Remember: the wider you cast your net, the more chaff you have to sift through. Wanton surveillance is wasteful, ineffective, and unconstitutional.
The professed goal of audio surveillance on mass transit systems may be to protect passengers. But privacy advocates say it crosses a line, amounting to violations of free speech and the right to be free from unwarranted and ‘unreasonable’ searches.
Source: Big Brother is listening as well as watching | CSO Online
National hero Edward Snowden explains–with chilling detail–the real world dangers of the illegal government surveillance programs he disclosed and the reality that they aren’t used to stop terrorism.
So much for the 4th Amendment….
No warrant is needed to get your phone’s location data, U.S. appeals court rules
Source: No warrant is needed to get your phone’s location data, U.S. appeals court rules / Boing Boing
I look at countries who openly publish every piece of legislation that gets debated on and actively invite the public to be part of the legislative process by maintaining extremely high levels of transparency in their government, even going so far as to redesign their legislative houses with symbolically large viewing galleries and windows–you know, countries like Germany who have first-hand knowledge of the dangers of secrecy and backroom dealings in the houses of government–and then I look at my United States of America….
The stealth change would expand the reach of the FBI’s already highly controversial national security letters.
Source: Secret Text in Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access to Email Records
In what seems to be a complete reversal in position, Microsoft is suing the US government on the grounds that gag orders on warrants are unconstitutional. Good on them! Let’s hope that the courts agree!
“We appreciate that there are times when secrecy around a government warrant is needed,” Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post Thursday. “But based on the many secrecy orders we have …
Source: Microsoft sues US government for the right to tell you when the feds are reading your email / Boing Boing
Meanwhile, this just came out of Diane Feinstein’s well of stupidity.
In fact, the Burr-Feinstein bill is so bad for privacy that it may be good for privacy in the long run, say experts.
Source: The Senate’s Draft Encryption Bill Is ‘Ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate’