Surveillance

US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, apparently, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.

The NSA's 12-Year Struggle to Follow the Law

Location:
National Security Agency, MD, 20755-6000, United States

This spring, the government announced a change to the way the National Security Agency collects information targeting foreigners, using the telecom backbone in what it calls "upstream" collection. Whereas for 10 years, the agency had sucked up communications mentioning a target's selector—say, collecting all e-mails sent to someone in this country that include Osama bin Laden's phone number in the body of the e-mail—in April it stopped doing so domestically (though it will still do tons of it in collection overseas).

What happens if a cop forces you to unlock your iPhone X with your face?

Location:
USA, United States

Imagine you've been detained at customs, waiting to cross the border. Or maybe you've been pulled over for a traffic violation. An officer waves your cellphone at you.

Agents are increasingly searching smartphones at the border. This lawsuit wants to limit that.

Location:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 125 Broad St, New York, NY, 10004, United States

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the federal government in hopes of curbing the wide-ranging ability of federal agents ...

A rare look inside LAPD's use of data

Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Since 2011, Silicon Valley-based software firm Palantir has helped the Los Angeles Police Department analyze data, ranging from license plates photos, to rap sheets, traffic tickets, listings of foreclosed properties and more.

U.S. surveillance and the eye of the beholder

Location:
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), 75 Rochester Ave Portsmouth, Portsmouth, NH, 03801, United States

European law allows the transfer of personal data to non-European countries only if they “ensure an adequate level of protection.”

Why Should Americans Care About Foreign Privacy?

Location:
Brown University's Watson Institute for International Affairs, 111 Thayer St, Providence, RI, 02912, United States

Congress must decide by the end of 2017 whether to renew the National Security Agency’s power to engage in surveillance of communications that transit switches and servers inside the United States using a secret court order.

Homeland Security Adviser Urges Congress to Renew Controversial Surveillance Power

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

One of President Donald Trump’s top advisers called on Congress to reauthorize authorities that gives intelligence agencies the ability to collect and analyze communications of foreigners outside the US Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act—set to expire in December—is the best means for intelligence agencies to monitor terrorist threats en masse given today’s internet-driven world.

Using AI to identify protestors hiding behind hats or scarves is entirely possible

Location:
USA, United States

Artificial intelligence is giving rise to unprecedented capabilities for surveillance, from facial recognition at bridge crossings to the ability to identify thousands of people at once.

Feds Promised to Protect Dreamer Data. Now What?

Location:
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th St Sw, Washington, DC, 20536, United States

When the Obama administration was designing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), privacy was a chief concern for immigration advocates, who worried about having undocumented immigrants identify themselves to the government.

Verizon reports spike in government requests for cell 'tower dumps'

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Government requests for the mass disclosure of every caller who connected to a particular cellphone tower have spiked during the first half of 2017, according to Verizon’s latest transparency report.

Head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement: We don’t use stingrays to locate undocumented immigrants

Location:
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20536, United States

The acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency charged with deportations, has confirmed in a new letter that it does not use cell-site simulators, also known as stingrays, to locate undocumented immigrants.

Verizon -- Yes, Verizon -- Just Stood Up for Your Privacy

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Fourteen of the biggest US tech companies filed a brief with the Supreme Court on Aug 14 supporting more rigorous warrant requirements for law enforcement seeking certain cell phone data, such as location information. In the statement, the signatories—Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft among them—argue that the government leans on outdated laws from the 1970s to justify Fourth Amendment overreach. One perhaps surprising voice in the chorus of protesters? Verizon.

Computer & Communications Industry Association Stands Against DOJ Anti-Trump Site Info Demand

Location:
Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), 900 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States

Computer companies are standing with a web hosting company that is facing a search warrant obtained by the Department of Justice to 1.3 million IP addresses of an anti-Trump protest web site.

Tech firm is fighting a federal demand for data on visitors to an anti-Trump website

Location:
DreamHost, Los Angeles, CA, United States

A Los Angeles-based tech company is resisting a federal demand for more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify visitors to a website set up to coordinate protests on Inauguration Day — a request whose breadth the company says violates the Constitution.

Tech companies urge Supreme Court to boost cellphone privacy

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States

More than a dozen high technology companies and the biggest wireless operator in the United States, Verizon, have called on the US Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals' sensitive cellphone data.

