Federal Judge Doubles Down On Expiring Phone Record Collection Program

NSA A federal judge called President Obama to immediately end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone metadata, just weeks before the program is scheduled to end. The decision from Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said the program should be dismantled without waiting even a day because it has been almost two years since he first said the bulk… Read More

Tor Wars: The Signal Awakens

open-onion The long arm of the law wants ever more eyes, if you’ll pardon the gruesome metaphor. The UK government recently unveiled an attempt to legalize “draconian state surveillance powers.” US voices keep calling for a mythical “secure golden key” for government access to encrypted messages. Canadian police describe encryption plus legal decisions favoring online privacy… Read More

EU Parliament Votes Snowden Should Have Asylum On Human Rights Grounds

Edward Snowden Privacy The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on Thursday voted former government contractor Edward Snowden should be granted asylum in Europe on the grounds that he is a “defender of human rights.” The vote does not mean Snowden will actually gain asylum in Europe. The member countries will need to decide if they want to take on the MEPs resolution or not. However the vote… Read More

Senate Passes Cybersecurity Threat Sharing Bill That Tech Hates

White digital padlock over circuit board ground In a crushing blow to the tech industry and privacy advocates, the Senate today passed the controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). The bill, which passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote, is intended to allow companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with the government. However critics, particularly those in the tech industry, say the bill will extend… Read More

The Hacking Quandary

devil-angel-hacker This summer, two different events affected two different worlds. First, Milan-based Hacking Team — a small group of programmers who customize malware to gather intelligence — was itself hacked, and more than 400GB of its internal data was leaked. A few days later, a South Korean intelligence officer who had been implementing tracking software killed himself, and his suicide note… Read More

Snowden Says Government Has Not Responded To His Offer To Go To Jail

Snowden Edward Snowden said he wants to return to the United States — even if that means serving jail time.
The former government contractor fled the U.S. in 2013 after he leaked classified NSA documents to reporters. Snowden said in an interview with the BBC that aired Monday that Department of Justice officials had not responded to his offer. Read More

You Can Now Follow Edward Snowden On Twitter @Snowden

Snowden For more than two years, you’ve been following news about Edward Snowden on Twitter. As of this morning, you can follow the man himself. However you probably won’t get a follow back. Right now he’s only following one account — the NSA. The former government contractor posted his first Tweet this morning: Can you hear me now? — Edward Snowden (@Snowden)… Read More

Tech Firms Support Bill Expanding Privacy Rights To Non-U.S. Citizens

Snowden American tech firms are lining up behind a House bill that would allow non-U.S. citizens to seek records U.S. agencies have collected and pursue legal action when such records are disclosed. The proposed legislation, known as the Judicial Redress Act, would extend the same rights Americans enjoy under the Privacy Act of 1974 to foreign citizens in select allied nations, primarily in the… Read More

Tech Firms Support Bill Expanding Privacy Rights To Non-U.S. Citizens

Snowden American tech firms are lining up behind a House bill that would allow non-U.S. citizens to seek records U.S. agencies have collected and pursue legal action when such records are disclosed. The proposed legislation, known as the Judicial Redress Act, would extend the same rights Americans enjoy under the Privacy Act of 1974 to foreign citizens in select allied nations, primarily in the… Read More

Hacking For Cause: Today’s Growing Cyber Security Trend

13334048894_6e8b421c4e_o What do the following data-breach headlines from the past year have in common? The Sony Pictures hack: Everything we know so far; Anonymous hackers release emails ordering bear cubs be killed; Hackers threaten to release names from adultery website … Connecting the dots yet? Read More