By Victor Luckerson – Tucked away in those long paragraphs of legalese on pretty much every major Internet website (including Time.com) is a clause about how a business will handle your private data when the feds come knocking. In general, these companies grant themselves wide latitude. Yahoo says it might hand out your data to investigate or prevent “situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person.” Facebook will respond to a court order, search warrant or other legal request “if we have a good faith belief that the law requires us to do so.” Apple provides user data to government agencies if “for purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary or appropriate.”
Whatever the case, the now-acknowledged program takes data collection to a scope beyond what many users likely expected and possibly beyond what some companies’ terms of service allow. more> http://tinyurl.com/kl56mmw
- Updates from Senator Rand Paul ↓
- Buying into Big Brother ←
- European Internet Dialogue: how to serve the public interest? Gutenberg, neurope.eu
- U.S. surveillance architecture includes collection of revealing Internet, phone metadata, Barton Gellman, Washington Post
- After Profits, Defense Contractor Faces the Pitfalls of Cybersecurity, David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth, NYTimes.com
- Potential Blind Spots in Clearance Process that Gave Snowden Top-Secret Access, Andrew Katz, TIME
- NSA leaks threaten Obama’s G8 agenda, Julian Pecquet, Hill
- NSA spying flap extends to contents of U.S. phone calls, Declan McCullagh, CNET News
- NSA spying just pushes envelope, Charles Krauthammer, Boston Herald
- Obama doesn’t think NSA programs violated Americans’ privacy, WH says, Lindsey Boerma, CBS News
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Tagged Bill of Rights, Broadband, Business, Congress Watch, Cybersecurity, First Amendment, Government, Leadership, National Security Agency, Technology
Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics, Author: Nicholas Wapshott.
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Author: George Orwell.
By Nicholas Wapshott – Some, like Google and Facebook, pose primarily as software companies when their main revenue source, and their main business, is to mine data and sell advertisers access to customers. We knew this already, of course, though it seems many of us would prefer to forget the true nature of the technology firms that have boomed in the last decade. Seduced by their dazzling baubles, we have bought in to Big Brother without truly understanding the true price we are paying and will continue to pay for access to their brave new world.
We all use George Orwell’s phrase “Big Brother” to describe an overweening state. Just as telling about the way big government and big business treat small people, however, is Orwell’s satire on fake democratic slogans: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” more> http://tinyurl.com/nxqh6h7
- Updates from Senator Bernie Sanders ↓
- You Probably Agreed to NSA Snooping When You Accepted That Website’s Terms of Service →
- How Big Is the NSA Police State, Really? ←
- Would Ben Franklin Trade Liberty for Wiretapping? Benjamin Wittes, Brookings Institution
- Secret Court Ruling Put Tech Companies in Data Bind, Claire Cain Miller, NYTimes.com
- Edward Snowden shows evolution of smuggling secrets, Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
- T-Mobile, Verizon not under U.S. data watch due to foreign ties: WSJ, Reuters
- Feds hunted for Snowden in days before NSA programs went public, Mark Hosenball, Reuters/Yahoo
- Utah home to NSA’s new mega-warehouse for data, Brady McCombs, AP
- NSA surveillance retrospective: AT&T, Verizon never denied it, Declan McCullagh, CNET News
- Response to Revelations of NSA’s Data Collection Program: From Denial to Nonchalance, Andrew Katz, TIME
- Big Brother Is Watching You Swipe: The NSA’s Credit Card Data Grab, Martha C. White, TIME
- The Real Reason Telecoms Cooperate on National Security? Money, Ira Stoll, TIME
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Tagged Broadband, Business, Congress Watch, Government, Industrial economy, Internet, Leadership, Net evolution, Technology, United States
By Marc Jones – World stocks were pummeled and the dollar slumped on Thursday as a sell-off on global financial markets in thrall to central bank stimulus accelerated.
Heavy selling hit the dollar, which slumped 2 percent against the yen as investors spooked by the plummeting Japanese stock market unwound hedges. It fell as low as 93.90 yen, its lowest since April 4.
“So all eyes are on the FOMC meeting next week. There is very little else that matters at the moment,” said Daiwa Securities economist Tobias Blattner. more> http://tinyurl.com/oxebxey
By Jeffrey Rosen – Though initially supported by Congress, the courts and the press, the 1919 Palmer raids revealed a darker side of the American psyche. They eventually provoked a national backlash, which inspired the formation of the American Civil Liberties Union; led to stirring free speech dissenting opinions from Supreme Court Justices Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and Louis Brandeis, and ignited a political counter-movement determined to prevent similar civil liberties abuses in the future.
The Palmer raids also highlight the crucial need for principled resistance within the government as the best way of galvanizing public opposition. The NSA leaker, a 29-year-old former CIA technical assistant named Edward Snowden, has decided to reveal his identity and suffer the consequences. more> http://tinyurl.com/lrs7twg
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