More revelations from leaked documents that point to government collection of emails and more.
The surveillance issue seems abstract until you look at how much data we leave for the world to follow.
Top-secret government documents have been released to the SF-based Electronic Frontier Foundation.
In its latest transparency report, Twitter says requests from governments worldwide for information about its users’ accounts are up sharply, to 1,157 in the first half of this year, compared with 849 during the first six months in 2012 — an increase of 36.3 percent. This news comes amid the controversy over the large-scale data […]
The San Jose Mercury News reports that Yahoo is asking the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to let the public see its arguments in a 2008 case that the government used to persuade tech companies to cooperate with its massive data-gathering efforts. Yahoo joins a growing list of parties demanding greater transparency over the government’s […]
Google Wins Key Ruling in Book-Scanning Case Jonathan Stempel, reporting for Reuters: “Google notched a legal victory in its bid to create the world’s largest digital books library, winning the reversal of a court order that had allowed authors challenging the project to sue as a group. “A panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court […]
2 Sides of NSA Debate: Ellsberg Calls Programs ‘Impeachable Offense’; Feinstein Points to Plots Foiled
Daniel Ellsberg, the Big Daddy of all government whistleblowers, defended NSA leaker Edward Snowden in an interview with “This Week in Northern California” host Dana King on Friday. Ellsberg lives in Kensington and has been a frequent presence in the Bay Area talking about the need for government transparency as it relates to national security. […]
Waze App/Waze.com It was a busy week for Bay Area tech companies, big and small. Here are a few of the headliner developments. Google-Waze On Tuesday, Google announced it had bought the social traffic and navigation app Waze, reportedly for $1.3 billion, which seems to be the market range for acquiring the flashiest startups these […]
In the wake of revelations about the National Security Agency indiscriminately collecting data related to U.S. citizens’ phone calls, as well as information about the Internet activity of foreign citizens, a consortium of tech companies and privacy watchdog groups is calling on Congress to put a stop to the programs. The group, called Stop Watching […]
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has been secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration defended the National Security Agency’s need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, but critics said it was […]