How Palantir, Peter Thiel's Secretive Data Company, Pushed into Policing

Location:
Palantir Technologies, 100 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, United States

Palantir had been selling its data storage, analysis, and collaboration software to police departments nationwide on the basis of rock-solid security. “Palantir Law Enforcement provides robust, built-in privacy and civil liberties protections, including granular access controls and advanced data retention capabilities,” its website reads.

ACLU: Absent warrant standard, police could monitor anyone via location data

Location:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 125 Broad St, New York, NY, 10004, United States

Lawyers representing a man convicted of six robberies in the Detroit area have now filed their opening brief at the Supreme Court in one of the most important digital privacy cases in recent years. This case, Carpenter v. United States, asks a simple question: is it OK for police to seize and search 127 days of cell-site location information (CSLI) without a warrant?

An OTI Experiment: Open Source Surveillance Detection

Location:
New America Foundation, 1899 L St NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The Open Technology Institute team did a technical experiment at this Spring’s March for Science in Washington (DC) to try and answer these questions and explore new ways of detecting when your cell phone is being surveilled.

Sen Wyden Seeks Info on E-mail Intel Collection

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States

Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR), a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, wants to know how many "backdoor" searches of e-mails and other communications the government has conducted.

Court: Warrantless requests to track cellphones, Internet use grew sevenfold in D.C. in three years

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Sealed law enforcement requests to track Americans without a warrant through cellphone location records or Internet activity grew sevenfold in the past three years in the District, new information released by a federal judge shows.

Silicon Valley mostly quiet in internet surveillance debate in Congress

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States

Apparently, Facebook, Alphabet's Google, Apple, and other major technology firms are largely absent from a debate over the renewal of a broad US internet surveillance law, weakening prospects for privacy reforms that would further protect customer data.

The Dark Side of That Personality Quiz You Just Took

Location:
Cambridge Analytica, 1 Wales Alley, Alexandria, VA, 22314, United States

Personality quizzes have some sort of perennial appeal. Facebook newsfeeds are filled with BuzzFeed quizzes and other oddball questionnaires that tell you which city you should actually live in, which ousted Arab Spring ruler you are, and which Hogwarts house you belong in. But these new online quizzes have a dark edge that their analog predecessors didn’t.

Federal court rejects challenge to national security data requests

Location:
US Court of Appeals; 9th Circuit, 95 7th St, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

The Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that gag orders issued with warrant-like national security letters do not violate the First Amendment. National security letters serve the same functions as a warrant but do not require judicial oversight.

Who Has Your Back? AT&T, Verizon, Other ISPs Lag Behind Tech Industry in Protecting Users from Government Overreach

Location:
Electronic Frontier Foundation, 454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110-1914, United States

While many technology companies continue to step up their privacy game by adopting best practices to protect sensitive customer information when the government demands user data, telecommunications companies are failing to prioritize user privacy when the government comes knocking, an Electronic Frontier Foundation annual survey shows.

Albuquerque police refuse to say if they have stingrays, so ACLU sues

Location:
ACLU of New Mexico, 1410 Coal Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM, 87104, United States

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has sued the city of Albuquerque, seeking records by the city’s police department about its use of stingrays, also known as cell-site simulators.

Data Warrants From Across the Pond: Fighting Crime While Preserving Privacy

Jul 10 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Avenue Southwest Room #2237, Washington, DC, United States

For Congressional Staff, Walk-Ins are welcome

Facebook among tech firms battling gag orders over government surveillance

Location:
USA, United States

Tech companies -- including Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft -- are fighting gag orders from US courts preventing them from talking about government surveillance of their users, arguing it has a chilling effect on free speech.

Spyware Sold to Mexican Government Targeted International Officials

Location:
United Mexican States, Mexico

A team of international investigators brought to Mexico to unravel one of the nation’s gravest human rights atrocities was targeted with sophisticated surveillance technology sold to the Mexican government to spy on criminals and terrorists. The spying took place during what the investigators call a broad campaign of harassment and interference that prevented them from solving the haunting case of 43 students who disappeared after clashing with the police nearly three years ago.

President Trump’s leaks crackdown sends chills through national security world

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

National security officials across the federal government say they are seeing new restrictions on who can access sensitive information, fueling fears in the intelligence and security community that the Trump administration has stepped up a stealthy operation to smoke out leakers.

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