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.

 

Education Privatizers Data Mining Students

By: Wednesday January 8, 2014 11:00 am

The education privatization movement aka “Ed reform” is looking to use spy technology on students. Of course they would only use the data to assist instruction never to sell products and services, that’s not what for-profit schools would do – would they?

Your Friendly Neighborhood Totalitarian State

By: Sunday June 23, 2013 3:30 pm

It makes no difference if Edward Snowden, who had fled to Hong Kong and revealed that the American government was spying upon American citizens, is a traitor or a hero.

Intelligence agencies from China, Russia, England, Israel, and maybe even Lichtenstein, probably already know that the National Security Administration (NSA) is collecting data of all the phone calls and emails of Americans, and linking them to conversations with foreign nationals. What is unsettling is that everything the NSA is doing is legal. Secret federal courts can issue secret warrants to agencies that maintain secret files

Network: Data Mining

By: Sunday June 16, 2013 4:00 pm

“Information technology has become a ubiquitous presence. By visualizing the processes that underlie our interactions with this technology we can trace what happens to the information we feed into the network.”

9-11′s Surveillance State Legacy

By: Tuesday August 30, 2011 4:25 pm

We had one moment where this was subject to any debate at all, during the fight over the FISA amnesty legislation. But that was really about a small portion of the total data collection. Most of the surveillance remains a secret. Ron Wyden and Mark Udall tried to tease out a little more this summer, when they tried to get the intelligence community to admit to how they were misinterpreting the Patriot Act to allow for more data collection. But that never went anywhere. From NSA surveillance to national security letters to the AT&T room on Folsom Street in San Francisco, what bits and pieces we do know about point to a giant network Hoovering up every piece of information you let out into the world digitally.

In Manning Case, DOD Considers Illegal Data Mining Part of Capital Crime

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 4:03 pm

I’ve written two posts on the software that Bradley Manning is alleged to have loaded onto SIPRNet (here, here). Wired has now gotten a little more detail about what the software was: DOD says it was some kind of data mining software, though they won’t say of what kind. Wired goes on to suggest that presence of the software may make it easier for the Department of Defense to prove intent with Manning.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Tony Shaffer, Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan — and The Path to Victory

By: Saturday November 20, 2010 1:59 pm

When people who’ve worked in sensitive intelligence positions want to write their memoirs, they typically submit their manuscripts to their parent agency; there’s a back-and-forth about what can be revealed; it’s resolved; and the book goes to the printer. For Shaffer, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer — and someone in the rare position of being both an operations guy and an analyst — something different happened. The Pentagon bought the entire 10,000-copy first printing of Shaffer’s memoir, Operation Dark Heart, and destroyed it.

The American Data Octopus: US Pressures Europe for More Access to Its Info

By: Friday October 8, 2010 6:10 am

Data octopus. That’s how one European Parliament official described the US’ continued grab for unfettered access to more and more European data.

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