“Some might say ‘I don’t care if they violate my privacy; I’ve got nothing to hide.’ Help them understand that they are misunderstanding the fundamental nature of human rights. Nobody needs to justify why they ‘need’ a right: the burden of justification falls on the one seeking to infringe upon the right. But even if they did, you can’t give away the rights of others because they’re not useful to […]
Caleb Garling has written a review of Data and Goliath, the latest book from Bruce Schneier, CTO of Resilient Systems, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and author 14 books. As Facebook and Google have infiltrated our every waking moment, Schneier warns that these data giants, if left unchecked, could compromise the very principles of a democratic society. Garling writes: In Data and Goliath, [Schneier] attempts to […]
Few government agencies routinely collect more information on every law-abiding American than the Internal Revenue Service. And by targeting the IRS, a group of seemingly sophisticated hackers has now collected their own chunk of that detailed data. On Tuesday the IRS admitted that it had been the target of a breach that compromised 100,000 taxpayers’ files between February and the middle of this month. The IRS says the attackers gained […]
Under the Defence Trade Control Act (DTCA), Australians could face up to ten years in prison for teaching encryption. Criminal charges will go into effect next year. The new legislation will make it illegal for Australians to teach or provide information on encryption without having a permit.
The US Senate has blocked a bill that would have extended the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA). Senators are to discuss the issue again on 31 May – a day before existing legislation permitting surveillance is due to expire. A US appeals court has already ruled the bulk collection illegal.
A new mobile app called Shuffle has launched a simple utility that lets you create additional, disposable phone numbers you can use to call or text as well as receive voicemail through, right from your iPhone. Shuffle allows anyone with an iPhone (an Android version is promised) to have a second or even a third telephone number and email address. The new number and address can be either temporary or long-term. […]
Anti-NSA pranksters Hide Dozens of Mini Tape Recorders under Tables and Benches around New York City
The attitude seems to be “If the NSA can break laws and get away with it, I can do the same.” I don’t agree. After all, two wrongs don’t make a right. However, I will admit they make a good point.