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DEA sued over "suspicionless" mass surveillance of Americans' phone records

DEA sued over secret dragnet of Americans' phone records

Human Rights Watch and EFF are suiing the drug agency, along with the FBI, DOJ and the USA itself, to make sure they torch the bulk surveillance program and purge its mountain of records.

Canary Watch site will keep an eye out for vanishing warrant canaries

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Canary Watch will track changes to these transparency report statements that would indicate providers had received subpoenas with gag orders.

Security must come first! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's this week's 60 Second Security.

News you can learn from, in just one minute...

SSCC 158 - What do you mean, "Don't knit your own remote authentication"? [PODCAST]

Here's this week's Chet Chat security podcast for your listening pleasure.

Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin of Sophos dissect the week's security news to see what we can learn from other people's mistakes...

Panopticlick reveals the cookie you can't delete

Panopticlick reveals the cookie you can't delete

You know about cookies, and how to delete them, but what if there was a cookie you couldn't delete, and what if the steps you took to guard your privacy made you easier to track? The EFF's Panopticlick tool determines how easy you are to identify based on your web browser's 'fingerprint'.

SoHo routers to get hacker-style scrutiny in return for "awesome" prizes


Buy a $50 SoHo router, plug it in, press a couple of buttons.

Bingo! A connected household! What could possibly go wrong?

If history is any guide, quite a lot...

EFF sues NSA over hoarding of zero days


Wouldn't it be nice to know just how, exactly, the spy agency decides whether to silently exploit zero days for snooping purposes while leaving businesses and individuals in the dark with their bellies exposed? The EFF has filed a FOIA lawsuit to help find answers.

SSCC 148 - Cloud privacy policies not related to data security [PODCAST]


The Chet Chat comes to you this week from Hanoi, Vietnam with special guest Sean Richmond from Sophos Australia.

This week they tackle the FBI's crackdown on the Blackshades malware, more flaws in Chip-and-PIN, the latest Apple updates, and the EFF's "Who has got your back" report.

Snapchat, AT&T, Amazon = worst privacy protectors says EFF

Snapchat, AT&T, Amazon = worst privacy protectors says EFF

Snapchat makes its debut on the list with the lowest ranking of all when it comes to who's got our backs. The good news is that many companies have made vast strides in criteria including publishing transparency reports about government data requests and fighting for users' data privacy rights both in the courts and in Congress.

Massive FBI facial recognition database raises privacy fears

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The FBI is building a massive facial recognition database that could contain as many as 52 million images by 2015, including 4.3 million non-criminal images, according to information obtained by the EFF via a freedom of information request.

Google accidentally improves Android privacy, just for a moment

Google accidentally improves Android privacy, just for a moment

App Ops Launcher, a hidden feature that allowed Android users to deny selected permissions to apps, was an experiment that was never supposed to be released and that could break apps instead of just policing them, Google said.

AT&T hacker and internet troll 'Weev' appeals 41-month prison sentence

AT&T hacker/Internet troll 'Weev' appeals 41-month prison sentence

The EFF has filed an appeal seeking to free the hacker and self-described internet troll, who exploited a hole in AT&T's publicly facing website to siphon the personal data of more than 100,000 iPad owners.

ACLU: Cops should have a tougher time sucking up 7 months of mobile phone data

ACLU: Cops should have a tougher time sucking up 7 months of mobile phone data

The ACLU joined other legal activist groups to file a brief in what they call a potentially pivotal case in determining whether the government needs a warrant to track our mobile phones.

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: ------------------------------.

Ubuntu pipes search queries to Amazon, worrying privacy experts

Ubuntu pipes search results to Amazon

Revolution OS - or adware? An update to the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution will pass searches through Amazon.com's search engine. Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls that move a "major privacy problem."

$20 million is not enough! How much should Facebook pay for settling sponsored stories dispute?

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A judge has rejected Facebook’s settlement offer of $10 million for lawyers and $10 million for privacy groups in a privacy lawsuit over the use of users’ names and faces in "Sponsored Stories" ads.

Google to demote websites with pirated content

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Google has announced changes to its search algorithms, pushing down websites with several copyright take-down requests from the prime position in search results. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea.

Megaupload users who want their data have to pay (or sue), feds say


It's not looking good for those Megaupload users who want their files returned, unless they want to pay, or sue, to get it back.

CISPA debate rages on in the US, what's all the fuss about?

CISPA debate rages on in the US, what's all the fuss about?

A new law being debated in the US is causing concern among privacy advocates. The law is designed to encourage information sharing to thwart cybercrime, yet even the White House is expressing concerns over the privacy implications of the bill.

Canadian resident sentenced to death for writing a computer program

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A Canadian resident has been sentenced to death in Iran for offending the faith, after his computer program was used without his knowledge to upload pornography.