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Snowden on those that say ‘I have nothing to hide’

Over the past year, the world has become much more aware of the way government’s sniff out data on potential criminals: in short, everything is recorded. Edward Snowden’s revelations about this have helped create a growing tide of disquiet with regards to overly intrusive surveillance and especially when it comes …

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Governments continue to lean on Google for user info

Despite the fact that the world and his dog are now aware of the PRISM program in the US, Tempora here in the UK, Xkeyscore around the world and any number of other invasive programs, thanks to the efforts of Edward Snowden and other whistle blowers, it seems that Governments …

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Edward Snowden talks ‘MonsterMind,’ the NSA’s Skynet

Edward Snowden is back in the news again today, after detailing to Wired during an extensive interview, that the NSA is working on a system that will not only be able to pinpoint DDOS and other more nefarious attacks against the US and shut them down automatically, but potentially even launch …

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Thousands of websites to protest mass surveillance

It only feels like yesterday that the world and his dog’s website voluntarily blacked themselves out to protest the SOPA and PIPA bills, but while those bits of restrictive legislation are thankfully long gone, new threats have emerged. Today the problem is mass surveillance, with citizens of every country the …

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David Cameron wants the news to stop talking about Snowden

Barack Obama might have been pretty non-committal in his response to the Edward Snowden leaks about NSA and GCHQ spying on native and international citizens, but David Cameron has shrugged them off, suggesting that they shouldn’t be a surprise to everyone, since TV detective shows are always using potentially illegal spying …

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Kim Dotcom alludes to US phone tapping

The overreaching of the US government’s domestic and international spy programs continues to be theorised in the latest revelations from Kim Dotcom’s extradition trial, with the Megaupload founder and expert witnesses suggesting that the FBI may have used a fake mobile phone tower to record his phone calls, as late …

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NSA was mining Google, Yahoo servers

If you read tech news sites like ours with any frequency, chances are you’re well aware at this point that the NSA has its ear to a glass on every bedroom wall in the digital world. We’re well aware that companies like Google and Facebook cooperate with it and we …

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EFF showcases Stop Watching Us protest against NSA

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted up a video urging the people of America and specifically Washington DC, to join the Stop Watching Us protest this Saturday (26th October) against the NSA and US government’s surveillance schemes like PRISM, secret laws and the mass collection of personal and private data …

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EU politicians back NSA blocking data drafts

The pressure is mounting for blanket data gathering organisations the world over, as members of European parliament (MEP) yesterday voted with overwhelming support to block the transfer of personal data to US corporations and agencies and tightened the law on digital privacy too. Under new draft laws, US companies operating …

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NSA head and deputy to step down

Both the top dog and his second in command at the NSA spying agency are set to step down in the near future according to US officials, which may go some way to restoring faith in the organisation that has had its reputation destroyed in recent months due to revelations …

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GCHQ might be spying on lawyer-client emails

While over in the states, the anti-NSA groups are beginning to find their feet, here in the UK the revelations of government spying are getting worse and worse. It now looks like intelligence agency GCHQ, might be spying on the privileged emails between lawyers and their clients. Alleged as part …

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NSA’s PRISM surveillance may extend to New Zealand too

While companies like Lavabit have fearless leaders that are willing to shutdown their long term businesses to protect their customers, governments seem less and less willing to do the right thing for their people. According to a few New Zealand journalists, the Dotcom spying case involved not only the country’s …

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Zuckerberg criticises US stance on NSA PRISM surveillance

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has spoken out against the way the NSA handled the public reveal of its PRISM surveillance program, saying that it made it very hard for technology companies like his, to assuage public concern and make customers feel protected. Thse revelations were made at the recent TechCrunch …

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Big tech firms urge Obama to allow PRISM disclosure

One of the biggest problems with the US government’s PRISM information gathering program, is that it forbids many of the companies involved from being open about what information has been shared – making it hard for anyone to know exactly what data has been collected about them. Yesterday though, many …

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The world and his dog is suing the NSA

Headed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a large group of different businesses and organisations, including those representing drug reform, gun lobby groups, religious councils, privacy advocates and environmental groups, have filed a lawsuit against the American National Security Agency, Department of Justice, attorney general Eric Holder, his assistant, the FBI …

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Microsoft let the NSA record Skype video calls

We all know companies like Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook and others, have been sharing information with the authorities in the US for quite some time, but now it’s come to light that Microsoft even allowed the NSA to record video conversations people were having using the VOIP service, Skype. This …

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Another US federal agency destroys modern tech

While there have been a lot of relatively unbelievable stories about United States federal authorities as of late, with the revelation of PRISM’s tech privacy destroying policies, today we have a similarly ridiculous tale to tell, though this time it’s more about costing the tax payer money than it is …

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France isn’t immune to government data spying

While we’ve heard all about America’s PRISM internal and external spying and we know a bit about Tempora, the British variant and we know about illegal spying in New Zealand thanks to Kim Dotcom’s troubles with the law, it seems English speaking countries aren’t the only ones having their rights …

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Switzerland is cloud backup du jour in wake of PRISM

The US has been leading the way with regards to data backup and remote computing for some time now, but in the wake of recent allegations and revelations over the PRISM controversy, Switzerland has seen a big upsurge in people taking out cloud backup services with companies from its nationality. …

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NZ Prime Minister vs Kim Dotcom, who you got?

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom is set to go head to head with New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, this Wednesday, in an intelligence and security committee to discuss potential changes to the GCSB bill, which would give the intelligence agency increased powers for surveillance of NZ citizens. Essentially, it would …

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The NSA might have bugged EU offices

The European parliament is not happy and understandably so. A new report has emerged, dating back from 2010, that suggests the NSA might have bugged the computer networks of EU offices in Washington and New York, citing the EU as a “target.” Martin Schulz, current head of the EU parliament, has …

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Tech firms hit by EU complaints over PRISM data collection

Some of the tech firms embroiled in the PRISM scandal have been targeted by European data protection activists, in new complaints that suggest the likes of Facebook, Apple, Skype, Yahoo and Microsoft have broken data protection laws while cooperating with the NSA. The campaigners are part of Europe v Facebook and …

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Secure storage gravitates to Swiss data banks

Since the Middle Ages, Swiss Banks have had a reputation for keeping your most valuable assets safe. The country also has a ton of secrecy laws enshrined into its national identity. Cue the 21st Century. KitGuru gets Bourne again. The Cypriot government decided to snatch money directly from bank customer’s …

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Apple claims never to have heard of PRISM

It’s been nearly two weeks now since we heard about the American PRISM program that was collating huge amounts of digital communication data from some of the world’s biggest tech firms, with the supposed purpose being to help the authorities route out terrorists. However, since then, many of the technology …

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Google delivers PRISM data to government by hand, or FTP

PRISM has become a shining example of encroaching government surveillance on western civilization and understandably, people are mad about it. However, a Google spokesperson has refuted claims that government agencies have direct access to its servers – it simply delivers the data by hand or FTP. This isn’t necessary Google’s …

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Anonymous leaks NSA data in wake of spying scandal

In-case you don’t read other news sources (and why would you, we do a fantastic job here of covering, literally, everything, ever) America’s National Security Agency (NSA) just got caught spying on a huge number of its citizens using services like Facebook, Google, Yahoo and a mass of others – …

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