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

Stop Watching Us

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.

Verizon forced to hand over telephone data

The Guardian: The US government is collecting the phone records of millions of US customers of Verizon under a top secret court order. Funny how government only uses the word “patriot” when they want to do something awful, isn’t it?

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

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. […]

Twitter Implements Do Not Track Privacy Option

Another big privacy / security win for Twitter. They’re using a new feature in Firefox called, appropriately, “Do Not Track“: Do Not Track is a step toward putting you in control of the way your information is collected and used online. Do Not Track is a feature in Firefox that allows you to let a […]

TextSecure

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?

Ghostery

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

Evercookie

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 […]

Facebook’s Descent Into Unknowing Parody

Their deactivation page is emotional blackmail at its most absurd: The National Lampoon was way ahead of Facebook in this department, as evidenced by this January 1973 issue of the magazine: The Lampoon was joking, of course. Facebook not so much.

An Inbox Is Not a Glove Compartment

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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