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The strange stories behind country-code top-level domains


James Bridle writes, "A couple of months ago I released a browser extension - Citizen Ex - which tracks your browsing (entirely privately) in order to show you your "Algorithmic Citizenship" - where your browsing actually goes, and what this means for your rights."

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Butt dialers have no right to privacy, rules court

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Let the butt-dialer beware. If you unwittingly call someone on your phone, that person has the legal right to listen to your conversation with other people.

The decision came from a court ruling on a case in which an employee overheard the chief executive at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport tell other people in the room that he was going to fire the employee's boss. She told her boss, and the man who butt-dialed her filed a lawsuit against her under federal wiretapping guidelines.

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Once again: Crypto backdoors are an insane, dangerous idea


The Washington Post editorial board lost its mind and called on the National Academy of Sciences to examine "the conflict" over whether crypto backdoors can be made safe: the problem is, there's no conflict.

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With faked degrees, U.S. tech official ran law enforcement data systems for years. Then he resigned, got a new gov job.

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A technology officer with faked college degrees resigned from the Interior Department after he was busted. He was then hired by the Census Bureau.

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UK's mass surveillance bill is illegal


High Court judges ruled that the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (#DRIP) was inconsistent with the European convention on human rights.

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UK schools' "anti-radicalisation" software lets hackers spy on kids


The spyware that Impero supplies to UK schools -- which searches kids' Internet use for "jihadi" terms -- uses "password" as its default password, and the company has threatened brutal legal reprisals against the researcher who repeatedly demonstrated their total security negligence.

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The Tor Project is hiring a new executive director


So, an EFF activist gig isn't for you and neither is deputy director of the Free Software Foundation: how about executive director of the Tor Project, which maintains The Onion Router, a crucial piece of anonymity and privacy technology?

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US Army National Guard reveals they, too, recently suffered data breach

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Officials at the Army National Guard said Friday afternoon (best time to drop really bad news) that personal info on former and current members was exposed inadvertently by a contractor. Guardsmen were advised to check their personal credit reports for signs of any unauthorized activity.

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Iowa principals asked to wear bodycams

They're just cheap clip-ons that write to SSDs and have no tamper-evident measures.

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Moxie Marlinspike profiled in WSJ. Obama thinks secure messaging apps like the one he built are “a problem.”

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The Wall Street Journal just discovered what some of us have known for a long time: Moxie Marlinspike is really cool, and the work he does is important.

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RIP, Caspar Bowden, tireless, brilliant, effective UK privacy warrior

I met Caspar in 2001 while working for EFF; he was working for the Foundation for Internet Policy Research, which tirelessly lobbied the Lords and Parliament on the new surveillance powers that the Blair government wanted to bring in.

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US says hackers stole Social Security numbers from 21.5 million people in OPM data breach

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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said today that hackers stole sensitive data, including social security numbers, of about 21.5 million people from background investigation databases.

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What horrible things did we learn about Hacking Team today?


The enormous dump of docs from cyber-arms-dealer Hacking Team continues to yield up details, like the time the company tried to sell spying tools to a death squad.

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What happened at yesterday's Congressional hearings on banning crypto?


Cryptographers and security experts gathered on the Hill yesterday to tell Congress how stupid it was to ban crypto in order to make it easier to spy on "bad guys."

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Report: Uber uses GPS to punish drivers in China who get close to protests

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Uber is urging its drivers in China “not to get involved in conflicts with authorities and has threatened to punish those who disobey,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

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EFF is hiring an activist!


You can save the future! EFF pays a competitive wage and offers moving assistance and help with home-buying for its new hires, too.

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Computer scientists on the excruciating stupidity of banning crypto

A paper from some of the most important names in crypto/security history scorchingly condemns plans by the US and UK governments to ban "strong" (e.g. "working") crypto.

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