As you browse the Internet and your Facebook wall, how many different factions do you think have the ability to watch you, beyond the NSA, Facebook, Google and your neighbor’s evil hacker kid? And then who is watching these watchers? Comic by The Joy of Tech
Remember that night you were watching Breaking Bad and just had to know the recipe for making meth? Or how you once cleverly wrote your last trip to Bombay was “the bomb?” These searches have probably won you a place on the big list, along with everyone else ever. Recently we’ve revealed to you seven… Continue reading Are You on the Government’s List?
Every year the Electronic Frontier Foundation releases a report on which tech companies are being nice with your data protection and which are being naughty. The thing about the Internet these days is that we are entrusting our very sensitive and private information to tech companies. Especially with the rising issue of mass surveillance, it’s… Continue reading Which Tech Companies Are Protecting You and Your Data From the Government?
We’re not the only ones wary of the NSA‘s power to monitor our personal communications. Even former president Jimmy Carter avoids sending personal emails when he can, opting to send notes via snail mail instead. In an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Meet the Press, the 39th president said that national surveillance programs have… Continue reading Former President Jimmy Carter Sends Notes by Snail Mail to Avoid NSA Email Surveillance
A consolidated action lawsuit is in the works against Google for email scanning in Gmail, an act that may be akin to illegal wiretapping. The case is set for trial in November but even so, Google has been fighting to keep the details of its internal processes regarding Gmail confidential. Google has never denied that… Continue reading Google Is Not Willing to Spill the Beans on Gmail Scanning
Since the popular messaging service WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion, users have worried that the takeover would eventually lead to unfavorable changes to their favorite chat app. Though CEO and cofounder Jan Koum emphasized that WhatsApp would maintain its autonomy and continue to operate independently, there were whispers that Facebook would soon… Continue reading WhatsApp Founder Stresses Commitment to Privacy Despite Facebook Acquisition
NSA leaker Edward Snowden will speak at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival via a live video conference from Moscow where he’s living in temporary asylum. Send Snowden your questions using the hashtag #AskSnowden.
Yesterday was going to be the Day We Fight Back against the online data governments are collecting on us. Modeled after the successful Stop Online Privacy Act protests a few years back, the campaign urged us to call or email our representatives in Congress. The Day We Fight Back also encouraged webmasters to add action… Continue reading The Day the Internet Supposedly Fought Back