DOJ Asks Judge to Toss Surveillance Suits
Courthouse News ServiceFeb 15
WASHINGTON (CN) - Rhetoric heated up Friday in the courtroom of the judge who blocked the government's bulk collection of cellphone metadata, as the government and a conservative activist argued over what to do with three cases against the National Security Agency while awaiting an appeals court ruling.

The D.C. Circuit is currently considering whether the passage of the USA Freedom Act in June renders moot the injunction Judge Richard Leon issued against the National Se
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Cox Refuses to Spy On Subscribers to Catch Pirates
TorrentFreakFeb 15
Last December a Virginia federal jury ruled that Internet provider Cox Communications was responsible for the copyright infringements of its subscribers.

The ISP was found guilty of willful contributory copyright infringement and must pay music publisher BMG Rights Management $25 million in damages.

The verdict was a massive victory for the music company a
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Feds Pouring Money Into a Project to Create a Database to Track "Suspicious" Internet Memes
The Free Thought ProjectFeb 14
Washington DC – The federal government spent $1 million to create an online database that will collect "suspicious" memes and track "misinformation." The project, which is known as the "Truthy Database" is being funded by The National Science Foundation, but it seems as if the operation has some powerful political motivations.

Ironically enough, the project takes its name from a term that was popularized by television personality, Stephen Colbert.

The project will s
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New York & California Move to Ban The Sale of Current iPhones Because They Protect Your Data
The Free Thought ProjectFeb 13
In January, state legislators from both California and New York introduced bills that would ban the retail sale of smartphones with full-disk encryption -- a technology designed to guarantee customers' digital data stored within a phone is only accessible to the devices owner.

After Edward Snowden's public disclosures of mass domestic surveillance in the U.S. and abroad, companies such as Google and Apple began to respond to a massive consumer demand for greater digital security.<
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Feds Push New Plan For Home Visits to Check On Parents
InfowarsFeb 13
The federal government is seeking to create a new bureaucracy that would intervene in family life and could even see state-appointed monitors conduct routine home visits to assess a child’s well-being.

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published a draft document which outlines a plan that will treat families as “equal partners” in the raising of children, opening the door for government intrusion at all levels.
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Intelligence Chief Says Smart-Home Devices May Be Used to Spy On You
Police State DailyFeb 11
The U.S. director of national intelligence, James Clapper, has told lawmakers that intelligence agencies could soon use the "Internet of Things" to conduct covert surveillance on the population.

The Internet of Things refers to smart-devices which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, that enables them to collect and exchange data and to be sensed and controlled
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Mandatory Mental Illness Screening and The Drive to Confiscate Firearms
InfowarsFeb 08
On Sunday in his weekly column Ron Paul discussed a recommendation by the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

The recommendation calls mental health screening of all Americans. "The task force wants to force health insurance companies to pay for the screening. Basic economics, as well as the Obamacare disaster, should have shown th
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Report: Anti-White Agenda Revealed At Github's Diversity Team
BreitbartFeb 08


TCU Professor Calls Police On Disabled Student Veteran Over Dissenting Opinion
HypelineFeb 04


No Dissent Allowed: U.S. Senators Introduce Amendment to Muzzle Climate 'Denial Apparatus' -- Senator Bernie Sanders Co-Sponsors
Climate DepotFeb 04


DHS Official Thinks People Should Have to Give Up Their Anonymity to Use The Internet
TechdirtFeb 01
Apparently, the only way to stop terrorists from hating us for our freedom is to strip away those offensive freedoms.

Erik Barnett, the DHS's attache to the European Union, pitched some freedom-stripping ideas to a presumably more receptive audience via an article for a French policy magazine. Leveraging both the recent Paris attacks and the omnipresent law enforcement excuse for any bad idea -- child porn -- Barnett suggested victory in the War on Terror can be achieved by st
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Confirmed: Daily Mail Article Blocked in Sweden Due to Migrant Murder Court Case
BreitbartJan 31


Facebook Announces They're Now Banning ALL Talk of Firearms, Ammo, or Gun Parts Trading
RTJan 30
Facebook and its acquired service, Instagram, no longer allow users to make arrangements to buy or sell firearms, gun parts, or ammunition. The new rule has given users a hot topic to share and post about, whether they "Like" it or not.

“Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another. We are continuing to develop, test, and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and
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Legislator Thinks Warrantless Cell Phone Searches The Best Way to Combat Distracted Driving
TechdirtJan 25
The Supreme Court's Riley decision made it clear: law enforcement cannot search cell phones without a warrant. Seems pretty straightforward. Cell phones aren't mere "containers" -- they contain a great deal of information that has historically been afforded a reasonable expectation of privacy. Get a warrant.

