Oct 212017
 October 21, 2017  Business, Surveillance No Responses »

Joe Cadillic writes:

It’s official, big brother has invaded sports arenas, stadiums and parks.

According to an article in TSN, The National Hockey League (NHL) plans to install facial recognition cameras in their arenas.

The above video, is a perfect example of how law enforcement uses our fears of terror to justify losing our privacy.

Retired, Secret Service agent Mike Verden, claims the NHL’s facial recognition cameras are for everyone’s safety. Near the end of the video, he reveals that unnamed sports teams are secretly using facial recognition cameras to spy on fans. 

Read more on MassPrivateI.

Oct 212017
 October 21, 2017  Govt, Online, Surveillance, U.S. No Responses »

How many posts have I posted by now about government over-reach on surveillance and the need to vigorously defend our right to privacy? A lot, right?

And I realize that I am really only pseudoanonymous, but I think I’ve made it perfectly clear to most parties that I do not cheerfully tolerate people invading my privacy or trying to.

So imagine my reaction the other evening when I received an email from Twitter Legal telling me that they had been hit with a grand jury subpoena for details of my @PogoWasRight Twitter account.

To their great credit, Twitter had fought the subpoena for my account details as well as the account details of four other accounts, but now there was apparently nothing more they could do, so they notified me so that I could file a motion to quash the subpoena.

Yes, grand juries have a lot of power. And yes, journalists do not have a real shield law and even journalists can be subpoenaed.

Right now, I’m going to withhold details of what the subpoena is about, although I know. And I know enough to be infuriated that a grand jury would so cavalierly and casually demand my personal information.

As I tweeted the other night:

Grateful to @Twitter for fighting a grand jury subpoena for my info & for notifying me so I can move to quash. Boy, am I pissed right now…

Once again, this blog and blogger are deeply grateful to the law firm of Covington & Burling. Jason Kriss and Kurt Wimmer have been outstanding in their helpfulness and representation of my concerns and rights.

Hopefully, this matter will get resolved next week, but do expect me to have more to say about it all one way or the other.

Oct 192017
 October 19, 2017  Court, Govt, Online, Surveillance No Responses »

Tim Cushing reports:

It’s amazing what effect a little public scrutiny has on government overreach. In the wake of inauguration day protests, the DOJ started fishing for information from internet service providers. First, it wanted info on all 1.2 million visitors of a protest website hosted by DreamHost. After a few months of bad publicity and legal wrangling, the DOJ was finally forced to severely restrictits demands for site visitor data.

Things went no better with the warrants served to Facebook. These demanded a long list of personal information and communications from three targeted accounts, along with the names of 6,000 Facebook users who had interacted with the protest site’s Facebook page. Shortly before oral arguments were to be heard in the Washington DC court, the DOJ dropped its gag order.

Read more on TechDirt.

Oct 192017
 October 19, 2017  Non-U.S., Surveillance No Responses »

Owen Bowcott reports:

MI5 and MI6 may be circumventing legal safeguards when they share bulk datasets with foreign intelligence services and commercial partners, a court has been told.

Most of the bulk personal datasets relate to UK citizens who are not of “legitimate intelligence interest”, the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT) heard.

Read more on The Guardian.

h/t, Robin Caron