The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized: Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Under EU law, personal data can be collected only under strict conditions and for a legitimate purpose... In the US, there is no all-encompassing law regulating the collection and processing of personal data. Instead, data protection is regulated by many state and federal laws. INFOSEC

...the wave of new technologies could usher in a lifestyle inimical to most Americans.

"It is beginning to call into question morality and ethics, challenge our value system, dredging up Orwellian possibilities... . We are being confronted by technical innovations based on nanotechnologies, very advanced computational capabilities, the amassing of data. We are being, I would say, challenged and threatened in some cases, in the context of American civil rights and American civil liberties. . . . So much information is available now in the digital realm, and we don’t even know what exists out there on each of us. We aren’t in control of it, we aren't in command of it. It is highly mobile, it is manipulatable, it is configurable across the digital realm in ways that most people just don’t comprehend.”

Such technologies, says Hughes, if not carefully managed and monitored, could imperil the very rights he has spent a lifetime defending. He worries that Americans do not fully appreciate the stakes. He supports a program of communication intercepts only if based on probable cause and direct links with terrorists, but he is vehemently opposed to broad domestic surveillance and monitoring of America’s telephone and Internet traffic." from Nation of Secrets: Ted Gup.

Snowden: iPhones Have Secret Spyware That Lets Govt's Monitor Unsuspecting Users (1/21/2015)

The FBI Used the Web’s Favorite Hacking Tool to Unmask Tor Users (12/16/2014)

Your Cellphone Is Tracking You (8/24/2014)

Senate Committee Backs Bill That Would Allow NSA Data Collection to Continue (11/1/2013)

Big Bro Wants You (10/8/2013)

We Live Under a Total Surveillance State in America -- Can We Prevent It from Evolving into a Full-Blown Police State? (9/25/2013)

You Won't Believe What's Going On With Government Spying On Americans (8/17/2013)

NSA can Search All U.S. Citizens Emails and Phone Calls Without A Warrent (8/13/2013)

You Are Being Tracked (ACLU report on license plate readers) a pdf. 7/2013

NSA's Prism surveillance program: how it works and what it can do (6/8/2013)

How Microsoft Handed the NSA Access to Encrypted Messages (7/11/2013)

11 Shocking Things Snowden Has Taught Us (so Far)  (7/9/2013)

More Government Snooping: The Postal Service Is Spying On You too (7/3/2013)

Snowden: Leaks that exposed US spy program (7/1/2013)

Eight Corporate Privacy Invaders That Know Way More About You Than the NSA (7/2/2013)

How to Prevent the NSA From Reading Your Email (6/15/2013)

Prism is the worst attack on personal freedom since 1939: Mallick (6/16/2013)

FBI Persuing real-time Gmail Spying Powers as "Top Priority" for 2013 (3/26/2013)

CISPA, the privacy invading cyber-security Act, is back in Congress (2/13/2013)

US Law Threatens Privacy In the EU (2/9/2013)

US Lobbying to weaken european data Protection Reform (2/5/2013)

Data Protection Laws, an Ocean Apart (2/3/2013)

Everyone in the US is under virtual Surveillance - NSA Whistleblower (12/4/2012)

The New Surveillance Society: How "Community" Policing Follows Your Every Move (9/8/2011)

Inside the Surveillance State: How Peaceful Activists Get Swept Up onto "Terrorist" Watch Lists (9/15/2011)

Tails is a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to: use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship; all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network; leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly; use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging. Learn more about Tails.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is calling on people to sign an online petition that urges their lawmakers to oppose the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, known as CISPA, by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.). The organization claims the bill "offers broad immunities to companies who choose to share data with government agencies (including the private communications of users) in the name of cybersecurity." (2/14/2013)

(About the National Security State.)

Avoid Risk And Protect Online Identity (3/14/2012)

Creepy, Hidden App Installed on Smartphones (12/2/2011)

Cell Phones Are Tracking Devices That Governments, Police, And Stalkers Can Use To Easily Track Your Movements

Location Based Services: Time for a Privacy Check-In.

Goodbye to Privacy ? (5/23/2010)

Following the Money Trail: Telecoms and ISPs (12/13/2009)

According to Privacy International, US is one of the worst in the world in surveillance rankings.

A Note on Privacy Protection for Passport, Key Card, and Credit Card

Locational Privacy (NYT 9/1/2009)

5 Unexpected Places You Can Be Tracked With Facial Recognition Technology (8/30/2011)

Faceblook  - the CIA conspiracy (3/2009)

~ Face Recognition for Photo Searches Sparks Privacy Fears

AT&T Whistleblower: Spy Bill creates infrastructure for a 'police state'

Information Fusion Centers and Privacy

What's Wrong With Fusion Centers ?

Difference Between US and Eurpoean Privacy Laws

CRS Report to Congress: Fusion Centers: Issues and Options for Congress. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report to Congress on the deployment of over 40 Fusion Centers throughout the nation. Fusion Centers are the most recent effort by the federal government to establish an operational domestic surveillance program. The CRS report states that officials justifying the development of fusion centers use a number of presumptions, and that the goals of the centers seem to be unfocused with wide-ranging explanations on what they are intended to accomplish. The report outlined threats to civil liberties and privacy posed by the deployment of Fusion Centers, which have no laws governing them. (July 10, 2007)


Real ID

Keith Olbermann on FISA, etc

US FBI wants Internet records kept 2 years-source

By Jeremy Pelofsky and Michele Gershberg

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, June 1 (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants U.S. Internet providers to retain Web address records for up to two years to aid investigations into terrorism and pornography, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The request came during a May 26 meeting between U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller with top executives at companies like Google Inc. , Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL.  

Privacy on the line: Whitfield Diffie

The Already Big Thing: Internet Spying New York Times (April 5, 2008)

Maximiliano Herrera's Human Rights Pages  


Bank Record spying

If you are not paying close attention, you may not realize that banks are now agents used to watch your financial transactions.

Real ID Act

The Real ID Act of 2005 would turn our state driver’s licenses into a genuine national identity card and impose numerous new burdens on taxpayers, citizens, immigrants, and state governments – while doing nothing to protect against terrorism. As a result, it is stirring intense opposition from many groups across the political spectrum. Real  provides information about opposing Real ID.


Support the Identity Project

to oppose ID card requirements in the US.

NH rejects Real ID

Real Id Act (video)

Video of NH Protest

RF-ID Giants Merge 09 Aug 2007 Applied Digital Solutions, a leading provider of identification and security technology, and Digital Angel Corporation, which develops RF-ID for people and animals, today announced that they have entered into a merger agreement. Under the agreement, Applied Digital and Digital Angel will create the world’s leading provider of identification, location and wellness [?] monitoring systems for people and animals.


RFID is in your tires.

Tracking devices from the Manufacturer.

What radio station are you listening ?

Links to sites about RFID


BBC reports on Big Brother.

US doles out millions for street cameras --Local efforts raise privacy alarms 12 Aug 2007 The Department of Homeland Security is funneling millions of dollars to local governments nationwide for purchasing high-tech video camera networks, accelerating the rise of a "surveillance society" in which the sense of freedom that stems from being anonymous in public will be lost, privacy rights advocates warn. DHS will not say how much of its taxpayer-funded grants have gone to cameras.

LAX computer failure keeps thousands of fliers detained 13 Aug 2007 Weary international passengers were stuck at Los Angeles International Airport for hours, unable to set foot in the United States after a computer failure prevented customs from screening arrivals. Over 20,000 international passengers, Americans and foreigners, sat in four airport terminals and in 60 planes starting about 2 p.m. Saturday, when the computer system broke down, said Los Angeles World Airports spokesman Paul Haney.

KNBC Report: LAX Computer Glitch Recurs Early Monday 13 Aug 2007 The Customs and Border Protection computer glitch that stranded more than 20,000 inbound international travelers at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend recurred overnight, affecting about 1,700 inbound international passengers between 11:50 p.m. Sunday and 1:15 a.m. Monday, KNBC reported. The computer system helps officials identify people who have been placed on a no-fly list and who are denied entry into the United States as security risks.

Court Says Travelers Can't Avoid Airport Searches By David Kravets 10 Aug 2007 U.S. airline passengers near the security checkpoint can be searched any time and no longer can refuse consent by leaving the airport, the nation's largest federal appeals court ruled Friday... Citing threats of terrorism, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled passengers give up all rights to be free of warrantless searches once a "passenger places hand luggage on a conveyor belt for inspection" or "passes though a magnetometer."

Americans Want to be Surveilled

An ABC poll has revealed that two thirds of Americans are willing to accept heightened government intrusion on privacy and support the increased use of surveillance cameras to solve crime.

Want to See Your NSA or FBI File ? Here's How...


Spying on Democracy: Heidi Boghosian (free on-line)

Naked Future: Patrick Tucker

Dataclysm: Christian Rudder

Dragnet Nation, Julia Angwin

Database Nation: Simson Garfinkel

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