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Google Tells Cops to Get Warrants for User E-Mail, Cloud Data

“Google demands probable-cause, court-issued warrants to divulge the contents of Gmail and other cloud-stored documents to authorities in the United States — a startling revelation Wednesday that runs counter to federal law that does not always demand warrants.

The development surfaced as Google publicly announced that more than two-thirds of the user data Google forwards to government agencies across the United States is handed over without a probable-cause warrant.”

note: yahoo has just done the same

Posted 1521 days ago in Geek

You’re not anonymous. I know your name, email, and company.

“For example, if [a visitor] went to XYZ.com and filled out a web form and then [the visitor] later visited 42floors.com, [42Floors] would be able to identify [the visitor] by name/email as well as company details even though [the visitor] never filled out a web form on [42Floors.com].”

Seriously creepy.. apparently the answer to the author’s question “When a user visits a site without ever having voluntarily supplied information to that site, should the user have an expectation that their identity is private until they chose to reveal it?” is that the developers think not…

Posted 1563 days ago in Geek

If You Want to Stay Safe on Facebook, Don’t Use It

I was once at Facebook headquarters at Palo Alto, and I saw on one of the network engineer’s tables a Narus pamphlet. Narus is the company that did interception with the NSA and AT&T in the US. Those two companies and Narus did the analysis of the illegal wiretapping of the entire American population’s phone calls and data travelling through AT&T data centres. Facebook’s looking at the same solution. It should give you some idea about what Facebook is…

Posted 1867 days ago in Geek

Path Uploads Your Entire Address Book to it’s Servers

I’m curious as to how this slipped past Apple’s app approval process, as it directly violates the stated privacy rules.. “Upon inspecting closer, I noticed that my entire address book (including full names, emails and phone numbers) was being sent as a plist to Path. Now I don’t remember having given permission to Path to access my address book and send its contents to its servers…”

//EDIT// Apparently Hipster does this as well, in the form of “an email param that includes a comma-separated list of email addresses”…

Posted 1872 days ago in Geek

Hackers to Put Their Own Internet into Space

There’s more than one way to stick it to The Man… a team of German hackers are building a hacker-owned-and-operated space program, complete with a constellation of communications satellites beaming uncensored Internet to users on the ground…

Posted 1904 days ago in Geek

The Coming War on General Purpose Computation

The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish…

Posted 1913 days ago in Geek

Google Won’t Let RIAA Program It’s Search Algorithm

Now that’s interesting. I didn’t realize that “free” and “download” were illegal terms. Especially since Lady Gaga and her manager have both expressed interest in giving away her music for free. It seems that the RIAA’s real complaint is that the end result of the searches still points people to some sites that offer infringing works. But that’s a totally different complaint. Google could censor the words “free” and “download” and within hours people involved in infringement would come up with alternative words…

Posted 1919 days ago in Audio, Geek

Anonymous on #OpBlackOut

(the 99%):  We all have a reason and the power to fight this..lets replace the face of the internet with a clear message about how we feel about censorship…

Posted 1919 days ago in Geek

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