Microsoft Will Leave Email Snooping Up to the Authorities Now

After last week's uproar over Microsoft's 2012 snooping in a blogger's Hotmail account, the company says it will no longer perform its own email snooping in criminal cases. In an official blog post today, Microsoft Executive Vice President Brad Smith said that, effective immediately, when investigations occur, "we… » 3/28/14 5:53pm 3/28/14 5:53pm

The Privacy Paradox: How US Surveillance Acts Contradict Each Other

The report from the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies on the U.S. government's mass spying—domestically and around the globe— has much that's good in it. As the folks handling the only ongoing case where National Security Letters have been declared unconstitutional, we also… » 1/13/14 4:23am 1/13/14 4:23am

The NSA Disguises Itself as Google to Spy

It's come to light that the NSA has impersonated Google—and possibly other big websites—in order to intercept, store, and read supposedly secure online communications. » 9/13/13 2:48am 9/13/13 2:48am

Mother Jones reports that the agency managed this by using "man-in-the-middle (MITM)" attacks, which are often used by high-class hackers.… » 9/13/13 2:48am 9/13/13 2:48am

The Secret NSA Documents and FISA Court Opinions Released By Government

The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) just today released hundreds of pages of documents related to the government's secret interpretation of Patriot Act Section 215 and the NSA's (mis)use of its massive database of every American's phone records. The documents were released as a result of EFF's ongoing Freedom… » 9/11/13 3:40am 9/11/13 3:40am

How the NSA Misleads the Public Without Technically Lying

The Wall Street Journal published an important investigation last week, reporting that the National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to many key telecommunications switches around the country and “has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic in the hunt for foreign intelligence, including… » 9/02/13 6:00pm 9/02/13 6:00pm

Things the Authorities Say to Mislead You About NSA Surveillance

It’s been two months since President Barack Obama first said that he welcomes a debate about NSA surveillance, which he once again reiterated last week at his press conference. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to have a real debate about a subject when the administration constantly and intentionally misleads Americans… » 8/15/13 3:45am 8/15/13 3:45am

Have You Gotten in Trouble with Work Because of Your Computer Habits?

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it's that being at work is different than from being at home. Well, unless you work at home or live at work, which, um, maybe we can't agree on anything. But! The things you do on the computer at work should probably be different from your Internetting at home. But sometimes… » 8/01/13 11:19pm 8/01/13 11:19pm

Why Doesn't Skype Protect You Against Eavesdropping?

Skype has long claimed to be "end-to-end encrypted", an architectural category that suggests conversations over the service would be difficult or impossible to eavesdrop upon, even given control of users' Internet connections. But Skype's 2005 independent security review admits a caveat to this protection: "defeat of… » 7/19/13 4:50am 7/19/13 4:50am

New Documents Suggest the IRS Reads Your Emails Without a Warrant

Everyone knows the IRS is our nation's tax collector, but it is also a law enforcement organization tasked with investigating criminal violations of the tax laws. New documents released to the ACLU under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the IRS Criminal Tax Division has long taken the position that the IRS… » 4/11/13 8:24am 4/11/13 8:24am

Use This Webapp to Find Out If Your iPhone Apps Are Spying On You

Bitdefender's Clueful, once an iOS app in its own right that Apple apparently took offence to, is now back as a webapp. Use it to find out if your apps are spying on you, storing your personal information, and sending it anywhere you might not want them to. Essential for the paranoid; interesting for the curious. [… » 1/11/13 7:23am 1/11/13 7:23am