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'One Man's Vulgarity Is Another Man's Lyric': Toronto Man Found Not Guilty in Twitter Harassment Trial
National PostJan 23


Photo Enforcement Industry Dream Bill Introduced in Arizona
TheNewspaperJan 20


VIDEO: College Students Taught Most U.S. Terrorists 'Conservative' White Men
The College FixJan 12
Most acts of terrorism in America are committed by white men who are "religiously motivated and politically conservative," a psychology professor recently taught his students, adding that "9/11 is basically the only act of foreign-born terrorism that has ever happened in the United States."

The "Introduction to Psychology" lesson was given by Dr. Ross Avilla, a lecturer at the University of California-Merced, who backed up his argument by telling his class about a white Christian
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NY State Legislator Proposes Ban On Sale of Encrypted Smartphones
TechdirtJan 12
It appears someone's listening to local crackpot New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance's demands that encryption be outlawed to make law enforcement easier. His "white paper" didn't have the guts to make this demand, instead couching it in language stating he would be completely unopposed to a legi... (more)

Anti-Piracy Education Enters UK Classrooms
TorrentFreakJan 04


Homeland Security Admits It Seized a Hip Hop Blog For Five Years Despite No Evidence of Infringement; RIAA Celebrates
TechdirtJan 04


Police to Pursue Online Trolls and Receive Hidden Browser History From Internet Providers
The Rundown LiveJan 01
The Investigatory Powers Bill is a piece of legislature that will give police new surveillance power allowing them to pursue anonymous and known internet bullies, according to the UK Times.

Cyberbullying is using information and communication technologies to deliberately and repeatedly behave in a manner
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UK Government Wants to Send Tech Execs to Jail For Disclosing Surveillance
Boing BoingDec 31
Many tech companies -- Twitter, Yahoo and Google, to name three -- have a policy of notifying users when it's suspected that a state-level actor is attempting to hack into their account.
Specifically, UK ministers want to make it a criminal offence for tech firms to warn users of requests for access to their communication data made by security organizations such as MI5, MI6 and GCHQ (the Government Communications Headquarters).

A June report by David Anderson
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Who Needs a No-Fly List When You Can Just Ground 91 Million Citizens?
TechdirtDec 30
Great news for people who think there's just too damn much freedom in this country: the government's "no-fly" list is about to get much, much longer.
The citizens of several US states may soon find that they can't use their drivers' licenses to get into federal facilities or even board planes.

Enforcement of a 2005 federal l
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California: City Report Shows No Red Light Cam Benefit
TheNewspaperDec 29
Red light cameras have been issuing tickets in San Francisco, California for more than a decade, but their impact on safety has been mixed. Earlier this year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency released its annual report on automated ticketing. While the document claims red-light related collisions throughout San Francisco dropped after photo enforcement began, a closer look at the data shows other engineering factors are at work.

"Red light running collisions have
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Legal Experts Suggest Fines & Imprisonment For Viewing ISIS Propaganda Online
InfowarsDec 28
A New York Times article on Sunday cites a number of legal experts and scholars who suggest placing limits on the First Amendment in response to Islamic State propaganda.

The article follows remarks by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Both have said the government might work with technology companies to shut down internet websites and s
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NYC Will Fine You $250,000 For 'Misgendering' a Transsexual
BreitbartDec 28


Now The TSA Can Force You to Go Through The Body-Scanner
SlashgearDec 24


Maine Teacher Forced to Say Goodbye to Pink Hello Kitty Christmas Tree in Classroom
Boston.comDec 23
The decision was reversed after mass outrage.

A Whistleblower Just Exposed How The Government Spies On Your Cell Phone
The Anti-MediaDec 22
The release of a secret U.S. government catalog of cell phone surveillance devices has revealed the names and abilities of dozens of surveillance tools previously unknown to the public. The catalog shines a light on well-known devices like the Stingray and DRT box, as well as new names like Cellbrite, Yellowstone, Blackfin, Maximus, Stargrazer, and Cyberhawk.

The Intercept reports:
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Error 451: There's Now An HTTP Code For Internet Censorship
TorrentFreakDec 22
Increasingly, Internet providers are being instructed by courts to block access to websites. This measure is often applied against copyright infringing sites, but not always with a proper explanation. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) just approved a special HTTP status code for these type of legal demands, Error 451.

Domain name blocking has become one of the entertainment industries' go-to methods for reducing online copyright infringement.

Blocking reque
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