Oct 242014
 

Nadia Kayyali writes: Even the reports that are supposed to provide transparency about the FBI’s use of national security lettters (NSLs) are secret—or at least a couple dozen pages of them are. NSLs are nonjudicial orders that allow the FBI to obtain information from companies, without a warrant, about their customers’ use of services. They almost always [...]

Oct 232014
 

Joseph Bernstein and Jeremy Singer-Vine report: Devices identical to those secretly planted in New York City phone booths have been installed in public spaces in Los Angeles and Chicago, BuzzFeed News has learned. The Bluetooth devices known as “beacons” were installed in bus benches in Los Angeles and train stations in Chicago. Additional information obtained [...]

Oct 232014
 

Kim Zetter reports: Senator Ron Wyden thought he knew what was going on. The Democrat from Oregon, who has served on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence since 2001, thought he knew the nature of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities. As a committee member with a classified clearance, he received regular briefings to conduct oversight. But [...]

Oct 222014
 

Ashkan Soltani (who will be FTC’s new Chief Technologist) and Craig Timberg report: Wireless carrier T-Mobile US has been quietly upgrading its network in a way that makes it harder for surveillance equipment to eavesdrop on calls and monitor texts, even on the company’s legacy system. The upgrade involves switching to a new encryption standard, [...]

Oct 222014
 

The Online Citizen reports: National University of Singapore (NUS) sociologist Daniel Goh says that he does not think that Singaporeans are more open to public surveillance compared to people in other societies around the world, but instead they are less resistant towards the idea of being surveilled upon. This is in response to questions posed [...]

Oct 222014
 

As media continues to expose the extent of warrantless surveillance by local police departments and the massive databases being compiled, politicians at the local level are beginning to sit up and ask questions. Fred Clasen-Kelly reports from North Carolina, following recent revelations concerning the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Dept: Three Charlotte City Council members said Monday they want [...]