He made his name by showing us all that the NSA can and very well might be listening in on our conversations, and now Edward Snowden is having a bit of fun turning the tables. Snowden's just-launched Twitter account follows exactly one other user: @NSAGov.
Never underestimate the newfound digital power of advocacy groups to lobby lawmakers. Tuesday's protest against government surveillance, dubbed The Day We Fight Back, generated more than 85,000 phone calls and 175,000 emails to members of Congress, thanks to more than 6,000 websites that agreed to host a banner to direct voters to act.
While privacy advocates are looking to Europe to force the U.S. to adopt stricter privacy laws, Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) said not so fast.
Mysterious billboards have appeared in New York and San Francisco bearing the message that "Your data should belong to the NSA." As Gothamist astutely points out, it already does, regardless of any shoulds or should-nots. Animal New York did a little sleuthing and discovered this is some kind of teaser campaign for a company that will be revealed this week. A second billboard in New York reads, "The Internet should be regulated." ("For now, I am respecting the creative campaign and reserving comment on who the advertiser is," a Clear Channel rep told Animal.) So, two questions: Who's the advertiser? And don't they know needling the NSA is a bad idea? Photo via The Dusty Rebel. UPDATE: The campaign is by BitTorrent, according to Gizmodo. Images below.
The Guardian has enlisted The New York Times to help it report on documents leaked by Edward Snowden that concern a UK government intelligence agency, the British-based news organization reported on Fri
Now that consumers know that NSA spooks are reviewing their every click, online privacy has become a much bigger concern.
The Guardian opened its U.S.-based digital operation nearly two years ago, but the British newspaper's American arm has received the most attention for its
Saying that its reputation and business has been harmed by false reports in the media that the government had direct access to its data, Google petitioned the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to allow it to report separately aggregate numbers of national security requests and FISA disclosures.
Yahoo became the latest company to disclose the number of requests for user data it received from law enforcement, a number that includes the number of national security requests it received. It also announced that, later this year, it will issue its first global law enforcement transparency report covering the first half of the year. The report will be updated twice a year.
Apple joined Microsoft and Facebook on Monday in releasing data about the number of national security requests it received, bundled into a total number of law enforcement requests.