Stop the Secrecy


The Verge: Supreme Court bluntly tells police to 'get a warrant' to pry into your phone

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:08 -- Eva Prkachin

American citizens: your cell phone is now protected by the Supreme Court

Article by Kwame Opam for The Verge

In its second major ruling of the day, the Supreme Court has decided that, unless under certain extreme circumstances, law enforcement may not search cellphones without a warrant. The ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, was reached unanimously by the court, and brings a resolution to a long-standing civil liberties debate with regard to digital privacy.

Wired: Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 15:46 -- Eva Prkachin

Our friends at Citizen Lab have succeeded in reverse engineering spyware that is infecting people's cellphones in democracies and dictatorships alike.

Article by Kim Zetter for Wired

Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law enforcement and intelligence agencies use the tool to surreptitiously record and steal data from mobile phones.

Guardian: Congress wants NSA reform after all. Obama and the Senate need to pass it

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:42 -- Eva Prkachin

Will U.S. lawmakers have the political willpower to pass needed privacy reforms?

Article by Trevor Timm for The Guardian

If you got angry last month when the National Security Agency, the White House and Eric Cantor's spy-friendly House of Representatives took a once-promising surveillance reform bill and turned it into a shit sandwich, I've got some good news for you: so, apparently, did many members of Congress.

Engadget: House passes amendment to cut NSA's 'backdoor search' funding

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:47 -- Eva Prkachin

Is this the beginning of the end of backdoor NSA searches?

Article by Mat Smith for Engadget

Following a push from several Representatives, the House has pushed through an amendment -- tagged on to the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 4870) -- to stop at least some of the surveillance programs at the National Security Agency. Mark Rumold, a lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said "the House of Representatives took an important first step in reining in the NSA."

Medium: The Canadian Internet Zips Up

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 15:56 -- Eva Prkachin

"Our private lives are where we create, explore, and get sexy—the things that make life worth living. If we open them up to mass surveillance, we’ll inevitably become less creative, less sexy and more boring. So basically more like our government."

Article by Scott Vrooman for Medium

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled last week that requesting someone’s Internet data constitutes a search, and therefore requires a warrant. This Ctrl+Alt+Del’d a bill moving through parliament that would have let everyone from crack-smoking mayors to crack-smoking fisheries officers track citizens’ Internet use without a warrant.

Motherboard: The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 15:24 -- Eva Prkachin

This is huge: an appeals court in the U.S. ruled that the police cannot track your cell phone location without a warrant. How do you think this will affect the privacy debate?

Article by Jason Koebler for Motherboard

The government and police regularly use location data pulled off of cell phone towers to put criminals at the scenes of crimes—often without a warrant. Well, an appeals court ruled today that the practice is unconstitutional, in one of the strongest judicial defenses of technology privacy rights we've seen in a while.

The Verge: Warrantless cellphone location tracking is illegal, US circuit court rules

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:47 -- Eva Prkachin

While governments around the world have taken frustratingly little action on protecting citizens' privacy rights, the circuit court system in the U.S. appears to be coming around with recent rulings that have found certain privacy violations unconstitutional.

Article by Jacob Kastrenakes for The Verge

A US Appellate Court has ruled that police must obtain a warrant before collecting cellphone location data, finding that acquiring records of what cell towers a phone connected to and when it was connected to them constitutes a Fourth Amendment search. This ruling, from the 11th Circuit, is in opposition to a ruling made nearly a year ago by a separate appellate court. While this ruling won't overturn that one because of their separate jurisdictions, it adds critical precedent to a privacy question that's still far from decided across the country.

The Privacy Surgeon: Global security analysis reveals widespread government apathy following Snowden disclosures

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:16 -- Eva Prkachin

Citizens around the world were outraged when Edward Snowden revealed the extent of global government surveillance. How have governments reacted to this criticism, and what safeguards have they put in place to reinstate privacy rights?

Article by Simon Davies for The Privacy Surgeon

A global analysis published today reveals that the overwhelming majority of the world’s governments have failed to take any meaningful action in the wake of the disclosures by whistleblower Edward Snowden (you can read the report here)

N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 12:47 -- Eva Prkachin

Legal loopholes and poorly-defined privacy rules are making it easy for the NSA to use facial-recognition software to collect millions of faces from the Internet.

Article by James Risen and Laura Poitras for The New York Times

The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents.

The Guardian: Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 14:28 -- Eva Prkachin

This is huge: wireless provider Vodafone reveals that governments listen into phone calls on their network.

Article by Juliette Garside for The Guardian

Vodafone, one of the world's largest mobile phone groups, has revealed the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen to all conversations on its networks, saying they are widely used in some of the 29 countries in which it operates in Europe and beyond.