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Liberty launches legal challenge to 'state spying' in snooper's charter

Liberty launches legal challenge to 'state spying' in snooper's charter | Control Culture | Scoop.it
Human rights campaign group asks for crowdfunding for high court judicial review into mass surveillance powers in new Investigatory Powers Act
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“general and indiscriminate retention” of email, text and phone records now taking place in UK under Investigatory Powers act.
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U.K.’s Mass Surveillance Databases Were Unlawful for 17 Years, Court Rules

U.K.’s Mass Surveillance Databases Were Unlawful for 17 Years, Court Rules | Control Culture | Scoop.it
A special tribunal found that British spy agencies maintained secret databases of people’s private data without adequate safeguards between 1998 and 2015.
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Thunderbirds are go – StingRays a no-no - shoeman.eu/

Thunderbirds are go – StingRays a no-no - shoeman.eu/ | Control Culture | Scoop.it
Thunderbirds and StingRays - one historical TV fun, the other a nightmare.
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StingRay boxes should be manta-ray shaped – and bright green in colour!

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iSpy: How the NSA Accesses Smartphone Data - SPIEGEL ONLINE

iSpy: How the NSA Accesses Smartphone Data - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Control Culture | Scoop.it
The US intelligence agency NSA has been taking advantage of the smartphone boom. It has developed the ability to hack into iPhones, android devices and even the BlackBerry, previously believed to be particularly secure.
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Your smartphone is a security liability

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The mockery that is British government today the 15th July

The mockery that is British government today the 15th July | Control Culture | Scoop.it
        15 July 2014. It's 7 pm UK time, the British government is rushing controversial intelligence proposals through Parliament in just 3 days, and what do we have on the BBC and C4 evening news? Which Ministers come and which go in Cameron's latest reshuffle! UK gov is effectively stifling...
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What's important on the evening news? Which UK gov Ministers are coming and which are going. What's really important today? What's happening in the House of Commons.

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24/07/2014 Liberty lodging a legal challenge to UK's new data retention laws #DRIP
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Brazil passes an internet bill of rights enshrining net neutrality and privacy

Brazil passes an internet bill of rights enshrining net neutrality and privacy | Control Culture | Scoop.it
While the world has been deciding who governs the internet, Brazil has been busy establishing internet rules of its own -- and they may just set an
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Not perfect, but shows an example to many western governments ...

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Questions for your prospective MEP – what about the surveillance issue?

Questions for your prospective MEP – what about the surveillance issue? | Control Culture | Scoop.it
Brussels, 01 April 2014. The European Parliament elections in May 2014 are important. The MEPs that we elect will influence how or whether Europe climbs out of the recession that is manifest across the region. But what will they do about our private lives? For some of us, the European Parliament...
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If you believe in the rights of European citizens, if you think that personal privacy is worth protecting, if you think that private life is more important than giving ever more data on your behaviour to commercial companies, ask your MEP the following questions before you vote …

 

“… mass surveillance the greatest human-rights challenge of our time … “

“… no checks and balances at all ...”

“… should be controls to prevent this kind of massive surveillance ...”

“… governments and parties defend the interests of a narrow financial and corporate oligarchy … no commitment to democratic rights ...”

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Parliamentary sovereignty in the EU under threat?

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Claims from the European Commission that “the Member State is responsible for the actions of, for example, its national parliament” are a direct threat to parliamentary sovereignty and the overriding obligations of parliaments to the people who elect them.
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New NSA Slides Reveal Tailored Access Run Amok

New NSA Slides Reveal Tailored Access Run Amok | Control Culture | Scoop.it
The NSA has seen the future of mass surveillance, and it appears they believe that the future lies in malware. Earlier this week, The Intercept reported on a series of slides and memos leaked by Edward Snowden describing the NSA's "more aggressive" approach to signals intelligence, which circumvents encryption such as web browsing via HTTPS and email using PGP, by installing spyware directly onto targets' computers.
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Security researcher Matt Blaze points out, "How do we know it is working correctly and only targeting who the NSA wants? And even if it does work correctly, which is itself a really dubious assumption, how is it controlled?"

