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Wednesday November 5th, 2014
Court Says By Agreeing To AOL's Terms Of Service, You've 'Consented' To Search By Law Enforcement posted 11/05/2014, 2:13 PM (Techdirt)
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The ACLU's Jameel Jaffer alerts us to a district court ruling in NY that effectively says that by merely agreeing to AOL's terms of service, you've waived your 4th Amendment rights. The case is the United States v. Frank DiTomasso, where DiTomasso is accused of producing child porn -- with most of the evidence used against him coming from AOL.... (more)

To Nobody's Surprise, Australian "Terrorism" Law May Be Used for Copyright Enforcement posted 11/05/2014, 2:10 PM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
As we foreshadowed, a new law requiring mandatory data retention by ISPs was introduced into the Australian federal parliament last week. In the few days since then, there have been claims and counter-claims about whether data obtai... (more)

German Police Raid 121 Homes in Massive Pirate Site Crackdown posted 11/05/2014, 2:10 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Four hundred police officers raided 121 homes today in a crackdown on the popular linking site The homes are believed to be connected to active uploaders of the site but no arrests have been made. The website itself switched to a new provider but remains online.... (more)

Friday October 31st, 2014

Wisconsin Town Sends In The BearCat Tank To Collect Civil Fine From Seventy-Year-Old posted 10/31/2014, 1:11 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
So, hey, let's say you're an old guy in a tiny town in central Wisconsin. Old, like, seventy-five, let's say, and the tiny town is farm country where you have a twenty-acre plot of good old American heartland. Now, let's say that the municipality hasn't appreciated the fact that you've kept your tractors out on the land you own and even went so far as to get a judge to level thousands of dollars of fines on you for not putting your toys away, because that's apparently a thing that can happen. No... (more)

FBI Holds Secret Meeting To Scare Congress Into Backdooring Phone Encryption posted 10/31/2014, 1:11 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In September, both Apple and Google announced plans to encrypt information on iOS and Android devices by default. Almost immediately, there was a collective freakout by law enforcement types. But, try as they might, these law enforcement folks couldn't paint any realistic scenario of where this would be a serious problem. Sure, th... (more)

Vermont's Automatic License Plate Readers: 7.9 Million Plates Captured, Five Crimes Solved posted 10/31/2014, 1:11 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The sales pitch for automatic license plate readers is how great they are at helping cops solve crimes. From hunting down stolen cars to tracking pedophiles across jurisdictions, ALPRs supposedly make policing a breeze by gathering millions of time/date/location records every single day and making it all available to any law enforceme... (more)

FBI Demands New Powers to Hack into Computers and Carry Out Surveillance posted 10/31/2014, 1:11 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to seize significant new powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers throughout the US and around the world.... (more)

Gottfrid Svartholm Found Guilty in Hacking Trial posted 10/31/2014, 1:10 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Gottfrid Svartholm has today been found guilty of hacking crimes by a Danish court. The Swedish Pirate Bay founder and his 21-year-old accomplice were found to have been involved in illegally accessing systems operated by IT company CSC. It was the biggest hacking case ever conducted in Denmark.

[...]The defense claimed it was a case of mistaken identity and that others had carried out the crimes, remotely accessing Gottfrid’s computer after comprising its security.
... (more)
Connect this story with the one above.

Thursday October 30th, 2014

Secret Manuals Show the Spyware Sold to Despots and Cops Worldwide posted 10/30/2014, 12:10 PM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
When Apple and Google unveiled new encryption schemes last month, law enforcement officials complained that they wouldn't be able to unlock evidence on criminals' digital devices. What they didn't say is that there are already methods to bypass encryption, thanks to off-the-shelf digital implants readily available to the smallest national agencies and the largest city police forces -... (more)

Wednesday October 29th, 2014

White House Aims to Replace Website Passwords With Federal Authentication Scheme posted 10/29/2014, 9:47 AM (Antiwar)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The White House has announced today that a long-standing plan to roll out a federal “Internet ID” authentication scheme that would be used to log in to all websites across the Internet will move forward, and the service will launch in six to twelve months.

