This post, written by Lois Beckett, was originally published by ProPublica on March 7, 2013. It was updated with new information on Sept. 13. We’re continuing to learn new details about how the American government is collecting bulk records of citizens’ communications — from demanding that a telephone company hand over the daily records of […]
This post originally appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation website on Sept. 10. Five new groups—including civil-rights lawyers, medical-privacy advocates and Jewish social-justice activists—have joined a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) against the National Security Agency (NSA) over the unconstitutional collection of bulk telephone call records. With today’s amended complaint, EFF now […]
If you’re concerned about government or third-party organizations tracking your online activity, it’s no secret that you should probably steer clear of social media sites. New research on the micro-blogging network Twitter reveals that one-fifth of tweets reveal user location, providing a treasure trove of geo-tagged information for any snoop who is interested. Researchers at […]
This post, by Staff Technologist Dan Auerbach and Global Policy Analyst Eva Galperin, originally appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation website on Sept. 5. In one of the most significant leaks to date regarding National Security Agency (NSA) spying, The New York Times, The Guardian and ProPublica reported today that the NSA has gone to […]
Facebook changed the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities portion of its user disclosure on Thursday in order to accommodate a novel use of its members’ personal information: using their profile pictures to help enrich the company’s facial recognition technology.
When you access a Web site over an encrypted connection, you’re using a protocol called HTTPS. But not all HTTPS connections are created equal. In the first few milliseconds after a browser connects securely to a server, an important choice is made: the browser sends a list of preferences for what kind of encryption it’s willing to support, and the server replies with a verification certificate and picks a choice for encryption from the browser’s list. These different encryption choices are called “cipher suites.” Most of the time, users don’t have to worry about which suite the browsers and servers are using, but in some cases it can make a big difference.
Since the revelations of confirmed National Security Agency spying in June, three different “investigations” have been announced. One by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), another by the Director of National Intelligence, Gen. James Clapper, and the third by the Senate Intelligence Committee, formally called the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).
Online freedom-product marketer Libertymaniacs.com designed a shirt with a modified NSA logo with the bottom words “United States of America” replaced by “Peeping While You’re Sleeping.” Beneath the logo was printed the words, “The NSA The only part of government that actually listens.” The National Security Agency has ordered the online retailer to cease and desist, citing copyright infringement.
How many Americans are willing to exchange some essential liberty for a little temporary safety? Or to ask it another way, how many will exchange much of their independence for security? Sadly, the answer is a whole bunch of them. But not among the readers of Personal Liberty Digest™. You are a proud, feisty and independent crowd.
House Democrats are demanding that the government’s ability to spy on American citizens be immediately throttled in the wake of ongoing reports of the National Security Agency’s unConstitutional collection of thousands of electronic communications between innocent Americans. They believe the executive branch is guilty of vast abuses of the surveillance power granted in the name of fighting terror.