Aug 262014
 

Ryan Gallagher reports: The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first definitive evidence that [...]

Aug 252014
 

Emptywheel’s Marcy Wheeler writes on Salon: It has been a month since former State Department section chief for Internet freedom John Napier Tye wrote a Washington Post Op-Ed warning about Executive Order 12333 — the order the executive branch uses to self-authorize spying overseas. “The order as used today,” Tye wrote, “threatens our democracy.” Since that time, his concerns [...]

Aug 252014
 

Craig Timberg reports: Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent. The technology works by exploiting an essential fact of all cellular networks: They must keep detailed, up-to-the-minute records on the [...]

Aug 092014
 

From the FTC: The Federal Trade Commission has announced an agenda for its upcoming workshop, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” taking place at 8 a.m. on Sept. 15 in Washington, D.C. “Big data” is used to refer to advancing technologies that are dramatically expanding the commercial collection, analysis, use, and storage of [...]

Aug 082014
 

John Eggerton reports: The government should scrap its attempts to get industry to self-regulate data privacy and legislate safeguards. That was the advice of the Center for Digital Democracy to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration,, which is the White House’s chief communications policy advisory body. It joined with the ACLU, the Consumer Federation of [...]

Aug 082014
 

From EPIC: The Federal Trade Commission has responded to EPIC’s letterurging the agency to oppose a collusive Google class action settlement. The agency stated that it “systematically monitors compliance” with its consumer protection orders and that it “takes alleged violation[s] of an order seriously,” but that it cannot publicly disclose details of its investigations until a formal complaint [...]