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Politics

NSA Cheerleaders Discover Value of Privacy Only When Their Own Privacy Is Violated

A number of U.S. politicians have been vocal about the NSA’s spying and decoding of private telephone conversations, email messages, and text messages. They apparently believe it is appropriate and necessary for the government to spy on everyone. It is amusing that some of these same politicians became indignant when they recently discovered the NSA also is recording the politicians’ own messages and phone calls! Now some of the former supporters are […]

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Jeb Bush Announces He Is Against Encryption for Individuals

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush has called on tech companies to form a more “cooperative” arrangement with intelligence agencies. During a speech in South Carolina, Bush made clear his opinion on encryption: “If you create encryption, it makes it harder for the American government to do its job — while protecting civil liberties — to make sure that evildoers aren’t in our midst.” He also indicated he felt the recent scaling […]

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Rand Paul Claims “Big Victory” for Privacy

Sen. Rand Paul on Monday hailed a “big victory for privacy” in his fight against the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program after key provisions of the post-9/11 Patriot Act lapsed late Sunday. “Actually, I think we’re winning,” the Kentucky Republican said on Fox News when asked if the legislative fight was over for the moment. “The president will be rebuked and the president will no longer be able […]

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Update: Colorado’s Mark Udall Loses Re-election Bid

On Tuesday night, as Colorado’s Mark Udall lost his Senate seat to Republican Cory Gardner. You can read my earlier article about Mark Udall at https://privacyblog.com/2014/11/01/the-senator-defending-your-privacy-is-fighting-for-his-political-life. While the election was not a referendum on Udall’s support for civil liberties (Gardner expressed support for surveillance reform, and Udall spent most of his campaign almost solely concentrating on reproductive issues), the loss is undoubtedly a blow for privacy and transparency advocates, as […]

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The Senator Defending Your Privacy Is Fighting for His Political Life

In June of 2014, Senators Mark Udall, Ron Wyden and Rand Paul offered a rare show of election-year unanimity when they penned a joint statement arguing that “it is more important than ever to let Congress and the administration know that Americans will reject half-measures that could still allow the government to collect millions of Americans’ records without any individual suspicion or evidence of wrongdoing.” Udall and Wyden, both Democrats, […]

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