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Facebook Received Heightened Government Data Requests on Election Day

It’s Election Day in the US, and Facebook is reminding everyone to vote with a giant banner at the top of the news feed which asks people to share the vote with friends. By the looks of my news feed, it’s working. The company has also chosen today to release its third-ever transparency report – […]

GoDaddy Price Confusion Over Premium New gTLD Domains

There appears to be a bug in how GoDaddy is displaying the prices of some New gTLD domain names. At one point, depending on how you search for the domain name, the price will display as one price: but if you search for a .com domain name, then GoDaddy’s site is showing a different price […]

Government Demands For User Data Up 150% Over Past Five Years

Google released its updated Transparency Report today. This is the tenth update, and shows the number of government demands the tech giant has received for user data in criminal investigations for the first half of the year. Read More…

Republican Developed Platforming Game Called – Giopi

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the group whose only purpose is getting Republicans elected to the US Senate, has turned to nostalgic gaming to help with its cause. Read More…

Russia Provides Edward Snowden Additional Time For Asylum

Edward Snowden is likely staying in Russia for the foreseeable future.

The 31-year-old former NSA analyst, who famously leaked (and continues to leak) documents and anecdotes about the US government’s massive surveillance initiative, has been granted a three-year residence permit in Russia, according to the AFP.

Shortly after The Guardian published leaked documents obtained by Snowden during his stint as a contractor with the National Security Agency, Snowden found himself in a Russian airport, awaiting asylum. He had applied to over a dozen countries, but Russia was the only one to grant his request. In August, Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia – meaning that he had a year to live freely in the country.

Now, a year has passed, and Snowden has been given extra time. The new residence permit will allow Snowden to move “about freely and travel abroad,” according to his lawyer. “In the future Edward will have to decide whether to continue to live in Russia and become a citizen or to return to the United States,” he said.

Though Snowden is technically lying low in Russia, he is still influencing national debate (and sparking national outrage) with his frequent revelations about the NSA and its surveillance overreach. Most recently, in an interview with The Guardian, Snowden revealed that the NSA waspretty much getting off on people’s sexts.

As far as coming home, Snowden is clearly hesitant as long as the US government considers him an outlaw.

“I’m not going to give myself a parade…But neither am I going to walk into a jail cell and serve as a bad example for other people in government who see something happening…and think they need to say something about it,” Snowden said in an interview a couple of months ago.

And a jail cell is likely what he’d find if he stepped foot in the US. He currently faces charges of ‘Theft of Government Property’, ‘Unauthorized Communications on National Defense Information’ and ‘Willful Communication of Classified Information to an Unauthorized Person’. Though the American public is somewhat undecided on whether Snowden is a patriot or a traitor, the US government has no such ambiguity in its position.

Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act Gets Through Senate

Late Tuesday, the Senate passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act with a unanimous vote. The bill, introduced by Democratic Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, reverses a Library of Congress decision regarding DMCA exemptions and would once again make unlocking your cellphone legal. Read More…

You have the right to be forgotten

If you have been following the news the last few weeks, you’ve seen an incredible change in the way individuals can control what kind of information Google returns about them. First an EU court ruled that Google must offer citizens the right to block information and then Google responded by placing a form that allows those requests to be made. There are plenty of explanation of how it works–here is a good one fromDanny Sullivan–so I won’t belabor the basics here. What is really interesting is what might happen next. Read More…

NSA Allowed To Continue Spying On American Citizens Phone Records

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, also known as EPIC, skipped lower federal courts and took their petition against the NSA straight to the Supreme Court.
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Hundreds Of Anti-NSA Protesters Gathered In Washington

Hundreds of anti-NSA protestors gathered in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to take part in the “Stop Watching Us” rally. The people marched in front of the Capitol to protest the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of American citizens. Several White House politicians were in attendance at the rally that the ACLU called the “biggest protest yet against NSA spying.”
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Secret Social Network Was Created By NSA To Spy On Americans

How many social networks do you use today? If you’re like most Internet users, you at least have a Facebook and Twitter account. After that, you might also hop onto Google+, Instagram, Vine or Pinterest. If you really want to push your social hipster cred, you might even still rock a MySpace profile. Regardless of your social network allegiances, you all also belong to a social network that you don’t even know about.
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List of How Many People Who Were Targeted By The NSA In 2012 To Be Declassified

Earlier this month, President Obama outlined four ways that he would like to reform the NSA and FISA court. A big part of those reforms was increased transparency, and it looks we’ll finally be getting a little more transparency.
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Lavabit Halts Email Service Due To U.S. Government

In early July, it was suggested that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden used Lavabit. For those unaware, it’s a small email provider based out of Texas that promises the utmost privacy through encryption. The service had a small following, but now it’s gone.
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