Tag Archives: Privacy

The Inevitable End of Government Surveillance

Kontra gives us a useful reminder: Final destination of *every* single government surveillance/intelligence program anywhere. https://t.co/XmCBKB6ZMV — Kontra (@counternotions) June 19, 2017 Here’s the backstory from the New York Times.

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Finally!

It appears that at long last even the U.S. Senate is getting tired of the Intelligence Community’s dissembling on the abuse of §702 of the FISA act. They are insisting that they be informed of the number of Americans caught … Continue reading

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More on Google's Ad Blocking

When I first wrote about the changes coming to Chrome and Safari in the Adtech arena, I noted that some observers were worried that Google’s changes gave them too much power and could be abused. It turns out that they … Continue reading

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Apple Does it Again

In yet another privacy enhancing move, Apple announced that iOS 11 will no longer allow app developers to force always-on location services. If you’re like me, you became aware of this issue when Uber removed the “when App is running” … Continue reading

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Adtech Followup

As a followup to my post the other day on Adtech Progress, here’s some commentary from the EFF on the Google and Apple announcements. The TL;DR is that although the EFF welcomes both initiatives, they regret that Google, unlike Apple, … Continue reading

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Some Progress on Adtech

Regular readers know that Adtech is the general term for the technology that advertisers use to spy on us and collect information about our buying and surfing habits. It’s widespread, mostly fraudulent from an advertisers’ point of view, is a … Continue reading

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The FBI Proves the Iron Law of Data Collection

About a year ago, I wrote about the FBI’s use of §702 data—supposedly collected to fight terrorism—for routine law enforcement having nothing to do with terrorism. I called it another confirmation of the Iron Law of Data Collection: the idea … Continue reading

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If You're Looking for Another Reason to Despise Journalists...

Here you go.

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The Past Comes Due

Irreal oldtimers know that I have often railed about the activities of the NSA and their domestic spying and about the ever more shrill demands by law enforcement that they be given a back door into our cell phones. As … Continue reading

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Comey and Feinstein At It Again

James Comey and Dianne Feinstein are at it again pressing for legislation to compel device manufacturers to enable law enforcement to bypass device encryption. In a sense, nothing is new. Comey is trotting out the same arguments—many or most of … Continue reading

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