what websites you visit...
  • Miami Beach Police Officers Exchanged Racist Emails: State Attorney

    05/14/2015 6:06:04 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    WTVJ-TV, official sponsor of annual homosexual parade in Miami Beach ^ | 5/14/15 | Willard Shepard, Jamie Guirola and Brian Hamacher
    More than a dozen Miami Beach Police officers exchanged hundreds of racist, homophobic and pornographic emails, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Thursday.... "Minorities and women were being demeaned in these emails that were sent between the officers, nude photographs were passed around and emails portraying offensive sexual acts were disseminated," Fernandez Rundle said. The images included jokes about President Barack Obama and golfer Tiger Woods. One image depicted a "Black Monopoly" board game where every square said "go to jail."
  • You’ll Shudder When You See What Google Knows About Your Web Searches

    05/13/2015 1:18:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 82 replies
    intego.com ^ | May 13th, 2015 | by Graham Cluley
    Google probably knows more about you than your mother, your partner, your boss... but chances are that you have no idea of just how much it knows. Fortunately, there's an easy way to open your eyes to the scale of just what the world's most popular search engine knows about you, your interests and your peccadillos. You may find yourself squirming when you realise Google never forgets what you've been typing into its search engine over the years, but, at least afterwards, you'll be able to do something about it. First things first, take a deep breath and visit: https://history.google.com/history/...
  • Conservatives Press GOP to Restrict DOJ’s Foreign Cloud Snooping

    05/13/2015 10:04:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    An alliance of free-market conservatives is building support for a bill that would thwart the Obama administration's bid to make foreign computers, servers and data farms subject to Justice Department search and seizure.The alliance stepped up its pressure on Capitol Hill with the release of its May 1 “coalition letter” to Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte (R.-Va.), the two men who chair the judiciary committees in their chamber. The letter calls on the chairmen to move forward on the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act.To put things in perspective, in 1995 the email...
  • Huge privacy concerns in proposed federal rule change

    05/01/2015 11:08:08 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 29 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-1-15 | Jonathon Hauenschild
    Have you ever accidentally downloaded malware? Under proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the malware on your computer may provide the Federal Bureau of Investigation the justification it needs to load its own surveillance software onto your computer, without notifying you. The FBI may be able to obtain warrants from any federal district court to search any computer in the United States. Once a warrant is issued, it can load its own software onto a target computer, copy files found on the computer, and wait to notify the target until after the search is complete. The government...
  • Florida Could Soon Place Limits On Drone Use

    04/29/2015 1:50:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 4/28/15
    The use of drones to photograph people on their own property could soon be illegal in the Sunshine State. On Tuesday, the Florida Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Rick Scott that places limits on the use of remote-controlled drones... ....drones could not be used to photograph or record images of people or their property from the air. The restrictions would also apply to state and local governments. The legislation does not call for any criminal penalties...
  • Is There a Need for Legislative Updates to Electronic Privacy Protection Laws?

    04/22/2015 2:34:20 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 12 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-22-15 | Jonathon Hauenschild
    Long gone are the days when law enforcement surveillance meant officers with cameras standing on corners wearing trench coats, hats and sunglasses. Now law enforcement can use thermal imaging cameras from drones, intercept cell phone calls and even track personal information through cell phones. Advances in technology, perceptions that law enforcement officials may operate on the boundaries of the law and new community privacy expectations seem to beg for legislative updates to outdated interpretations of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. There is a need to balance an individual’s constitutional rights with law enforcement’s goal to prevent and investigate crimes. Perhaps...
  • Mysterious Drone Causing Headaches in Mansfield (Privacy RIP)

    04/21/2015 9:40:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 73 replies
    NBCDFW.com ^ | Ray Villeda
    A Mansfield man says a drone was hovering outside his first floor window. He called police and was told there was little they could do about it.
  • California transgender bill spurs initiative for ‘bathroom privacy’

    04/21/2015 6:16:25 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 04/20/2015 | Christopher Cadelago
    Opponents have opened up a new front in the fight against a California law allowing transgender students to use public school facilities such as bathrooms, showers and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identities. Privacy For All, the group targeting Assembly Bill 1266, on Friday submitted a proposed 2016 initiative that would mandate people in government buildings use facilities in accordance with their biological sex. It would allow people who feel their privacy was violated – or who chose not to use a facility because of a violation of the measure – to sue the government or the individual...
  • DA says Apple, Google software helps terrorists

    04/20/2015 8:33:09 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 47 replies
    Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. sounded a battle cry Sunday, calling on law-enforcement agencies to battle Apple and Google over software that makes it impossible for authorities to “decrypt” cellphones seized in criminal investigations. The recently rolled-out “upgrades” haven’t attracted much general attention, which means police must start pressing elected officials to roll back the terrorist-friendly software, he said. “Apple has created a phone that is dark, that cannot be accessed by law enforcement even when a court has authorized us to look at its contents,” Vance warned on “The Cats Roundtable” show on WNYM/970 AM. “That’s going to be...
  • Future of BIG DATA

    04/17/2015 11:47:03 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 1 replies
    The interesting part is the lower right hand of the pictorial.
  • N.Y. court: Legal to surreptitiously photograph people in their homes, and sell those photos

    04/15/2015 8:44:12 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    WaPo (Volokh Conspiracy) ^ | April 10, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    From yesterday’s New York intermediate appellate court decision in Foster v. Svenson (paragraph breaks added): [Snip]... Defendant photographed the building’s residents surreptitiously, hiding himself in the shadows of his darkened apartment. Defendant asserts that he did so for reasons of artistic expression; he obscured his subjects’ faces, seeking to comment on the “anonymity” of urban life, where individuals only reveal what can be seen through their windows. After approximately one year of photography, defendant assembled a series of photographs called “The Neighbors,” which he exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles and New York.
  • Government ‘Rewrites’ Law To Access Microsoft Emails Stored Overseas

    04/09/2015 6:57:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2015-04-09 | Giuseppe Macri
    In a brief filed late Wednesday, Microsoft said the federal government’s legal argument for seizing user emails stored overseas “rewrites” an almost 30-year-old law to “reinterpret” it in a way it was never meant to be used.At the heart of the issue is a government warrant for Microsoft user emails stored on a server in Dublin, Ireland, which the government claims are relevant to an ongoing drug trafficking investigation. To justify the seizure of the data outside of U.S. territory, the government is basing its argument on legislation born out of the Reagan era.“The statute in this case, the Electronics...
  • How did Ted Cruz / The Weekly Standard get my email address? (Vanity)

    04/01/2015 12:08:28 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    Me | 4-1-2015
    I like most of the policies Cruz is pursuing, but I feel uncomfortable receiving a signed email from him to an email address I only share with family asking for money. What's up with that?
  • RadioShack to auction off customer data, violating own privacy policy

    03/27/2015 9:44:35 AM PDT · by HonkyTonkMan · 22 replies
    NakedSecurity ^ | 26 March, 2015 | Lee Munson
    Retail chain RadioShack is looking to cash in the information it holds on its customers as part of its bankruptcy sale. According to Hilco Streambank, personal data including over 65 million customers' names and physical addresses, as well as 13 million email addresses, has been made available to the highest bidder. All this despite the fact that the company's online privacy policy quite clearly states: We will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone at any time. We will not use any personal information beyond what is necessary to assist us in delivering to you the services...