Facial recognition tech is rocketing ahead of laws that can control it

“Many Americans don’t realize they’re already in a facial recognition database,” Jennifer Lynch, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said Wednesday in a hearing on the technology. Addressing Senator Al Franken and the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, Lynch pointed out that there is a painful disconnect between how little personal […]

Was China An Excuse For GOOG + NSA Collaboration?

Was China An Excuse For GOOG + NSA Collaboration? (via Silicon Valley Watcher) Take a look at this: – Google has too much information on US citizens. – The National Security Agency (NSA) has a history of illegally spying on US citizens. Yet Google is negotiating with the NSA to help it repel attacks by […]

EFF Fights for Megaupload Users’ Rights in Friday Hearing

EFF Fights for Megaupload Users’ Rights in Friday Hearing (via EFF) Innocent Customers Deserve to Have Their Files Returned Alexandria, VA – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will ask a federal judge on Friday to establish a process that would allow lawful users of Megaupload’s cloud storage service to get their files back. The hearing […]

Appeals Court Revives EFF’s Challenge to Government’s Massive Spying Program

Appeals Court Revives EFF’s Challenge to Government’s Massive Spying Program (via EFF) Justices Find that Spied-On Telephone Customers Have the Right to Sue San Francisco – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today blocked the government’s attempt to bury the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF’s) lawsuit against the government’s illegal mass surveillance program, returning Jewel… […]

DHS says Terror Watchlist is exempt from Privacy Act

By Ali Winston Last Friday, the federal government’s new anti-terror database, the Terror Screening Watchlist Service, went live. The database is loaded with an unknown amount of personal information, including names, photographs and biometric data. In a new turn that has civil liberties advocates crying foul, the Department of Homeland Security is claiming all information […]

Mexican Newspaper Uncovers Systemic Monitoring Plans of Public Online Sources

Commentary by Katitza Rodriguez, Electronic Frontier Foundation Two weeks ago, the Mexican newspaper El Milenio reported on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPC) initiative to monitor social media sites, blogs, and forums throughout the world. The document, obtained by El Milenio through a U.S. Freedom of Information […]