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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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ICREACH: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google -

ICREACH: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google - | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA Read more
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We're sure there is someone in the US government who cannot see your data. We will get back to you as soon as we figure out who.

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Chinese Hackers Stole Info on 4.5 Million U.S. Hospital Patients

Chinese Hackers Stole Info on 4.5 Million U.S. Hospital Patients | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The "Advanced Persistent Threat" strikes again.
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And how many millions of records have we -- NSA, CIA, whoever wants to do the stealing -- stolen. You cannot say "stole" for them and , with a straight face, not say "stole' for us. Of course, we do not say stole about ourselves. We call it protection against terrorism since terrorism is the justifying threat of the moment.

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Sen. Wyden: Your data’s yours no matter on whose server it lives

Sen. Wyden: Your data’s yours no matter on whose server it lives | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
At TechFestNW,the Oregon Democrat issued a call for reform of the decades-old "third party doctrine."
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Senator Wyden gets to the core of the problem -- a 1979 Supreme Court decision that should not have been acceptable then and certainly is not acceptable now. Go Wyden!

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U.S. firm helped the spyware industry build a potent digital weapon for sale overseas

U.S. firm helped the spyware industry build a potent digital weapon for sale overseas | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
U.S. firm’s work helped develop “network injection appliances” that are sold to foreign security services.
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Producing systems to spy on you is now a big, and undoubtedly very profitable, business. Look forward to your computer being taken over. Isn't it a wonderful world? Of course, you want to be spied on.

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Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers - The Intercept

Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers - The Intercept | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Nearly half of the people on the U.S. government’s widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept. Of the 680,000 people caught up in the government’s Terrorist Screening Database—a watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists” that is shared with local Read more
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If you are not on one of the lists there must be something wrong with  you. I would think there must be something wrong with me except I do not know if I am on one of the lists. National security would be threatened if I knew.

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Microsoft ordered to produce overseas customer email addresses by US judge

Microsoft ordered to produce overseas customer email addresses by US judge | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Microsoft and others had challenged a criminal search warrant for the emails, in case that drew concern from privacy groups
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The European cloud 'servers' are rubbing their hands in glee. At this point, at least, they can say they are beyond the reach of the US judicial system that thinks it runs the  world.

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CIA director John Brennan apologizes for search of Senate computers

CIA director John Brennan apologizes for search of Senate computers | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Agency admits that employees improperly searched Senate Intelligence Committe computers
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Electronic spying is so nice -- except when you get caught. But he did not say they would not do it again.

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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms that Built ‘Iron Dome’ Missile Defense System — Krebs on Security

Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms that Built ‘Iron Dome’ Missile Defense System — Krebs on Security | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
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I have a new word -- exfiltrated. It is what to call what hackers do when they invade and carry away. They exfiltrate data. We definitely have to have a new word that will sound impressive.  Now if only we would follow NSA desires in building backdoors into software systems this would be much easier for hackers.

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Proliferation of new online communications services poses hurdles for law enforcement

Proliferation of new online communications services poses hurdles for law enforcement | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Officials say they often lack the legal and technical ability to monitor
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Governments want it all. Then there are the companies that promise to delete the message as soon as it is received. And there is blowback. Companies saying enough is enough. We need an honest debate instead of the lies of Mr. Clapper and others potential spies on us.

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Russia offers 3.9m roubles for 'research to identify users of Tor'

Russia offers 3.9m roubles for 'research to identify users of Tor' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Analysts say tender for research on service that anonymises browsing sends signal to online community amid crackdown on Russian internet
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Oh, look -- the Russians want to do the same thing NSA wants to do. Government spying on citizens knows no national boundaries. And they are delighted to use the very same excuse -- terrorists.

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British MPs to sue government over fast-tracked DRIP surveillance law

British MPs to sue government over fast-tracked DRIP surveillance law | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Tom Watson and David Davis are teaming up with Liberty to launch a legal challenge against the data retention law, which was barely debated but which allows the UK authorities to monitor all kinds of web services.
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From this distance it is hard to know if this will have any impact, but there is some blowback to mindless government spying on the people of the world. And it is a nice image of an eye.

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Snowden: NSA employees share intercepted sexts

Snowden: NSA employees share intercepted sexts | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
It's considered a "fringe benefit" of the job, he says.
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The sexy side of being a spy.

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Tweet from @ggreenwald

Tweet from @ggreenwald | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
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In case you missed it -- this is how to win friends and influence people.  Congratulations to the NSA. You have done yourself proud.

