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No Safe Harbor: How NSA Spying Undermined U.S. Tech and Europeans’ Privacy

It looks like this whole NSA debacle is going to have adverse effects on the US economy as well. Thanks, Obama!

The spread of knowledge about the NSA’s surveillance programs has shaken the trust of customers in U.S. Internet companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple: especially non-U.S. customers who have discovered how weak the legal protections over their data is under U.S. law. It should come as no surprise, then, that the European Court of Justice (CJEU) has decided that United States companies can no longer be automatically trusted with the personal data of Europeans.

Source: No Safe Harbor: How NSA Spying Undermined U.S. Tech and Europeans’ Privacy | Electronic Frontier Foundation

It’s time to build the private Web

The establishment of the U.S. Postal Service was one of the most visionary civil liberties ideas of its time. It was deeply rooted in George Washington’s belief that a strong state and society can only exist if every citizen has access to uncensored information and can freely communicate, away from the government’s prying eyes.

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The Senate Finally Passes NSA Surveillance Reform

It’s a step in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go.

After three failed attempts, the senate finally passed the USA Freedom Act on Tuesday evening. The president is expected to sign it into law later tonight.

Source: The Senate Finally Passes NSA Surveillance Reform | WIRED

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NSA wanted to hack the Android store

A newly published Snowden leak reveals that the NSA planned to hack the Android store so that it could covertly install malware on its targets’ phones.

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Billion Dollar Surveillance Blimp to Launch over Maryland

Outdated technology? Barrage balloons went out with WWII. Ah, but this one is outfitted with massive civil rights violations!

In just a few days, the Army will launch the first of two massive blimps over Maryland, the last gasp of an 18-year-long $2.8-billion Army project intended to use giant airships to defend against cruise missiles.

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Brazil Is Building A Transatlantic Pipe To Avoid US Internet Spying

Thanks to overzealous spying on the part of the US government’s alphabet soup, countries are looking for ways to circumvent the massive civil liberties and legal violations that come with routing internet traffic through US servers. To wit, Brazil has probably taken the boldest steps so far–requiring US service providers to house their servers within Brazil’s sovereign territory (so they will be subject to Brazilian law) and even going so far as to plan a transatlantic telecommunications cable, connecting to their European sister nation, Portugal.

The US (and, to an even greater extent, the UK) look like they’re trying to prove George Orwell right. The question is: how do we stop it?

Republicans Taking Over Congress Isn’t the Privacy Nightmare You’d Think

NSA reform may be the last true bipartisan issue.

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Meet Jack. Or, What The Government Could Do With That Location Data

NSA: National Insecurity

Hey, it’s the guy who did “Conversation With My Six Year Old Self” being brilliant again! The video really hits home about 2:01.

Security Check Now Starts Long Before You Fly

OMG WTF TSA

The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its screening of passengers before they arrive at the airport by searching a wide array of government and private databases that can include records like car registrations and employment information.

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