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The Creepy Line - Documentary
Facebook  election  Google  advertising  surveillance 
6 weeks ago by Jswindle
What does Google know about me?
What most people don’t realize is that even if you don’t use any Google products directly, they’re still trying to track as much as they can about you. Google trackers have been found on 75% of the top million websites. This means they're also trying to track most everywhere you go on the internet, trying to slurp up your browsing history!

Most people also don’t know that Google runs most of the ads you see across the internet and in apps – you know those ones that follow you around everywhere? Yup, that’s Google, too. They aren’t really a search company anymore – they’re a tracking company. They are tracking as much as they can for these annoying and intrusive ads, including recording every time you see them, where you saw them, if you clicked on them, etc.
surveillance  privacy  Google 
11 weeks ago by Jswindle
Timeline of NSA Domestic Spying 1791-2015 | Electronic Frontier Foundation
NSA Surveillance History from December 15, 1791 through November, 9 2015.  This timeline is no longer maintained and is provided here for historical reference.

The information found in this timeline is based on the Summary of Evidence we submitted to the court in Jewel v. National Security Agency (NSA). It is intended to recall all the credible accounts and information of the NSA's domestic spying program found in the media, official government statements and reports, and court actions. The timeline includes leaked documents, first published by the Guardian in June 2013, that confirmed the domestic spying by the NSA, as well as accounts based on unnamed government officials.
govtManipulation  govtOverreach  NSA  surveillance 
july 2018 by Jswindle
NSA Spying: The Three Pillars of Government Trust Have Fallen | Electronic Frontier Foundation
With each recent revelation about the NSA's spying programs government officials have tried to reassure the American people that all three branches of government—the Executive branch, the Judiciary branch, and the Congress—knowingly approved these programs and exercised rigorous oversight over them. President Obama recited this talking point just last week, saying: "as President, I've taken steps to make sure they have strong oversight by all three branches of government and clear safeguards to prevent abuse and protect the rights of the American people."  With these three pillars of oversight in place, the argument goes, how could the activities possibly be illegal or invasive of our privacy? 
govtManipulation  govtOverreach  NSA  surveillance 
june 2018 by Jswindle
What Is to Be Done? - Motherboard
If one were to start with a sufficiently resourceful group of initial participants with broad agreement on keystone issues—opposition to the drug war, police state, and mass surveillance, for instance, with these issues chosen in order to establish a reasoned polity sharing common values, if not ideological unanimity—one could expect such a system to quickly expand into a vast and formidable new force in world affairs, capable of advancing reform and confronting criminalized institutions across the globe.
govtOverreach  barrettBrown  surveillance  privacy 
may 2018 by Jswindle
Happy PATRIOT Act Day! | Just Security
On this day, 16 years ago, President George W. Bush signed into law the most sweeping, publicly acknowledged domestic surveillance authority in American history. Enacted six weeks after the 9/11 attacks and over the vehement objections and warnings of civil libertarians, the bill passed the Senate 98-1 and the House 357-66.
patriotAct  surveillance  constitution  govtOverreach  terrorism 
october 2017 by Jswindle
A Letter to Jamie Dimon – Chain
I wrote a letter to Jamie Dimon (and anyone else still struggling to understand cryptocurrencies)
bitcoin  freedom  cryptoCurrency  censorship  govtSupression  surveillance 
october 2017 by Jswindle
The bad joke called 'the FISA court' shows how a 'drone court' would work | Glenn Greenwald | Opinion | The Guardian
And, and was totally predictable, the court barely ever rejected a government request for eavesdropping. From its inception, it was the ultimate rubber-stamp court, having rejected a total of zero government applications - zero - in its first 24 years of existence, while approving many thousands. In its total 34 year history - from 1978 through 2012 - the Fisa court has rejected a grand total of 11 government applications, while approving more than 20,000.
FISAcourt  surveillance  govtOverreach  govtSupression 
september 2017 by Jswindle
The CIA college tour: The Ivy League
As part of back-to-school week, we combed through the CIA archives to find connections between colleges and the Agency. Today, we’re looking at the Ivy League.
CIA  surveillance  university  freespeech 
september 2017 by Jswindle
Social media surveillance: Back-to-School Edition
My first semester in college, several classes into an application-based freshman seminar, our professor made an admission that would have been impossible only a couple of years before.