“We simply have to kill off the password,” insisted White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel.
... (more)

Tuesday October 28th, 2014

Odds Are, You Are Suspicious posted 10/28/2014, 10:35 AM (
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When you get off a train, do you get off ahead of passengers? Or do you get off behind passengers? When you're going on a trip, do you come off as nervous? Or are you an unusually calm traveler? How about if you make a phone call at a station, do you look around? Or do you stare straight ahead?

If you don't know the answers to these questions, you'd better figure them out now. Because unless you get off in stride with other train passengers, live at the elusive intersection betwee
... (more)
Here's some things that are not suspicious:

Arming actual terrorists, as the US has done repeatedly historically including now with ISIS.

Carrying out actual terrorist attacks, as the US does in the countries it invades every year, for example the US's terrorism campaign in Europe under Operation Gladio.

I could go on endlessly, the point is actual terrorism committed by the government is not terrorism, yet every action taken by the servile population is suspect. - Chris, InfoLib

Monday October 27th, 2014

Big Pirate Sites 'Raided', Admins on the Run posted 10/27/2014, 9:10 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Authorities have carried out raids across Germany in pursuit of the operators of movie streaming portal The individuals are also said to be behind other sites including Movie4K, FreakShare and BitShare. Throw alleged extortion, arson and the fact the sites are still online into the mix, and the plot only thickens.... (more)

Friday October 24th, 2014

Connecticut's Homeschooling Crackdown posted 10/24/2014, 8:43 AM (Mises Canada)
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Never to let a good crisis go to waste, the state is using this as a chance to crack down on a practice it has long disapproved of: homeschooling.

Reportedly as a response to the high profile shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a commission of experts (one of the most terrifying phrases in the English language) under the supervision of the governor is recommending greater government oversig
... (more)

Thursday October 23rd, 2014

Mission Creeps: Homeland Security Agents Confiscate Women's Panties For 'Copyright Infringement' posted 10/23/2014, 7:40 AM (InformationLiberation)
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Homeland security's mission has transformed from fighting terrorists to stealing women's underwear for supposed intellectual property violations.

From the Kansas City Star:
Peregrine Honig says she just wanted to help celebrate the hometown team when she designed Lucky Royals boyshorts.

The panties, with “Take the Crown” and “KC” across the r
... (more)

NY Police Commissioner Bill Bratton Latest To Complain About Phone Encryption posted 10/23/2014, 7:37 AM (Techdirt)
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The latest law enforcement official to enter into the "debate" over phone encryption is none other than NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, most famous around Techdirt for being "not Ray Kelly." Bratton sees eye-to-eye with pretty much every other critic of Google's and Apple's move to provide encryption by default: this is bad for us (meaning "law enforcement"), therefore new laws.
Police Comm... (more)

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

British Spy Chief Calls For Crackdown On Internet Freedom posted 10/22/2014, 6:29 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The outgoing head of the GCHQ, the NSA’s UK equivalent, has slammed proponents of a free internet as ‘dreamers’, and defended those who spy on the communications of everyday people, saying they do “an extraordinary job.”

In a farewell speech at the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall, Sir Iain Lobban demanded that GCHQ needs the power to “acce
... (more)

Tuesday October 21st, 2014

Apple May Want To Protect Your Phone Data From Snooping, But It's Snarfing Up Your Local Desktop Searches posted 10/21/2014, 5:51 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
So, Apple got plenty of kudos from security and privacy folks in deciding to encrypt mobile phone data, but over on the desktop side, apparently the message hasn't quite gotten through. Instead, it appears that the latest Mac operation system has the company automatically sending all of your desktop searches back to Apple. These aren't i... (more)

Friday October 17th, 2014

FBI Director Continues His Attack On Technology, Privacy And Encryption posted 10/17/2014, 12:48 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
FBI Director James Comey has doubled down on his basic attack on technology and privacy with a speech at the Brookings Institution entitled "Going Dark: Are Technology, Privacy, and Public Safety on a Collision Course." He admits that he wants "every tool" available to law enforcement, and he's worried about that darn tech industry for wishing to keep users' in... (more)

Florida Appeals Court Strikes Down Red Light Cameras posted 10/17/2014, 12:48 AM
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In a dramatic reversal of a decision handed down six months ago, the Florida Court of Appeals decided Wednesday that the way red light cameras are operated throughout the state is unlawful. A three-judge panel unanimously set aside its April 23 opinion, replacing it with a decision that represents bad news for automated ticketing vendors and cities that rely upon them.

