GOP senator blasts Google over lies about consumer privacy: “There’s NO way to really turn off tracking services”

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(Natural News) A freshman Republican senator lambasted Google on Tuesday for invading users’ privacy by tracking them and building profiles on them that the tech giant later seeks to monetize, and all without their consent or ability to opt out. Continue reading

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A Privacy-Focused Facebook? We’ll Believe It When We See It.

by Gennie Gebhart
eff.org

In his latest announcement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embraces privacy and security fundamentals like end-to-end encrypted messaging. But announcing a plan is one thing. Implementing it is entirely another. And for those reading between the lines of Zuckerberg’s pivot-to-privacy manifesto, it’s clear that this isn’t just about privacy. It’s also about competition. Continue reading

Project Veritas Slams Twitter Execs’ Spying Claims

By Dan Lyman
Newswars.com

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and chief legal officer Vijaya Gadde told podcast host Joe Rogan that direct messages on the social media site are not monitored — a claim challenged by investigative journalist James O’Keefe of Project Veritas.

When asked by Rogan if company employees “read direct messages,” Dorsey replied, “We don’t read direct messages.” Continue reading

Surveillance Hawks Plan New Legislative Attacks on Encryption

Written by C. Mitchell Shaw

The battle over privacy and encryption is heating up. Again. Following FBI director Christopher Wray’s January calls for legislation that would put an end to any meaningful encryption standard, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is planning to keep her promise to reintroduce the anti-encryption bill she and Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) tried to pass in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting.

The Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016 co-authored by Feinstein and Burr never really got off the ground. In fact, fresh on the heels of the failed FBI attempt to get Apple to build in a backdoor to the encryption on their products, the bill could not even gain enough traction to make it out of committee for a vote. There was simply not enough support for the legislation.

According to a report by Reuters, not even the Obama White House would support the bill. In late May 2016, Burr and Feinstein announced that the bill was dead. They said they had not given up, though. Reuters reported that Burr said, “There was no timeline for the bill” and “Feinstein said she planned to talk to more tech stakeholders.” Burr reportedly said, “Be patient,” indicating that the pair had plans to try again. So the bill fizzled and failed, but that has never stopped the surveillance hawks before, and this is no different. As always, the surveillance hawks in Congress — with the support of the surveillance hawks in law enforcement — will simply reboot the bill and try again.

When Wray — new on the job — called for this new round of legislation, he claimed that the FBI was in possession of nearly 8,000 devices that could not be searched due to the encryption of those devices. As ZDNet reported in January:

Wray said that each device was tied to a specific subject or threat, but did not say how many investigations were affected by the lack of access.

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Report: Google Collects Enough Info On You To Make an 8 Foot Paper Pile Every Two Weeks

Google is spying on millions of its users and keeping detailed records of web browsing stretching back nearly ten years, The Mail on Sunday has found.

The investigation uncovered how the company harvests personal information for commercial gain on a vast scale.

Using what campaigners describe as ‘sinister surveillance’ techniques, it even stores the internet histories of people who believe they are protecting their privacy by using its supposedly ‘incognito’ mode.

Our reporter discovered that the web giant logged every journey he has made in the past four years, registering what time he went to work, whether he walked, ran, cycled or used public transport, and which restaurants and bars he visited.

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Satellite surveillance startup aims to monitor entire Earth & stream video in real-time

(RT) – US-based startup EarthNow, which plans to deploy a constellation of hi-tech satellites to monitor the entire surface of Earth and stream HD footage 24/7, has secured backing from many notable investors, like Bill Gates and Airbus.

Though the contribution made by Microsoft’s founder is not disclosed, Gates is just one of many investors who are helping EarthNow reach for the stars. Other investors, including Airbus, the SoftBank Group, and tech entrepreneur Greg Wyler also support the initiative, to deploy a large network of state of the art imaging satellites that will deliver “real-time, continuous video of almost anywhere on Earth.”  Continue reading