Email Service Snowden Was Reportedly Using Shuts Down

By: Thursday August 8, 2013 2:45 pm

Update: Silent Circle follows suit.

The owner of Lavabit, an email service believed to be better focused on privacy and security for users than Gmail, has decided to shut down the service. It is notable because this is the service that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on US government surveillance programs, was reportedly using.

How the TPP Threatens the Internet

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 12:15 pm

Over a dozen countries, including the United States, are currently negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. The public is not allowed to know what is in the agreement, though large corporations are.

If Snowden Isn’t a Whistleblower, Why Are His Disclosures on NSA Spying Having This Effect?

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 3:10 pm

Nineteen organizations including Calguns Foundation, a gun owners group, and the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, have come together to file a lawsuit against the National Security Agency (NSA) for violating their right to freedom of association under the First Amendment by collecting and storing, in bulk, data from their members’ call records.

Chevron Granted Sweeping Subpoena of Critics’ Internet Data

By: Friday July 12, 2013 10:57 am

A federal judge has granted Chevron a broad and sweeping subpoena for data related to the $18.2 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador. The subpoena is trying to gain information on journalists and activists who may have been critical of Chevron.

NSA Spying Lawsuit Will Continue After Judge Rejects ‘State Secrets’ Argument

By: Thursday July 11, 2013 9:20 am

A lawsuit brought the Electronic Frontier Foundation against the NSA for illegal spying on American citizens can continue after a federal rejected the government’s argument that the suit could reveal “state secrets” and therefore threaten national security. The state secrets argument usually shuts down cases, but not this time.

DOJ Hid Routine Use of ‘Stingray’ Surveillance Technology From Federal Magistrate Judges

By: Wednesday March 27, 2013 2:55 pm

The FBI currently uses technology, which acts as a fake cell phone tower to track and locate phones being used by targets. Known as “Stingray,” the technology can locate, interfere and intercept communications.

The use of this technology is being challenged in the case of Daniel Rigmaiden, a “hacker” who was indicted on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and identity theft in 2008. Rigmaiden has sought discovery evidence on how government agents were able to locate and track him and maintains that the use of a StingRay device to catch him was illegal as it was done without a warrant.

Beginning of the End of FBI National Security Letter Gag Provisions?

By: Tuesday March 19, 2013 7:35 am

On RT America, I discuss the recent court ruling in a lawsuit where an unnamed telecommunications company (believed to be Credo) challenged the gag provisions in FBI national security letters.

A US district court in California found in a decision made public on Friday that Nondisclosure or gag provisions of National Security Letters “significantly infringe upon speech regarding controversial government powers.” The provisions were found to violate the First Amendment and the “separation of powers principles.” The court also determined the provisions were effectively preventing public debate on surveillance.

‘AT&T Hacker’ Sentenced to Prison for Revealing Security Flaw, Digital Rights Organization Joins Appeal

By: Monday March 18, 2013 6:12 pm

Before his sentencing hearing, Andrew Auernheimer, who was convicted on one of charge of conspiracy under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and one charge of fraud involving personal information, declared in a statement that he was going to jail for “arithmetic.”

Twenty-six year-old security researcher, known as “Weev,” was sentenced to forty-one months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered pay $73,000 in restitution to AT&T.

Court Finds FBI-Issued National Security Letters ‘Significantly Infringe Upon Speech’

By: Saturday March 16, 2013 9:00 am

The court determined National Security Letters are not “narrowly tailored on their face, since they apply, without distinction, to both the content of the NSLs and to the very fact of having received one.” The government claims prohibiting recipients from talking about NSLs is “necessary to serve national security in ongoing investigations,” but the government “has not shown that it is generally necessary to prohibit recipients from disclosing the mere fact of their receipt of NSLs.”

South By Southwest Interactive 2013 Preview (#SXSWi)

By: Thursday March 7, 2013 6:04 pm

Some of you are probably familiar with me as the weekday editor of MyFDL or from my work as the FDL correspondent on stories like the Gulf Port 7 trial. This week, I’m bringing the SXSW Interactive conference to the Lake.

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