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Turkey Debates New Law to Control Web Users – Emerging Europe Real Time – WSJ Turkey already requests more takedowns from Google than any other country in the world, almost 1700 in the first half of 2013. They have a history of blocking popular websites like Youtube, and Vimeo, and Prime Minister Erdogan lashes out […]

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Facial recognition app matches strangers to online profiles | Crave – CNET Google has adopted a privacy protecting policy of banning facial recognition apps from the Google Glass app store. I appreciate the effort to protect my privacy but facial recognition is probably the ONLY reason I would wear Google Glass. I am hopeless at […]

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Russia’s Surveillance State | World Policy Institute In March of 2013 the Bureau of Diplomatic Security at the US State Department issued a travel advisory for Americans planning to attend the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. As I blogged before, this is expected to be one of the most aggressively surveilled events ever. The […]

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NSA’s TAO — Dark Reading The Internet has been buzzing with reports of the recently leaked NSA exploits, backdoors, and hacking / surveillance tools. The linked article is good example. None of this should be news to anyone paying attention. Many similar hacking tools are available from vendors at conferences like BlackHat and DefCon. We […]

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Government to launch ‘Netra’ for internet surveillance – The Times of India India is preparing to deploy a comprehensive Internet content monitoring system. They claim that it will be able to trigger on messages containing specific words. There is also mention of capturing “dubious voice traffic” over Skipe and other voice channels. Use of VPNs […]

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There is a good analysis of the nature and implications of the latest “Bullrun” leaks over at A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering. It is worth reading.

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Welcome to Episode 11 of The Privacy Blog Podcast, brought to you by Anonymizer. In this episode, I’ll discuss the shutdown of secure email services by Lavabit and Silent Circle. In addition, we’ll dive into the problem with hoarding Bitcoins and how you can protect yourself while using the increasingly popular online currency. Lastly, I’ll […]

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There has been a lot of chatter about implications of first Lavabit and then Silent Circle’s Silent Mail being shut down by their operators. In both cases, it appears that there was information visible to the services which could be compelled by search warrants, court orders, or national security letters. I want to assure Anonymizer […]

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ArsTechnica has a nice article on a recent ruling by the US Fifth Circuit court of appeals. In this 2-1 decision, the court ruled that cellular location information is not covered by the fourth amendment, and does not require a warrant. The logic behind this ruling is that the information is part of business records […]

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Welcome to the June edition of the Privacy Blog Podcast, brought to you by Anonymizer. In June’s episode, I’ll discuss the true nature of the recently leaked surveillance programs that has dominated the news this month. We’ll go through a quick tutorial about decoding government “speak” regarding these programs and how you can protect yourself […]

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