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Thursday June 4th, 2015
Secret Aerial FBI Program Uncovered By 23-Year-Old Journalist posted 06/04/2015, 5:35 AM (CBS Minneapolis)
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The FBI has admitted to flying secret surveillance flights over American cities in recent weeks.

And records show that includes the Twin Cities.

Screen grabs from the flight-tracking website show a small Cessna circled the Mall of America, Southdale Center in Edina, and downtown Minneapolis less than two weeks ago.

The story was first reported by Sam Richards who put out information under the twitter handle @Minn
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Google Takes MPAA to Court Over Secret Censorship Plans posted 06/04/2015, 5:33 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Hoping to find out more about the secret Internet censorship plans Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood was pushing, Google is now taking the MPAA to court. After several subpoenas remained largely unanswered, the search giant is now asking a New York federal court to ensure that the MPAA other parties hand over the requested information.... (more)

Kim Dotcom Thwarts Huge U.S. Government Asset Grab posted 06/04/2015, 5:33 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Kim Dotcom has booked a significant victory in his battle against U.S. efforts to seize assets worth millions of dollars. In a decision handed down this morning, Justice Ellis granted Dotcom interim relief from having a $67m forfeiture ordered recognized in New Zealand. Dotcom informs TF that the victory gives his legal team new momentum.... (more)

Wednesday June 3rd, 2015

Maoist Shaming Tactics Spread from Shanghai to Santa Monica and Silicon Valley posted 06/03/2015, 5:58 AM (Cato @ Liberty)
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Ariana Eunjung Cha reports on the newest target of public shaming in China:
Long before the Internet was invented, China’s Communist Party was already skilled in the art of public shaming.

Dissidents have been known to disappear and then reappear after having published essays of self-criticism. On state-run tele
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EFF Sued for Defamation by Patent Lawyer Behind April's Stupid Patent of the Month, Scott Horstemeyer posted 06/03/2015, 5:55 AM (
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On May 26, 2015, Atlanta-based attorney Scott A. Horstemeyer sued the Electronic Frontier Foundation alleging that he was defamed by the April Stupid Patent of the Month blog post. Horstemeyer has demanded that EFF remove the post and publish an editorial repudiating it. EFF has declined this request and stands by the opinions expressed in the post. ... (more)

Tuesday June 2nd, 2015

FBI Spying On Americans With 'Small Air Force' Of Low-Flying Planes: AP Report posted 06/02/2015, 10:28 AM (Associated Press)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology - all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.

The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI sai
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US Government Making Another Attempt To Regulate Code Like It Regulates International Weapons Sales posted 06/02/2015, 5:16 AM (Techdirt)
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When code is treated like weapons, bad things happen. Governing bodies have previously treated encryption as weaponry, ensuring that only the powerful will have access to strong encryption while the general public must make do with weaker or compromised variants.

More recently, the US government went after the creator of a 3D-pri
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Florida Appeal Court Punts On Reliability Of Camera Evidence posted 06/02/2015, 5:13 AM (TheNewspaper)
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The second highest court in Florida decided last Friday that it would not decide whether red light camera evidence was good enough to be used in a court of law. The problem, a three-judge panel reasoned, is that the state's red light camera statute is so ambiguous that reasonable people could read the law and come to opposite conclusions as to its meaning.... (more)

LA Gap in Surveillance, but Ways Around It posted 06/02/2015, 5:13 AM (New York Times)
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A few hours before the Senate convened on Sunday, John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, warned on the CBS program “Face the Nation” that if lawmakers let those laws lapse, the F.B.I. would “not have the ability then to track these various elements that we are looking at who are trying to carry out attacks here in the homeland.”

But interviews with law enforcement and intelligence officials about what they will do in the interim suggest there are multiple workarounds to the gap.... (more)

Police Shut Down Yet More 'Pirate' Sites in Ongoing Sweep posted 06/02/2015, 5:13 AM (TorrentFreak)
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Police say they have smashed "a criminal group" involved with the unauthorized distribution of video online. Three men in their twenties and thirties have been arrested by Polish police and up to three sites are reported down. The action follows the shutdown of several 'pirate' sites in Poland last month and the arrest of a millionaire businessman.... (more)

Monday June 1st, 2015

NSA Domestic Surveillance Program Expires After Senate Fails to Reach Deal posted 06/01/2015, 6:24 AM (ABC News)
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The NSA's domestic surveillance program expired at midnight after the Senate failed to reach a deal to pass legislation Sunday evening.

