File: A gavel rests atop a printed document. (Flickr / Brian Turner)
28 Aug 2015

Key Constitutional Issues Avoided as Lawsuit Against NSA Surveillance Heads Back to Lower Court

Today, a federal appeals court vacated a preliminary injunction against the National Security Agency’s phone records surveillance program, and the lawsuit was sent back to the lower court for further proceedings if appropriate. But the U.S. Court of Appeals did not rule on whether the program, exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was lawful or not.

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File: Close-up of a hand hovering above a smartphone in a dark room. (Flickr / Japanexperterna.se)
20 Aug 2015

High-Tech Youth Surveillance, Rikers Island And The Pitfalls Of Jail ‘Reform’

New York City will begin a surveillance pilot program aimed at keeping juvenile defendants accused of committing certain felonies off of Rikers Island. As The New York Times reported on August 14, eligible youth between the ages of sixteen and eighteen will be outfitted with lightweight bracelets tethered electronically to smartphones that are to be carried with them at all times and cannot be turned off.

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File: A dome or "halo" style surveillance camera, photographed on February 19, 2006. (Flickr / Obeck)
17 Aug 2015

Workers To Face Biosurveillance From Employers

The modern work environment was already becoming more than a bit Orwellian, with employees being electronically spied on by their bosses to ensure productivity, but now the corporate push for total information awareness of workers is hitting new levels of creepiness. According to a report in Bloomberg, companies are now using biosurveillance technologies to monitor workers.

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File: A sign outside a payday loan shark announcing their services, photographed on October 8, 2012. (Flickr / HelenCobain)
13 Aug 2015

Data Brokers Charged For Selling Payday Loan Info To Scammers

Yesterday, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged data brokers with illegally selling payday loan applicants’ financial information to a scam operation that then fraudulently took at least $7.1 million from those customers’ bank accounts.

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A cluster of radomes (radar domes) hiding surveillance antennae at Pine Gap Defence Base in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, photographed from nearby Mount Gillen on September 22, 2013. Pine Gap is believed to be a key part of the international ECHELON dragnet surveillance system. (Wikimedia Commons / Mark Marathon)
06 Aug 2015

Journalist, Who Unmasked ECHELON, On 40 Years Exposing The Global Surveillance State

Kevin Gosztola interviews Duncan Campbell, recently published in The Intercept, about his 4 decades as a journalist dedicated to uncovering the surveillance state and the international ECHELON program. Campbell says less has changed for today’s journalists than you might think.

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A close up of a hand operating a smartphone's touch screen. (Flickr / Japanexperterna.se)
03 Aug 2015

Can Websites Track You Using Your Phone’s Battery Life?

W3C’s specification explicitly frees sites from needing to ask user permission to discover they remaining battery life, arguing that “the information disclosed has minimal impact on privacy or fingerprinting, and therefore is exposed without permission grants”. But in a new paper from four French and Belgian security researchers, that assertion is questioned.

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