Tag Archives: privacy

Edward Snowden Flees To Moscow

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has helped NSA leaker Edward Snowden get out of Hong Kong.  But he apparently won’t be in Moscow for very long: Edward Snowden left for Moscow on Sunday and his final destination may be Cuba, Ecuador, Iceland or Venezuela, according to various reports. The move is bound to infuriate Washington, wherever he ends up. “It’s a …

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Edward Snowden Charged With Spying

The federal government has formally charged NSA leaker Edward Snowden with espionage and theft of government documents. Snowden has been charged with three violations: theft of government property and two offenses under the espionage statutes, specifically giving national defense information to someone without a security clearance and revealing classified information about “communications intelligence.” Each of the charges carries a maximum …

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Obama: We Should Be Proud Of The NSA

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TRAILER: Terms & Conditions May Apply

Film synopsis: “Terms And Conditions May Apply examines the cost of so-called ‘free’ services and the continuing disappearance of online privacy. People may think they know what they give up when they click ‘I Agree’ on companies like Facebook and Google. They’re wrong.”

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NSA Leaker Edward Snowden: Male Model

“So I got invited to model for this guy (potentially NSFW) last week, and I just now got the proofs back from him. He shoots mostly guys, and he’s got some ‘questionable’ people interested in his work, so I was actually a little worried he might, you know, try to pull my pants off and choke me to death with …

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Rep. Peter King Calls For Prosecuting Journalist Glenn Greenwald Over NSA Leak

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) today called for the prosecution of openly gay journalist Glenn Greenwald for publishing the story about NSA leaker Edward Snowden. King appeared this afternoon on Fox News to make his threat. “Not only did [Greenwald] disclose this information, he said he has names of CIA agents and assets around the world and threatening to disclose that,” …

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Quote Of The Day – Edward Snowden

“I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American. People who think I made a mistake in picking Hong Kong as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality. My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate. I have been given no …

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ACLU Sues Over NSA Snooping

The ACLU yesterday filed suit against the Obama administration, demanding an end to the collection of phone records by the NSA. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York by the American Civil Liberties Union, along with the New York Civil Liberties Union. “The practice is akin to snatching every American’s address book — with annotations detailing whom …

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Edward Snowden Reported “Missing”

The BBC reports that NSA leaker Edward Snowden checked out of his Hong Kong hotel today and that his present whereabouts are unknown. Hong Kong’s broadcaster RTHK said Mr Snowden checked out of the Mira hotel on Monday. Reuters news agency quoted hotel staff as saying that he had left at noon. Ewen MacAskill, a Guardian journalist, told the BBC …

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Tweet Of The Day – Lizz Winstead

RELATED: Some are saying that Glenn Greenwald’s story is falling apart.

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Obama: Nobody’s Listening To Your Calls

President Obama today addressed the latest flap: “When it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That’s not what this program is about. What the intelligence community is doing is looking at phone numbers, and durations of calls; they are not looking at people’s names and they’re not looking at content.  If the intelligence committee actually …

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Feds Confirm Secret Data Collection

Last night the Obama administration confirmed that it has been using Facebook, Google, and Apple to secretly collect data on foreigners overseas. The story was first broken by openly gay journalist Glenn Greenwald in articles published by the Guardian and the Washington Post. Today the New York Times reports on the acknowledgement by the feds: The confirmation of the classified …

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Window To Window

Residents of a luxury Tribeca building are angry about an art gallery’s exhibition of photos taken from an apartment across the street. From his second-floor apartment across the street, artist Arne Svenson secretly took photos of his neighbors through their oversized windows as they engaged in such personal things as bending over cleaning, taking naps and carrying sleeping kids to …

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Black Boxes In Every Car By 2014

Associated Press: “Over 90 percent of new cars are being made with a black box. Similar to a flight cockpit recorder, it is called an Event Data Recorder -EDS. It records everything that is happening in your car. At issue is your right to privacy.”

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The Minority Report Comes True

The FBI is launching a national network of face-recognition technology that will identify individuals from images culled via a massive network of security cameras. Even your Facebook page photo can then be used to match your name to your presence wherever the cameras find you. The technology will be used for identifying fugitives, missing persons and unknown persons of interest; …

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Wear Your Seat Belt

Gothamist reports: The collision happened on June 29th at 5:30 a.m. One 29-year-old driver sustained minor injuries and was arrested for DWI. (No one else was hurt.) Roselle Park Police Chief Paul Morrison tells NBC New York, “I want people to realize what can happen when someone runs a red light. By showing this video, we hope people will realize …

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About Google’s New Thing

From the user terms: Your Content in our Services: When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our …

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Testing For HIV Without Consent

It passed without a blip on the radar, but last month Indiana Gov. Mitchell Daniels signed a bill that permits testing people for HIV without their consent. Indiana Senate Bill 52 states: Allows a physician or physician’s authorized representative to test an individual for HIV if certain conditions are met unless the individual to be tested refuses to consent to …

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SCOTUS: Strip Searches Always Legal

By a 5-4 vote, today the Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional for prisoners to be strip searched for any petty crime. And even when you haven’t committed a crime at all. The court ruled against a New Jersey man who complained that strip searches in two county jails violated his civil rights. Albert Florence was forced to undress …

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New York To Collect DNA From Felons AND Those Convicted Of Misdemeanors

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature have agreed to expand the mandatory collection of DNA samples to include both felons AND those convicted of misdemeanors. New York will be the first and only state to demand such samples from those convicted of petty crimes. The bill Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to sign passed overnight Wednesday in the …

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