Gmail users got a hefty dose of reality today when it was revealed that Google handed over one user’s private data to the U.S. government, who requested it without a search warrant.
New member, first post...hopefully this isn't old news to the DP crew:
"The U.S. government obtained a controversial type of secret court order to force Google Inc. and small internet provider Sonic.net Inc. to turn over information from the email accounts of a WikiLeaks volunteer."
The Wikileaks supporter has not been charged with any wrongdoing, the target of the order received no notification that they've been targeted, and the government had only to show "reasonable grounds" that the information to be obtained would be "relevant and material" to an investigation...no probable cause needed.
'Stingray' Phone Tracker Fuels Constitutional Clash
Stingrays are designed to locate a mobile phone even when it's not being used to make a call. The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers the devices to be so critical that it has a policy of deleting the data gathered in their use, mainly to keep suspects in the dark about their capabilities, an FBI official told The Wall Street Journal in response to inquiries.
By Glenn Greenwald
A strikingly good piece of investigative journalism from Associated Press finds that accusations about the damage done by WikiLeaks' latest release are -- yet again -- wildly overstated and without any factual basis. These most recent warnings have centered on WikiLeaks' exposure of diplomatic sources whom the released cables indicated should be "strictly protected." While unable to examine all of the names in the cables, AP focused on the ones "the State Department seemed to categorize as most risky." It found that many of them are "comfortable with their names in the open and no one fearing death."
In particular, many of these super-secret sources were "already dead, their names cited as sensitive in the context of long-resolved conflicts or situations" while "some have publicly written or testified at hearings about the supposedly confidential information they provided the U.S. government." Like the Pentagon before them, even the State Department -- which has "been scouring the documents since last year to find examples where sources are exposed and inform them that they may be 'outed'" -- is unable to provide any substantiation for its shrill, public denunciations of WikiLeaks and its "dire" warnings about the "grave danger" caused by publication of these cables:
I wanna remove this so people can't discriminate me when I'm applying for jobs. Anyone know if this is possible to do? Different sites on the web seem to obtain this information somehow..
Downloading a video from Youtube, I noticed the link contained the name of my ISP, Comcast.
My question is, are Youtube video cache servers located in Youtube facilities, rented from ISPs, or do ISPs like Comcast cache videos for playback themselves? If so, does that mean Comcast/NBCUniversal has the ability to directly block or modify content for their ISP subscribers?
The video I downloaded was served from:
9/11: The day we lost our privacy and power
Every day, we have to prove we have 'nothing to hide'
By: Duncan Campbell
Investigative reporter Duncan Campbell reflects how 9/11 has torpedoed resistance to intrusion and undermined privacy rights born of earlier struggles. It may, irreversibility, have changed the way we think.
Starting in a few months, millions of online ‘pirates’ will be monitored as part of an agreement between the MPAA, RIAA and all major U.S. Internet providers. Alleged infringers will be notified about their misbehavior, and repeat offenders will eventually be punished.
Janet Napolitano : "No! Drudge Is Just Wrong on Privacy"
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is calling out web news aggregator Matt Drudge for suggesting that she's an ogre eager to invade the privacy of Americans and in particular those who travel by air.
"I think my nickname is 'Big Sis.' I don't think he means it kindly, actually," Napolitano said Tuesday, accurately recalling the moniker that often accompanies scary-looking photos of her on Drudge's popular news site.
A federal judge in Brooklyn ruled Monday that the federal government must establish probable cause and secure a warrant before obtaining records about a cell phone user's location, saying it violated the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable searches, according to the New York Law Journal.