New microchipped passports designed to be foolproof against identity theft can be cloned and manipulated in minutes and accepted as genuine by the computer software recommended for use at international airports.
Agents removed 2 public computers from the library's second floor. They were taking them back to Washington, D.C. It was the first time they came without a court order. They seemed to know which ones they needed access to, he said.
In this information-filled age with all our personal data in databases that are vulnerable to leaks, as well as much of our behavioral data being gathered by corporations, is there really any privacy? In response to a lawsuit, Google said no.
The Bush administration's newly created National Cyber Security Center remains shrouded in secrecy, with officials refusing to release information about its budget, what contractors will run it, and how its mission relates to Internet surveillanc
New Yorkers can soon take a bite out of city crime by uploading video or photo evidence directly to the New York Police Department, in a move welcomed by civil rights groups. "We're putting that technology in place to enable us to do that
The new housing bill just passed by the House, HR 3221, apparently contains a stealth provision for the reporting of all credit card transactions to the IRS. Maybe a big enough stink will arise before the Senate gets to their version that it can be s
Children's librarian Judith Flint was getting ready for the monthly book discussion when police showed up. Five state police detectives wanted to seize Kimball Public Library's public access computers as they frantically searched for a 12-yea
This massive, centralized system would include personal data of 245 million license and ID cardholders nationwide. If a criminal could break just one state’s data security system, he would have access to the sensitive data retained by all 56 states a
Is a laptop searchable in the same way as a piece of luggage? The Department of Homeland Security believes it is. Immigration officials at border entries have been searching and seizing citizens’ laptops, cellphones, and BlackBerry devices when they
We may be the last generation that will have ever known privacy. Every day, we are one step closer to the Total Surveillance Society. Every day, we lose a little more of that part of being human that claims the right to be left alone, that knows f
The Senate finally is expected to pass a bill overhauling rules on secret government eavesdropping, completing a lengthy and bitter debate that pitted privacy and civil liberties concerns against the desire to spy on Americans.
Tomorrow, July 8th, could mark the beginning of official condoning of warrantless surveillance of law-abiding citizens in the US, not to mention foreign nationals. Much of this information has been covered by Glenn Greenwald in the past week.
The LA Times today says, "In the aftermath of Sept. 11, the White House directed telecommunications carriers to cooperate with its efforts to bolster intelligence gathering and surveillance." No, it started a few weeks after Bush took of
With this new FISA bill, our political establishment is doing what it now habitually does: namely, ensuring that the political and corporate elite who break our laws on purpose are immune from consequences.
Early next week the U.S. Senate will vote on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, intending to immunize telecommunications corporations that assisted our government in the warrantless and illegal wiretapping it has grown to love.
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Just days before the Senate will convene to give a final blessing to President Bush's secret, warrantless wiretapping program, a federal court judge ruled that his legal justification for the surveillance has no legal merit. He's the same jud
An internal State Department investigative report suggests that employees may have been snooping on the passport records of celebrities far more than previously disclosed. It urges new steps to secure the files.
Google has been ordered to hand over details of YouTube users' viewing habits by a federal judge presiding over a copyright infringement initated by Viacom case against the site.
"While this fiasco was initiated by local authorities, remember that §201(3) of the Real ID Act grants a sole individual (the Secretary of DHS) the authority to establish by fiat when and where “official” ID is required in the United States.
"...only by reports such as these will we be able to ascertain what’s playing on the screen today at our nation’s security theater. The cost of admission is but your civil liberty and common sense..."
The British government is developing a plan to track current and former prisoners by means of microchips implanted under the skin, drawing intense criticism from probation officers and civil rights groups.
The raid on the property was led by 9th District Police Capt. Dennis Wilson who was quoted as saying, "....We're trying to drum up charges against them, but unfortunately we'll probably have to let them go."
A civil liberties group filed a lawsuit yesterday seeking an injunction against the District of Columbia police department's vehicle checkpoint program, calling the "military-style" initiative unconstitutional and ineffective.
(by David Gutierrez with NaturalNews) A Rhode Island school district has announced a pilot program to monitor student movements by means of radio frequency identification (RFID) chips implanted in their schoolbags.
YouTube video from Fox News of D.C. Police cordoning off an entire neighborhood and forcing all vehicle traffic through a few choke points where vehicle occupants are interrogated regarding who they are & why they want to travel into the neighborhood
While TSA's announcement stated that the goal of the change was to "increase safety," this blogger disagrees. The change of rules seems to be a pretty obvious case of security theater.
Human-implantable RFID microchips face an uncertain future in the wake of developments that the technology's developer, VeriChip, announced last week. The Delray Beach, Florida-based company announced it sold most of its assets to tool manufactur
Opponents of the VeriChip implant are launching a new offensive against the controversial human microchip this week, amid reports that VeriChip plans to put its chipping division on the auction block.
State Police are harassing motorcyclists at a roadblock en route to a biker rally in the Adirondacks. The National Coalition of Motorcyclists calls this "unconstitutional" and has taken the first steps necessary to file a lawsuit to put an