The expiration came after the Senate convened for a rare Sunday session to deal with the expiring provisions of the Patriot Act.

Before adjourning without reaching a deal, the Senate made some progress, clearing a key procedural hurdle on the USA Freedom Act, but due to procedural objections by Sen. Rand Paul, the Senate was unable
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Sunday May 31st, 2015

Russian Court Orders VPN, TOR & Proxy Advice Site to be Blocked posted 05/31/2015, 8:32 AM (TorrentFreak)
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In the wake of a UN report urging the protection of encryption and anonymity, a website run by a human rights organization that monitors web-censorship and pirate site blockades in Russia has been ordered to be blocked. The portal, which offers advice on how to use tools such as VPNs, TOR and Pirate Browser, has been declared illegal by a court.... (more)

Friday May 29th, 2015

California Adult Film Regulations Mandate 'Protective Eye Gear,' Vaccines posted 05/29/2015, 5:42 AM (InformationLiberation)
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From the filthy minds of government bureaucrats:
After five years of public hearings and heated debates, a proposed set of safety standards for all California porn production sets is edging closer to being finalized, but adult film performers say if passed, the new regulations would make sex scenes look like medical dramas.

The 21-pag
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Tennessee And Texas: Traffic Camera Industry Blocks Automated Ticketing Reform posted 05/29/2015, 5:40 AM (TheNewspaper)
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Tennessee limits new cities from installing new speed cameras. Texas Senate passes measure to limit new red light cameras.... (more)

Tuesday May 26th, 2015

North Carolina: Audit Finds Flaws In One Out Of Five Speeding Tickets posted 05/26/2015, 6:21 AM (TheNewspaper)
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Nearly one out of five speeding tickets issued by police in Asheville, North Carolina between 2011 and 2014 were invalid. After being questioned by WLOS-TV and the district attorney's ofice, the Asheville Police Department hired a firm to conduct an independent audit of the citations. The results, released earlier this month, found discrepancies that rendered the evidence inadmissible.... (more)

Monday May 25th, 2015

County Sheriff Has Used Stingray Over 300 Times With No Warrant posted 05/25/2015, 5:28 PM (Ars Technica)
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The sheriff in San Bernardino County—east of Los Angeles County—has deployed a stingray hundreds of times without a warrant, and under questionable judicial authority.... (more)

Muslims Who Stop Shopping at Marks & Spencer Could be Radicals, Warns Top Cop posted 05/25/2015, 5:28 PM (The Telegraph)
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Muslims who suddenly stop shopping at Marks & Spencer could be victims of radicalisation, Britain’s most senior Muslim policeman has warned.

Scotland Yard commander Mak Chishty said that teenagers who unexpectedly stop drinking, socialising with friends or wearing western clothes could also be becoming extremists.

Mr Chishty said the danger of radicalisation in Britain today is so steep that he fears even his own children could be influenced by propaganda from terr
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Rightscorp Offered Internet Provider a Cut of Piracy Settlements posted 05/25/2015, 5:28 PM (TorrentFreak)
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Rightscorp, the piracy monetization company that works with Warner Bros. and other prominent copyright holders, goes to great lengths to reach allegedly pirating subscribers. The company offered Cox Communications a cut of the piracy settlements if they agreed to forward their notices, the ISP revealed in court.... (more)

Thursday May 21st, 2015

Man Helps Boy Retrieve Ball. Don't Worry, The Police Are Investigating posted 05/21/2015, 6:05 PM (Reason)
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Alexandria, Virginia: In a world gone crazy with mandemonium (pandemonium sparked by seeing a man near a child), this all points bulletin may be a new low. Notice that while “at no time did the unknown man attempt to leave the area with the child,” the police nonetheless give a detailed description of the suspect… er… Good Samaritan… er… suspect. And they are looking for leads.... (more)

New Leak Shows NSA's Plans To Hijack App Store Traffic To Implant Malware And Spyware posted 05/21/2015, 3:29 PM (Techdirt)
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Proving there's nowhere spy agencies won't go to achieve their aims, a new Snowden leak published jointly by The Intercept and Canada's CBC News shows the NSA, GCHQ and other Five Eyes allies looking for ways to insert themselves between Google's app store and end users' phones.
The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hij... (more)

Minnesota: Land Of 30,000 Cameras posted 05/21/2015, 3:29 PM (Cop Block)
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State and local government agencies in Minnesota have installed over 30,000 surveillance cameras in cities across the state, capable of networking and interacting with each other.

