These are the things I've written that are tagged "privacy"

Stop Watching Us

11 June 2013

The revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance apparatus, if true, represent a stunning abuse of our basic rights. We demand the U.S. Congress reveal the full extent of the NSA’s spying programs. Sign the letter to congress, follow them on Twitter.

Every Time You Torrent, Feds Log Your IP in Just Three Hours

04 September 2012

Gizmodo: Anyone who has downloaded pirated music, video or ebooks using a BitTorrent client has probably had their IP address logged by copyright-enforcement authorities within three hours of doing so. So say computer scientists who placed a fake pirate server online—and very quickly found monitoring systems checking out who was taking what from the servers. […]


20 December 2011

Sounds good: TextSecure is a replacement for the standard text messaging application, allowing you to send and receive text messages as normal. Why isn’t this built-in to Android? or iOS for that matter? or everything?


04 October 2011

A browser plug-in that automatically blocks covert ad trackers, tracking pixels and other hop-ons.


24 September 2010

I am intrigued: evercookie is a javascript API available that produces extremely persistent cookies in a browser. Its goal is to identify a client even after they’ve removed standard cookies, Flash cookies (Local Shared Objects or LSOs), and others. evercookie accomplishes this by storing the cookie data in several types of storage mechanisms that are […]

An Inbox Is Not a Glove Compartment

02 November 2009

Disturbing news from the federal courts today, as a federal judge ruled that “government can obtain access to a person’s inbox contents without any notification to the subscriber.” which means anyone with a job in government can read your email without telling you. Analysis at the link above, here’s a PDF of the actual ruling.

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