5,000 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent

An interesting observation by Washington’s blog: Tyrants Have Always Spied On Their Own People Spying has been around since the dawn of civilization. Keith Laidler – a PhD anthropologist, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a past member of the Scientific Exploration Society – explains: Spying and surveillance are at least as old as […]

27 Edward Snowden Quotes About U.S. Government Spying That Should Send A Chill Up Your Spine

“I don’t believe it’s in the public interest to go into the operational programmes used by GCSB or SIS,” says Mr Key. Chances are that if you are reading this blog, you are on the list. Chances are that if you are reading this blog at least some of these 27 terrifying quotes from Edward […]

Facebook accused of massive ‘data grab’ with new service that automatically uploads your phone pictures

Facebook has been accused of a massive ‘data grab’ after encouraging users to allow it to automatically synchronise photos from their mobile devices to the social networks servers. The social network from Friday began asking users of its mobile apps to activate its new Photo Sync, which will automatically upload each picture to a private […]

“Anyone who is innocent has nothing to fear”

Never thought I’d be quoting the Standard but this is one close to my heart and I could not have said it better!!! Pop quiz, who said “Anyone who is innocent has nothing to fear”? Answer, just about every politician ever who was arguing for an increase in state powers, especially powers of surveillance. On […]

Mind Your Tweets: The CIA Social Networking Surveillance System

I have never liked those bubbly give me more private information social websites. That social networking sites and applications such as Facebook, Twitter and their competitors can facilitate communication and information sharing amongst diverse groups and individuals is by now a cliché. It should come as no surprise then, that the secret state and the […]

The U.K. wants your Twitter chatter under surveillance

Not happy with pushing the EU Data Retention Directive which would make ISPs store communication data for 12 months Vernon Coaker, the U.K. Home Office security minister, now wants all social networking sites and IM messaging service monitored as well. The Interception Monderisation Programme (IMP) is the government proposal for legislation to use mass monitoring […]

Internet Traffic Begins to Bypass the U.S.

“Suppose the Internet was entirely confined to the U.S., which it once was? That wasn’t helpful,” said Vint Cerf of Google. Invented by American computer scientists during the 1970s, the Internet has been embraced around the globe. During the network’s first three decades, most Internet traffic flowed through the United States. In many cases, data […]

In government, nothing is sacred

Signed into law April 24, 2008, the oh-so innocent sounding Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007 establishes a national database of newborn DNA. This law establishes collection and warehousing of newborn DNA for scientific research and requires no parental consent or knowledge. As reported by Minnesota state health department, 42,210 of the 780,000 children […]

The End of Privacy

 By Elliot Cohen Amid the controversy brewing in the Senate over Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) reform, the Bush administration appears to have changed its strategy and is devising a bold new plan that would strip away FISA protections in favor of a system of wholesale government monitoring of every American’s Internet activities. Now the […]