"For the reasons set forth herein, we... find that the city is not authorized to delegate police power by enterin
... (more)

Tuesday October 14th, 2014

Silk Road Judge Won't Examine FBI's Warrantless Server Hacking; Dismisses Suppression Motion On 'Privacy Interest' Technicality posted 10/14/2014, 8:31 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Judge Katherine Forrest has shot down Ross Ulbricht's defense team's motion to suppress evidence it claims was acquired illegally by the FBI. The FBI asserted in its response to the motion that Ulbricht had expressed no privacy interest in the alleged Silk Road servers located in Iceland. The FBI further claimed that it nee... (more)

Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany posted 10/14/2014, 8:31 PM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use "physical subversion" to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.

The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used "under cover" operatives to gain access to sensitive data and systems in the global communications industry, and that these secret agents may have ev
... (more)

Monday October 13th, 2014

School Makes 5-Yr-Old Sign Contract Saying She Won't Kill Herself Nor Murder Others posted 10/13/2014, 6:33 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

From WPMI:
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) A Mobile mother is not happy about a controversial Mobile County School contract her daughter signed without her consent. The contract promises that her daughter will not kill or injure herself and o... (more)

Wednesday October 8th, 2014

CDC’s Ebola Advice to Airline Crews: Watch for Passengers 'Using Restroom Many Times’ posted 10/08/2014, 5:17 PM (CNS News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
( -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a video designed to instruct commercial airline crews on what they need to know and do considering that someone suffering from Ebola might end up on one of their flights.... (more)

Monday October 6th, 2014

Spy(ware) Vs. Spy(ware): Indictments For One Creator, Law Enforcement Plaudits For The Other posted 10/06/2014, 4:04 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
One of these products is handed out by law enforcement agencies. One just had its creator arrested after an FBI investigation. ... (more)

Saturday October 4th, 2014

TSA Kangaroo Court Rubber Stamps TSA Fining Guy Who Stripped Naked, Completely Dismissing Court Ruling Finding It Legal posted 10/04/2014, 7:20 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A couple years ago, we wrote about a guy named John Brennan (who, we're pretty damn sure is not the John Brennan who is now director of the CIA) who decided to strip naked at a TSA screening area in an airport to protest the screening process. As we noted, a federal judge acquitted Brennan on First Amendment grounds, noting that he was eng... (more)

Thursday October 2nd, 2014

9/11 Activist Surrenders To Police After Cameron's UN Speech Deemed Truthers as Extremists posted 10/02/2014, 12:44 PM (Press TV)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

A 9/11 British activist hands himself in to UK’s counter terrorism police following British Prime Ministers David Cameron’s speech at the UN General Assembly last week, Press TV reports.

In response to Cameron’s remarks equating people, who question 9/11 and 7/7 attacks in the US and UK as well as the West’s policy towards the Middle East, with Takfiri preachers who radicalize ex
... (more)

ComputerCOP: The Dubious 'Internet Safety Software' That Hundreds of Police Agencies Have Distributed to Families posted 10/02/2014, 12:44 PM (
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For years, local law enforcement agencies around the country have told parents that installing ComputerCOP software is the "first step" in protecting their children online.

Police chiefs, sheriffs, and district attorneys have handed out hundreds of thousands of copies of the disc to families for free at schools, libraries, and community events, usually as a part of an "Internet Safety" outreach initiative. The packaging typically features the
... (more)

Wednesday October 1st, 2014

Eric Holder Implies That Mobile Encryption Will Lead To Dead & Abused Kids posted 10/01/2014, 1:18 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Well, you knew it was coming. First, law enforcement trotted out random low level "law enforcement officials" to freak out about Apple and Google's announced plans to make encryption the default on mobile phones. Then it got taken up a notch when FBI boss James Comey lashed out at the idea, bizarrely arguing that merely encrypting... (more)

Terrorists Win Under Australia's New Spy Laws posted 10/01/2014, 1:16 PM (Sydney Morning Herald)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Today, the terrorists have won. The rights and freedoms of Australian citizens have been sacrificed.... (more)

