Stop the Secrecy


RawStory: Potential whistleblowers now much less likely to speak out

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:22 -- Eva Prkachin

The chilling effect of NSA surveillance on potential whistleblowers is confirmed in a recent report by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Article by RawStory

U.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday.

Ars Technica: Citizen Lab: bringing the world together to fight cyberspying

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:50 -- Eva Prkachin

Check out this exclusive look inside the world of Citizen Lab, an international organization built by Canada's Ron Diebert of hackers, activists and lawyers fighting against online spying.

Article by Joshua Kopstein for Ars Technica

It was May of 2012 at a security conference in Calgary, Alberta, when professor Ron Deibert heard a former high-ranking official suggest he should be prosecuted.

Bits of Freedom: Cellphone metadata: so much more than "phone book" information

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:08 -- Eva Prkachin

Ton Siedsma used an app to track the private information that his smartphone stored. The amount that it revealed about his personal life shocked him.

Article by Dimitri Tokmetzis for Bits of Freedom

Intelligence services collect metadata on the communication of all citizens. Politicians would have us believe that this data doesn’t say all that much. A reader of De Correspondent put this to the test and demonstrated otherwise: metadata reveals a lot more about your life than you think.

The Intercept: “Concrete facts are not necessary”

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 15:50 -- Eva Prkachin

Ever wondered how ordinary people wind up as targets for government surveillance? As it turns out, it's surprisingly easy.

Article by Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux for The Intercept

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.

Vice: New report shows NSA surveillance is chilling democracy

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 15:58 -- Eva Prkachin

Privacy is at the heart of democracy, as evidenced by the chilling effects mass NSA spying is having on democratic institutions such as attorney-client privilege. Think that's a problem? Speak out at

Article by John Knefel for Vice

The US Government's mass surveillance programs are chilling the rights of journalists and lawyers, and weakening democratic institutions in the process, according to a new report authored by Human Rights Watch and the ACLU. The report found that journalists' sources are either drying up or talking less, and attorneys are increasingly concerned about their ability to keep privileged client-information private.

National Journal: Could this be the beginning of the end of dragnet surveillance?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:29 -- Eva Prkachin

Today, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is introducing a bill that could curtail some of the worst abuses of NSA spying. What do you think of this step? Don't forget to speak out against bulk surveillance at

Article by Dustin Volz for National Journal

A powerful Democratic senator introduced a new bill Tuesday that would end the National Security Agency's bulk surveillance of Americans' phone records and force the government to be more transparent and accountable with its spying orders.

Motherboard: The Internet is mostly cats, so it just makes sense that someone creeps on them too

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:32 -- Eva Prkachin

Cyberstalkercat iz on ur social medias, creeping on ur kittehs

Article by Jason Koebler for Motherboard

If you have posted a picture of your cat online, data analyst and artist Owen Mundy, and now, the rest of the world, knows where it lives. And, by that logic, he knows where you live, too.

That should probably creep you out a little bit, and that's really the point. Developed by Mundy, I Know Where Your Cat Lives is meant as part art project, part wake up call to people to scrub their photos of the EXIF metadata stored on every photo you take. He told me there's little harm in posting pictures of one million geotagged cats on the internet, but the implication is clear: It's really very easy to find out where you live (and lots of other information about you) simply based on what you post online.

Guest blog by Aisha Osman - Here’s how the U.K. Govt’s new spying bill will undermine our privacy

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 14:29 -- Eva Prkachin

Here is a guest blog by Aisha Osman of Shout Out U.K. Aisha examines how harsh new surveillance legislation, recently passed by the British Parliament, will undermine the privacy of every U.K. Internet user. You can speak out at to rein in blanket mass surveillance of law-abiding citizens.

The Atlantic: The NSA's culture of silence is crumbling

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:55 -- Eva Prkachin

This former NSA employee is speaking out about how the spying organization threatens democracy, and wants other former spies to come forward as well.

Article by Conor Friedersdorf for The Atlantic

John Napier Tye is speaking out to warn Americans about illegal spying. The former State Department official, who served in the Obama administration from 2011 to 2014, declared Friday that ongoing NSA surveillance abuses are taking place under the auspices of Executive Order 12333, which came into being in 1981, before the era of digital communications, but is being used to collect them promiscuously. Nye alleges that the Obama administration has been violating the Constitution with scant oversight from Congress or the judiciary.

Shout Out UK: DRIP is now Law, Giving the UK Government More Power Over Your Privacy

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 14:42 -- Eva Prkachin

The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (or #DRIP) has received Royal Assent to become an Act of Parliament today.

What does this mean?

DRIP is a bill that will offer the UK Government emergency powers over your personal cyber data. Prior to this such an invasion of a citizens privacy would require a warrant signed by a Secretary of State (Just cause for suspicion was therefore required).