Jun 302016
 June 30, 2016  Posted by  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Andy Greenberg reports:

Since Senators Richard Burr and Diane Feinstein released their long-awaited legislation to address the conflict between encryption software makers and law enforcement last April, it’s made about as much progress as a TI-82 calculator trying to crack a 2048-bit PGP key. The bill, which required all crypto tools to offer some way for a warrant-holding FBI agent to access encrypted information, was roundly reviled by the technology and privacy communities, and quickly lost momentum in DC, too. Now the Burr-Feinstein proposal has received its most definitive rejection yet, and this time the call is coming from inside the House.

Read more on Wired.

Jun 302016
 June 30, 2016  Posted by  Business, Featured News

Alex Schiffer reports:

When Sports Authority Inc. said “everything must go,” it meant everything – including its customers’ personal information.

The Colorado sporting goods retailer, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March, auctioned this week its intellectual property, including the Sports Authority name, its e-commerce site and about 114 million customers’ files and 25 million email addresses. Dick’s Sporting Goods won with a $15-million bid.

Read more on Los Angeles Times.

Why were they allowed to auction off consumers’ information, you wonder, remembering what happened with RadioShack? There’s an answer. Schiffer explains:

Businesses have the legal right to sell consumer information as long as their privacy policies make it clear that data can be transferred or sold if the company is acquired or goes under.

Jun 302016
 June 30, 2016  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Joe Cadillic has two new blog posts that you will want to check out.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) is using a ‘Social Disorder Index’ (SDI) to determine the level of social disorder a location presents to its surrounding community. SDI can map areas as small as 250 feet by 250 feet.


According to the IndyStar, police used SDI to target areas and arrest people with a propensity for violence.

Read more on Police are giving people and homes ‘Social Disorder’ ratings


… Police are secretly using PBS television stations to spy on Americans

DHS is using Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television stations to send videos and messages to law enforcement across the country.

“Once the hardware [IP encapsulator] is set up at the television station to enable this capability, data recipients will need a datacast receiver connected to their computer in order to receive the information being broadcast from the PBS station. Datacasting’s software allows the owners of the video and other data to target individual users or groups of receivers to receive the video, files and notifications being transmitted.”

Read more on PBS donations are secretly being used by police to spy on Americans