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Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo release NSA snooping stats

Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo release NSA snooping stats

The US government had a change of heart regarding disclosure of NSA surveillance requests. Tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo have duly let loose the goods - but six months stale with scant details.

Apple publishes new transparency report. Is there a 'warrant canary' nesting inside?

Apple publishes new transparency report. Is there a 'warrant canary' nesting inside?

The term refers to telling customers what you're not allowed to tell customers: namely, that you've been served with a subpoena for data, with attendant gag order, sometime during a given time span. This passive method of informing-by-omission is done by an ISP telling customers when the subpoena *hasn't* been served - a maneuver now legal, albeit untested in court, and Apple's one of the first big-name tech companies to try it.

NSA 'technology glitch' violated US Constitution, nabbed 56,000 emails per year from non-terrorists

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Court opinions declassified and released yesterday by James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence, have revealed how the National Security Agency (NSA) collected tens of thousand of emails from American citizens who had no known terrorism links.

Newly exposed NSA tool, XKeyscore, sees 'nearly everything we do online'

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The only thing US surveillance needs to read the contents of your email, with no prior authorization whatsoever, is your email address.

Are we sick of PRISM yet, or do we still have room for outrage?

US senators propose legislation to throttle NSA's domestic spying

US senators propose legislation to throttle NSA's domestic spying

Senator Patrick Leahy, along with other US senators, has introduced a bill to limit National Security Agency (NSA) spying on domestic targets.

They're not asking for it to stop, mind you - just that it be more transparent with regards to privacy.

Canada's long-delayed spam laws risk being quietly shelved

Canada's long-delayed anti-spam laws risk being quietly shelved

Anti-spam legislation in Canada should have been in force several years ago but it's unlikely that the laws will have any teeth for several more years, and they may even fall by the wayside. So Canadians, unless you want to be the weak link, pester your politicians to pull their collective fingers out.

Using Tor and other means to hide your location piques NSA's interest in you

Using Tor and other means to hide your location piques NSA's interest in you

Those who use online anonymizing technologies to obscure their location are assumed to be non-US persons and should thus continue to be targeted by surveillance. That's one of many revelations coming from top-secret documents, published by The Guardian, that show that US surveillance is much broader than the public previously knew.

US uses NSA-FBI PRISM program to snoop on everything and everybody

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Here's a brief summary of what we know, what we don't know, and how you can at least try to protect yourself from surveillance.

Ridiculously redacted interpretation of FISA snooping law released

Ridiculously redacted interpretation of FISA snooping law released

US privacy organization EFF invites you to click on thumbnails of the summaries it managed to pry out of the government, but let's save your finger muscles the workout with this summaries summary: ------------------------------.

SSCC 93 - Flame, LinkedIn, FISA, Patch Tuesday, border snooping and the BlueHat prize

Sophos Security Chet Chat

Michael Argast joins Chet once again to discuss Flame, LinkedIn, warrantless wiretapping, Patch Tuesday, border patrol spying and Microsoft's BlueHat prize.

Canada vows to be less spammy in 2011 - At least after September

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On Dec 15th Canada passed its first anti-spam legislation. Will this have an impact on the global spam problem, or is it too little too late?