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[News] American Civil Liberties Union Kicks in Gear

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ACLU Sues for Records on Border Laptop Searches

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| The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday that it had filed a lawsuit 
| under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), demanding records from the U.S. 
| Customs and Border Protectionâs (CBP) policy of searching laptops at border 
| crossings without any suspicion of wrongdoing.   


ACLU chapter flags Facebook app privacy

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| The Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has put 
| out a campaign designed to raise awareness of the privacy implications of 
| Facebook's developer platform. It's focusing specifically on the 
| popular "quiz" applications, like "Which Cocktail Best Suits Your 
| Personality?" and "Which Wes Anderson Movie Character Are You?" These are 
| largely one-time-use apps that many a Facebook user clicks on and tries out 
| with little concern.      



Feds to give cops Internet-snooping powers

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| Police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service already have the power
| to wiretap private communications, provided they have judicial authorization,
| but the law does not require ISPs to grant them access.
| Tom Copeland, chairman of the Canadian Association of Internet Providers,
| said it will be a hardship for some of the country's smaller providers to
| upgrade their systems to facilitate interception.


E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress

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| The National Security Agency is facing renewed scrutiny over the extent of
| its domestic surveillance program, with critics in Congress saying its recent
| intercepts of the private telephone calls and e-mail messages of Americans
| are broader than previously acknowledged, current and former officials said.


EFF brief accuses DOJ of "backdoor wiretapping"

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| In a new brief, the EFF alleges that in order to get around
| wiretapping's "probable cause" requirements, the DOJ ordered a suspect's ISP
| to start accumulating his emails so that they could later come in and use the
| Stored Communications Act to subpoena the archive.


Campaigners monitored by civil servants

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| Government officials have been monitoring environmental campaign groups and
| then passing intelligence on to the police, according to documents seen by
| the Guardian.
| An internal risk report from the Department for Transport reveals that a unit
| referred to as the comms directorate Â"continuously monitor[ed]" peaceful
| protest groups opposed to the expansion of Heathrow airport and then briefed
| detectives about their findings.


Police want new remote hard drive search powers

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| At present, the proposed legislative changes don't appear to be related to EU
| moves to step up hacking of PCs in homes and offices by police.


FBI used spyware to catch cable-cutting extortionist

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| CIPAV spyware helped nab unemployed engineer angry over outsourcing


Congress Ponders Cybersecurity Power Grab

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| There was a lot of attention paid last week to a new "cybersecurity" bill
| that would drastically expand the government's power over the Internet. The
| two provisions that have probably attracted the most attention are the parts
| that would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" and
| then seize control of "any compromised Federal government or United States
| critical infrastructure information system or network." Perhaps even more
| troubling, the EFF notes a section that states that the government "shall
| have access to all relevant data concerning (critical infrastructure)
| networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy
| restricting such access."


Cryptome: NSA has access to Windows Mobile smartphones

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| First time in history Cryptome.org has released information about the
| characteristics of NSAâs network surveillance.


Dual_EC_DRBG Added to Windows Vista

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| Microsoft has added the random-number generator Dual_EC-DRBG to Windows
| Vista, as part of SP1. Yes, this is the same RNG that could have an NSA
| backdoor.
| It's not enabled by default, and my advice is to never enable it. Ever.


Microsoft Cofee brews 'back door' fears

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| The assurances came after reports claiming that Cofee could provide a 'back
| door' into Microsoft operating systems and applications.


Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.


New ID cards are supposed to be 'unforgeable' - but it took our expert 12
minutes to clone one, and programme it with false data


UK ID Card Technology Cloned...

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| No surprises there, of course; but what's significant is that it's the Daily
| Mail that's pushing this jolly news out to its assembled readers. This means
| the message is going out to groups beyond the obvious Guardian greeny-lefties
| and Telegraph Tories.


Government rubbishes ID card hack report


Labour minister says 14 year olds should get ID cards

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| A government minister has spoken glowingly of the prospect of kids as young
| as six handing over their biometrics as she boasted that the Tories and
| LibDems would find it impossible to unpick the governmentâs ID card scheme.


The war on photographers - you're all al Qaeda suspects now


Bavaria sanctions police spyware

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| Bavaria has become the first German state to approve laws that allow police
| to plant spyware on the PCs of terror suspects.

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