Archive For The “Privacy” Category

Leaked recording: Inside Apple’s global war on leakers | The Outline

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https://theoutline.com/post/1766/leaked-recording-inside-apple-s-global-war-on-leakers

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Public Safety Drones – Center for the Study of the Drone

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http://dronecenter.bard.edu/public-safety-drones/

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Drone usage by local police, fire departments quickly increasing | WTOP

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http://wtop.com/local/2017/06/drone-usage-local-police-fire-departments-quickly-increasing/

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Your printer permanantly identifies everything you and your children will ever print on it.

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This is a common feature in modern printers for forensics investigations, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation

https://www.cnet.com/news/reality-winner-nsa-leak-russian-hacking-printer-tracking-dots/

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Obama’s legacy: Domestic spying scandal that could prove greater than Watergate, WikiLeaks

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Those tinfoil-wearing, anti-government, paranoid types turned out to be right after all.

The U.S. government says it has direct access to your Facebook accounts, email accounts, and calling services like Skype, and is mining the data even as you read this.

Specifically, as ZDNet’s Rachel King in San Francisco noted , both the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA) have been secretly collecting data on U.S. residents since 2007, according to a leaked document.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/obamas-legacy-domestic-spying-scandal-that-could-prove-greater-than-watergate-wikileaks/

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Meet the shadowy tech brokers that deliver your data to the NSA | ZDNet

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Picture two federal agents knocking at your door, ready to serve you a top secret order from the U.S. government, demanding that you hand over every shred of data you own — from usernames and passwords, phone records, emails, and social networking and credit card data.

You can’t tell anyone, and your only viable option is to comply.

For some U.S. Internet service providers (ISP) and phone companies, this scenario happens — and often. 

http://www.zdnet.com/article/meet-the-shadowy-tech-brokers-that-deliver-your-data-to-the-nsa/

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198 million Americans hit by “largest ever” voter records leak | ZDNet

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Each record lists a voter’s name, date of birth, home address, phone number, and voter registration details, such as which political party a person is registered with. The data also includes “profiling” information, voter ethnicities and religions, and various other kinds of information pertinent to a voter’s political persuasions and preferences, as modeled by the firms’ data scientists, in order to better target political advertising.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/security-lapse-exposes-198-million-united-states-voter-records/

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Data on 198M voters exposed by GOP contractor | TheHill

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For example, a 50-gigabyte file of “Post Elect 2016” information, last updated in mid-January, contained modeled data about a voter’s likely positions on 46 different issues ranging from “how likely it is the individual voted for Obama in 2012, whether they agree with the Trump foreign policy of ‘America First’ and how likely they are to be concerned with auto manufacturing as an issue, among others.”

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/338383-data-on-198-million-us-voters-left-exposed-to-the-internet-by-rnc-data

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NSA Reneges on Promise to Tell Congress How Many Innocent Americans it Spies On | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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But during a hearing on Section 702 in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, despite previous assurances, said he won’t be providing that estimate out of national security and, ironically, privacy concerns.

He told lawmakers it is “infeasible to generate an exact, accurate, meaningful, and responsive methodology that can count how often a U.S. person’s communications may be incidentally collected under Section 702.” To do so would require diverting NSA analysts’ attention away from their current work to “conduct additional significant research” to determine whether the communications collected under Section 702 are American. “I would be asking trained NSA analysts to conduct intense identity verification research on potential U.S. persons who are not targets of an investigation,” he said. “From a privacy and civil liberties perspective, I find this unpalatable.”

From a privacy and civil liberties perspective, we find it unpalatable that the Intelligence Community would ask Congress to reauthorize a controversial surveillance program without first following through on the promise—reiterated by Coats as recently as earlier this year—to provide some much needed information about how the program impacts Americans. To do so supposedly in the name of privacy concerns is even worse.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/06/nsa-reneges-promise-tell-congress-how-many-innocent-americans-it-spies

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Sheriff ordered pat-down searches for every student in High School 

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In the aftermath of the search, the sheriff told local media that the pat-down searches of students were legal because school administrators were present. He also said he believed drugs were present at the school, and that a separate drug search performed several weeks earlier by police from the city of Sylvester had not been thorough enough.

Neither search turned up any illicit drugs, according to Coleman.

http://www.ajc.com/news/crime–law/the-worth-county-sheriff-ordered-pat-down-searches-for-every-student-public-high-school-now-they-suing/vaAJNQ4xy6Kd41YpLkclFL/

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