During one of our class’s casual conversations, he divulged that as at some point in the decision-making process, as he was trying to curate a curious and genuinely-interested class from the relatively similar crop of applicants, he had visited all of our Facebook profiles.
university  surveillance  freeSpeech  socialMedia 
september 2017 by Jswindle
SecuritySpy - Mac NVR Video Surveillance Software - Ben Software
SecuritySpy is NVR software (Network Video Recording software) that will enable you to quickly set up an effective video surveillance system, whether you are planning a small or medium-sized home or office installation, or a large professional system.
surveillance  security  NVR  CCTV  homeSecurity 
august 2017 by Jswindle
Essays: The Eternal Value of Privacy - Schneier on Security
A future in which privacy would face constant assault was so alien to the framers of the Constitution that it never occurred to them to call out privacy as an explicit right. Privacy was inherent to the nobility of their being and their cause. Of course being watched in your own home was unreasonable. Watching at all was an act so unseemly as to be inconceivable among gentlemen in their day. You watched convicted criminals, not free citizens. You ruled your own home. It's intrinsic to the concept of liberty.
terrorism  privacy  security  surveillance  encryption 
august 2017 by Jswindle
The Perils of Social Reading by Neil M. Richards :: SSRN
Our law currently treats records of our reading habits under two contradictory rules: rules mandating confidentiality and rules permitting disclosure. Recently, the rise of the social Internet has created more of these records and more pressures on when and how they should be shared. Companies like Facebook, in collaboration with many newspapers, have ushered in the era of “social reading,” in which what we read may be “frictionlessly shared” with our friends and acquaintances. Disclosure and sharing are on the rise.
reading  privacy  surveillance 
august 2017 by Jswindle
Obama’s Trump Wiretap -- News Media Change Their Tune | National Review
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following piece is based on an error. The Times did not in fact change the headline of a January 19 article after its publication as was alleged. Andrew C. McCarthy acknowledges and explains the error in this post. The text of his column as originally published remains below for reference. We regret the error and apologize to our readers.

Now that the media-Democrat complex has been caught in its own web, there is some serious skullduggery underway. It’s revisionist history, Soviet style. You know, the kind where the bad stuff gets “disappeared.” The New York Times is disappearing its claim that Obama investigated Trump.
obama  trump  surveillance 
march 2017 by Jswindle
Prosecutors Pay Bitcoin Ransom, Yet IRS Targets Coinbase Data - Forbes
In the midst of the IRS’s legal battle to uncover the identities of Bitcoin users, federal prosecutors have revealed that a state prosecutor’s office had to battle for its own private information, also involving Bitcoin. Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office apparently paid a Bitcoin ransom to protect the privacy of its own information. The amount of the ransom was relatively small, only $1,400 in good old dollars. But it’s still remarkable seeing a government entity paying a ransom, and even more so in a digital currency such as Bitcoin.
bitcoin  irs  privacy  cryptoCurrency  surveillance  taxation 
december 2016 by Jswindle
IRS Wants Court Authority To Identify Bitcoin Users & Transactions At Coinbase - Forbes
Okay, maybe it wasn’t quite that sweet, but it was definitely that broad. Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed paperwork in federal court (California Northern District Court, Case No. 3:16-cv-06658-JSC) requesting the identities of United States Coinbase customers who transferred convertible virtual currency at any time between December 31, 2013, and December 31, 2015. Coinbase, which is headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a company which facilitates transactions of digital currencies like bitcoin and Ethereum.
irs  bitcoin  surveillance  money 
december 2016 by Jswindle
IRS Wants Court Authority To Identify Bitcoin Users & Transactions At Coinbase
Okay, maybe it wasn’t quite that sweet, but it was definitely that broad. Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed paperwork in federal court (California Northern District Court, Case No. 3:16-cv-06658-JSC) requesting the identities of United States Coinbase customers who transferred convertible virtual currency at any time between December 31, 2013, and December 31, 2015. Coinbase, which is headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a company which facilitates transactions of digital currencies like bitcoin and Ethereum.
bitcoin  privacy  irs  surveillance  money 
december 2016 by Jswindle
The IRS Believes All Bitcoin Users are Tax Cheats | Cato @ Liberty
The Internal Revenue Service has filed a “John Doe” summons seeking to require U.S. Bitcoin exchange Coinbase to turn over records about every transaction of every user from 2013 to 2015. That demand is shocking in sweep, and it includes: “complete user profile, history of changes to user profile from account inception, complete user preferences, complete user security settings and history (including confirmed devices and account activity), complete user payment methods, and any other information related to the funding sources for the account/wallet/vault, regardless of date.” And every single transaction:
bitcoin  irs  privacy  surveillance  govtOverreach  govtSupression 
december 2016 by Jswindle
Manufacturing Normality
Sometime circa mid-November, in the wake of Hillary Clinton
dissent  mediaBias  freespeech  surveillance 
december 2016 by Jswindle
Internet Archive Successfully Fends Off Secret FBI Order
A decade ago, the FBI sent Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, a now-infamous type of subpoena known as a National Security Letter, demanding the name, address and activity record of a
privacy  govtManipulation  surveillance  govtObstruction  patriotAct  govtOverreach 
december 2016 by Jswindle
Fitbit data just undermined a woman's rape claim | Fusion
It turns out that a fitness tracker can do more to betray you than showing your friends and families you’re a couch potato. It can also undermine your claims about being a victim of a crime.

