Privacy Matters

Talk at Libre Planet: How to fight back against the surveillance state

This Saturday, March 22 I'll be speaking at the Libre Planet conference, hosted by the Free Software Foundation. Josh Levy of Free Press and I will discuss how to fight back against the creeping techno-surveillance state. Neither of us are computer experts, but we are both steeped in policy debates at the intersection of technology and liberty. It should be a fun discussion. If you're in Cambridge and attending the conference, come check it out.

Just after launching data breach website, credit reporting agency sent password to user in plaintext

Equifax is one of the three large credit reporting agencies in the United States, which means it has a huge influence on whether or not you’ll get a loan to buy a house or send your kids to college, or even whether or not you’ll get a job. The company maintains a lot of personal information about you, including your social security number and date of birth, among many other sensitive details. That’s why it is extremely troubling to see that, according to one customer, Equifax sends passwords to users over email in plaintext:

Man reports something to the police, gets put on a watch list

Tech and surveillance news bites

Autonomous killer robots: coming to a swarm near you?

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Raw Take: When "minimize" means "do whatever you want"

One year later, no explanation about secret listening device in student prayer room

Image credit: Ridz Design

In Feburary 2013, students at the Florida International University found a listening device in their campus prayer room. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that the students are Muslim, and that the prayer room was used daily by the Muslim Student Association.

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