Blog Posts Tagged with "Civil Liberties"

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Fact Checking Obama's Misleading Answer About Warrantless Wiretapping

October 24, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jon Stewart boldly went where no mainstream reporter has gone: asking President Obama why he embraced Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program after campaigning against it. While Stewart’s question was commendable, Obama’s answer was puzzling because it seems so obviously untrue...

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Creating a Surveillance-Free Internet

September 20, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Since its origins in 2008, Freedom Not Fear has developed the general message: fundamental rights like privacy, free expression, due process, and democratic participation are jeopardized when reactionary, fear-driven surveillance systems penetrate our societies...

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Cybersecurity, Scare Tactics, and Sacrificing Privacy

July 13, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Efforts to break the partisan stalemate over the Cybersecurity Act, a bill that would allow Internet companies to monitor the communications of users and pass that data to the government without any judicial oversight, have backers of the bill attempting to drum up fears about catastrophic cyberattacks...

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No Data Retention Mandate in Smith’s New Legislation

July 12, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

A controversial, anti-privacy data retention mandate is notably absent from the child protection bill recently introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith. Smith had previously introduced H.R. 1981, which would have mandated that ISPs collect and maintain data on Internet users not suspected of any crime...

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Cyber Espionage and the Greatest Transfer of Wealth in History

July 10, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"Symantec placed the cost of IP theft to United States companies at $250 billion a year. Global cybercrime at $114 billion - nearly $388 billion when you factor in downtime. And McAfee estimates that $1 trillion was spent globally on remediation. And that's our future disappearing in front of us..."

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The Right to Internet Anonymity and Legal Implications

June 28, 2012 Added by:Pierluigi Paganini

Anonymizing services are based on the concept of distribution of routing information during a transmission. It is not known prior the path between a source and destination, and every node of the network manages minimal information to route the packets to the next hop without preserving history of the path...

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It’s the 90′s All Over Again, Except This Time Online...

June 15, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

It’s one thing to make something criminal, and another to attempt to force behavioral modifications that infringe on our first amendment rights. We are at the tipping point with all the cyber hubbub over warfare and criminality, and Congress will likely frak us all with their swift pens of “justice”...

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Organization for Computer Professionals Opposes CISPA

June 12, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

ACM is the world's largest organization for computer professionals. They are joining a diverse group in opposing CISPA, including a wide array of digital civil liberties organizations like EFF, computer scientists like Bruce Schneier and Tim Berners-Lee, and companies like the Mozilla Foundation...

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Cybersecurity Act Threatens Online Rights: a Handout for Your Senator

June 11, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Cybersecurity Act (S. 2105), sponsored by Sen. Lieberman and Sen. Collins, compromises core American civil liberties in the name of thwarting network attacks. While Internet security is of the utmost importance, safeguarding our networks need not come at the expense of our online freedoms...

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Join the Fight Against Cyber Spying Proposals in the Senate

May 29, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Even when faced with opposition from security experts and the Obama Administration, the House of Representatives managed to ram through CISPA, a bill widely decried as empowering the military to collect the Internet records of Americans’ everyday Internet use. Now the fight is moving to the Senate...

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CISPA Legislation FAQs: The Disturbing Dangers

April 18, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

EFF—along with a host of other civil liberties groups—are protesting the dangerous new cybersecurity bill known as CISPA that will be voted on in the House on April 23. Here is everything you need to know about the bill and why we are protesting...

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Counter Terrorism Guidelines Give Authorities Vast Access to Info

April 17, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Attorney General Holder recently signed expansive guidelines for terrorism analysts, allowing the NCTC to mirror federal databases containing personal information and hold onto the it for an extended period even if the person is not suspected of involvement in terrorism...

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Four Unanswered Questions about the Cyber Security Bills

April 04, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

As Congress continues to weigh the legislation and negotiate potential amendments, users should ask some serious questions about how these proposals will affect thems, and tell Congress that we won't stand for cybersecurity bills that undermine our civil liberties...

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Vague Cybersecurity Legislation Threatens Civil Liberties

April 02, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Using cryptography to protect communications could be taken as a way to defeat an operational control. Measuring the performance of one's ISP or analyzing whether packets are being modified maliciously could all be seen as security threats under this definition...

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Digital Posse Comitatus: Generals Obfuscate and Inveigle Congress

March 21, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

9/11 opened the floodgates to the world of warrantless wiretaps and surveillance culture we now have and diminished the lines between military and civilian agencies collection and alleged sharing of data. In the case of the NSA though, the abilities were always there...

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DHS Releases Blueprint for a Secure Cyber Future

December 13, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The document is meant to provide a road map for cybersecurity efforts while observing the the need to preserve civil liberties, protect privacy, bolster national security, and provide the ability for the private sector to effectively operate and innovate in cyberspace...

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