Cato Institute Scholar: NSA Spying Is Good For You posted 10/01/2014, 1:15 PM (Libertarian News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In a recent Chicago Tribune article, Roger Pilon, the VP for legal affairs at the Cato Institute and director of Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies, had this to say about NSA surveillance...... (more)

Tuesday September 30th, 2014

Thought Crime: UK Leadership Wants To Ban Predicted 'Extremists' From Social Media, TV, Events posted 09/30/2014, 2:35 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Theresa May, the current UK Home Secretary, has announced that, if re-elected, her party (the Conservatives) will push for "extremist disruption orders" which would effectively ban people declared "extremist" (using a very broad definition) from using social media or appearing on TV.
Extremists will have to get... (more)

Monday September 29th, 2014

David Cameron Says Non-Violent Conspiracy Theorists Are Just As Dangerous As ISIS posted 09/29/2014, 1:53 PM (Activist Post)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]

David Cameron told the U.N. that "non-violent extremism" is just as dangerous as terrorism and must be eradicated using all means at the government's disposal. He references 9/11 and 7/7 Truthers as examples of the type of extremism that must be dealt in a similar fashion to ISIS.

If you thought Obama's War is Peace speech to the U.N. was creepy, wait until you get a load
... (more)

Sunday September 28th, 2014

Aussie Teenager Fearful For His Life After Newspaper Misidentifies Him As A Terrorist With Wrong Facebook Photo posted 09/28/2014, 3:00 PM (Techdirt)
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Traditional newspapers: they're the best. In stark contrast with so-called "new media" on the internet, they're the professionals. They write the important stories, give us unbiased reports on all the things, and, most importantly, they have a monopoly on fact-checking. Except, of course, when they don't. Take the case of one young Australian, Abu Bakar Alam, who was incorrectly identified on the front page of The Age in the land down under as a terrorist.
Abu Bakar Al... (more)

Government Plan to Stop School Shootings: Monitor Homeschoolers posted 09/28/2014, 3:00 PM (The New American)
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A government advisory commission assembled in the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting has issued a proposal for preventing similar events that is raising eyebrows:

Monitor certain homeschoolers.
... (more)

GM Warns Chevrolet Corvette Spy Feature May Break Law posted 09/28/2014, 3:00 PM (USA Today)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
General Motors is warning Chevrolet Corvette buyers and owners not to use one of the car's most exotic high-tech features because it could inadvertently result in committing a crime in some states.... (more)
You're not allowed to record what happens in your own car? BS, there is no way this is illegal as Government Motors is warning (also, it's another great market innovation, cheers to Chevy). - Chris

Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference to Stop Internet Anarchy posted 09/28/2014, 2:59 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Since last year City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit have been working with copyright holders to tackle online piracy. The police have already booked some successes but according to PIPCU head Andy Fyfe, more state interference may be needed to stop Internet anarchy.... (more)

Tuesday September 16th, 2014

FBI's Facial Recognition Program Hits 'Full Operational Capability' posted 09/16/2014, 2:24 AM (RT)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Next Generation Identification System, a biometric database reliant on tens of millions of facial-recognition records, is now fully operational, the agency announced Monday.

The NGI system, after three years of development, is billed by the FBI as a new breakthrough for criminal identification and data-sharing between law enforcement agencies.

"This effort is a significant step forward for the criminal justice community in utili
... (more)

Snowden: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Isn’t Telling the Truth About Mass Surveillance posted 09/16/2014, 2:23 AM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Like many nations around the world, New Zealand over the last year has engaged in a serious and intense debate about government surveillance. The nation’s prime minister, John Key of the National Party, has denied that New Zealand’s spy agency GCSB engages in mass surveillance, mostly as a means of convincing the country to enact a new law vesting the agency with greater powers. This week, as a national election approaches, Key repeated those denials in anticipation of a report in The Intercept ... (more)

Thursday September 11th, 2014

U.S. Threatened Massive Fine to Force Yahoo to Release Data posted 09/11/2014, 9:00 PM (Washington Post)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user communications — a request the company believed was unconstitutional — according to court documents unsealed Thursday that illuminate how federal officials forced American tech companies to participate in the National Security Agency’s controversial PRISM program.... (more)

Wednesday September 10th, 2014

DHS Will Ask Stores to Watch Customers' Buying Habits for Terrorist Clues posted 09/10/2014, 7:45 PM (Washington Times)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said his department will be issuing new guidance to retailers this week giving them pointers on how to spot potential terrorists among their customers by looking at what they’re buying.... (more)
Meanwhile, they're loading up on tanks, guns and ammunition.

