Government snooping on Twitter jumped 52 percent
Government snooping on Twitter jumped 52 percent

Government snooping on Twitter jumped 52 percent in the first half of 2015 from the second half of 2014, the largest increase ever. That unsettling fact and others are contained in Twitter’s biannual Transparency Report, in which it (and other social networks and online companies) reveal how many times world governments have requested information on […]

Tech giants redouble support for online privacy
Tech giants redouble support for online privacy

As the tech giants redouble support for online privacy, official Washington intensely debates the future of government online surveillance and safety on the Internet hangs in the balance. Some of the world’s largest tech firms – all of which happen to be American – redoubled their opposition to allowing government agencies, police and spy agencies […]

Government surveillance as a matter of course?
Government surveillance as a matter of course?

Hardly anyone thinks widespread, unchecked government surveillance of private phone and computer data is good for democratic societies – except democratic governments. While the major tech companies in the U.S. are finally rallying together to “just say no” to the bulk collection of metadata by the U.S. government, the head of the U.S. National Security […]

Twitter gains allies in transparency lawsuit
Twitter gains allies in transparency lawsuit

Media companies are beginning to flock toward Twitter’s effort to release more information about government surveillance requests. Twitter sued the U.S. government in October 2014┬áto try to force the release of more information about how many – and what kind of – suveillance requests the government makes of it and other social media companies. Like […]

Government snooping on the social channels – increasing
Government snooping on the social channels – increasing

Government snooping on the social channels appears to be increasing with the release of each new transparency report by the major social networks. Twitter released its fifth transparency report last week and revealed a 46 percent increase in government requests for account information, removal requests and copyright infringements since its previous report: 2,058 requests for […]