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A.C.L.U. Files Suit Over Phone Surveillance Program

A.C.L.U. Files Suit Over Phone Surveillance Program | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its “dragnet” collection of logs of domestic phone calls, contending that the once-secret program — whose existence was exposed by a former National Security Agency contractor last week — is illegal and asking a judge to both stop it and order the records purged......

 

The program “gives the government a comprehensive record of our associations and public movements, revealing a wealth of detail about our familial, political, professional, religious and intimate associations,” the complaint says, adding that it “is likely to have a chilling effect on whistle-blowers and others who would otherwise contact” the A.C.L.U. for legal assistance............

 

....Congress never openly voted to authorize the N.S.A. to collect logs of hundreds of millions of domestic phone calls, but the administration notes that some lawmakers were briefed on the program. Some members of Congress have backed it as a useful counterterrorism tool, while others have denounced it.

 

“The administration claims authority to sift through details of our private lives because the Patriot Act says that it can,” Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, Republican of Wisconsin, wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Sunday. “I disagree. I authored the Patriot Act, and this is an abuse of ............

 

......Still, even with such restrictions, privacy advocates say the mere existence of the database will inevitably erode the sense of living in a free society: from now on, whenever Americans pick up a phone, before dialing they now face the consideration of whether they want the record of that call to go into the government’s permanent files.

 

Moreover, while use of the database may currently be limited to terrorism, history has shown that new powers granted to the government for one purpose often end up being applied to others. An expanded search warrant authority that Congress granted in the Patriot Act justified by the Sept. 11 attacks, for example, was used far more often in routine investigations like ......

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Yik Yak hack is latest warning of the risks of 'anonymous' messaging apps

Yik Yak hack is latest warning of the risks of 'anonymous' messaging apps | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
Thankfully for the startup’s users, its vulnerability was unearthed by a security company not a malicious hacker
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Health warning: Now e-cigarettes can give you malware

Health warning: Now e-cigarettes can give you malware | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
Better for your lungs, worse for your hard drives, e-cigarettes can potentially infect a computer if plugged in to charge
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Google settles online abuse court case

Google settles online abuse court case | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
International businessman brought case against global arm of internet search firm over spread of malicious stories online
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Spyware exports will need a licence under new EU rules

Spyware exports will need a licence under new EU rules | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
‘Intrusion software’ joins nuclear reactors and rocket fuel on the EU’s list of technologies that may have military applications. By Alex Hern
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Silk Road 2.0 targeted in 'Operation Onymous' dark-web takedown

Silk Road 2.0 targeted in 'Operation Onymous' dark-web takedown | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
Another 413 illicit services based on the Tor network were closed in an international crackdown on online drugs trade
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AT&T 'baffled' by charges it misled customers over 'unlimited' data plans

AT&T 'baffled' by charges it misled customers over 'unlimited' data plans | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
FTC says company’s ‘throttling’ cut data speeds by up to 90% but AT&T says ‘We have been completely transparent’
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Fake Seattle Times news story created by FBI provokes outrage at newspaper

Fake Seattle Times news story created by FBI provokes outrage at newspaper | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
Editor lambasts FBI after learning it had created a fake page to learn about a suspect’s activity during an investigation
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When Wall Street and Silicon Valley come together – a cautionary tale

When Wall Street and Silicon Valley come together – a cautionary tale | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
Increasingly, to oppose tech innovation is akin to defaulting on Enlightenment values. But there is a dark side to this gospel of digitalisation when it is closely aligned with financial motives
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Gamergate: the internet is the toughest game in town – if you’re playing as a woman

Gamergate: the internet is the toughest game in town – if you’re playing as a woman | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
Charlie Brooker: It’s a stealth adventure with nowhere to hide and hundreds of respawning enemies waiting to attack you the moment you stand out in any way
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Brianna Wu and the human cost of Gamergate: 'every woman I know in the industry is scared'

Brianna Wu and the human cost of Gamergate: 'every woman I know in the industry is scared' | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
We speak to game developer Brianna Wu about the threats that drove her from her home in another explosive week for Gamergate - and reflect on its damaging impact. By Keith Stuart
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Uber fires driver for tweeting disparaging article about company

Uber fires driver for tweeting disparaging article about company | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
Driver Christopher Ortiz’s account “deactivated” for tweeting negative article about company, but Uber has since U-turned. By Hannah Jane Parkinson
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Google Glass user treated for internet addiction caused by the device

Google Glass user treated for internet addiction caused by the device | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
Patient appeared to suffer withdrawal symptoms when prevented from using Google Glass and dreamed he was wearing it
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Grooveshark employees are guilty of copyright infringement, judge rules

Grooveshark employees are guilty of copyright infringement, judge rules | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
‘Safe harbour’ provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act do not insulate staff, who uploaded 5,977 songs without permission. By Samuel Gibbs
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'You're the bomb!' Are you at risk from the anti-terrorism algorithms?

'You're the bomb!' Are you at risk from the anti-terrorism algorithms? | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
James Ball: Does the stuff you post on the internet make you look like a terrorist? Is the rhythm of your typing sending the wrong signals? If everything we do online is monitored by machines, how well does the system work?
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Malware spied on companies and governments in 10 countries since 2008

Malware spied on companies and governments in 10 countries since 2008 | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
‘Nation state’ most likely behind development of stealth malware Regin, say antivirus experts
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Spain moves to protect domestic media with new 'Google tax'

Spain moves to protect domestic media with new 'Google tax' | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
Newspapers in Spain will now be able to demand a monthly fee from the search engine before it can list them on Google News. By Alex Hern
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Double trouble for Apple, as two software security flaws discovered

Double trouble for Apple, as two software security flaws discovered | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
A Swedish hacker has discovered software vulnerability in Apple’s desktop operating system, while a separate researcher has discovered iPhone malware. By Alex Hern
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Six Britons arrested over Silk Road 2.0 amid dark-web takedown

Six Britons arrested over Silk Road 2.0 amid dark-web takedown | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
Arrests are part of joint European and US operation across 17 countries to crack down on online drugs trade
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Tor users advised to check their computers for malware

Tor users advised to check their computers for malware | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
Users of the anonymising service may have accidentally downloaded malware thanks to a malicious Russian hacker. By Alex Hern
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Woman sues federal agent over fake Facebook profile used in drug case

Woman sues federal agent over fake Facebook profile used in drug case | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
US Justice Department agrees to review Sondra Arquiett’s suit, which claims DEA agent gave impression of her cooperation with an investigation
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Facebook pays no UK corporation tax for a second year

Facebook pays no UK corporation tax for a second year | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
Social media company reports a pre-tax loss of £11.6m for 2013, despite its US parent making a net profit of £900m. By Mark Sweney
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Privacy experts call for Whisper to be investigated over tracking of some users

Privacy experts call for Whisper to be investigated over tracking of some users | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
US Federal Trade Commission could examine issue of ‘anonymous’ app tracking users who have asked not to be followed
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Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users

Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
‘Confessional’ app follows some users even after they have asked not to be tracked
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Google threatened with $100m lawsuit over nude celebrity photos

Google threatened with $100m lawsuit over nude celebrity photos | Ethical Issues In Technology | Scoop.it
The search firm is being threatened with a lawsuit over its failure to remove hacked photos from subsidiaries including YouTube and BlogSpot. By Alex Hern
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