Did you think Russia was the only country paranoid enough to revert to using typewriters to get the NSA off their backs?
Think again, because the Germans are also mulling a switch back to the primitive machines. The news came during a TV interview, when German pol Patrick Sensburg said higher-ups had considered typewriters — Read More
Welcome to Freshly Minted, where we examine an overlooked deal or funding announcement in tech from the past week, and tell you what you need to know, and why it matters.
This week’s deal: Secure messaging app Wickr closed a $30 million Series B to build a social network with NSA-level encryption.
If the naysayers are to believed, privacy is dead, and no one cares whether or not Facebook, Twitter and Google are collecting our personal data and selling it to marketers. Wickr, on the other hand, is an app for people who haven’t given up the fight to keep their correspondence private. And it’s growing rapidly. Read More
Troubled by Edward Snowden’s revelations about the U.S. government’s snooping habits, a group of Harvard and MIT students created an email service they insist is completely NSA-proof.
The new email platform is called ProtonMail, BostInno reports. The service’s five brainy founders met while working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. They bonded over a shared desire to build an email service even more secure than Lavabit, Mr. Snowden’s now-defunct email service of choice.
Following a few weeks in private beta, ProtonMail is launching its open beta phase starting today. Read More
Dutch college student Shawn Buckles was sick of companies like Facebook and Google using his data to fuel their businesses. So he decided to take matters into his own hands and sell it himself by auctioning off all of his online data.
So what exactly was up for sale? Location tracking records, social media profiles, Read More
Doesn’t it always feel like Gmail is having trouble when you absolutely need it most? Turns out it’s probably just your imagination.
The journalist Luke Harding’s book, The Snowden Files, came out earlier this month. But judging by Mr. Harding’s assertion that his words were somehow deleting themselves while he wrote about the NSA, it’s a wonder it came out at all.
Two weeks ago, we called your attention to the forthcoming “Day We Fight Back,” an Internet movement designed to fight back against the NSA’s data collection program. Guess what? The day is finally here. Watch out, government.
Today, as planned, dozens of participating websites like Upworthy and Piwik are posting banners on their home pages, encouraging viewers to call up and email their local legislators and complain about the NSA. Read More
“Under FISA, the government may apply for orders from a special FISA Court to require U.S. companies to hand over users’ personal information and the content of their communications,” the blog reads. “Although FISA was passed by elected representatives and is available for anyone to read, the way the law is used is typically kept secret.”
Per the data, the government made content requests to peek at 12,000 to 12,999 users or accounts during the peak period of July to December 2012. Those requests appeared to build in number since January 2009, with another one or two thousand being tacked on every six months. Read More