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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Legal Affairs

U.S. and UK’s Mass Surveillance Sharing Program was Illegal

A UK tribunal ruled on Friday that intelligence sharing between GCHQ and the NSA before December 2014 was not lawful because of a lack of transparency. This is the first time the secretive Investigative Powers Tribunal, which oversees the actions of the UK’s intelligence services GCHQ, MI5 and MI6, has ever upheld a complaint against an agency and it follows a ruling in December that the UK intelligence operation was […]

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GCHQ Unlawfully Spied on UK citizens, Rules Secret Court

According to a new ruling handed down today by a secret UK court, GCHQ—essentially the UK equivalent of the NSA—unlawfully spied on British citizens. The ruling pertains to the intelligence sharing between the USA and UK, where GCHQ had access to the NSA’s PRISM and UPSTREAM programs. Basically, because the rules that governed the UK’s access to PRISM and UPSTREAM were kept secret, GCHQ contravened two Articles of the European […]

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Canary Watch Tracks Government Requests for Your Information Online

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 […]

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NSA Still Collecting Americans’ Phone Records Data, Despite Not Knowing The Program’s Worth

“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 shows that one branch of the government is ignoring another branch. Of course, that’s nothing new.

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United States of Secrets

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, […]

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D.E.A. Kept Telephone Records on Americans, Justice Department Says

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 for details.

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