Jul 212014

Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block by Julia Angwin ProPublica, July 21, 2014, 9 a.m. This story was co-published with Mashable. A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.com. First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at [...]

Jul 202014

Cyrus Farivar writes: In May 2014, I reported on my efforts to learn what the feds know about me whenever I enter and exit the country. In particular, I wanted my Passenger Name Records (PNR), data created by airlines, hotels, and cruise ships whenever travel is booked. But instead of providing what I had requested, the United States Customs [...]

Jul 182014

Alex Abdo writes: Earlier today, a former State Department civil servant named John Tye published an important op-ed  in the Washington Post, explaining that the NSA has created a giant loophole in Americans’ right to privacy. While we now know a good deal about the NSA’s spying on American soil, Tye explains, the NSA’s powers to conduct [...]

Jul 182014

Joseph Ax reports: A federal judge in New York has granted prosecutors access to a Gmail user’s emails as part of a criminal probe, in a decision that could fan the debate over how aggressively the government may pursue data if doing so may invade people’s privacy. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein said on Friday [...]

Jul 182014

Hogan Lovells today published Pan-American Governmental Access to Data in the Cloud, the fifth installment in a series of White Papers examining government access to data held by Cloud service providers. Examining the right of governments in the United States and Latin America to access data in the Cloud, the White Paper concludes that the physical location [...]

Jul 162014

Christine Dobby reports: In the wake of a landmark court ruling last month that upheld Canadians’ right to online privacy, telecommunications companies are tightening their policies on when they will share customer information with police and government authorities. The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled in June that police must obtain a search warrant before [...]