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House Effort To Repeal Patriot Act

Two congressmen are behind the effort to repeal the Patriot Act. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) on Tuesday unveiled their Surveillance State Repeal Act, which would overhaul American spying powers unlike any other effort to reform the National Security Agency. “This isn’t just tinkering around the edges,” Pocan said during a Capitol […]

Defenders of Benjamin Netanyahu will stop at nothing to defend his reprehensible behavior, but good for the WSJ for reporting it. Israel spied on private talks the United States held with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, and used the inside information in an attempt to lobby members of Congress against the deal. The report cites […]

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden wants to come back home to the United States, but U.S. officials said the fugitive whistleblower would have to stand trial for leaking details about the NSA’s secret mass surveillance programs, Reuters reported. “I won’t keep it secret that he … wants to return back home. And we […]

They’re doing this in Fresno, CA, and it may be coming to a police department near you. “To the extent that there is information that is in the public domain, regardless of where the input was derived, it could potentially be surfaced through a Beware query,” said Allen Carr, vice president of Intrado, the company […]

New Barbie May Spy On You

First it was your television, and now the new, interactive Barbie, will record conversations that will keep information in a cloud. Toy talks privacy page says: “When users interact with ToyTalk, we may capture photographs or audio or video recordings (the “Recordings”) of such interactions, depending upon the particular application being used.” “We may use, […]

WASHINGTON (AP) – Britain’s electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden. A story about the documents posted Thursday on […]

Isn’t it enough that the government is doing it? A single sentence buried in a dense “privacy policy” for Samsung’s Internet-connected SmartTV advises users that its nifty voice command feature might capture more than just your request to play the latest episode of Downton Abbey. “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal […]

You can’t have a presumption of privacy from the government when talking on a cell phone. The FBI won’t bother to obtain search warrants before it uses interception devices on people in public, according to a letter written by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and staffer Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). These devices include […]

Manhattanite Aksana Kuzmitskaya claims her landlord installed cameras in her apartment and spied on her showering, going to the bathroom and having sex. Kuzmitskaya began living and working as a housekeeper and maintenance person in the building at 7 West 82nd in 2013, The Real Deal writes, and was given free rent on her unit in […]

We don’t spy enough on Muslims because of media “morons,” says the Long Island Congressman. King urged the U.S. to respond by heightening its domestic surveillance programs. “We can have all the technology in the world, the fact is we have to find out what’s happening on the ground in these Muslim communities and we […]

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