Dubbed the “ring of protection,” at least 25 metro area municipalities and t
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Pirate Domain Seizures Are Easy in the United States posted 05/21/2015, 3:26 PM (TorrentFreak)
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It's taken more than two years for Swedish authorities to seize two key Pirate Bay domains but over in the United States the process is dramatically quicker. A TV company has just achieved similar aims against 11 'pirate' streaming domains after being granted a comprehensive ex parte restraining order by a Florida court.... (more)

Google Fiber Sends Automated Piracy 'Fines' to Subscribers posted 05/21/2015, 3:26 PM (TorrentFreak)
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Google Fiber is forwarding copyright infringement notices to its subscribers including controversial and automated piracy fines. Through these notices, rightsholders demand settlements of up to hundreds of dollars. Google's decision to forward these emails is surprising, as the company generally has a good track record of protecting consumer interests.... (more)

Tuesday May 19th, 2015

NSA Transfers Spy Gadgets to Local Police Departments posted 05/19/2015, 2:45 PM (AllGov)
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For those of a certain generation, one of the best childhood memories is the day the Sears Christmas catalog arrived in the mail. Kids eagerly grabbed the book, which was at least an inch thick, and started their holiday gift lists.

Now local law enforcement agencies can experience that same sense of anticipation and unbridled joy as they choose which spy equipment they want from Uncle Sam’s Big Technology Wish Book, or as it’s officially known, the National Security Agency 2014
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Key Pirate Bay Domains Must Be Seized, Court Rules posted 05/19/2015, 2:44 PM (TorrentFreak)
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In a decision handed down minutes ago the Stockholm District Court has ordered two key domains owned by The Pirate Bay to be seized. While the ruling means that the site will lose its famous domain, don't expect the site to simply disappear. TPB informs TorrentFreak that they have plenty more domains left in store.... (more)

Monday May 18th, 2015

Secret Files Reveal Police Feared That Trekkies Could Turn On Society posted 05/18/2015, 2:22 PM (The Telegraph)
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For years Star Trek fans – known as Trekkies – have been the butt of jokes about their penchant for wearing pointy ears and attending science fiction conventions.

But the police feared British fans of the cult American show might boldly go a little too far one day.

It has emerged that Scotland Yard kept a secret dossier on Star Trek, The X-Files, and other US sci fi shows amid fears that British fans would go mad and kill themselves, turn against society or start a
... (more)

Thursday May 14th, 2015

Welcome, High School Freshman! Pee in This Cup! posted 05/14/2015, 2:27 PM (The Beacon)
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High school is rough for a lot of kids. As the captain of my high school's academic team (we took tests competitively and competed weekly with other students in academic competitions--yes, this is real thing), you can imagine I wasn't on the ballot for "Ms. Popular." Others undoubtedly experience worse. Between parents, puberty, and prom, it's a wonder we don't leave our high school years with PTSD in addition to our diplomas.

During a recent visit to my parents, I heard a news re
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Friday May 8th, 2015

The FBI's Stingray Secrecy May Be Aimed At Preventing Law Enforcement From Overusing A Key 'Exploit' posted 05/08/2015, 7:31 AM (Techdirt)
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An interesting angle on the FBI's Stingray secrecy has emerged from -- of all places -- a Princeton gathering of cryptographers that included Edward Snowden via his "Snobot."

Generally speaking, the FBI is a very secretive agency, as can be readily gleaned from its tendency to answer FOIA requests with page
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Thursday May 7th, 2015

Huge Win: Appeals Court Says NSA's Bulk Phone Records Collection Not Actually Authorized By PATRIOT Act posted 05/07/2015, 11:48 AM (Techdirt)
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Whoa. In a huge ruling, the Second Circuit appeals court has ruled that the NSA's bulk phone records collection is not authorized by the PATRIOT Act. In other words, for all the debate about the renewal of Section 215 this month, which the government insists enables such bulk collection, this appeals court says "nope." The ruling is important on a number of different points, even th... (more)

Town Installs License Plate Scanning Cameras in Cactuses posted 05/07/2015, 11:48 AM (Infowars)
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The town of Paradise Valley in Arizona has installed license plate scanning cameras in fake cactuses with no public consultation whatsoever, just days after the DHS announced its intention to revive a nationwide version of the program.

Residents were alarmed to see the cactus cameras popping up throughout the town over the last few days with no indication of what they were being used for as city officials refused to explain their purpose until all the cameras were installed.
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Judge Throws Out Lawsuit From Redditor Who Found An FBI Tracking Device On His Car posted 05/07/2015, 11:48 AM (Techdirt)
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Back in 2010, Redditor Yasir Afifi found an unusual device on his car while taking it in for an oil change.

