Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance
Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance

Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance – that means companies who sell to police agencies information on Facebook users, typically civil protesters. “Today we are adding language to our Facebook and Instagram platform policies to more clearly explain that developers cannot ‘use data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance’,” posted […]

Rule 41: the FBI in your computers
Rule 41: the FBI in your computers

Rule 41: the FBI in your computers and mobile devices with a single warrant from a single federal judge anywhere in the nation. Yes, you read that right: as of December 1, the FBI can now get a single warrant to search anyone’s computer or mobile device anywhere in the nation in pursuit of whatever […]

Government snooping increased on Facebook
Government snooping increased on Facebook

Government snooping increased on Facebook in the first half of 2015 by a cumulative 18 percent for all nations while government attempts to censor content increased by a cumulative 112 percent. These figures and many more are contained in Facebook’s latest release, November 11, of the so-called transparency report, a somewhat detailed analysis most major […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]