CISPA Redux: New Cybersurveillance Bill Passes House

By: Thursday April 23, 2015 9:00 am

#CISA is not the only bill that will kill your online privacy. #PCNA and #NCPA will do the exact same. pic.twitter.com/6ZA3IpVaSg — Op Cyber Privacy (@OpCyberPrivacy) April 23, 2015 On Wednesday the House passed the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA) by a vote of 307-116. The PCNA is the new version of CISPA and had been floundering in Congress [...]

 

Human Rights Watch Sues US Government Over DEA’s Massive Surveillance Program Which Chills Their Work

By: Wednesday April 8, 2015 5:00 pm

Human Rights Watch has sued the United States government over a massive surveillance program that intercepted billions of Americans’ international phone call records and was operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency for more than two decades. The lawsuit names one hundred unidentified officials or employees involved in operating the program as defendants. It also names [...]

Facebook To Use Metadata From Chats To Alter News Feed

By: Thursday March 26, 2015 11:00 am

Facebook Messenger is a News Feed signal: http://t.co/m6lYtQ6tW2 pic.twitter.com/Qy23HAXd0g — Todd Olmstead (@toddjolmstead) March 26, 2015 Social media monopoly Facebook recently held its developers conference called F8 where it talked about a series of new products it was introducing. One of the major areas of focus for the company is Facebook Messenger which is integrated with the social media [...]

Former NSA Director’s Favorite Blogger Was Invited to Give Constitution Day Speech at NSA

By: Wednesday February 25, 2015 11:00 am

The National Security Agency marked Constitution Day in September by inviting one of the United States national security state’s most favorite bloggers, Benjamin Wittes, who is the editor-in-chief of Lawfare, to give a speech. The address was made even more remarkable by the fact that Wittes had intended to post his unclassified speech soon after but was [...]

Defining Post-Constitutional America

By: Thursday February 5, 2015 9:00 am

As regular readers of this blog know, a central theme of mine is Post-Constitutional America, the third great era of our history. The Way It Was In the first era, the colonial years, a unitary executive, the King of England, ruled without checks and balances, allowing no freedom of speech, due process, or privacy when [...]

Judge Recommends Suppression of Evidence FBI Agents Obtained by Impersonating Internet Repairmen

By: Monday February 2, 2015 6:00 pm

A federal magistrate judge has recommended that evidence FBI agents obtained by impersonating internet repairmen be suppressed. The agents failed to disclose to another federal magistrate judge that they would be employing a “DSL disruption ruse” to gain entry, without a warrant, to a Caesars Palace villa, where agents believed two men were engaged in an illegal gambling operation.

DEA’s Massive License Plate Tracking Program Spies on Millions of Americans, Helps Agents Seize Property

By: Tuesday January 27, 2015 11:00 am

The Drug Enforcement Agency operates a massive license plate tracking program that is open to various federal, state and local law agencies and was specifically designed to help the agency seize property through asset forfeiture, according to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union.

FBI Has Either Lied to Public About Its Drone Program or Inaccurately Defended Need for Secrecy

By: Tuesday January 6, 2015 7:00 pm

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has been pursuing a lawsuit against the FBI for records on the agency’s drone program. A recent filing in the case suggests the FBI has either lied to the public about the scope of its drone program or it has inaccurately defended the need to keep documents [...]

Lawyers: Government’s Position on FBI Impersonating Repairmen to Conduct Searches a ‘Grave Threat to Privacy’

By: Wednesday December 3, 2014 11:00 am

Attorneys defending eight men charged with being involved in illegal gambling are seeking to prevent the government from using evidence FBI agents allegedly obtained through three warrantless searches and argue the government’s position in the case “presents a grave threat to privacy.” Agents are accused of cutting off DSL internet service to private hotel rooms [...]

Uber Investigating Executive For Tracking Reporter Using Uber Data

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 11:17 am

While Uber has yet to fire the executive who called for Uber’s media critics to be personally destroyed, it has begun an investigation into Josh Mohrer, Uber’s general manager in New York, for possibly tracking a reporter using Uber data raising concerns that people within the company are using private information from Uber users for nefarious purposes.

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