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Lawmakers to Homeland Security: Social Media Monitoring Threatens Free Speech

Lawmakers to Homeland Security: Social Media Monitoring Threatens Free Speech | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
A congressional subcommittee pressed the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday about its plan to monitor social medial.
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David Cameron explains why new surveillance laws are needed and what they will allow – video

The prime minister announces controversial new laws which strengthen the powers of security services to take phone and email records from companies
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The answer to all this nonsense about government spying on their citizens is obvious -- more spying. At least that is the view of the British prime minister. You can never get enough!

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Germany asks top U.S. spy to leave amid flap

The action is a very public expression of anger over reported cases of U.S. spying in the country.
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Blowback! What brilliant spying.

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The government has asked Verizon for customer data 149,000 times this year. And it’s only July.

The government has asked Verizon for customer data 149,000 times this year. And it’s only July. | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The company's latest transparency report now adds information on how many customers may have been affected by the data requests.
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Goodness, who would have thought that we have that many dangerous people in the country?

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Angela Merkel says allegations of US spying on Germany are 'serious'

Angela Merkel says allegations of US spying on Germany are 'serious' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The German chancellor says if the allegations prove true it would breach expected levels of cooperation between partners
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How to win friends and influence people. What a creative job our government is doing. Double agent -- isn't that creative. No one every thought of that. Is knowing what the committee is doing worth this?

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Germany demands answers from US after arrest of suspected double agent

Germany demands answers from US after arrest of suspected double agent | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Case risks further straining ties with Washington in wake of last year's revelations of NSA's monitoring of Angela Merkel's phone
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What is it with these Germans? Don't they know it is legal for us to spy on them any way we want? Gracious.

 

When will NSA learn that they no longer have secrets, and act like terrorists, in a narrow definition, is their mission? Probably never.

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NSA whistleblowers testify in Bundestag inquiry, disclose ‘totalitarian’ surveillance

NSA whistleblowers testify in Bundestag inquiry, disclose ‘totalitarian’ surveillance | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Former NSA agents-turned-whistleblowers are testifying before a German parliamentary committee as the Bundestag investigates America’s wiretapping methods with one of them branding the NSA approach “totalitarian.”
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German parliamentary committee learns what everyone knows. NSA is an unlimited scourge on the world. I am proud to have my government the chief scourge of the 21st century. We are number 1!

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Tech takes hit from NSA

Tech takes hit from NSA | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Smaller tech companies say they’re losing business because of privacy perceptions.
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As any NSA leader will tell you this would not be a problem except for that SPY Snowden. If he had not released all of the file NSA could have gone right on spying on everyone in the world. Every electronic message according to General Alexander!

 

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U.S. releases data on sensitive surveillance programs for first time

U.S. releases data on sensitive surveillance programs for first time | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The first “transparancy report” shows that nearly 90,000 foreign persons or organizations were targted in 2013.
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Look at this -- we got 90,000 terrorists last year. Well, it is more than 90,000 individuals since groups are part of the  90,000. It would be an unusual group with only one member. And ignore the US citizen communications acquired in the process without search warrant. But I am glad we got all those terrorists. But somehow we seem to have apprehended only a few. They are definitely sneaky as well as evil.

 

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Fisa court grants extension of licence for bulk collection of US phone records

Fisa court grants extension of licence for bulk collection of US phone records | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Reauthorisation is fifth since the Guardian revealed existence of Section 215 telephony metadata program in June last year
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We will spy on you until the 'bitter end.' It is not enough to object. There must be a new law that we can twist like we did the last one. The NSA version of the world.

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In surprise vote, House backs NSA limits

In surprise vote, House backs NSA limits | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
House voted 293-123 to block intel agencies from conducting warrantless searches.
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No more backdoors if the House has their way. It happened because there was a modified open rule. The leadership better get on this -- no more open rules because committee chairs lose control.

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London police's secret "domestic extremist" list includes people who sketch protests

London police's secret "domestic extremist" list includes people who sketch protests | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Baroness Jenny Jones, a Green Party councillor, writes in the Guardian about the bizarre smears and tittle-tattle she found about herself in the Metropolitan London Police's secret database of "domestic extremists," such as her tweets from a protest in Trafalgar Square.
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It turns out sketching protests makes you dangerous even if you are 89. The point here is the police aversion to political protest. They are the bulwarks of the current regime ready to do in challengers -- London and the world over.

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Google 'legally' intercepted in UK

Google 'legally' intercepted in UK | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The UK government classifies Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as external communications meaning it can intercept them without an individual warrant.
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What ever interpretation is convenient for spy agencies is their interpretation. And no one else gets to interpret. GCHQ demonstrates.

