Archive for the ‘Privacy’ Category
Strong encryption poses problems for law enforcement, is weakening it worth the risks it presents? It’s…complicated according to John Oliver.
Virtually every secure communication you make over the Internet uses strong encryption. For example, logging in to your bank account, buying stuff on Amazon and even sending randy pics to your spouse. Giving the government a master key in the digital age and expecting that key to remain safe is fucking absurd and down right scary!
Two words… Edward Snowden.
Bruce Schneier, an American cryptographer, computer security and privacy specialist explains in the simplest terms why our privacy and security are NOT separate choices but are one choice. And more importantly why we should ALL care about it and want to collectively do more to ensure our rights and freedoms, including privacy.
Thousands of Canadians are speaking out against Peter MacKay’s new online spying legislation. Bill C-13 would give a range of authorities access to your private information without a warrant. Join the campaign to stop government spying and to keep your online activities private – join Canada’s largest-ever pro-privacy coalition today at http://OurPrivacy.ca
From Wired: A coalition of nearly two-dozen tech companies and civil liberties groups is launching a new fight against mass internet surveillance, hoping to battle the NSA in much the same way online campaigners pushed back on bad piracy legislation in 2012.
The new coalition, organized by Fight for the Future, is planning a Reset the Net day of action on June 5, the anniversary of the date the first Edward Snowden story broke detailing the government’s PRISM program, based on documents leaked by the former NSA contractor.
“Government spies have a weakness: they can hack anybody, but they can’t hack everybody,” the organizers behind the Reset the Net movement say in their video (above). “Folks like the NSA depend on collecting insecure data from tapped fiber. They depend on our mistakes, mistakes we can fix.”
Figures released Tuesday by Canada’s privacy watchdog indicate authorities requested that access from nine companies more than 1.19 million times a year, meaning authorities spend in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars to quietly access Canadians’ personal data.
The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) alone paid $24,211 for data requests between April 2012 and March 31 2013.
The fees are paid to companies that voluntarily co-operate with authorities’ access requests, not for judicially authorized requests for information. ~ Toronto Star
It should be clear to every single Canadian that the Harper Conservative government cares very little if at all about your privacy.
Mr. Harper has implemented parts of his failed C-13 bill and even outlined in the House of Commons at the time the original bill was introduced that his government had already begun discussions with telcos about possible revenue models (ways they would pay the telcos for your private information).
The BIG problem is, the legislation died on the order desk as a result of massive public push back. But that didn’t stop Mr. Harper, his government officials simply ignored Canadian laws and crafted a very comfortable relationship with telcos only too anxious to create a new stream to pad their already bloated profits while giving Mr. Harper’s Conservatives exclusive and possibly ILLEGAL access to Canadians’ private information.