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
Say what you want about California’s liberal politics, this is Constitutional conservatism at its finest. It’s also a great first step at protecting our inalienable right to be secure in our persons against unreasonable searches and seizures and upholding due process. Your move, America.
New law requires state law enforcement get warrant or other court order to obtain digital data held by companies, track GPS location or search mobile devices.
Source: California Now Has the Nation’s Best Digital Privacy Law | WIRED
The federal government can no longer use controversial stingray devices to track mobile phone users without a warrant.
Source: The Feds Need a Warrant to Spy With Stingrays From Now On
Someone wants to be his Big Brother by being our Big Brother!
ATLANTA (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence
Source: Jeb Bush: NSA Needs Broader Powers To Combat ‘Evildoers’
Newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the agency gained access to billions of emails through a “highly collaborative” relationship with AT&T.
Source: AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale