US intelligence wants to monitor your behaviour in real-time

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A new initiative from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence wants to analyse video feeds in real-time in order to spot behaviour which could be deemed as suspicious. The project is called Deep Intermodal Video Analytics (DIVA) and it will be a joint effort between academics, the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Privacy, Security, Surveillance.

Everyone hates the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill

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First it was privacy activists, then a range of technology companies, and now even the defence industry is laying out reasons why the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill is a terrible idea. 

In a submission to a parliamentary scrutiny committee overseeing the draft investigatory powers bill, a coalition formed of players from the British aerospace, defence, security...

By Ryan Daws, 08 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Privacy, Security, Surveillance.

"Snooper's Charter" revisions criticised by Snowden, privacy activists

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Alleged revisions of the Investigatory Powers Bill first shown in 2012, dubbed the "Snooper's Charter" by critics, have been slammed ahead of its presentation to Parliament on Wednesday. Home secretary Theresa May claims that "contentious" parts of the bill have been removed in this draft, but it's not enough to please whistleblower Edward Snowden and other privacy activists. 

The UK...

By Ryan Daws, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Privacy, Security.

Global Cyber Alliance is formed – aims to combat increasing cybercrime

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., City of London Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard, and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) today announced the formation of the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), an international, cross-sector effort designed to confront, address, and prevent malicious cyber activity. 

Cybercrime-related headlines seem to make the news every...

By Ryan Daws, 16 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, N America, Privacy, Security.

NSA and GCHQ have access to your phone, and are making it legal

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Personnel from the US and UK spy agencies, NSA and GCHQ, are able to access devices around the globe after hacking into the benificial internal computer network of the world's largest manufacturer of SIM cards.

In documents released by Edward Snowden, the controversial whistleblower details a hack perpetrated by a joint unit of operatives from both agencies into Gemalto. The firm, based in the Netherlands,...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Mobile, Privacy, Surveillance.

Court rules GCHQ's surveillance breached human rights

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The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled on Friday that GCHQ's use of mass surveillance data intercepted by the National Security Agency in the US breached human rights. Groups who advocate human rights believe that the intelligence-sharing between the two controversial government bodies was illegal for at least seven years.

PRISM, the primary interception program used by the NSA, was...

By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Surveillance.

Opinion: Digital privacy is becoming extinct

Recent high-profile events are being used to bring back discussion about how our data is protected, and how much government bodies should have access to. Some cybersecurity experts even claim that evidence points towards some of the alleged attacks - such as the vandalism of the CENTCOM Twitter account - as being "inside jobs" designed to push surveillance legislation.

The law requires new cars to contain a black box which records all data about movements and faults

In the UK,...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Privacy, Security, Surveillance.

Google wants 2015 to be the year of surveillance reform

Surveillance needs a reform, few will argue against that. Even companies which make their bucks from watching users such as Facebook are calling for new measures to protect citizens from mass surveillance programs – such as those leaked by Edward Snowden earlier in the year.

Google is among the most vocal in pushing for government surveillance reform, and has updated their "Take Action" hub to feature a petition which individuals can sign to "help...

By Ryan Daws, 19 December 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Surveillance.

Surveillance is not a human rights violation, UK tribunal rules

Just days after we reported the NSA has access to 70% of the world's cellphone networks through monitoring high-value communications and exploiting network weaknesses; the UK has announced the results of a tribunal investigation into whether mass surveillance on citizens is an infringement on human rights.

Rights groups including 'Privacy International' and 'Bytes for All' took their case to...

By Ryan Daws, 08 December 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

NSA: AURORAGOLD accessed 70% of cellphone networks

In documents released by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, it has been revealed the NSA has access to 70% of mobile networks worldwide. The initiative called 'Project AURORAGOLD' aims to ensure the agency can exploit weaknesses in cellphone technology for surveillance whenever required for government operations.

Influential UK-based trade group, the GSM Association, was one of the NSA's...

By Ryan Daws, 04 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Networks, Operators, Privacy, Security.

Carrier bloatware can now be pushed post-sale

Bloatware is the controversial act of installing all those extra apps which wouldn't have shipped with the device under normal circumstances without third-party involvement. Despite many trying to get carrier bloatware banned, a new service is about to make the often-criticised practice much worse... 

'Ignite' by mobile solutions provider Digital Turbine will allow carriers to not just...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Monetisation, Operators, Privacy.