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NSA and GCHQ agents 'leak Tor bugs'

NSA and GCHQ agents 'leak Tor bugs' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Tor Project says it believes some NSA and GCHQ agents are surreptitiously leaking it information to protect anonymity on the net.
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Messing with Tor -- we cannot have even a corner of the world that we cannot spy on.

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Turkey summons German ambassador over BND spying allegations

Turkey summons German ambassador over BND spying allegations | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Ankara demands explanation following media reports Turkish politicians surveillance target for intelligence agency since 2009
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Another country that does not want to be spied on. What is the world coming to? Don't they know that spying is perfectly legal. Get with it Erdogan. You too can spy on Merkel if only you give it a little attention. Then you can move on to Obama. Perhaps this is a mess that ought to be fixed.

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Report: German intel spied on Kerry, Clinton

Report: German intel spied on Kerry, Clinton | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Germany’s foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.
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European Union Expresses Concern About Microsoft Email Privacy Case

European Union Expresses Concern About Microsoft Email Privacy Case | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
NEWS ANALYSIS: The EU plans to extend its privacy laws to apply to all companies doing business in the EU, regardless of whether they are located there or overseas.
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Two court systems asserting themselves in what looks like a zero sum game. Hello world -- all of this is going to have to be negotiated. The internet is global, and no national court can command it. Nor can a national spy agency prevent all the other spy agencies. Skip privacy it is spying in a way that is unacceptable in our constitution and should be for the world. Otherwise NSA will not be able to spy on me (legally) but the Chinese are free to do whatever they want just NSA claims to be able to do whatever it wants in other countries.

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Israel spied on John Kerry during peace effort – report

Israel spied on John Kerry during peace effort – report | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Der Spiegel says Israelis eavesdropped on US secretary of state’s telephone conversations during mediation effort that broke down in April
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A gotcha -- If we complain or even feel offended -- that certainly seems like  the pot calling the kettle black. Are we going to go on like this indefinitely? When are we going to get a government willing to take it on an provide reasonable bounds?

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Think the Supreme Court protected your cellphone from warrantless searches? Think again.

Think the Supreme Court protected your cellphone from warrantless searches? Think again. | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Even after the Court's ruling on mobile privacy this year, travelers are still subject to warrantless searches at the border and airports.
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Oh dear -- do you think I should throw my phone away before returning from Germany in a couple of weeks? It has suspicious emails to my family on it.

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Senate Expected To Unveil Broad NSA Reform Bill Tomorrow | TechCrunch

Senate Expected To Unveil Broad NSA Reform Bill Tomorrow | TechCrunch | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is expected to introduce a version of the USA FREEDOM Act (UFA) tomorrow that is far stronger than what the enfeebled House of..
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Senator Leahy to our rescue -- at least a little bit. But backdoors may well not be closed.

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NSA reportedly tracking any internet users who research privacy software online

NSA reportedly tracking any internet users who research privacy software online | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Any internet users who use or even read about privacy services online will be targeted for surveillance by the NSA, according to a new report from German broadcaster ARD.
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The easiest way to get yourself onto the NSA list -- because they do not do indiscriminate tracking, they say. So, otherwise it is hard to get on their 'to follow' list.

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The NSA's New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police - The Intercept

The NSA's New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police - The Intercept | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies. An April 2013 top secret memo provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden details the agency’s plans “to provide direct analytic and technical support” to the Saudis on “internal Read more
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Government spying on citizens knows no national boundaries. "One of the world's most repressive and abusive government agencies" is completely irrelevant. We are all in it together. Terrorists -- we are all out to get those terrorists. Fortunately we can call anyone we want a terrorist.

 

I am not sure that is what I voted for.

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Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last Read more
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Our president has just told us we are all as suspicious as every black kid walking down George Zimmerman's street. Read it and weep.

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Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans

Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Why Americans should be worried about Executive Order 12333.√
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Turns out Ronald Reagan produced a hole larger than the massive one that just showed up in Russia in our constitution. And it gets worse because the electronic communication world has been revolutionized since his executive order, which the current president could change if he would.

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UN human rights report blows apart governments' pro-surveillance arguments

UN human rights report blows apart governments' pro-surveillance arguments | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Though no names were named, a report from the United Nations human rights chief has stressed that mass surveillance clashes with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights — and that over-cooperative tech companies may be complicit in human rights abuses.
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It turns out there are UN treaties, that we have ratified, and it is possible for nations to be in violation. So much for the argument that all is legal in the spying business. Of course, we are in violation, but I do not suppose that will stop either the president or NSA from spying on the entire world.

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