privacy

NSA Planned To Sneak-Attack App Stores To Put Spyware On Smartphones

Another day, another cynicism-inducing reminder that the NSA hasn’t just been unlawfully dragnet spying on our digital lives — it has also rigged up new and complicated techniques to do so, like hijacking app stores to put spyware on smartphones.


New Detection Systems Listen For Drones Flying Under The Radar

On the heels of reports that drones are mysteriously buzzing around the Eiffel Tower and crashing into the White House lawn, a Japanese security company is developing a new drone detector — a system to sniff out any shady eyes in the sky buzzing around the wrong places. The march toward dystopia continues.


Apple And Google Beg Obama To Reject Encryption Backdoors

A collection of tech giants — including companies such as Apple and Google, along with noted cryptologists — have sent President Obama a letter urging him to reject government proposals to include backdoors in encrypted communication systems.


Apple Sues To Prevent Radioshack Selling Customer Data

As the painful destruction of the once-mighty RadioShack empire continues in the US, administrators have been selling off anything worth anything — including a massive trove of customer data, much to the displeasure of some states’ Attorneys General. And now, Apple is joining the good fight.


Sketchy Spyware Company Hacked, Targets Doubly Screwed

Spyware company mSpy — which lets people pay for software to secretly track their loved ones, employees and really whoever they want — has been hacked, and a huge data dump posted on a Tor-accessible website.


How Google Decides If You Have The 'Right To Be Forgotten'

It’s a year since the EU ruled that people have the “right to be forgotten” online, in the process ordering Google to remove links when people ask it to. Here’s how they decide who deserves to have their requests granted.


Woman Says She Got Fired For Deleting A 24/7 Tracking App Off Her Phone

And now in a delightful new instalment of a series I just made up right now — Why Isn’t This Illegal? — we have an employer allegedly firing a woman for not wanting to be tracked after-hours on her work phone.


US Court Rules That The NSA's Justification For Surveillance Is Bullshit

Another flimsy justification for mass surveillance bites the dust — the Second Circuit court ruled today that Section 215 of the Patriot Act does not give the National Security Agency any authority to collect metadata. In other words: the NSA’s phone snooping program is straight-up unlawful.


Facebook Opens Up Internet.org Platform, Tramples All Over User Privacy

In a video announcing the new Internet.org platform, Mark Zuckerberg’s eyes beam straight through your soul, while he tells you dryly how Facebook is going to fix the internet. “Facebook is watching you…” his eyes say silently. Internet.org, it turns out, is a privacy nightmare.