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Posts Tagged ‘privacy

Privacy of communications and entrapment of terrorists

March 24, 2012

Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi writes: Americans … should be concerned by the repeated entrapment of so-called terrorists, first of all because the process reveals that our private communications are no longer very private. Second, the law enforcement use of a planted informant to encourage and enable someone to commit a crime used to be […]

Your Tweets and Emails in the Library of Congress

December 6, 2011

Tweets, emails and other electronic communications can be considered “government documents” and must be preserved. The National Archives handles official government materials, while the Library of Congress’ mandate is to deal with anything that may have long-term historical interest. But how much digital information are we talking about? How about all of the tweets from […]

How the US government secretly reads your email

October 15, 2011

Somewhere, a US government official is reading through a list of those who sent or received an email from Jacob Appelbaum, a 28-year-old computer science researcher at the University of Washington who volunteered for WikiLeaks. Appelbaum is a spokesman for Tor, a free internet anonymising software that helps people defend themselves against internet surveillance. He’s […]

No privacy in the digital world

October 6, 2011

During his two-hour morning bike ride, Eric Hartman doesn’t pay much attention to his iPhone. But the iPhone is paying attention to him. As he traverses the 30-mile circuit, Hartman’s iPhone knows precisely where he is at every moment, and keeps a record of his whereabouts. That data is beamed to Apple Inc. multiple times […]

The US Government Spying on Americans

September 3, 2011

Two American senators with access to top-secret intelligence raised the alarm in May, suggesting that the invasion of law-abiding Americans’ privacy was being carried out clandestinely – and that people would be shocked if they knew the extent. “I want to deliver a warning this afternoon,” Senator Ron Wyden said on May 26 during a […]

Kill Switch for the Internet alarms privacy experts

February 17, 2011

Hosni Mubarak’s Egyptian regime used an Internet “kill-switch” in recent weeks. It works and we saw the results live on television. Virtually every government in the world has the ability to silence the voice of their citizens by simply shutting off access to the Information Super Highway. It is mind-boggling. With a “kill-switch,” government can […]

All Web Surfing to be Tracked?

January 27, 2011

The US Justice Department wants Internet service providers and cell phone companies to be required to hold on to records for longer to help with criminal prosecutions. “Data retention is fundamental to the department’s work in investigating and prosecuting almost every type of crime,” US deputy assistant attorney general Jason Weinstein told a congressional subcommittee. […]

Concerning WikiLeaks, isn’t Government supposed to operate openly and citizens entitled to privacy?

December 28, 2010

Glenn Greenwald writes in Salon: “The Justice Department is engaged in an all-out crusade to figure out how to shut down WikiLeaks and imprison Julian Assange. It is subjecting Bradley Manning to unbelievably inhumane conditions in order to manipulate him into providing needed testimony to prosecute Assange. Recall that in 2008 — long before anyone […]

Your every move is being tracked digitally

August 14, 2010

The Wall Street Journal ran a terrific series of stories called “What They Know.” The general subject was personal privacy—or the lack of it—in the digital world. The first article in the series explained how websites routinely track your movements on the web and collect a genuinely astonishing amount of personal information about you in the […]

Washington destroys privacy at home and abroad

March 28, 2010

Paul Craig Roberts has a hard-hitting article in Creators Syndicate, the following an excerpt: In the Swiss newspaper Zeit-Fragen, Professor Dr. Eberhard Hamer from Germany asks, “How sovereign is Europe?” He examines the issue and concludes that Europe has little, if any, sovereignty. Professor Hamer writes that the sovereign rights of Europeans as citizens of […]