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Little Brother Is Watching You  31 May 2013 
Source: New Yorker - Posted by Dave Wreski   
In the post-9/11 atmosphere of ever-increasing government secrecy and surveillance, the real surprise to me about the Department of Justiceís secret snooping on Associated Press phone records was that it would be such a surprise, given the visibly vast security and intelligence apparatus erected by the U.S. government over the past decade
 
Bitdefender Clueful exposes Android spies  22 May 2013 
Source: H Security - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Bitdefender Clueful is designed to warn Android users about apps that put their privacy at risk. Available free of charge, the app checks whether any of a user's installed programs are known to transmit smartphone numbers to advertising networks or cause push-message spam.
 
Transparency and Accountability  14 May 2013 
Source: Schneier on Security - Posted by Dave Wreski   
As part of the fallout of the Boston bombings, we're probably going to get some new laws that give the FBI additional investigative powers. As with the Patriot Act after 9/11, the debate over whether these new laws are helpful will be minimal, but the effects on civil liberties could be large.
 
Dear hacker: Please help us eavesdrop on our customers  14 May 2013 
Source: arsTechnica - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Mobily, a Saudi Arabian telecommunications company with 4.8 million subscribers, is working on a way to intercept encrypted data sent over the Internet by Twitter, Viber, and other mobile apps, a security researcher said Monday.
 
India introduces Central Monitoring System  08 May 2013 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Privacy advocates are up in arms after the Indian government began quietly rolling out a Rs.4 billion(£47.8m) Central Monitoring System (CMS) designed to give the authorities sweeping access to citizensí phone calls and internet comms in the name of national security.
 
Michael Chertoff on Google Glass  06 May 2013 
Source: Schneier on Security - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Interesting op-ed by former DHS head Michael Chertoff on the privacy risks of Google Glass. Now imagine that millions of Americans walk around each day wearing the equivalent of a drone on their head: a device capable of capturing video and audio recordings of everything that happens around them.
 
Secrets of FBI Smartphone Surveillance Tool Revealed in Court Fight  16 April 2013 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A legal fight over the governmentís use of a secret surveillance tool has provided new insight into how the controversial tool works and the extent to which Verizon Wireless aided federal agents in using it to track a suspect.
 
IRS going against privacy tide on warrantless email search  15 April 2013 
Source: Network World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has taken the position it does not need a search warrant to gather email in criminal investigations, despite opposition from lawmakers and privacy advocates and a ruling by a federal appellate court.
 
Firefox 20 has per-window privacy and fixes three critical bugs  03 April 2013 
Source: H Security - Posted by Alex   
Mozilla has released Firefox 20, the latest update to the browser. As has been the case with most recent Firefox updates, there is a limited number of new features and a number of security fixes. Amongst the new features is the per-window private browsing, first seen in the beta of Firefox 20
 
Donít Download That Bro, Youíre Going to Get Busted!  18 March 2013 
Posted by Anthony Pell   
One of the most enduring questions in the history of online file-sharing asks whether something bad will come from downloading and/or sharing a particular product. Will the the recording and movie industries come knocking? Will the police or even the FBI take an interest? Are the evil bottom-feeding trolls watching my torrents? Itís a complex area, but one thatís fairly easily understood.
 
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