CISPA: The Awful Anti-Privacy Law That Won't Prevent Another Sony Hack

CISPA is back. You might remember the bill as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act—or perhaps as "the worst privacy disaster our country has ever faced." Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger reintroduced the bill to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday under the auspices of preventing another Sony hack. » 1/10/15 12:00pm 1/10/15 12:00pm

An Open Letter to New York Comic-Con: Protect Our Secret Identities!

Last weekend at New York Comic-Con, a lot of attendees found themselves tweeting ecstatically about the convention — without having written those tweets, because NYCC had hijacked people's social media accounts that were linked to their badges. In this open letter, the Electronic Frontier Foundation explains why… » 10/15/13 12:16pm 10/15/13 12:16pm

Berserk Cop Arrests Photographer for Standing on Sidewalk

The more digital video spreads, the more misinformed police fear it—as evidenced by this cop's draconian response to a guy simply filming a pulled over vehicle. It's important to know your rights, but knowledge can't keep you un-cuffed. » 8/02/11 12:40pm 8/02/11 12:40pm

Facebook Adds "Civil Union" and "Domestic Partnership" Relationship…

Facebook is rolling out two new relationship status options: "in a civil union" and "in a domestic partnership." Good for them! Personally, I'm waiting until they offer "single and miserable but coming to terms with being alone forever" to bother setting mine. [Huffington Post] » 2/17/11 4:51pm 2/17/11 4:51pm

Recording a Police Officer Could Get You 15 Years in Jail

Citizens recording their public interactions with police sure seems like the kind of thing that would prevent corruption, harassment and bad behavior by cops. Just don't do it in Illinois, where it's punishable by up to 15 years in prison. » 1/24/11 3:40am 1/24/11 3:40am

Senate High-Fives Phone Companies for Spying on Americans

In a historic vote this afternoon, the Senate voted to amend the Foreign Intelligence Security Act (FISA) to expand the government's surveillance capabilities and provide retroactive immunity for phone companies who participated in the Bush administration's illegal wiretapping program. The margin of victory was wide,… » 7/09/08 8:30pm 7/09/08 8:30pm

Superhero Presents Strong Case for ID Cards as States Get Real ID…

Hello guys!

Batman Bin Suparman here. I wanted to talk to you about Real ID. Apparently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security just extended deadlines on Real ID because many states are resisting it. I know that in the United States and the UK national identity cards are considered a risk to privacy, even while US… » 4/05/08 12:00pm 4/05/08 12:00pm

Verizon, AT&T Respect Your SMS Privacy

Verizon and AT&T have both gone on record saying they do not record SMS communications. The privacy debate is one that, understandably, gets emotions stirred, but you can all rest a little easy knowing the official stances of two of the major cellular networks. » 1/26/08 1:20pm 1/26/08 1:20pm

AT&T said they do not store SMS messages beyond 72…