The CLOUD Act: A Dangerous Expansion of Police Snooping on Cross-Border Data

This week, Senators Hatch, Graham, Coons, and Whitehouse introduced a bill that diminishes the data privacy of people around the world. The Clarifying Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act expands American and foreign law enforcement’s ability to target and access people’s data across international borders in two ways. First, the bill creates an explicit provision for U.S. law enforcement (from …

Man in China sentenced to five years’ jail for running VPN

A man in China has been sentenced to five and a half years in jail for selling software that circumvented the country’s pervasive internet censorship controls, a sign authorities are stepping up a campaign meant to “clean up” the internet.

Have yourself happy privacy friendly holidays!

It’s (nearly) holiday time. And with holidays, there come the family’s holiday gatherings holding forth the possibility of awkward or tense moments. But fear not – it is time to take over the conversation and educate your family about digital rights! We have prepared some talking points that will facilitate the process of bringing your family closer to privacy, security …

Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled

Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card? Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google when they’re connected to the internet, a Quartz …

FCC plans total repeal of net neutrality rules

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will reveal plans to his fellow commissioners on Tuesday to fully dismantle the agency’s Obama-era net neutrality regulations, people familiar with the plans said, in a major victory for the telecom industry in the long-running policy debate. The commission will vote on the proposal in December, some seven months after it laid the groundwork …

European Court Ruling Could Recognize Mass Surveillance Violates Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights last week held a hearing in a challenge to the United Kingdom’s mass surveillance practices, brought by the ACLU, Privacy International, Liberty, and seven other human rights organizations from around the world. The case challenges practices, revealed by Edward Snowden, that breach the rights to privacy and freedom of expression, which are guaranteed not …

Apple vs Google on privacy: a tale of absolute competitive advantage

Apple vs Google on privacy: a tale of absolute competitive advantage 15 Jan, 2015 Isn’t Apple just spyware, like Google? Apple willingly giving up its absolute competitive advantage in privacy over Google would be as daft as Samson shaving his head every morning. (Samson image courtesy Wikipedia; Public Domain.) Mac and iOS as stopgaps Apple is a secretive company with …