Judge Opens Door For Drone Society

By: Friday March 7, 2014 8:46 am

Can anyone stop the forces of history, of technology and its proliferation? But I do drone on. Administrative Law Judge Patrick Geraghty ruled that attempts by the FAA to prevent the use of civilian drones below 400 feet were illegal given there was no administrative rule in place. This ruling opens the door for widespread [...]

Education Privatizers Data Mining Students

By: Wednesday January 8, 2014 10:00 am

Thanks to the ever expanding NSA scandal the American people are getting a crash course in how important and revealing even small amounts of personal information can be. Your data matters, has value, and should be protected from those you don’t want to have it or haven’t consented to have it yet. Enter the private [...]

Google’s Privacy Violations Under Fire

By: Tuesday October 15, 2013 8:12 am

Everyone’s favorite tax dodger, Google inc., is trying to put out multiple fires concerning their seeming total disregard for user privacy. In an effort to snatch even more revenue in search – a category they may already be violating anti-trust laws in – Google introduced “shared endorsements.” Shared endorsements monitors what users do on Google [...]

Inspector General Reports NSA Spied On Significant Others

By: Friday September 27, 2013 5:53 am

The LOVEINT disclosures have expanded as the NSA Inspector General, in response to a letter from Senator Grassley asking for details of abuses, let it be known that spouses and lovers were often the chosen victims of NSA abusers. In eight of the twelve cases of “intentional and willful misuse” of agency surveillance a significant [...]

Google Says Gmail Users Should Have No Expectation of Privacy

By: Wednesday August 14, 2013 6:02 am

In response to a lawsuit Google has disclosed that, from the company’s perspective, no one should be expecting their emails to remain private. This is likely news to most gmail users who create a password thinking that limits access to their account and probably expect their emails to be private. Plantiffs accuse Google of violating [...]

Chevron Granted Sweeping Subpoena Of Critics’ Internet Data

By: Friday July 12, 2013 7:35 am

A federal judge has granted Chevron a broad and sweeping subpoena for data related to the $18.2 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador. The subpoena is trying to gain information on journalists and activists who may have been critical of Chevron. After more than eight months of silence, U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan recently [...]

NSA Seeks Immunity For Tech Firms That Collaborate

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 8:14 am

The National Security Agency’s response to the public revelations that tech firms are collaborating on PRISM and other legally dubious spying programs is simple – give the companies legal immunity. This was done for the companies that were caught working with the NSA to spy on Americans under the Bush Administration, so why not now? [...]

Obama On The Verge Of Supporting End Of 4th Amendment On The Internet

By: Wednesday May 8, 2013 5:53 am

The FBI has long been searching for a way to bypass the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which they have claimed makes their job difficult, increasingly so in the information age. Previously the FBI just broke the law and hoped it would not get caught, now the agency wants a patina of legality to [...]

Library Of Congress Archiving All Tweets

By: Monday January 7, 2013 4:54 am

All your tweets are belong to us. Under a program initiated by Twitter and the Library Of Congress 170 Billion Tweets have been archived: The Library of Congress announced Friday that it is just weeks away from completing its archive of all public tweets from Twitter’s launch in 2006 through 2010, but there are technology [...]

Leahy Reverses Email Privacy Bill To Give Federal Agencies More Warrantless Surveillance Abilities

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 1:47 pm

The sorry affair of David Petraeus and a cast of thousands of emails, Tampa-area socialites, and jokes about the book title “All In” really showed the power of the FBI as part of the architecture of the government surveillance state, able to snoop on almost every private email communication of every citizen, often without a [...]

Judge Blocks Provisions of the STOCK Act

By: Friday September 14, 2012 8:55 am

A federal judge blocked a provision of the STOCK Act, the law passed earlier this year cracking down on insider trading. While the law originally pertained solely to members of Congress and their staffs, House Republicans extended that to members of the executive branch. Judge Alexander Williams gave a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of [...]