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Brazil Is Keeping Its Promise To Avoid The US Internet

Brazil was not bluffing last year, when it said that it wanted to disconnect from the United States-controlled internet due to the NSA’s obscenely invasive surveillance tactics. The country is about to stretch a cable from the northern city of Fortaleza all the way to Portugal, and they have vowed not to use a single US vendor to do it.


Report: FBI Proposes Invasive New Powers For Hacking Into Computers

The Guardian reports that the FBI has proposed a rule change that would greatly broaden its powers to hack into computers. Bad.



5 Ways To Hide From Common Surveillance Tech

We may not be in a total surveillance state yet, but thanks to the FBI’s insane new facial recognition system, a 1984-esque reality doesn’t seem quite so far away. Fortunately, scientists and designers alike are hard at work building counter surveillance solutions to ease (and hide) our worried minds.


iOS Expert: Don't Use Whisper If You Want To Remain Anonymous

When apps are accused of shady behaviour, Jonathan Zdziarski is the guy that investigates. And, this week, the self-identified iOS forensics expert was quick to respond to requests for a deep dive into Whisper, the supposedly anonymous secret-sharing app that’s been taking heat lately. Guess what: Whisper’s not so anonymous.


Report: Whisper Tracks Users Even When They Ask It Not To

You should know by now that purportedly anonymous apps aren’t really anonymous. But now, The Guardian reports that Whisper, the secret-telling app and so-called “safest place on the internet,” actually tracks its users to a frightening degree of detail. Even if you opt out of location services, The Guardian says, Whisper will apparently find you.


Space Detective Is Now A Job That Exists

Want to use some damning images from Google Earth to back up your case in a lawsuit? Right now it’s not quite that easy. Which is why a satellite imaging specialist and space lawyer (actual thing) have just formed what is about to become every NASA-loving kid’s dream job: the world’s very first space detective agency.


How To Defend Your Home Against The Prying Eyes Of UAVs

If you want protection from privacy intrusions by private UAV pilots, don’t go blasting the things out of the sky; that’s super illegal. Instead, try these simple means of dissuasion. You’ll definitely look like a bit of a loon, but that’s just the price of freedom. And/or paranoia.


That National Security Bill We All Hated? Yeah, It's The Law Now

Oh boy. Remember that piece of National Security legislation that we’ve been talking about recently? Yeah, those have just officially been passed into law.


Dreaming Of A Tor Button For Firefox

It’s no secret that everybody’s thinking about privacy and cyber security more since the world was pummelled with the unsettling, spy-novel truths of the Snowden revelations. Now, companies are starting to seize onto the zeitgeist by building more secure tools for the internet. And it sounds like Tor will be at the front of that line.


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