Privacy Matters

al Qaeda didn't need Edward Snowden to tell them about NSA spying

Osama bin Laden knew full well the US government was spying on al Qaeda, long before Edward Snowden blew his whistle. In documents recently made public during a terrorism trial in the United States, bin Laden writes:

Woman suing police over 'undercover lover' scandal finds tracking device on her car

Just when you think things can't get more ridiculous in the government surveillance space...

The Guardian:

Face recognition, license plate tracking camera disappears after journalists ask US Postal Service about it

Apparently the Post Office police maintain their own secret spy budget. Fox News' Denver affiliate reports on what happened after a customer at a Denver post office noticed a strange looking utility box, and the journalists looked into it:

No laughing matter: It's time to gut the PATRIOT Act

FBI plans to expand Guardian system to include 'Top Secret' information, link up with 'Sentinel' system

The FBI's network for sharing so-called 'suspicious activity' information within the Bureau and with the Department of Defense is called Guardian. FBI maintains a separate system for state and local law enforcement suspicious activity reports called eGuardian.

DEA operates a 'Central Tracking System' through which "all DEA assets...and targets" are monitored

Apparently the Drug Enforcement Administration operates a 'Central Tracking System' through which "all DEA assets and investigative targets" are monitored in real time and historically.

What we might learn in US v. Tsarnaev—and what we probably won't

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Obama comes out swinging in favor of strong encryption and against dragnet surveillance

President Obama has come out in favor of unbreakable encryption technology, slamming as unworkable the installation of 'backdoors' into software to enable security services to snoop on private communications and internet traffic.

Obama's comments come in response to a proposal outlining a sweeping anti-terrorism law that would require companies to hand over encryption keys and private user data to government officials.

Text and call your friends all over the world, securely and for free

Hooray! Whisper Systems' Signal app for iPhone has been updated to include encrypted text services.

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