Paget had been debating dropping the demonstration from his talk, after federal authorities told him it might violate wiretapping laws. He went ahead with it after conferring with lawyers. He said he didn't believe he had broken any laws.
New services try to make location information useful but not invasive.
6 months after a Lower Merion family made national news with a claim a school-issued laptop had been used to spy on them, a second suit has been filed against the school district over alleged webcam surveillance.
The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist withi
A malicious site can find out what social-networking groups you belong to--and then figure out your identity.
Mobile carriers might get marketing insights from studying whom you call and what device you use.
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The White House recently released a draft of a troubling plan titled "National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace" (NSTIC). In previous iterations, the project was known as the "National Strategy for Secure Online Transactions" and emphasi
SANTA MONICA, CA — Citing new information about Google’s classified government contracts and the Internet giant’s admitted Wi-Spying activity, Consumer Watchdog today said it is more imperative than ever for the Energy and Commerce Committee to condu
The French parliament's lower house has overwhelmingly approved a ban on the wearing of full face veils in public.
If those new airport X-ray scanners offend your modest sensibilities, you may not want to read this. A new terahertz remote sensor may soon be able to see through walls, packaging materials, and even clothing from thousands of feet away, identifying
North Carolina's efforts to collect sales taxes from online retailers could lead to government snooping on consumers' online shopping habits. The N.C. Dept of Revenue's audit of Amazon.com seeks private customer information the government doesn't nee
I just heard that one of my old, dear friends got bounced out of his campground because he was "taking pictures of children". OK, Ohan, I will defend. In defense of Clyde.
Four students in New York have raised $200,000 (£136,000) to build a alternative to Facebook where users have more control of their personal information.
First universities started using RFID chips to track students' attendance. Now they want their DNA.
Interconnected computer systems provide openings for attackers.
In this video lecture Eben Moglen discusses how the current internet architectural paradigm lays waste to individual privacy. Moglen goes on to discuss an alternative paradigm that is privacy friendly. An earlier FP post about the "Diaspora" server r
Photocopiers store your scanned copies on a hard drive, then these copiers produce copies -- without erasing the original digital files! Your tax returns, medical papers, business secrets, you name it, reside in these machines. Old copiers are sold,
It is rumored that Greece may spend more than it saves from austerity measures on arms deals with Germany, France and the US as a potential condition of receiving bailout funds. It is not unprecedented for the global military industrial complex to
Here is something interesting – something I bet a lot of people didn’t know. Financial aid, even for students over the age of 23 who haven’t been living at home can require you to give out your personal information. If your child wants, at age
Since its incorporation just over five years ago, Facebook has undergone a remarkable transformation. When it started, it was a private space for communication with a group of your choice. Soon, it transformed into a platform where much of your infor
Offshore banks might be tax havens, but they're no havens in terms of network security, according to Andrew Hay, a security professional who worked in the offshore banking industry for some time.
Today, Facebook removed its users' ability to control who can see their own interests and personal information. Certain parts of users' profiles, "including your current city, hometown, education and work, and likes and interests" will now be transfo
The EFF-led coalition filed an amicus brief this Tuesday in support of Yahoo!'s opposition to the government's motion, agreeing with Yahoo! that the government's warrantless seizure of an email account would violate both federal privacy law and the F
The most common retort against privacy advocates -- by those in favor of ID checks, cameras, databases, data mining and other wholesale surveillance measures -- is this line: "If you aren't doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?" Some
NBC's 'cynical' mind-control games. The network admits it uses "behavior placement" on popular shows to encourage healthy, eco-friendly habits — and sell ads. First there was product placement. Now there's "behavior placement," the planting o
To say that Russell's bill embodies National ID is silly. We already have national Id of sorts. Russell's bill will now include data sharing with Home Land Security. To understand how we got here, some background is helpful.
While researching a story for Wired Magazine about people who fake their own deaths, journalist Evan Ratliff began to wonder: How hard would it be to disappear in today's digital world?
Ralph Remakel received a Citibank letter postmarked Feb. 16 that notified him of a recent Citibank error. It turns out he wasn't the only one. In late January, Citibank mailed year-end tax statements to 600,000 Citi customers via the U.S. Postal
British dog owners may be forced to microchip their pets and take out insurance in a crackdown on dangerous canines. Postmen are delighted, but libertarians grumble Britain's sprawling surveillance state now wants to track the nation's dogs.