Other Redditors surmised it was some sort of tracking device -- something that was confirmed a few days later w
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Encryption: What The FBI Wants It Can Only Have By Destroying Computing And Censoring The Internet posted 05/07/2015, 7:44 AM (Techdirt)
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The FBI -- and by extension, every law enforcement agency it partners with -- wants holes carved in cellphone encryption. The problem is that it doesn't even know what specifically it wants.
When asked directly if the FBI wants a backdoor, [Amy] Hess [Asst. Director of FBI's Science & Technology branch] d... (more)

Missouri House To Allow Voters To Decide On Traffic Cams posted 05/07/2015, 7:41 AM (TheNewspaper)
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Voters in Missouri would decide at the ballot box whether red light cameras should be banned under a bill that passed the state House.... (more)

Wednesday May 6th, 2015

Despite Civil Liberties Uproar, Canada Set to Ram Through Mass Surveillance Bill posted 05/06/2015, 6:34 AM (Common Dreams)
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Canada's House of Commons on Tuesday is poised to pass Bill C-51, a so-called "anti-terror" law, despite widespread outcry from civil liberties advocates who say the legislation would allow law enforcement to spy on civilians and violate Canadians' constitutional rights with little or no accountability.

The bill, introduced by the Conservative Party and backed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, would give up to 17 government agencies access to Canadian citizens' private informa
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One of the Biggest Privacy Wins in Recent Memory Has Been Reversed posted 05/06/2015, 6:34 AM (VICE)
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Cops no longer need a warrant when seeking cellphone records from wireless carriers in the US a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday—reversing its own decision from last year.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that citizens have no expectation of privacy when it comes to records held by a third party, such as a cellphone company.
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Gaming Agents Infiltrated Bitcoin Poker Site To Bring Criminal Case posted 05/06/2015, 6:33 AM (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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A special agent with the Nevada Gaming Control Board infiltrated a Bitcoin-fueled poker website to help launch what authorities on Tuesday said was the first state-level criminal prosecution of illegal online poker.

“The industry must be licensed and controlled,” Attorney General Adam Laxalt said at a news conference, while flanked by A.G. Burnett, chairman of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, and Tony Alamo, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.

An arrest
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Monday May 4th, 2015

How Private DNA Data Led Idaho Cops on a Wild Goose Chase and Linked an Innocent Man to a 20-year-old Murder Case posted 05/04/2015, 6:20 AM (
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The New Orleans Advocate recently published a shocking story that details the very real threats to privacy and civil liberties posed by law enforcement access to private genetic databases and familial DNA searching.

In 1996, a young woman named Angie Dodge was murdered in her apartment in a small town in Idaho. Although the police collected DNA from semen left at the crime
... (more)

Saturday May 2nd, 2015

Cops Visit Parents After Boy, 4, Takes Off Clothes and Runs Outside posted 05/02/2015, 8:52 AM (Reason)
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Somehow, seeing a naked 4-year-old running around in front of his own house conjured up worst-first thoughts in a neighbor, even though—if the neighbor paused for a second—he’d have a hard time articulating exactly what “crime” he thought he was witnessing.... (more)

American Psychological Association Bolstered C.I.A. Torture Program, Report Says posted 05/02/2015, 8:52 AM (New York Times)
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WASHINGTON — The American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with the administration of President George W. Bush to bolster a legal and ethical justification for the torture of prisoners swept up in the post-Sept. 11 war on terror, according to a new report by a group of dissident health professionals and human rights activists.... (more)

Friday May 1st, 2015

Grooveshark Shuts Down & Apologizes to the RIAA posted 05/01/2015, 9:16 AM (TorrentFreak)
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To conclude a massive copyright infringement lawsuit launched by the major recording labels, Grooveshark shut down a few hours ago. Acknowledging mistakes had been made and apologizing profusely, the company said that it would delete all stored music and hand over its website and intellectual property to the RIAA.... (more)
Another beloved business destroyed by the MAFIAA, this is their punishment for running their business out of Amerika. - Chris

Thursday April 30th, 2015

Law Enforcement's Cluelessness On Display In Congressional Hearing On Undermining Encryption posted 04/30/2015, 10:17 PM (Techdirt)
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Yesterday, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing over this whole stupid kerfuffle about mobile encryption. If you don't recall, back in the fall, both Apple and Google said they would start encrypting data on mobile devices by default, leading to an immediate freakout by law enforcement types, laun... (more)

