privacy wars

Snowden Biographer Claims His Text Would ‘Self-Delete’ When He Wrote About NSA

Newly employed! (Photo: File)

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.

While he was working on the book about Edward Snowden’s exploits, Mr. Harding writes in the Guardian, the sentences he wrote about the NSA would periodically garble or delete themselves. Read More

Protests

Uh Oh, NSA: People Are Protesting Online and IRL Today

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

privacy wars

Gov’t Spied on 12,000+ User Accounts in Six Months, Google Says

Google has released Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) information requests for the first time thanks to a lawsuit filed last year, says Google’s blog.

“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

privacy wars

Obama Will Likely Request End to NSA Metadata Storage Today

Hey bud, cool Blackberry. (Photo: Getty)

President Barack Obama will suggest that maybe some other people should try and figure out how to tackle this pesky NSA matter today in a press conference at 11 a.m.

The President is going to call for an end to the National Security Agency’s ability to store Americans’ phone data, USA Today reports, and he’s going to ask Congress, the Justice Department and the intelligence community to decide who should be holding the records instead of the U.S. government. Read More

Privacy is Dead

NSA Developing Code-Breaking Computer that Can See All Your Private Facebook Messages Anyway

These German protesters probably wouldn't be crazy about an NSA quantum computer. (Getty)

Don’t waste your energy fretting over the Snapchat leak, because the National Security Agency is trying to develop a groundbreaking new computer that probably already knows you’re making sparrow face in the mirror right now.

A January 2 Washington Post report announced the NSA is working to build a never-before-seen “cryptologically useful quantum computer” Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: BlackBerry’s CEO Has A Lot of Clever Ideas About Saving the Company

The future. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons,by ScaredPoed)

Make your own Grindr joke: The NSA supposedly has “complete backdoor access” to your iPhone. [Daily Dot]

BlackBerry’s new CEO has a lot of plans to turn around the struggling company. Unfortunately one of those ideas isn’t pivoting the company into a Chipotle franchise. [AllThingsD]

27 percent of adults smartly ignore social networks. [BuzzFeed FWD]

Netflix is trialling a $6.99/month plan that streams standard definition quality video. That’s a whopping $1 less than what they currently offer. [GeekWire]

Prescription lenses for Google Glass will be available in “just a few weeks,” so get excited nerds. [Slash Gear

Linkages

Booting Up: The NSA Spied on Gamers Because Teen Smack-Talking Is Integral to National Security

Man with the plan. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Giant tech companies including LinkedIn, Google, Facebook and others are banning together to create a “Reform Government Surveillance” group. “We strongly believe that current laws and practices need to be reformed,” they explained. [VentureBeat]

Bitcoin’s value plummeted over the weekend after China started cracking down on the use of the digital currency. [PC World]

Netflix is quietly transforming from a streaming company to a full-fledged network that could soon take on the biggies. [New Republic]

The NSA reportedly spied on video game platforms like Xbox Live and probably heard (or saw) a lot of things they wish they didn’t. [Guardian]

Some of the city’s new cabs include USB outlets, panoramic windows and customized climate control so you can drive like a freakin’ Rockefeller. [Gothamist]