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Iraq Telecom Ministry to ISPs: Kill the Internet in Five Provinces

Iraq Telecom Ministry to ISPs: Kill the Internet in Five Provinces | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
A leaked document from Iraq's Ministry of Telecommunications shows that the government has decided to shut down the Internet in some provinces, social media in others.
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People are upset? That's easy. Turn off whatever resource the might use to voice their upset. Everybody's doing it.  The government to which we are rushing to rescue from its self generated disaster included.

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Chinese Hackers Pursue Key Data on U.S. Workers

Chinese Hackers Pursue Key Data on U.S. Workers | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
It is not yet clear how far the hackers penetrated the systems of the Office of Personnel Management, in which applicants for security clearances list their personal information.
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If we think it is proper to do something like this to the Germans then I suppose we think it is proper for the Chinese to do this to us. What are we up in arms about?

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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On - The Intercept

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On - The Intercept | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies. According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the list of Americans monitored by their own government includes: • Faisal Read more
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How bad it is. This is U.S. and I am sure they are proud of it. And in good democratic fashion I have no say about what is done in my name.

 

 

 

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The Ex-Google Hacker Taking on the World’s Spy Agencies | Threat Level | WIRED

The Ex-Google Hacker Taking on the World’s Spy Agencies | Threat Level | WIRED | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Morgan Marquis-Boire is the director of security for First Look Media, the most prolific publisher of Edward Snowden's remaining secrets. His daunting task is to safeguard those documents, as well as the communications of reporters with perhaps the press's most adversarial relationships with Western intelligence agencies.
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Protecting ourselves from governments instead of governments protecting us. NSA is just too busy spying on us to do this work.

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Russia backs law on web data storage

Russia backs law on web data storage | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it

TheRussia's lower house of parliament passes a law requiring internet companies to store Russian citizens' personal data inside the country.

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The biggest threat to the internet is governments. Ours leads the way. China is vying for number one with somewhat different moves. And the Russians are getting their act together.

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In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Files provided by Edward Snowden show the extent ordinary Web users get caught in the net of surveillance.
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Some numbers that give the lie to our officials' pronouncements. Why do they lie when they will be found out? It only makes it even more despicable.

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Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, documents show

Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, documents show | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The certification
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And we thought there were some limits. Nope.

 

But I am happy to learn that foreign governments spying on me or any of my friends is perfectly legal. It must be since it is legal for us to spy on them.

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Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Slams Secret Surveillance Court - Digits - WSJ

Microsoft’s Top Lawyer Slams Secret Surveillance Court  - Digits - WSJ | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The company's lead attorney adds to mounting corporate criticism of the country's national security legal-review regime.
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Another global technology voice heard from. They have the mistaken notion that they should be allowed to know what is being done to them in the FISA  court. But we know that would turn the world over to the terrorists.

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German government to drop Verizon over NSA spying fears

German government to drop Verizon over NSA spying fears | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Reports of U.S. spying on German citizens -- including German Chancellor Angela Merkel -- caused outrage last year.
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By the way, Verizon your government is ruining your business. I am sure you will prefer your government being able to spy on Germans more than the lost business.

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European Union's Highest Court To Consider PRISM's Impact On EU Data Protection Laws | Techdirt

European Union's Highest Court To Consider PRISM's Impact On EU Data Protection Laws | Techdirt | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Back in 2011, we wrote about an Austrian citizen, Max Schrems, who asked Facebook to send all of the personal data that it held on him -- and received a CD-ROM with some 800 pages of it. Schrems and his organization, Europe v Facebook (EvF), are now...
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More blowback, and US social media firms are the one most likely to be concerned about their futures in EU. NSA has no such worries, of course.

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Google cheers growing support for ECPA reform - CNET

Google cheers growing support for ECPA reform - CNET | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Years after Google first began raising concerns about the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the tech titan's efforts to get Congress to care might be bearing fruit.
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If only the 'representatives of the people' can bring themselves to do something to act for the people we may get a little protection. Warrants seem the bare minimum. After all it is the constitution no matter how inconvenient for the police in their wisdom.

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How the NSA may be using games to encourage digital snooping

How the NSA may be using games to encourage digital snooping | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Analysts could earn 'Skilz points' by using the NSA's XKeyscore tool according to a new report.
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You see -- it's just a game. Rambling around in the entire NSA data base is roughly equivalent to checking in on Foursquare.

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How an arrest in Iraq revealed Isis's $2bn jihadist network

How an arrest in Iraq revealed Isis's $2bn jihadist network | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Seizure of 160 computer flash sticks revealed the inside story of Isis, the band of militants that came from nowhere with nothing to having Syrian oil fields and control of Iraq's second city
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More social media celebration by ISIS. War is (fill in the blank).

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