privacy wars

A Federal Judge Decided NSA Surveillance Is Legal So We Can All Chill Now

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Weirded out by the thought that the government could be listening to your mundane conversations about your day or — even worse — perusing your mundane sexts? Too bad. A federal judge has decided it’s legal, thereby dismissing a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.

U.S. District Judge William Pauley said in a written opinion that the NSA’s collection of Americans’ phone records “represents the government’s counter-punch” to prevent terrorist attacks, the Associated Press reports. Read More

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If the DOJ Has Its Way, Lying About Your Weight On Match.com Could Become a Punishable Offense

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Maybe you should take it easy on the second helpings at Thanksgiving. CNET has gotten its hands on a statement that’s supposed to be delivered by the Justice Department today that would make things like using a fake name on Facebook or entering a false weight on Match.com a crime. Salman Rushdie, we hope you’re paying attention.

In the statement, the DOJ argues that the agency needs to be able to prosecute violations of a website’s “terms of service” policy.  While it opens users up to potentially frivolous violations, the DOJ says scaling back the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA),  “would make it difficult or impossible to deter and address serious insider threats through prosecution,” such as identity theft, privacy invasions, or abuse of government databases. Read More