FISA Section 702 authorizes the NSA to collect foreign communications outside of the US to include terrorist threats. There are some problems with this section to include, but not limited to, abuse. Few safeguards are in place to protect US citizens that are often caught up in foreign NSA surveillance with most of the safeguards being administrative and unenforced. Read more “FISA Section 702 re-authorization”
A new National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been signed by President Trump, and it contains provisions for cybersecurity that are a good first step in building a comprehensive infrastructure for national cybersecurity defense. Read more “National Defense Authorization Act”
You might be asking yourself what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has to do with you because you’ve probably never heard of it unless you own a business that does business in Europe or has website visitors from Europe. Although GDPR is specifically for European countries, the data that goes to those nations fall under the jurisdiction of the regulation even if you’re here in America. According to eugdpr.org, “Arguably the biggest change to the regulatory landscape of data privacy comes with the extended jurisdiction of the GDPR, as it applies to all companies processing the personal data of data subjects residing in the Union, regardless of the company’s location. Previously, territorial applicability of the directive was ambiguous and referred to data process ‘in context of an establishment.”
GDPR goes into effect May 25th, 2018 so there isn’t much time to prepare.
This is reproduced from an email with permission from freepress.net.
Can you imagine living without phone or internet access?
Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, is moving forward this month with a heartless plan that would destroy the Lifeline program and rob poor people and people of color of an affordable phone and internet access.
Lifeline enables poor people to connect to jobs and life-saving emergency information and ensure that their children can complete their homework. Without this program, many families would have to choose between buying basic necessities and paying for phone and internet access. Read more “Free Press: A Cruel and Heartless Plan”
Quietly, just beneath your nose, a cyber war has been raging for three to fours years between the United States, Russia, Israel, Iran, and North Korea. It’s war in an unofficial sense, but that could be changing soon. As far back as 2011, Pentagon officials have said that certain types of cyber-attacks can be considered an act of war based on the current definition used for land, sea, and air attacks, but don’t have a definition for cyber-attacks. The language for addressing cyber-attacks that have been published in a strategy document by the Pentagon states “When warranted, the United States will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country. We reserve the right to use all necessary means — diplomatic, informational, military, and economic — as appropriate and consistent with applicable international law, in order to defend our Nation, our allies, our partners, and our interests.” Its been all talk up until the end of October when the European Union drafted a diplomatic document that states severe cyber-attacks by a foreign nation has the possibility of being classified as an act of war.
Read more “Cyber-Attacks Can Be an Act of War”
Net Neutrality is the internet’s top principle: It protects our right to communicate freely online.
Net Neutrality is a fundamental principle in that it prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the internet has always worked. Read more “Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality”
The Department of Justice, specifically Rod Rosenstein, is calling for “responsible” encryption from Silicon Valley companies. The definition of responsible encryption is a weakening of encryption for government access for the sake of national security. What this means is the government wants a convenient way to spy on you. Ideas like responsible encryption always start with presumably good intentions but are abused by expanding the use of the law in the end. Read more “The Government Encryption Backdoor No One Wants”
There is legislation in the House of Representatives that will give legal authority to people to “hack back,” or hack the hackers that hacked the people hacking the hackers. The FBI and CIA arrest people overseas that try to hack the NSA and CIA in retaliation for the cyber espionage they engage in, but the United States wants to give people and corporations the legal authority to retaliate on their own for breaches. Let’s simply call this the hack back legislation. Read more “Hack Back Legislation – The No Good Terrible Idea”