Privacy Matters

Federal court rules in favor of secret law

One of the hallmarks of authoritarian governments is secret law. When subjects don’t know how their government interprets laws shaping state power, it’s easy for officials to do lots of shady things in the dark. That’s especially true with respect to surveillance law—spying is meant to be secret, after all, and more often than not stays that way.

Do you still have 'nothing to hide' after watching this video?

The NSA, FBI, state and local police aren't alone. Did you know that your boss, stalker, abusive ex-husband, or parent may be secretly monitoring your phone and internet use, using spyware installed on your devices? Mobistealth is one of the companies selling this shady spyware, presumably to anyone who can pay. Watch the video embedded above to see just what it's capable of doing.

The top twelve Privacy Matters posts in 2013

These are the 2013 stories that rose to the top from this humble blog, thanks to your interest and support. They appear in chronological order, starting in January 2013 and running through December. Happy New Year!

NSA malware turns your iPhone into a spy device, obliterating your privacy

According to documents reported on by the German newspaper Der Spiegel, the NSA has a fool-proof and covert method of remotely installing malware onto iPhones. Senator Ron Wyden has warned publicly that the NSA has these capabilities, though he didn't name Apple or iPhone specifically.

'To Protect and Infect: The militarization of the internet'

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'Backdoors, Government Hacking, and The Next Crypto Wars'

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Is NSA watching you as you wait for the train? On hacking into live video streams

One of the hundreds of surveillance cameras in Boston's regional camera network.

Greenwald on computer privacy, internet freedom, and the press

Glenn Greenwald delivered the keynote speech at the 30th annual Chaos Communication Congress (#30c3), a hacker conference held in Hamburg, Germany. The video of the excellent and at times hilarious talk is below. Greenwald starts speaking at about 4:35.

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Federal court rules TSA can detain, search you for possession of Arabic flash cards, books

A federal court has ruled that carrying Arabic language flash cards and a book critical of US foreign policy adds up to all the reasonable suspicion TSA agents need to search and detain you at the airport. Words: the latest al Qaeda threat?

The Associated Press reports:

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