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Google starting https throughout on Gmail - including inter-server traffic

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Blog post - "Gmail now uses encryption everywhere, because it's not cool when someone other than Google knows everything about you.*

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Huge swath of GCHQ mass surveillance is illegal, says top lawyer

Huge swath of GCHQ mass surveillance is illegal, says top lawyer | Control Culture | Scoop.it
Legal advice given to MPs warns that British spy agency is 'using gaps in regulation to commit serious crime with impunity'
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Glenn Greenwald Responds To Obama's BIG Speech On NSA Reforms

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US defends mass surveillance at UN — RT USA - RT.com

US defends mass surveillance at UN — RT USA - RT.com | Control Culture | Scoop.it

Representatives for the United States government defended the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance programs before a hearing of the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland last ...

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US defends the NSA's controversial surveillance activities before a hearing of the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland ...

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UK surveillance and spying watchdog begins work

UK surveillance and spying watchdog begins work | Control Culture | Scoop.it
Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office to ensure intelligence and government services act within new law
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Wonder if we'll actually 'see' anything ...
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Snowden Designs a Device to Warn if Your iPhone’s Radios Are Snitching

Snowden Designs a Device to Warn if Your iPhone’s Radios Are Snitching | Control Culture | Scoop.it
Your smartphone's radio can be used to spy on you. The exiled NSA leaker teamed up with renowned hardware hacker Bunnie Huang to stop it.
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The Control Culture

The Control Culture | Control Culture | Scoop.it
Stories that reflect the growing pre-occupation of our governments with controlling their citizens.
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A selection of stories that are essential reading

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Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications

Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications | Control Culture | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Whistleblower says NSA revelations mean those with duty to protect confidentiality must urgently upgrade security
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Journalists must encrypt their communications, Snowden says.

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8Q – MEPs answer

8Q – MEPs answer | Control Culture | Scoop.it
With one week to go before voting in the European Parliament 2014 elections, eight questions on European surveillance issues were sent to existing MEPs on the Belgian list. Here is how they answered. 1. What rights to protection from government surveillance do European citizens have? 2. Should EU...
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Only two MEPs answered so far. But that in itself is revealing ...
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'A' for Angela: GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies and Merkel - SPIEGEL ONLINE

'A' for Angela: GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies and Merkel - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Control Culture | Scoop.it
Documents show that Britain's GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet firms and America's NSA obtained a court order to spy on Germany and collected information about the chancellor in a special database. Is it time for the country to open a formal espionage investigation?
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White House pushes Congress to quickly pass changes to NSA surveillance ... - Washington Post

White House pushes Congress to quickly pass changes to NSA surveillance ... - Washington Post | Control Culture | Scoop.it
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Espionnage : comment Orange et les services secrets coopèrent

Espionnage : comment Orange et les services secrets coopèrent | Control Culture | Scoop.it
Exclusif. Selon un document Snowden auquel « Le Monde » a eu accès, l'opérateur est un acteur essentiel du renseignement français.
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See the video of how the NSA is watching you ... explained using potatoes! ...

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Inside the NSA’s Secret Efforts to Hunt and Hack System Administrators - The Intercept

Inside the NSA’s Secret Efforts to Hunt and Hack System Administrators - The Intercept | Control Culture | Scoop.it
Across the world, people who work as system administrators keep computer networks in order – and this has turned them into unwitting targets of the NSA for simply doing their jobs.
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“Our ability to pull bits out of random places of the Internet, bring them back to the mother-base to evaluate and build intelligence off of is just plain awesome!” the author writes. “One of the coolest things about it is how much data we have at our fingertips.”

 

All totally illegal, of course ...

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Why whistleblowers should be protected

Why whistleblowers should be protected | Control Culture | Scoop.it
“Besides journalists' legal protections, equivalent protections should be extended to the people who risk their livelihoods, and lives, to bring this information to light in the first place,” writes Lauren Kirchner, reporting on Columbia Journalism Schools' seminar “Journalism after Snowden” on...
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The Control Culture

The Control Culture | Control Culture | Scoop.it

Stories that reflect the growing pre-occupation of our governments with controlling their citizens.

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Stories that reflect the growing pre-occupation of our governments with controlling their citizens. There have been clouds of smoke for years - now we're starting to see the fire ...

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European Parliament – stop mass surveillance now or face consequences

European Parliament – stop mass surveillance now or face consequences | Control Culture | Scoop.it
Brussels, 13/03/2014. Europe's consent to US/EU trade deals is in danger if blanket surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) does not stop, said European Parliamentarians on Wednesday 12th March 2014. The resolution, in which MEPs set out their recommendations to boost EU citizens'...
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The European Parliament voted on the results of months of inquiries by its Civil Liberties committee (LIBE). The results are interesting; the votes were largely carried by overwhelming majorities despite heavy lobbying against by US government interests.

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