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Have School Issued Devices Been Caught Spying on Students?

The Feds, and educational technology (ed tech) companies are using tablets and laptops to spy on students from kindergarten through college.

Students, teachers,administrators and librarians across the country are being forced to use school-issued tablets and laptops which use educational cloud services that spy on everything.

According to a EFF’s “Spying on Students”


UK Travelers to U.S. may be asked to Surrender passwords or be turned away

British travelers to the United States face the uncomfortable choice of handing over personal information, including social media passwords and mobile phone contacts, or running the risk of being denied entry to the country, under a new “extreme vetting” policy being considered by the Trump administration.

Tourists from the


Popular Messaging App Found to Have Back Door (Now Allegedly)

Update: Gizmodo says NO A security backdoor that can be used to allow Facebook and others to intercept and read encrypted messages has been found within its WhatsApp messaging service.

Facebook claims that no one can intercept WhatsApp messages, not even the company and its staff, ensuring privacy for


Snowden Documents Reveal In-Flight Networks Spying on You

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If you like your privacy, don’t fly the friendly skies with your phone connected to in-flight networks. American and British intelligence have been surveilling phone use aboard civil aircraft since at least 2005, according to a new investigation by Le Monde based on secret documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.


Google Apparently Scans Your Gmail Content

A Houston man named John Henry Skillern was arrested after Google alerted authorities about illegal photos of children in his Gmail account. The 41-year-old, who works at a Denny’s restaurant in Pasadena, is a registered sex offender, convicted of sexually assaulting a child in 1994.

The search giant informed the National Center


Next Generation Stingray (Cell Snooper)


Stingrays—devices used by government agencies to intercept or disrupt mobile communications and track people through their phones—are more popular than ever with law enforcement and government agencies. Just yesterday, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted it uses such equipment as part of its criminal investigations.

Stingray Cell Snooper


Did the NSA “Pose” as Google to Spy?

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If a recently leaked document is any indication, the US National Security Agency — or its UK counterpart — appears to have put on a Google suit to gather intelligence.

NSA Headquarters, Maryland

Here’s one of the latest tidbits on the NSA surveillance scandal (which seems to be generating nearly as many blog items


DOJ Issues New Guidelines for Cell Phone Snooping

The DOJ has issued new guidelines governing stingray use that bring such deployments into marginally better alignment with fundamental civil rights — but there are some significant limitations to the new policies as well.

Stingray Cell Snooper

First, the good news: The new recommendations specifically state that these devices are to be used in


Really?: Your Battery Life May Expose you to Privacy Issues

A little-known feature of the HTML5 specification means that websites can find out how much battery power a visitor has left on their laptop or smartphone – and now, security researchers have warned that that information can be used to track browsers online.

The battery status API is currently supported in the Firefox,


The WiFi Network Hacking Drone

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Leaked emails between Italian spyware vendor Hacking Team and Boeing subsidiary Insitu revealed that drones carrying malware to infect targeted computers via Wi-Fi by flying over their proximity is close to becoming a reality.

here is another example of similar technologySpyware-carrying drones were being discussed by Insitu, a division of Boeing and now-disgraced malware


Snowden Makes Recommendations at Internet Engineering Conference

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has urged the world’s leading group of internet engineers to design a future ‘net that puts the user in the center, and so protects people’s privacy.

Edward Snowden talks to a room of internet engineers. Photo: Mark Nottingham

Speaking via webcast to a meeting in Prague of the Internet Engineering


ICANN Pushes to Abolish Domain Registration Privacy

It’s hard to pick up a paper, or an iPad, without reading about some bit of privacy that Americans have lost—or given up—in exchange for one convenience or another. It’s rare however that such an egregious attack on our privacy, like the one underway against every website owner in the world today and in


Revealed: NSA Has Been Actively Trying to Disable Cellphone Network Security

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Just a week ago, President Obama assured the public that he understood the importance of securing the privacy of mobile phone networks.

“Ultimately, everybody — and certainly this is true for me and my family — we all want to know that if we’re using a smartphone for transactions, sending messages, having private conversations, that


Apparently Your TV Can’t be Trusted


Samsung’s privacy policy for its voice-recognizing smart televisions warns users not to discuss sensitive information around their devices because it could be transmitted to a third party.

“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party


Journalist Suing DOJ for 35 Million Dollars for Spying on Family

Former CBS News reporter sues Justice Department for $35 million alleging her family was put under surveillance while she covered Benghazi Sharyl Attkisson is suing the U.S. Department of Justice, alleging she was illegally spied on and digitally monitored Attkisson’s lawsuit alleges that the illegal surveillance took place while she covered Fast and Furious and


Chicago Cops Busted for Spying on Public

Looks like police in Chicago have a tricked out surveillance truck equipped with cell site simulators, a.k.a. Stingrays, that force nearby phones to send data to cops instead of to phone company cell towers. Did those cops get a warrant for that?

Wtf is this? It keeps flowing the protest. And It messes up


British Officials Say Facebook Has Complete Access to Your Cell

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Facebook can gain direct access to your mobile and take pictures or make videos at any time, MPs warn The MPs on the Science and Technology select committee called for the Government to draw up new guidelines for websites and apps explaining clearly how they use personal data, warning that laws will be needed if


Snowden Gives the World Internet Privacy Advise (Video)

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According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox, Facebook, and Google.

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Snowden conducted a remote interview today as part of the New Yorker Festival, where he was asked a couple of variants on the question of what


Law Enforcement Not Happy About Newest Smartphone Encryption

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LAW ENFORCEMENT officials deserve to be heard in their recent warnings about the impact of next-generation encryption technology on smartphones, such as Apple’s new iPhone. This is an important moment in which technology, privacy and the rule of law are colliding.

Apple announced Sept. 17 that its latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, includes


NSA and GCHQ Have Penetrated Deutsche Telecom

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When it comes to choosing code names for their secret operations, American and British agents demonstrate a flare for creativity. Sometimes they borrow from Mother Nature, with monikers such as “Evil Olive” and “Egoistic Giraffe.”

According to top-secret documents from the NSA and the British agency GCHQ, the intelligence agencies are seeking


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