Movie Studios Give 'Pirate' Sites a 24h Shutdown Ultimatum posted 04/30/2015, 10:17 PM (TorrentFreak)
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On behalf of the major Hollywood movie studios the Motion Picture Association (MPA) is demanding that pirate site operators shut down within 24 hours, or else. The recent push targets a wide variety of services, including some of the top torrent sites. Thus far, the only casualty appears to be a rather small linking site.... (more)

Mom Says She Was 'Lunch Shamed' by School for Packing Oreos for Daughter posted 04/30/2015, 7:04 AM (ABC News)
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Leeza Pearson was out of fruit and vegetables one day last week, so she tucked a pack of Oreos in her daughter Natalee's lunch and sent her off to school at the Children's Academy in Aurora, Colorado.

Pearson said she was stunned when her 4-year-old came home later in the day with the cookies untouched and a sternly worded note from the school.

"Dear Parents, it is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch. This is a public school setting and all c
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Wednesday April 29th, 2015

New York: E-ZPass Used To Spy On Motorists posted 04/29/2015, 5:50 AM (TheNewspaper)
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Motorists who use E-ZPass are being tracked on streets that are not tolled. The New York Civil Liberties Union revealed the program last week after receiving documents from New York City, New York's transportation department describing the $5 million federally funded surveillance program.

"The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) is seeking to identify and observe trends in travel time congested areas of the city," a 2012 city proposal explained. "As part of the stu
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Music Industry 'Shuts Down' Top Torrent Trackers posted 04/29/2015, 5:49 AM (TorrentFreak)
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A regional court in Hamburg has ordered a hosting company to shut down three iconic BitTorrent trackers that together coordinated dozens of millions of transfers per day. The order is the result of a complaint from German music group BVMI, but is a bit late since the trackers have been offline for a while.... (more)

Monday April 27th, 2015

Senior Police Officer Suggests Companies Allowing People To Use Strong Crypto Are 'Friendly To Terrorists' posted 04/27/2015, 5:44 PM (Techdirt)
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Last November, we ran through the list of senior law enforcement officers on both sides of the Atlantic who all came out with suspiciously similar whines about how strong crypto was turning the internet into a "dark and ungoverned" place. Judging by this story in Reuters, others want to join the choir:
Some technology and communication firms are hel... (more)

White House Pushes to Keep Power to Shut Down Cellphone Networks posted 04/27/2015, 5:44 PM (
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In 2005, amid reports that the London subway bombers had used cellphones as detonators, the White House secretly established the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 303, which granted the government the ability to unilaterally shut down all cellphone service in an area of its choosing when it feels it needs to.

The details of the procedure are still not public, and a series of lawsuits aiming to at the very least get the basics of how the law even theoretically works have faced mas
... (more)

Friday April 24th, 2015

In Deal To Get Loretta Lynch Confirmed As Attorney General, Senate Agrees To Undermine Free Speech On The Internet posted 04/24/2015, 3:26 PM (Techdirt)
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Two versions of bills aimed at sex trafficking are being kicked around by legislators. The SAVE Act (Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation) passed out of the House last year. The Senate version -- the much-less-acronymically-catchy JVTA (Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act) is lookin... (more)

Miami Police Set to Launch Federally-Funded Pre-Crime System posted 04/24/2015, 3:26 PM (Infowars)
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The Miami Police Department is preparing to launch a new federally-funded software program aimed at stopping crime even before it occurs. Purchased with the help of a $600,000 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the “Hunchlab” predictive policing system will reportedly allow officers to “best forecast when and where crimes are likely to emerge.”

Utilizing years worth of local crime data, the program will use mathematical algorithms to create maps of areas likely to produc
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Police Have Asked Dropcam For Video From People's Home Cameras posted 04/24/2015, 3:26 PM (Fusion)
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"Like any responsible father, Hugh Morrison had installed cameras in every room in the flat,” is the opening line of Intrusion, a 2012 novel set in the near future. Originally installed so that Hugh and his wife can keep an eye on their kids, the Internet-connected cameras wind up being used later in the novel by police who tap into the feeds to monitor the couple chatting on their couch when they are suspected of anti-societal behavio... (more)

Wednesday April 22nd, 2015

Clueless Publicist Doubles Down On Claiming Fair Use Has 'Expired' On Walter Scott Video; Brags About Profiting From Police Killing posted 04/22/2015, 2:27 PM (Techdirt)
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Last week, we wrote about how the bystander who shot the video of police officer Michael Slager shooting and killing Walter Scott had apparently brought on a publicist, Max Markson, who was demanding that the media start paying for the video. As we noted, this situation was classic fair use, and the reasoning made by th... (more)

Tuesday April 21st, 2015

CIA-Backed Company May Be Reading Your Facebook Chats posted 04/21/2015, 1:26 PM (Sputnik International)
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While sending a web link over Facebook Chat, a group of app developers noticed a curious amount of activity. Pulling at the thread, they discovered a mysterious company known as Recorded Future, and a potential CIA conspiracy.

