Years ago, canaries were carried into mines to warn of dangerous gases. Canaries are more sensitive to small amounts of lethal gases than are humans. If the canary died, it was a warning to the miners to get out of the mine immediately. Now the Electronic Freedom Foundation has developed an “electronic canary” that monitors government requests for information about a company’s customers. The concept is very simple. The Patriot […]
“The US government continues to collect the phone records of millions of Americans, one year after a White House privacy board recommended the controversial program should shut down.” A revealing article by Zack Whittaker at http://goo.gl/GfFT9L shows that one branch of the government is ignoring another branch. Of course, that’s nothing new.
At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.
For a report from a highly reliable source about the spying by the U.S. government about its widespread spying on its own citizens in contradiction to U.S. laws, watch Frontline’s report of the United States of Secrets. Frontline is produced by WGBH television and is broadcast on most PBS Stations. The United States of Secrets is a report of the history of domestic spying that started after the 9/11 attack, […]
The Justice Department revealed on Thursday the existence of yet another database of American telephone records, adding new details to the disclosures in recent years about mass government surveillance. The database, maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration, contains the records of calls made between phone numbers in the United States and overseas, even if there is no evidence the callers were involved in criminal activity. See http://goo.gl/QpFVAW for details.
A former Virginia State Police trooper convicted of computer invasion of privacy will serve a month in jail and pay a $600 fine. Crystal Ramsey was sentenced Friday to seven months in jail, with six months suspended. She must remain on good behavior for four years following her release.
Last week, Canada enacted an amendment to its copyright law which requires Internet services to retain access logs of customers in order to process piracy notices. This mandatory data retention puts the privacy of VPN users at risk, and as a result, Canadian providers are considering pulling out of the country. Details may be found at http://goo.gl/VrBzMo.