Google admits data mining student emails in its free education apps

Jeff Gould Peerstone Research via Safegov.org 1/31/2014

When it introduced a new privacy policy designed to improve its ability to target users with ads based on data mining of their online activities, Google said the policy didn’t apply to students using Google Apps for Education. But recent court filings by Google’s lawyers in a California […]

NSA reportedly intercepting laptops purchased online to install spy malware

T.C. Sottek The Verge 12/29/2013

According to a new report from Der Spiegel based on internal NSA documents, the signals intelligence agency’s elite hacking unit (TAO) is able to conduct sophisticated wiretaps in ways that make Hollywood fantasy look more like reality. The report indicates that the NSA, in collaboration with the CIA and FBI, […]

NSA masqueraded as Google to spy on web users – report

RT 9/13/2013

The NSA used ‘man in the middle’ hack attacks to impersonate Google and fool web users, leaks have revealed. The technique circumvents encryption by redirecting users to a copycat site which relays all the data entered to NSA data banks.

Brazilian television network Globo News released a report based on classified data divulged […]

Is Windows 8 a Trojan horse for the NSA? The German Government thinks so

Leaked documents lay bare TPM 2.0 worries

John E. Dunn Techworld 22 August 2013

The German Government is now deeply suspicious that the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology built into a growing number of Windows 8 PCs and tablets is creating a gigantic back door for NSA surveillance, leaked documents have suggested.

Documents from the […]

The NSA Is Commandeering the Internet

Technology companies have to fight for their users, or they’ll eventually lose them.

Bruce Schneier The Atlantic 8/12/2013

It turns out that the NSA’s domestic and world-wide surveillance apparatus is even more extensive than we thought. Bluntly: The government has commandeered the Internet. Most of the largest Internet companies provide information to the NSA, betraying […]

Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords

Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form.

Declan mcCullagh CNET 7/25/2013

The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users’ stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in […]