France: Facebook Users Stand Trial For Anti-Speed Camera Posts posted 09/10/2014, 7:44 PM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Fifteen Facebook users in France will have to wait until December to find out whether a criminal court judge deems them to be illegal radar detectors. A packed courtroom in the southern town of Rodez heard the case against the leaders of the 10,000-member page "The group that tells you where the police are in Aveyron on Tuesday. Officials were infuriated by the memes posted on the page mocking automated ticketing and warning members where speed traps in the area are lurking. The charges were fil... (more)

Thursday September 4th, 2014

U.S. Government Wants Kim Dotcom's Cash and Cars posted 09/04/2014, 3:45 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The U.S. Government is going after Kim Dotcom's bank accounts, cars, art and other property. In a complaint filed at a Virginia federal court the Department of Justice argues that the property of the Megaupload and its founder should be forfeited as it was obtained through criminal means.... (more)

Tuesday September 2nd, 2014

'Fake' Cellphone Towers Found In U.S. posted 09/02/2014, 2:28 PM (WeLiveSecurity)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Seventeen mysterious cellphone towers have been found in America which look like ordinary towers, and can only be identified by a heavily customized handset built for Android security – but have a much more malicious purpose, according to Popular Science. ... (more)

Tuesday August 26th, 2014

ICREACH: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google posted 08/26/2014, 8:41 AM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.... (more)

EU Bans Powerful Vacuum Cleaners posted 08/26/2014, 8:41 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The European commission believes the new regulations will mean better vacuum cleaners for consumers. European commission spokeswoman for energy Marlene Holzner said in a blog: "As a result of the new EU eco-design and labelling regulations, consumers will also get better vacuum cleaners. In the past, there was no legislation on vacuum cleaners and companies could sell poorly performing vacuum cleaners."... (more)

Friday August 22nd, 2014

Your Silence Confesses Your Guilt posted 08/22/2014, 6:18 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
On June 17, 2013, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) further eroded one of the most potent protections Americans had against unfettered authority: the right to remain silent. In Salinas v. Texas, SCOTUS ruled that a defendant's refusal to answer police questions before his arrest and before being Mirandized could be admitted into court as substantive evidence of his guilt. If such a defendant did not explicitly invoke the Fifth Amendment, then he had effectively waived it.

... (more)

Thursday August 21st, 2014

Student Suspended For Saying 'Bless You' After Classmate Sneezed posted 08/21/2014, 4:24 AM (Fox 6 Now)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
DYER COUNTY, Tenn. (CNN) -- A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying "bless you" after a classmate sneezed.

When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church.

"She said that we're not going to have godly speaking in her class and that's when I said we have a constitutional right," said
... (more)

Wednesday August 20th, 2014

Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll: Even With A Strong Case And $500k In The Bank, It's Too Expensive To Fight posted 08/20/2014, 1:50 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A few weeks ago, we noted that Personal Audio, the patent troll that ridiculously pretended to own a patent on "podcasting" had put out a press release saying that it had tried to settle with Adam Carolla, the podcasting giant that the Personal Audio had sued a while ago. But Carolla had refused to settle. ... (more)

Monday August 4th, 2014

Feds' Silk Road Investigation Broke Privacy Laws, Defendant Tells Court posted 08/04/2014, 12:25 AM (Wired)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Department of Justice sees its takedown of the billion-dollar Silk Road black market as a massive, victorious drug bust. Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator of that anonymous contraband bazaar, now wants to cast the case in a different light: as a landmark example of the government trampling privacy rights in the digital world.

