Oct 012014
 

Cora Currier and Ryan Devereaux write: U.S. intelligence agents have broad authority to spy on U.S. companies as long as they are “believed to have some relationship with foreign organizations or persons” — a description that could conceivably apply to any company with foreign shareholders, subsidiaries, or even employees—according to newly released government documents published this [...]

Sep 302014
 

Arvin Temkar reports: Even if there were evidence that a domestic spying program was unconstitutional, interference by the courts could cause “exceptionally grave damage” to national security, the government told a federal judge. Urging U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White to deny the plaintiffs partial summary judgment and instead rule for the government, the Monday filing [...]

Sep 302014
 

Victor Skinner reports: John Hopkins Medicine researchers will track the physical activities and daily diet of 50 overweight freshman from Lakewood High School as part of a pilot project using Fitbit – an electronic wristband that records activity and sleep patterns. The effort, funded by a $100,000 grant from insurer Florida Blue, is focused more [...]

Sep 302014
 

Tim Cushing writes: Issued in 1981, updated in 1991 (to consolidate power, basically) and continuously expanded (mostly unofficially) since 2001, Executive Order 12333 (EO 12333) is what grants surveillance powers to our nation’s intelligence agencies. Foreshadowing the severe twisting of the English language that follows (see also: NSA-to-English dictionary), the opening paragraphs note that what [...]

Sep 302014
 

Daniel Rivero reports on a story previously noted on this blog: An alleged phone call from the NSA prompted public school officials in an Alabama school district to launch a surveillance program to monitor students’ online activities, administrators of the Huntsville City School District now admit. The NSA allegedly took an interest in the Lee [...]

Sep 302014
 

The United States charges a private company CEO for allegedly selling spyware phone app, the Department of Justice says. The indictment documents states Hammad Akbar, chief executive officer of a private company InvoCode, sold an app known as StealthGenie. The app is capable of recording phone conversations within a 15-foot radius and can intercept texts [...]