Big Brother Seeking to Get in Your Child’s Head — Literally

by Source: With help and funding from the federal government, Big Brother is about to get inside your child’s mind — literally. Emerging technologies backed by the U.S. Department of Education are already being deployed in “education,” with federal education bureaucrats hoping to eventually use those tools to monitor and track everything from children’s […]

Vehicle Alerts Police After Driver Attempts to Flee Hit-And-Run

by Source: A Florida woman was arrested for a hit-and-run late last month after her vehicle automatically alerted law enforcement. The driver, 57-year-old Cathy Bernstein, reportedly struck another vehicle from behind last Monday before fleeing the scene in her black Ford Focus. As first responders attended to the victim, who was taken to a […]

Government and Corporations Are Responsible for Culture of Surveillance

by Source: In the almost two and a half years since former NSA contractor Ed Snowden revealed the ubiquitous surveillance under which the world lives, much of the focus has been on what government agencies are doing. The problem, though, runs deeper. The surveillance state exists within a culture of surveillance created by the […]

Trump hints at deep surveillance, special IDs for Muslims

by Source: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says the Paris terror attacks mean that “we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago” in the US, including creating databases of Muslims and closely monitoring mosques. Trump said he is concerned about the large Muslim population in the United […]

Surveillance Hawks Blame Cryptography for Paris Attacks

by Source: Unsurprisingly, in the wake of last week’s deadly attacks in Paris, there has been an escalating demand — by those always in favor of such things — for an increase in surveillance. There has also been a call for limitations to technology that permits encrypted communications. The surveillance hawks seem to believe that liberty […]

Away from NSA? Microsoft to open data centers in Germany

by Source: Microsoft is building two new data centers to hold the data of its German and EU customers, the company has announced. EU courts recently ruled a previous data-transfer treaty with the US invalid, following the Snowden revelations of NSA data collection. Starting in late 2016, Microsoft’s cloud offerings will be hosted from […]

New bill aims to ban warrantless ‘Stingray’ cell phone surveillance

by Source: A new bill in the House of Representatives could make it illegal for federal, state and local government agencies to use the controversial ‘Stingray’ surveillance technology without a warrant. Violating the law would lead to up to 10 years in prison. Stingrays, also known as IMSI catchers or cell-site simulators, are devices […]

Windows 10 to automatically download on your PC

by Source: Not interested in installing Windows 10 on your computer after reading news reports indicating Microsoft will track your online behavior and save your search queries, private emails and contents of private folders, including photos? Too bad. You may not be given much of a choice. Microsoft’s Windows 10 is preparing to automatically download onto computers currently installed with Windows 7 […]

Senate passes CISA, strikes down four pro-privacy amendments

by Source: The Senate on Tuesday passed CISA, a controversial bill encouraging companies to share private user data with the government that is worrying to civil liberties advocates. Four amendments were proposed to address privacy concerns, but they all died on the floor. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act was introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein […]