Privacy and Voting

Privacy and Voting

Literally anyone anywhere with no record or oversight can go to your state or county election website, type in a few details about you (usually last name and date of birth are sufficient) and pull up your full name, date of birth, home address, phone number, email, sex, and more.

Act now to protect encryption and make sure that there is no EARN IT Act passed

Act now to protect encryption and make sure that there is no EARN IT Act passed

This bill is a heinous attack on our free speech right to use encryption and will have drastic impacts on privacy if passed.By participating in the Day of Action, you’ll be making a political difference by exerting pressure on the Senate Judiciary Committee to kill the EARN IT Act in committee.

Political groups use “deeply spooky” protester location data, report finds

Political groups use “deeply spooky” protester location data, report finds

It's no secret that police and other law enforcement agencies have a history of using mobile phone location and other data to target or investigate individuals, and the wave of mass protests in support of black communities and against police brutality this month has provided a rich data trove for them to probe.

House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history

House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history

The FISA renewal vote came up as H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and was pulled from the House floor on Wednesday and Thursday.

House to vote on whether the FBI can access internet history without a warrant: Act now to Save Internet Privacy

House to vote on whether the FBI can access internet history without a warrant: Act now to Save Internet Privacy

Since Congress is likely voting tomorrow on the Lofgren-Davidson amendment to the PATRIOT Act, today is the day to contact your representatives and tell them how you’d like them to vote.

House leaders agree to vote on amendment restricting surveillance of internet browsing

House leaders agree to vote on amendment restricting surveillance of internet browsing

Lofgren and Davidson advocated for their amendment in a letter Wednesday to the House Rules Committee, noting that the Wyden-Daines proposal had a bipartisan majority of the Senate and that at least two senators indicated they would have voted for it had they been present.The House is expected to pass the surveillance measure next week.

Civil liberties groups are urging Congress to block the FBI from viewing Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

Civil liberties groups are urging Congress to block the FBI from viewing Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

The Senate last week passed a reauthorization of the Patriot Act that included language from Mitch McConnell granting the FBI authority to see web-browsing records without a warrant.

Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

The Patriot Act is up for renewal with the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and this bill as-is allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to access your internet history without a warrant.

Activists Are Trying to Stop the FBI From Snooping on Your Web History

Activists Are Trying to Stop the FBI From Snooping on Your Web History

Privacy advocates have launched a campaign calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—who impeached Donald Trump and called him “the most dangerous person in the history of our country”—to reintroduce the privacy amendment, which has enough support to pass in both chambers of Congress.

Access your browsing history w/o a warrant? Senate votes yes.

Access your browsing history w/o a warrant? Senate votes yes.

There was some good news: a second amendment did pass, which allows judges ruling on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests to seek input from independent experts.

Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant

Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant

The bi-partisan push to install the privacy protection mechanism was led by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT), and came following the news a planned addition to the PATRIOT Act, which is due to be renewed this week, would allow law enforcement to collect people’s browsing histories without a warrant.

App Used by Netanyahu's Likud Leaks Israel's Entire Voter Registry

App Used by Netanyahu's Likud Leaks Israel's Entire Voter Registry

The voter registry was uploaded by Likud to the Elector app, which is used by the party to manage Election Day. The firm that developed the application, Feed-b, commented that the vulnerability was a “one-off incident that was immediately dealt with," and that security measures have since been boosted.

Thread by @Steven - Swinford: "EXCLUSIVE: WhatsApp and other social media platforms will be forced to disclose encrypted messages from suspected terrorists, paedophiles an […]"

Thread by @Steven - Swinford: "EXCLUSIVE: WhatsApp and other social media platforms will be forced to disclose encrypted messages from suspected terrorists, paedophiles an […]"

Philip Hammond confirms he will rebel today and back legislation to stop a no deal Brexit.Philip Hammond says he intends to stand as a Conservative candidate and suggests that No 10 can’t stop him.

F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to fine Facebook about $5 billion for mishandling users’ personal information, according to two people briefed on the vote, in what would be a landmark settlement that signals a newly aggressive stance by regulators toward the country’s most powerful technology companies.

Opinion | ‘Love Island’ Is a Lesson in Surveillance

Opinion | ‘Love Island’ Is a Lesson in Surveillance

Millions of viewers tune in six days a week for an unrelenting barrage of relationship drama recorded from every possible angle, using as many as 73 cameras and countless hidden microphones to capture it all.

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Replace Every Single Voting Machine to Make Elections 'As Secure As Fort Knox'

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Replace Every Single Voting Machine to Make Elections 'As Secure As Fort Knox'

Warren’s Medium post indicates the plan would allocate about $20 billion over 10 years to election administration and security. “We have a solemn obligation to secure our elections from those who would try to undermine them,” Warren writes in the blog post.

We just got a chance to finally force Congress to do something about the NSA surveillance programs that Edward Snowden exposed -- and maybe even facial recognition too -- but we have to act fast

We just got a chance to finally force Congress to do something about the NSA surveillance programs that Edward Snowden exposed -- and maybe even facial recognition too -- but we have to act fast

Tlaib-Pressley Amendment #91: States none of the funds in this Act available to the Department of Housing and Urban Development may be used to purchase, lease, or otherwise utilize facial or other biometric recognition software, hardware or system.

Join the Epic Livestream to Save Net Neutrality

Join the Epic Livestream to Save Net Neutrality

Fight For the Future has provided some great resources for embedding the video, a widget and pre-written social media posts to make it easier than ever to show your support. Tell Congress how you feel, spread the word on social media and enjoy this epic livestream:.

I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me

I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me

And the rest of the ad industry, which depends on their data to compete, has no choice but to go along with whatever whims and changes come their way. For more than a decade, tech companies and advertisers have said there’s no need for opt outs, because people like targeted ads.

An Open Letter to Amazon Shareholders

An Open Letter to Amazon Shareholders

A unified chorus of civil rights organizations, AI experts, customers, Amazon employees, academics, impacted communities, and members of Congress has warned about the dangers of government face surveillance and the company’s product, Rekognition.

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms

The authors of the Restatement — three professors from Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School — contend that courts have reasoned there’s no need for businesses to do more, because nobody reads these contract terms anyway.

EU2019: Which MEPs voted in favour of digital rights?

EU2019: Which MEPs voted in favour of digital rights?

It's more interesting to observe that 10 member states have no MEPs consistently voting for digital rights. Despite the clear public message, many MEPs consistently voted against digital rights. Despite the clear public message, many MEPs voted against digital rights.

EU countries back copyright overhaul that threatens to hit YouTube and Facebook

EU countries back copyright overhaul that threatens to hit YouTube and Facebook

European Union countries approved sweeping reforms to the bloc's copyright laws on Monday, marking a symbolic end to a political battle that has pitted tech giants against high-profile media figures.

House votes to restore net neutrality as White House threatens Trump veto

House votes to restore net neutrality as White House threatens Trump veto

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said that anyone who thinks net neutrality rules aren't needed should talk to Santa Clara County firefighters, whose "unlimited data" plan was throttled by Verizon while they were fighting a wildfire last year.

Tomorrow, Congress Votes on Net Neutrality on the House Floor! Hear Directly from Members of Congress at 8pm ET TODAY on Reddit, and Learn What You Can Do to Save Net Neutrality!

Tomorrow, Congress Votes on Net Neutrality on the House Floor! Hear Directly from Members of Congress at 8pm ET TODAY on Reddit, and Learn What You Can Do to Save Net Neutrality!

Many people still aren’t aware of the fight for Net Neutrality, and don’t realize that it will impact them in very real ways– especially those Americans living in rural areas who have the least choice when it comes to internet service providers.

Swiss Post puts e-voting on hold after researchers uncover critical security errors

Swiss Post puts e-voting on hold after researchers uncover critical security errors

The researchers did not participate in the public intrusion test, but it was clear that their findings could not be ignored.“Although the electronic ballot box could not be hacked, feedback on the published source code reveals critical errors,” Swiss Post said in a statement last week.

MEPs accidentally vote wrong way on copyright law

MEPs accidentally vote wrong way on copyright law

Several MEPs have said they accidentally voted the wrong way on a key amendment of a new European copyright directive, meaning the most controversial aspects of the law might have been removed had they not erred.

Article 13: EU passes copyright directive which will lead to a more censored internet

Article 13: EU passes copyright directive which will lead to a more censored internet

Part of making sure that anti internet legislation like Article 13 doesn’t continue to be proposed and passed is holding the politicians that voted for it accountable.

The European Parliament has voted in favour of Article 13

The European Parliament has voted in favour of Article 13

The EU argues that up until now, online platforms such as YouTube and Google News have been making huge sums of money by hosting or directing people to creative content – but haven’t been funnelling much of that cash back to the people who the content in the first place.

DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System

DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System

“Galois and DARPA have just stepped up and filled a vacuum of leadership at the federal level to address the well-documented vulnerabilities in US voting machines that constitute a national security crisis.” But even so, the secure designs are expected to change how new CPUs are architected going forward.