Aug 092013
 

Via:  www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/aug/08/lavabit-email-shut-down-edward-snowden

Via:  news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57597726-38/silent-circle-follows-lavabit-in-shuttering-encrypted-e-mail/

and www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-08/snowdens-email-service-provider-shuts-down-following-government-pressure

 

A self issued National Security Letter and a nondisclosure order?

 

Aug 082013
 

Via:  http://blogs.fas.org/secrecy/2013/08/quantum-leap/

 

Got a site that mentions money laundering, drug trafficking, terrorism and other threats?

U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) National Capital Region (NCR) might have ran an experiment “to enhance the ability to discover relationships, human networks, and geospatial features”

 

Aug 072013
 

Via:  http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/aug/06/nsa-director-cyber-terrorism-snowden

 

What might the “nihilists, anarchists, activists, … , twentysomethings who haven’t talked to the opposite sex in five or six years” do if the US “grabs” Snowden?

 

Aug 072013
 

Via:  http://www.businessinsider.com.au/tsa-vipr-teams-security-searches-2013-8

 

Welcome to the world of “special needs” or “administrative searches” – at train stations or events near you.

 

Nov 122012
 

Via:  http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/11/09/skype_gave_data_on_a_teen_wikileaks_supporter_to_a_private_company_without.html

 

An interesting read on the possible value of a privacy policy in the EU.

 

Nov 042012
 

Via:  www.geekwire.com/2012/microsoft-diskinect-freeloading-tv-viewers/

 

A patent to count the number of people in a room watching television.

Too many people?  No playback for you!

Oct 252012
 

Via:  www.zdnet.com/australian-police-want-telco-customer-data-retained-forever-7000004811/

 

2 years?  5 years? – try forever.    Dont worry its not the content, just ip’s…

Oct 052012
 

Via:  www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech-national-security-technology-and-liberty/police-cameras-outside-your-door

 

Welcome to 24-hour, all weather surveillance units.  Some stats in the linked pdf :

HD (needing fiber optic network for the masses of data), 500 feet range , with zoom, a face at 400 feet, ~ two week retention.

$350,000 for 11.units

 

Aug 282012
 

Via:  www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/08/administrative-subpoenas/

 

No court, no judge, the ways US federal agencies get around the Fourth Amendment.

No public stats on the amount used – that may be classified.

Your still safe from thermal-imaging devices for now.

Interesting note about the “weather modification” 1976 act.