Stop the Secrecy


The Verge: U.S. government workers' social security numbers stolen

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:31 -- Eva Prkachin

U.S. government employees are the latest victims of a massive, likely state-sponsored, cyber security breach. Do you worry about how well government entities look after the online data they store about us?

Article by Dante D'Orazio for the Verge

US government employees are the victims of the latest security breach. A contractor for the government has revealed that sensitive information on at least 25,000 workers has been obtained as a result of a cyber attack. The information includes standard personal details like Social Security numbers and birth dates, as well as workers' educational and criminal backgrounds. It also includes information on family members, relatives, and acquaintances.

Wired: The NSA is hurting the Internet.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:22 -- Eva Prkachin

"By treating the Internet as a giant surveillance platform, the NSA has betrayed the Internet and the world."

Article by Bruce Schneier for Wired

By treating the Internet as a giant surveillance platform, the NSA has betrayed the Internet and the world. It has subverted the products, protocols, and standards that we use to protect ourselves. It has left us all vulnerable—to foreign governments, to cybercriminals, to hackers. And it has transformed the Internet into a medium that no one can trust.

Ars Technica: Meet John Tye: the kinder, gentler, and by-the-book whistleblower

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 16:49 -- Eva Prkachin

This former U.S. state-department employee is blowing the whistle on a little-known executive order that allows the NSA to "incidentally" sweep up the private information of Americans. His story is fascinating, especially given the reaction to Edward Snowden over the past year.

Article by Cyrus Farivar for Ars Technica

During Tye’s first conversation with Ars on Monday, his lawyer also on the line so he opened the conversation with a well-rehearsed caveat: he would not release any classified information.

“If you hear something that sounds like I am talking about classified activities or NSA activities, I want to tell you right now you misheard what I said, and you should ask me for a clarification because that’s not what I am going to be talking about,” he said.

Wired: Snowden's long road to becoming a whistleblower

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:23 -- Eva Prkachin

Have you ever wondered what it was like for Edward Snowden to decide to blow the whistle on the NSA? Read. This. Article.

Article by James Bamford for Wired

Have you ever wondered what it was like for Edward Snowden to decide to blow the whistle on the NSA? Read. This. Article.

Article by James Bamford for Wired

The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ES is Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. For almost nine months, I have been trying to set up an interview with him—traveling to Berlin, Rio de Janeiro twice, and New York multiple times to talk with the handful of his confidants who can arrange a meeting.

Among other things, I want to answer a burning question: What drove Snowden to leak hundreds of thousands of top-secret documents, revelations that have laid bare the vast scope of the government’s domestic surveillance programs? In May I received an email from his lawyer, ACLU attorney Ben Wizner, confirming that Snowden would meet me in Moscow and let me hang out and chat with him for what turned out to be three solid days over several weeks.

ITWire: %80 of Australians don't want government spying

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:56 -- Eva Prkachin

Despite this poll showing that most Australians disapprove of state spying, the government is pressing ahead with an extreme law that would force telcos to store private customer information and make that data available to government agencies. Got a problem with that? Go to

Article by Graeme Philipson for ITWire

More than three quarters of Australians do not approve of the Government accessing phone and !nternet records without a warrant.

Ars Technica: 6 ways Congress failed to lead on digital issues this year

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:40 -- Eva Prkachin

By any standard, this hasn't been a good year for getting desperately needed legal reforms passed around privacy, patent trolling, and digital innovation in the U.S. How do you think American politicians could do better?

Article by Joe Mullin for Ars Technica

August isn’t the top time of year for thinking about tech policy. For many, it’s vacation time, a month when Americans are more focused on hacking a path to the nearest beach than hacking their computers.

Buzzfeed: This George Brandis interview on government spying is just painful

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:59 -- Eva Prkachin

The Australian government wants to force telcos to collect subscribers' private information and store it for up to two years, but Attorney General George Brandis doesn't seem to understand what that data actually reveals. Do you think that a government that doesn't even understand Internet technology and information should be imposing these kind of laws?

Article by Mark Di Stephano for Buzzfeed

Attorney-General George Brandis had the interview from hell on Wednesday night, trying to explain the federal government’s new plan to retain all phone and internet data of its citizens.

It announced Tuesday that all Australian telecommunications companies would be required to collect all phone and internet metadata for two years, as part of its plan to fight so-called “homegrown terrorism”.

ZDNet: Tony Abbot wants Telcos to store and share your private information

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:51 -- Eva Prkachin

Privacy Alert: Tony Abbot is calling for new legislation that would force all Telcos to store subscriber information and allow government agencies warrantless access to that information. Stay tuned for ways that you can speak out!

Article by Josh Taylor for ZDNet

Attorney-General George Brandis confirmed that the Federal Cabinet today gave in principle support for a new regime that would force telecommunications companies to retain an as-yet-undetermined amount of customer data for up to two years to allow government agencies to access without a warrant as part of law enforcement investigations.