Oct 252016
 October 25, 2016  Business No Responses »

Lydia Beyoud and Kyle Daly report:

AT&T Inc.’s plans to leverage data it would acquire by buying Time Warner Inc. are likely to run up against new Federal Communications Commission privacy regulations the agency is expected to approve Oct. 27.

It wasn’t clear late Oct. 24 whether the FCC will have a formal role in reviewing the $85.4 billion acquisition. Regardless, if the deal wins regulatory approval, the commission’s planned new privacy rules could set limits around data collected from across a combined company’s content and distribution platforms.

Read more on BNA.

Oct 252016

Nicky Woolf reports:

Telecommunications giant AT&T is selling access to customer data to local law enforcement in secret, new documents released on Monday reveal.

The program, called Hemisphere, was previously known only as a “partnership” between the company and the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the purposes of counter-narcotics operations.

Read more on The Guardian.

Oct 242016
 October 24, 2016  Announcements No Responses »

I’m happy to say that I’m heading out for what promises to be a terrific event in D.C.

Updates to this blog will be sporadic, at best, until I’m back, so if you submit a comment or article and it’s not approved, please be patient.

If you’re attending the forum, please come find me to say hello. If we’ve never met in person, just ask for the attendee with the “Dissent Doe” name tag, because, yes, they allow me to register under my pseudonym.

Cheers, and keep fighting to protect your privacy.


Oct 242016

Ryan Gallagher and Nicky Hager report:

It was a powerful piece of technology created for an important customer. The Medusa system, named after the mythical Greek monster with snakes instead of hair, had one main purpose: to vacuum up vast quantities of internet data at an astonishing speed.

The technology was designed by Endace, a little-known New Zealand company. And the important customer was the British electronic eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ.

Dozens of internal documents and emails from Endace, obtained by The Intercept and reported in cooperation with Television New Zealand, reveal the firm’s key role helping governments across the world harvest vast amounts of information on people’s private emails, online chats, social media conversations, and internet browsing histories.

Read more on The Intercept.