Discusses the Department of Homeland Securities new sensor that they are developing/deploying. It claims it can read you on a molecular level, identify you, and determine any substances you have on you or have used. It can do all of this from a range of up to 50 meters. They claim it will go into deployment within 2 years, more likely a year.Read more »
Twitter said in its first transparency report that the number of government requests for user information or to block content is rising in 2012. "We've received more government requests in the first half of 2012, as outlined in this initial dataset, than in the entirety of 2011," Twitter's legal policy manager Jeremy Kessel said in a blog post on Monday. The overwhelming number of requests came from the United States, accounting for 679 of the 849 requests for user information. In 75 per cent of the US cases, Twitter gave some or all information.Read more »
Jimmy Wales has shown his support for Sheffield student Richard O'Dwyer, who is contesting extradition to the US to face copyright infringement charges. Mr O'Dwyer's mother, Julia, said the petition was a "huge boost". The US authorities say the 24-year-old's TVShack website hosted links to pirated films and TV programmes. On the petition website, Mr Wales wrote: "Copyright is an important institution, serving a beneficial moral and economic purpose. But that does not mean that copyright can or should be unlimited."Read more »
Want to know if the US government has gone through your emails and listened in on your phone calls? The National Security Agency says they can’t consider such a request, and the reasoning is laughable — even by Washington standards.Read more »
U.S. Federal Gov't Developed and Deployed STUXNET and Flame malware. Steals data and destroys equipment.Read more »
A possible future scenario if CISPA is allowed to pass & become law, in that with recent amendments it now trumps all other State & Federal privacy law, including HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).Read more »
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about the new bipartisan ‘Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Though it was voted down by congress in 2003 due to privacy concerns, the NSA's new data center, now being constructed in Utah, will intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of domestic communications including private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as personal data trails such as parking receipts, travel itineraries, and bookstore purchases.Read more »
Federal Appeals court rules that police don't need warrant to search cellphones, they're like "diaries".Read more »
"It's very possible to forget passwords," said Philip Dubois, Fricosu's attorney. "It's not clear to me she was the one who set up the encryption on this drive. I don't know if she will be able to decrypt it. The government will probably say you need to put her in jail until she breaks down and does what she is ordered to do. That will create a question of fact for the judge to resolve. If she's unable to decrypt the disc, the court cannot hold her in contempt."Read more »
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