In March, a Florida woman traveled to Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she stayed at her boss’s home, reports ABC 27. On a Tuesday, police were called to the home where they found overturned furniture, a knife and a bottle of vodka, according to Lancaster Online. Jeannine Risley told police she’d been sleeping and that she was woken up around midnight and sexually assaulted by a “man in his 30s, wearing boots.” However, Risley was wearing her Fitbit band at the time. She initially said that the Fitbit had been lost in the struggle, but police found it in a hallway and when they downloaded its activity, the device became a witness against her.
december 2016 by Jswindle
Internet mapping turned a remote farm into a digital hell | Fusion
An hour’s drive from Wichita, Kansas, in a little town called Potwin, there is a 360-acre piece of land with a very big problem.

The plot has been owned by the Vogelman family for more than a hundred years, though the current owner, Joyce Taylor née Vogelman, 82, now rents it out. The acreage is quiet and remote: a farm, a pasture, an old orchard, two barns, some hog shacks and a two-story house. It’s the kind of place you move to if you want to get away from it all. The nearest neighbor is a mile away, and the closest big town has just 13,000 people. It is real, rural America; in fact, it’s a two-hour drive from the exact geographical center of the United States.
Internet  surveillance  govtOverreach 
december 2016 by Jswindle
Privacy experts fear Donald Trump running global surveillance network | World news | The Guardian
Privacy activists, human rights campaigners and former US security officials have expressed fears over the prospect of Donald Trump controlling the vast global US and UK surveillance network.

