Mysterious Phony Cell Towers: Who Is Spying on You Now?

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 1:10 pm

A security researcher identified multiple “fake” cell phone towers around the United States, many near military bases, designed to intercept calls and texts without your knowledge, and to potentially inject spyware into your phone by defeating built-in encryption.

The researcher has located a number of towers; what he can’t figure out is who built them and who controls them.

 

Big Data Knows When You’re Sleeping and Knows When You’re Awake

By: Monday August 25, 2014 2:23 pm

Control and regulation of all this data could easily end up the biggest political and economic issue of the 21st century.

EU Group Launches Class Action Suit Against Facebook For Privacy Violations, Including Support for PRISM

By: Monday August 4, 2014 11:22 am

Viennese lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems has filed a class action suit with the Commercial Court for Vienna against the Irish subsidiary of Facebook for violation of European data protection laws.

The Europe v Facebook website has an app that allows EU residents to become part of the suit. So far the organization is reporting that 11,000 people have signed on.

Watching You, Watching Me

By: Friday August 1, 2014 6:40 pm

’ve posted here at Over Easy about companies that track our travels on the Web to display ads customized to our interests. They often use cookies, so if you price out an upscale cruise or golf club on one site, ads for cruises or golf clubs follow you around the Web. There are other tracking tools, too, and it is a running battle to stay ahead of them. They’re getting even more intrusive and personal, and it is unsettling to comprehend their reach.

More and more online marketers attempt to track us offline too, by collecting data about our daily lives and habits.

NSA Whistleblowers Testify on ‘Totalitarian Mentality’ of NSA at German Parliamentary Committee Hearing

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 1:55 pm

National Security Agency whistleblowers William Binney and Thomas Drake testified before a German parliamentary committee as part of an inquiry into NSA surveillance in Germany.

According to Deutsche Welle, Binney argued that the NSA had abandoned nearly all rule of law principles. It now has a “totalitarian mentality” and wants “total information control.”

He called NSA the “greatest threat” to America since the Civil War.

Facebook And BuzzFeed Violating User Privacy

By: Monday June 30, 2014 1:27 pm

The NSA are not the only ones violating people’s rights online. Both Facebook and BuzzFeed have been recently caught engaging in transgressive conduct regarding users’ privacy.Treating their users with incredible disrespect and secretly exploiting those that use their products.

US Supreme Court to Police: “Get a Warrant” Before Searching Cell Phones

By: Wednesday June 25, 2014 3:15 pm

The United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision instructing police that they must get a warrant if they want to search an arrested person’s cell phone.

“Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple—get a warrant,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the court’s opinion.

Vodaphone Drops a Dime on Massive Warrantless Spying Operation

By: Friday June 6, 2014 4:46 pm

The British telecom company Vodaphone, the world’s second largest telecommunications company, which owns and operates networks in 21 countries and partners with telecommunications companies in over 40 additional countries, has released its first and the world’s first self-described “Law Enforcement Disclosure Report” that confirms allegations that have been made by many who are concerned about the warrantless spying carried out by the US government on its own citizens and the citizens of nations around the world; that the US government has been and is currently engaging in massive worldwide surveillance and data collection of the complete content of phone calls that pass through the networks of not only Vodaphone but all telecommunications networks via direct access using “pipes” or wires connected directly to the companies communications equipment.

#ResetTheNet Today With These Simple Privacy Measures

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 7:45 am

Thanks to Edward Snowden’s disclosures, we know that the NSA’s internet dragnet relies on two things to easily collect information. First, most people use services provided by major tech firms like Google, Apple and Facebook that can, willingly or by force of a national security letter, be tapped. And two, most people don’t take steps to encrypt and secure their private information and communications.

Yet these two things can be easily changed.

Technology and the End of Privacy

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 6:46 am

The self-created end of privacy in the United States was brought about as much by technology as desire. Those who claim there is little new here — the government read the mail of and wiretapped the calls and conversations of Americans under COINTELPRO from 1956 to at least 1971 – do not understand the impact of technology.

Technology now being employed by the NSA and others inside the U.S. has never before existed, in scale, scope or sheer efficiency. Size matters. We are the first people in history to deal with this threat to privacy. Avoiding even the majority of encroaching digitalization essentially means withdrawing from society.

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