In a pre-trial motion filed in the case late Friday night, Ulbricht’s lawyers laid out a series of
... (more)

Tuesday July 29th, 2014

Spain Likely To Pass 'Google Tax'; Makes Paying For News Snippets An 'Inalienable Right' And A New Bureaucracy To Collect It posted 07/29/2014, 8:56 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The situation over in Spain just got even more ridiculous.... (more)

Thursday July 24th, 2014

Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist posted 07/24/2014, 7:08 AM (The Intercept)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.... (more)

Texas Dept. Of Public Safety Quietly Starts Demanding Full Set Of Prints From Drivers License Applicants posted 07/24/2014, 7:08 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Texas Dept. of Public Safety has apparently decided that if you'd like to be allowed to drive a vehicle in the state, you'd also perfectly fine with a criminal booking-style fingerprinting and having those immediately uploaded to a criminal database (that reps swear isn't a criminal database). ... (more)

Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

Airlines, Travel Sites Hand Over Your Full Booking Credit Card, IP Info To Feds, Who Keep It Stored With No Encryption posted 07/22/2014, 1:52 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Ars Technica's Cyrus Farivar filed a FOIA request for the Passenger Name Records (PNRs) that had been stored by the federal government concerning his own travel history. PNRs are created by travel companies (airlines, hotels, cruise lines) whenever you book a reservation, and are then handed over to the government. After an appeal, Customs and Border Patrol turned over the records, showing that airlines (1) rec... (more)

Federal Judge Gives Government Open-Ended Access To All Content In A Suspect's Gmail Account posted 07/22/2014, 1:50 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Even though the government hates to get warrants for searches, sometimes it has no choice. But just because there's a warrant involved doesn't mean the search will be any less invasive. Warrant applications are supposed to contain specifics about what is being sought and where it likely resides based on the sworn statements of investigators. Unfortunately, this often doesn't seem to be the case, especially when it comes to electronic data. ... (more)

Monday July 21st, 2014

Study: California Cell Phone Ban Fails To Reduce Accidents posted 07/21/2014, 4:39 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Six years ago, California began enforcing a ban on the use of cell phones behind the wheel. In the latest edition of the journal Transportation Research, a study found that issuing tens of thousands of $170 tickets each year for this new offense failed to yield measurable safety benefits.... (more)

FBI Warns Driverless Cars Could be Used as 'Lethal Weapons' posted 07/21/2014, 4:36 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Google’s driverless car may remain a prototype, but the FBI believes the “game changing” vehicle could revolutionise high-speed car chases within a matter of years. The report also warned that autonomous cars may be used as "lethal weapons".... (more)
Of course, government drones being used as lethal weapons are A-OK.

Wednesday July 16th, 2014

The Worst Trolls On The Internet Are The Government Trolls posted 07/16/2014, 1:46 AM (Michael Snyder)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We have all run into them.  All over the Internet, there are horrible trolls that seem to delight in making life miserable for other people.  But the worst trolls of all are the government trolls.  And thanks to Edward Snowden, we now have some startling new evidence of what really goes on behind the scenes.  According to newly revealed documents, British spy agency GCHQ is manipulating online discussions, infiltrating the computers of specific targets, purposely destroying reputations, altering... (more)
I wonder if US government view bots had anything to do with the Kony 2012 campaign?

Thursday July 3rd, 2014

NSA Targets The Privacy-Conscious: 'Web Search For Privacy-Enhancing Software Triggers Permanent NSA Tracking' posted 07/03/2014, 3:54 PM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The investigation discloses the following:

- Two servers in Germany - in Berlin and Nuremberg - are under surveillance by the NSA.
- Merely searching the web for the privacy-enhancing software tools outlined in the XKeyscore rules causes the NSA to mark and track the IP address of the person doing the search. Not only are German privacy software users tracked, but the source code shows that privacy software users worldwide are tracked by the NSA.
- Among
... (more)

Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

Feds Ignore First Amendment, Supreme Court Precedent In Seizing Domain Of Social Network For Sex Workers posted 07/02/2014, 3:03 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The disturbing trend of the federal government seizing domain names without regard to the First Amendment continues. The FBI, along with the IRS, apparently seized a number of websites associated with, and arrested the operator of the site. The FBI notes that the site, which was a social network and resource fo... (more)

Friday June 27th, 2014

US Supreme Court Rules Cops Need Warrants to Search Cell Phones posted 06/27/2014, 6:37 AM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In an unusual unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court Wednesday ruled that police in almost all cases must obtain a search warrant before searching cell phones or other mobile devices. The ruling brings the huge amounts of data Americans store on cellphones, smartphones, and other mobile devices under the umbrella of constitutional privacy protections.

The decision came in two cases, one involving a drug bust and the other a weapons charge. The two cases were consolidated in the
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