Privacy Matters

Mission creep: France uses emergency rules passed in wake of Paris attacks to silence environmentalist

In the latest example of terror wars mission creep, the French government has begun using emergency rule powers granted in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks to silence environmentalists.

The Intercept reports:

Walmart worked with Lockheed Martin, FBI to spy on workers fighting for fair wages—but the protests continue

Are you taking part in Black Friday protests today? It's likely that private corporations and government agencies are working hand in hand to monitor your dissent.

Bloomberg reports on new documents showing that Walmart hired military contractor Lockheed Martin and worked with the FBI to spy on employees who were fighting for a fair wage back in 2012.

EVENT: Power Wars: Surveillance, Drones and Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency

When: Friday, Dec 4, 15 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Where: MIT, Stata Center Room 32-155 | 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

"Never again?" Not so much.

Donald Trump has gained support in the polls since the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. In a recent interview with Yahoo news, Trump mused about taking targeted state action against Muslims in the United States.

Massachusetts state senate unanimously votes in support of student and employee privacy

Yesterday the Massachusetts state senate voted unanimously in support of legislation that would bar employers and schools from demanding access to private employee or student social media accounts.

Paris attackers did not use encryption, according to reports

Even before the victims of the Paris attacks had been moved from the scene or their bodies identified, members of the US national security state began speculating that encryption was likely part of the reason the terrorists were able to plot and execute their deadly mission without getting caught. Former CIA director Mike Morrell was one of the many people who advanced this theory.

Freedom over fear: the best writing on Paris and civil liberties

Here's what I'm reading on Paris and the aftermath.

Stephen Walt, "Don't Give ISIS What It Wants":

CIA director blames privacy advocates for Paris terrorist attacks


If you can't afford bail, you may not be able to afford a private conversation with your lawyer, either

Records and recordings of prisoners' phone calls hacked from a private company's servers and leaked to the Intercept reveal prisons and jails are recording the content of attorney-client privileged conversations.

The scale of the hack, and of the company's monitoring of prisoner phone calls, is astonishing.

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