Facebook Chat seems innocuous enough. So thought Bosnadev, a group of coders and bloggers, when they used the communication program to send a link. But something seemed amiss.

"During the testing of an application we’ve set up in a non-publish
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Monday April 20th, 2015

Report: 'Nearly Every' FBI Forensics Expert Gave Flawed Testimony In 'Almost All Trials' Over A 20-Year Period posted 04/20/2015, 1:52 PM (Techdirt)
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The FBI seems to be more interested in securing convictions than finding the truth. An investigation into questions about the agency's hair analysis commenced in 1996, but years of foot dragging by the FBI means the full truth has only come to light over the past couple of years. What's detailed in a report compile... (more)

Sunday April 19th, 2015

Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland Away From The NSA posted 04/19/2015, 2:20 PM (BetaNews)
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Twitter has updated its privacy policy, creating a two-lane service that treats US and non-US users differently. If you live in the US, your account is controlled by San Francisco-based Twitter Inc, but if you're elsewhere in the world (anywhere else) it's handled by Twitter International Company in Dublin, Ireland. The changes also affect Periscope.... (more)

Thursday April 16th, 2015

TSA's Investigation Into Groping Agents Ensured They Wouldn't Be Prosecuted posted 04/16/2015, 11:01 AM (Techdirt)
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By now, you may have heard the story about how two TSA agents at Denver International Airport were fired recently after it was revealed that they had worked out a scam by which one agent was able to grope and fondle the genitals of male passengers he found attractive. The plan involved him signalling to a colleague who was working the scanning com... (more)

Tuesday April 14th, 2015

One Year Ago, FBI Insisted That 'Terrorist' Guy It Arrested Last Week Was No Threat At All posted 04/14/2015, 10:56 AM (Techdirt)
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Last week, we wrote about the FBI arresting John Booker, who was involved in yet another of the FBI's own plots. At the beginning of our post (and the criminal complaint) against Booker, we noted how a year ago Booker had tried to join the army, and had then been denied after posting stuff to his ... (more)

UK Government Can Now Hand Out Two-Year Sentences For Revenge Porn, Online Trolling posted 04/14/2015, 10:55 AM (Techdirt)
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Revenge porn is now officially a crime in the UK, as last year's amendments to the Criminal Justice and Court Acts come into effect. This particular amendment targeting revenge porn was proposed last October.
The change will cover the sharing of images both online and offline. It will mean that images pos... (more)

Monday April 13th, 2015

Want to See Domestic Spying's Future? Follow the Drug War posted 04/13/2015, 9:41 AM (Wired)
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The NSA isn’t the only three-letter agency that’s been quietly collecting Americans’ data on a mind-boggling scale. The country learned this week that the Drug Enforcement Agency spied on all of us first, and with even fewer privacy protections by some measures. But if anyone is surprised that the DEA’s mass surveillance programs have been just as aggressive as the NSA’s, they shouldn’t be. The early targets that signal shifts in America’s domestic surveillance techniques aren’t activists and po... (more)

Sunday April 12th, 2015

Middle Schooler Charged With Felony For Hacking Into School's Network To Change Teacher's Desktop Background posted 04/12/2015, 11:39 AM (Tampa Bay Times)
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HOLIDAY — A middle school student who said he was just trying to play a prank on a teacher he didn't like was charged with a cybercrime Wednesday after authorities said he hacked into his school's secure computer network.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has charged Domanik Green, an eighth-grader at Paul R. Smith Middle School, with an offense against a computer system and unauthorized access, a felony. Sheriff Chris Nocco said Thursday that Green logged onto the school's networ
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Friday April 10th, 2015

Philly PD Declares All Drivers To Be 'Under Investigation' While Denying Request For License Plate Reader Data posted 04/10/2015, 9:49 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
We've all heard nasty things about the citizens of the apparently ironically-named "City of Brotherly Love." They'll boo Santa Claus. They throw batteries at opposing baseball players... and their own. And that's just the sports fans.

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