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Is Congress Declaring War on ISIS…or on You?

By Ron Paul Ron Paul Institute February 1, 2016     Is Congress Declaring War on ISIS…or on You?   Passage of Senator Mitch McConnell’s authorization for war against ISIS will not only lead to perpetual US wars across the globe, it will also endanger our civil and economic liberties. The measure allows the president […]

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Health Insurer Centene Misplaces Hard Drives Containing Personal Info For 950,000 Clients

By Ashlee Kieler Consumerist January 27, 2016   Health Insurer Centene Misplaces Hard Drives Containing Personal Info For 950,000 Clients     Last year, several major U.S.-based health insurance companies were hit with data breaches that put millions of consumers’ private information at risk. The trend continued this week, with nearly a million health records going missing […]


I Ramped Up My Internet Security, and You Should Too

By Julia Angwin ProPublica January 25, 2016   I Ramped Up My Internet Security, and You Should Too Here’s how ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin upped her defenses against hackers and spies.   Some people make dieting resolutions in the New Year. I make security and privacy resolutions, because those are the things that keep me […]

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U.S. officials have increasingly urged tech companies to create "backdoors" to encrypted communications as an aid to law enforcement, but tech leaders are largely resisting the call. (Photo: Christiaan Colen/flickr/cc)

Defending Digital Privacy, 200+ Groups & Experts Decry Global Attack on Encryption

By Nadia Prupis Common Dreams January 12, 2016   Defending Digital Privacy, 200+ Groups & Experts Decry Global Attack on Encryption ‘Encryption tools, technologies, and services are essential to protect against harm and to shield our digital infrastructure and personal communications from unauthorized access.’     A coalition of cyber activists and advocacy groups from 42 […]


Another VA Headache: Privacy Violations Rising at Veterans’ Medical Facilities

By Annie Waldman and Charles Ornstein ProPublica December 30, 2015   Another VA Headache: Privacy Violations Rising at Veterans’ Medical Facilities Deceased vets’ data has been sent to the wrong widows. Employees have snooped on the records of patients who’ve committed suicide. And whistleblowers say their own medical privacy has been violated. In response, the […]

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Baseless Calls to Expand Surveillance Fit Familiar, Cynical Pattern

By Cindy Cohn Electronic Frontier Foundation November 21, 2015   Baseless Calls to Expand Surveillance Fit Familiar, Cynical Pattern     Like clockwork, cynical calls to expand mass surveillance practices—by continuing the domestic telephone records collection and restricting access to strong encryption—came immediately following the Paris attacks. These calls came before the smoke had even […]


The Final TPP: Our Worst Fears Confirmed

Release of the Full TPP Text After Five Years of Secrecy Confirms Threats to Users’ Rights

By Jeremy Malcolm and Maira Sutton Electronic Frontier Foundation November 6, 2015   Release of the Full TPP Text After Five Years of Secrecy Confirms Threats to Users’ Rights     Trade offices involved in negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have finally released all 30 chapters of the trade deal today, a month after announcing the conclusion […]


How to Protect Yourself from Border Big Brother

By Mark Nestmann Nestmann.com October 27, 2015   How to Protect Yourself from Border Big Brother     Big Brother is alive and well at US border crossings. The latest example comes from published accounts describing the recent ordeal of the mayor of Stockton, California, at the San Francisco International Airport. After attending a conference […]

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Tech Giants Drop CISA Support as Controversial Spy Bill Heads for Vote

By Nadia Prupis Common Dreams October 22, 2015   Tech Giants Drop CISA Support as Controversial Spy Bill Heads for Vote Following grassroots campaigns, Google, Apple, and other companies come out against government surveillance legislation   Apple and Microsoft are “Team Internet.” Verizon and AT&T are “Team NSA.” (Photo: nikauforestT/iStockphoto)   Following a number of […]


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Federal Data Breach Included 5.6M Compromised Fingerprints, Five Times The Original Estimate

By Ashlee Kieler Consumerist September 23, 2015   Federal Data Breach Included 5.6M Compromised Fingerprints, Five Times The Original Estimate   (Julio Marquez)   Federal investigators underestimated the number of fingerprints stolen in a massive breach of the Office of Personnel Management earlier this year: the agency announced Wednesday that 5.6 million individuals’ finger prints […]


New Hampshire Library Stands Up to US Government, Reinstates Tor Relay

By Adam Dick Ron Paul Institute September 16, 2015   New Hampshire Library Stands Up to US Government, Reinstates Tor Relay     The board of trustees overseeing the Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, on Tuesday decided, despite pushback from the United States Department of Homeland Security, to reinstate a Tor relay […]

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