Sunday, when no one was supposed to pay attention, PayPal sent its account holders an innocuous-sounding email with the artfully bland title, “Notice of Policy Updates.” PayPal didn’t want people to read it – lest they think the NSA is by comparison a group of choirboys.
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By Eva Galperin and Danny O'Brien, Electronic Frontier Foundation: Sophisticated surveillance seems unlikely for one of the poorest countries. But now you can be spied on not only by the NSA but by any government with a few hundred-thousand bucks to spare.
By Rainey Reitman, Electronic Frontier Foundation: Obama met with US tech companies to contain the festering NSA scandal ... two days after NSA's Rajesh De stated that these companies had been willing participants in it, which they'd strenuously denied before.
By Jennifer Lynch, Electronic Frontier Foundation: According to the L.A. Police Department and L.A. Sheriff’s Department, anyone driving a car in the greater Los Angeles Metropolitan area is part of a vast criminal investigation!
By Danny O'Brien, Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Mexican website 1dmx.org, set up in the wake of the protests against the inauguration of President Enrique Peña Nieto, included a campaign against proposed laws to criminalize protest – until it was taken down by GoDaddy, a US company, at the request of the US Embassy.
Data Breaches Couldn’t Get Worse? Now An Onslaught Of Attacks On Healthcare Networks And Even Devices
By 4bitNEWS.com: Networks and devices operated by US healthcare providers are suffering from an onslaught of attacks, putting patient data - the most valuable data on the black market - and patients themselves at risk.
By Dave Maass, Electronic Frontier Foundation: Corruption and graft in the surveillance industrial complex.
Perfecting The Surveillance Society: Drive And Get Tracked (Via The National License-Plate Recognition Database)
By Jennifer Lynch, Electronic Frontier Foundation: Not the NSA, but the Department of Homeland Security is planning to build this monster. Never before has a federal agency proposed a dragnet of this size and scope, going after regular Americans on a routine basis.
The IPO scene is sizzling: 25 pre-IPO startups, dogged by puny revenues and hefty losses, have “valuations” from $1 billion to $10 billion. But post-IPO debacles, even in the immensely hyped Cloud and Big Data sector, are already hitting the sidewalk.
It’s “a technology everyone is going to have,” said a Bay Area real estate broker as he explained why realtors use drones to shoot aerial videos of high-end properties. And it’s illegal. But no one is going to be able to stop it, he implied.
By Don Quijones: Governments are seeking to reduce cash transactions. The reasons are obvious: as most countries struggle to rein in public spending, governments are frantically surveying their surroundings for anything of value to steal or pawn.
By Jim Probasco, Benzinga Staff Writer: Debunking academic studies that the media inflicts on its hapless readers. Or why you shouldn’t believe everything that comes out of Ivy League academia (hilarious but serious).
By Mark Rumold, Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent and bipartisan panel appointed by the President, turns up the heat on the President.
Jim Probasco, Benzinga Staff Writer: Consumers trust Microsoft more than Apple? More than Samsung or even Sony? Really? Based on a study by global analysis and advisory firm, Forrester Research, they do.
I thought we’d never see “Merger Monday” again, the concept. But now, the unthinkable happened, the zombie phrase has walked back into the scene. Like in the bubble days of 2007: the big numbers were there, the deal exuberance, the craziness, the hoopla.
Signs of the entire industry in a heap of trouble are everywhere. Rumors just bubbled up that Dell would axe 25% of its global sales staff – over 9,000 souls. HP is sacking 34,000. PC shipments, including laptops, have been awful for three years in a row.
By Tim Parker, Benzinga Staff Writer: 2014 isn’t off to a good start for two of the world’s favorite apps. Reports have emerged that Skype and Snapchat were hacked.
It finally happened: a federal judge ruled that the NSA’s ravenous “metadata” collection of phone calls made in, to, or from the US violated the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches. What's worse, the judge said: it hadn’t even prevented a single terrorist attack.
Blowback: What’s rising for US tech companies like a pile of fuming manure? The costs of working hand-in-glove with the NSA to build a seamless, borderless, indiscriminate spy dragnet. Now add an all-American cost to the pile: class-action lawsuits.
By Jim Probasco, Benzinga Staff Writer: It’s all about making the act of conducting a Google search easier. Yup.