They criticised Barack Obama’s administration for being too complacent after the 2013 revelations by the NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, and making only modest concessions to privacy concerns rather than carrying out major legislative changes.
NSA  privacy  surveillance  govtOverreach  trump 
november 2016 by Jswindle
Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans - The Washington Post
In March I received a call from the White House counsel’s office regarding a speech I had prepared for my boss at the State Department. The speech was about the impact that the disclosure of National Security Agency surveillance practices would have on U.S. Internet freedom policies. The draft stated that “if U.S. citizens disagree with congressional and executive branch determinations about the proper scope of signals intelligence activities, they have the opportunity to change the policy through our democratic process.”
NSA  surveillance  govtOverreach  eo12333 
november 2016 by Jswindle
Wikipedia traffic: Site sees steep decline in traffic from Google.
The amount of traffic that Google sends to Wikipedia has declined by more than 250 million visits per month, according to SimilarWeb, the traffic measurement company.* Roy Hinkis, SW's head of SEO, says the downgrade is a genuine mystery:
privacy  surveillance  wikipedia  Google 
july 2016 by Jswindle
Congress Seeks to Expand Warrantless Surveillance Under the Patriot Act - Morning Consult
How would you feel if the Federal Bureau of Investigation could get information about websites you visited or emails you sent – without ever getting permission from a judge?  Would you begin to self-censor the websites you visited – maybe avoiding revealing sites?  Or, avoid emailing your pastor, therapist, or lawyer? These scenarios may soon no longer be hypothetical.
privacy  surveillance  patriotAct 
june 2016 by Jswindle
Facing Data Deluge, Secret U.K. Spying Report Warned of Intelligence Failure
ASECRET REPORT WARNED that British spies may have put lives at risk because their surveillance systems were sweeping up more data than could be analyzed, leading them to miss clues to possible security threats.
NSA  MI5  britain  surveillance  spying 
june 2016 by Jswindle
What’s driving Silicon Valley to become ‘radicalized’ - The Washington Post
Larry Gadea, the chief executive of Envoy, works at his desk in his company's San Francisco office.  (Nick Otto for The Washington Post) SAN FRANCISCO — Like many Silicon Valley start-ups, Larry
bigBrother  surveillance  encryption 
may 2016 by Jswindle
Essays: How the NSA Threatens National Security - Schneier on Security
Secret NSA eavesdropping is still in the news. Details about once secret programs continue to leak. The Director of National Intelligence has recently declassified additional information, and the
spying  security  govtOverreach  surveillance  NSA 
may 2016 by Jswindle
The state has lost control: tech firms now run western politics | Opinion | The Guardian
By now, the fact that transatlantic democratic capitalism, once the engine of postwar prosperity, has run into trouble can hardly be denied by anyone with the courage to browse a daily newspaper.
democracy  politics  data  surveillance  technology  debt  siliconValley  neoliberalism 
may 2016 by Jswindle
Chilling Effects: Online Surveillance and Wikipedia Use by Jon Penney :: SSRN
RT @jon_penney: New paper: "Chilling Effects: Online Surveillance and Wikipedia Use"
wikipedia  surveillance 
may 2016 by Jswindle
Secret Court Takes Another Bite Out of the Fourth Amendment | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Defenders of the NSA's mass spying have lost an important talking point: that the erosion of our privacy and associational rights is justified given the focus of surveillance efforts on combating terrorism and protecting the national security. That argument has always been dubious for a number of reasons. But after a November 2015 ruling [.pdf] by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) was unsealed this week, it's lost another chunk of its credibility. The ruling confirms that NSA's warrantless spying has been formally approved for use in general criminal investigations. The national security justification has been entirely blown. 
privacy  surveillance  spying  bigBrother 
april 2016 by Jswindle
How the internet flips elections and alters our thoughts | Aeon Essays
Over the past century, more than a few great writers have expressed concern about humanity
advertising  manipulation  privacy  Facebook  corporate  psychology  surveillance  Google 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Citizens On Terrorist Watchlist - Including A 4-Year-Old Boy - Sue Government For Violating Their Rights | Techdirt
A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Virginia challenging the government's terrorist watchlist. Eighteen plaintiffs -- including a 4-year-old boy who was placed on the watchlist at the age of 7 months -- claim their placement on the watchlist is discriminatory and has deprived them of their rights.
tsa  watchlist  terrorism  bigBrother  surveillance 
april 2016 by Jswindle
How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations
One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.
politics  surveillance 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Study: How Government Surveillance Stifles Dissent on the Internet - The Atlantic
Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters How Much Does Bernie Sanders Know About Policy? The Democratic presidential hopeful had a rough interview with the New York Daily News editorial board, struggling to explain
censorship  surveillance  Internet  monitoring 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Buffalo woman's case sets up "duel between ... free speech and ISIS in the courtroom"
But Yassin, of Buffalo, and Terrence J. McNeil, of Akron, Ohio, appear to be the only two charged for allegedly reposting threatening online content originally created by someone else on social networks.
freespeech  federalGovernment  surveillance  ISIS 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Police secretly track cellphones to solve routine crimes
In one case after another, USA TODAY found police in Baltimore and other cities used the phone tracker, commonly known as a stingray, to locate the perpetrators of routine street crimes and frequently concealed that fact from the suspects, their lawyers and even judges. In the process, they quietly transformed a form of surveillance billed as a tool to hunt terrorists and kidnappers into a staple of everyday policing.
police  privacy  surveillance  stingray  cellphone 
april 2016 by Jswindle
200 Imprisoned Based on Illegal Cellphone Tracking, Review Finds » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
The ruling, issued Wednesday by Maryland’s second-highest court, said Baltimore police violated the Constitution when they used one of the tracking devices to catch a shooting suspect without first obtaining a search warrant. It was the first time an appeals court had weighed in directly on the legality of phone-trackers that have been widely — and mostly secretly — used by police agencies for nearly a decade.
surveillance  privacy  stingray  government 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Students under surveillance - FT.com
Universities are increasingly using personal data to predict performance. But, asks Helen Warrell, at what cost to privacy? A week after students begin their distance learning courses at the
monitoring  education  privacy  students  surveillance 
april 2016 by Jswindle
Email Self-Defense - a guide to fighting surveillance with GnuPG encryption
Write a new email in your email program, addressed to edward-en@fsf.org. Make the subject "Encryption test" or something similar and write something in the body. The key in the bottom right of the
surveillance  email  encryption  privacy  secure 
february 2016 by Jswindle
Whatever your take on the recent revelations about government spying on our phone calls and Internet activity, there’s no denying that Big Brother is bigger and less brotherly than we thought. via Pocket
privacy  NSA  surveillance  policestate  securitystate 
january 2016 by Jswindle
Why privacy is important, and having "nothing to hide" is irrelevant
The governments of Australia, Germany, the UK and the US are destroying your privacy. Some people don’t see the problem… It doesn’t matter if you have “nothing to hide”. via Pocket
argument  essay  nothingtohide  privacy  reason  surveillance 
january 2016 by Jswindle
NSA Spying | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The US government, with assistance from major telecommunications carriers including AT&T, has engaged in a massive illegal dragnet surveillance of domestic…
NSA  spying  surveillance  from instapaper
october 2014 by Jswindle

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