Apple Reveals It Received at Least One Secret FBI Request For User Data

In its biannual transparency transparency report, Apple revealed that it received a National Security Letter. But unlike other tech companies who have been ordered to turn over customer information to the FBI, Apple hasn’t yet published the demand letter it received. Apple’s transparency report also includes several new categories of government requests, an indication that the company is becoming more granular in the way it reports data about its interactions with law enforcement. Read More >>

Uber Doesn’t Want You to See This Document About Its Vast Data Surveillance System

The ever-expanding operations of Uber are defined by two interlocking and zealously guarded sets of information: the things the world-dominating ride-hailing company knows about you, and the things it doesn’t want you to know about it. Both kinds of secrets have been in play in the Superior Court of California in San Francisco, as Ward Spangenberg, a former forensic investigator for Uber, has pursued a wrongful-termination lawsuit against the company. Read More >>

The Dystopian Surveillance State Will Be Extremely Convenient 

When privacy finally dies, it will be, if nothing else, extremely convenient for travellers. Read More >>

Leaked Documents Reveal the NSA Spying on Scientists to Find ‘Nefarious’ Genetic Research

A new document made public this week via Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents reveals a fascinating aim of signals intelligence programme: The agency, it turns out, monitored international scientific developments in hopes of detecting “nefarious” genetic engineering projects more than a decade ago. Read More >>

How I Let Disney Track My Every Move

On a recent trip to Disney World, I had an unusual experience. I rode a ride. It broke. We were evacuated, and a few minutes later, I got a picture on my phone. It was an empty raft sliding down Splash Mountain, taken at precisely the moment I was walking down the emergency stairwell. It was weird. Read More >>

Facebook Swears It Won’t Let Anyone (Other Than Facebook) Surveil You

On Monday, Facebook updated its platform policies to prohibit mass surveillance on its platform by explicitly blocking developers from using “data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance.” The move came after sustained pressure from civil rights organisations to make it harder for police agencies to surveil Facebook and collect data on users without their knowledge. Read More >>

The Government’s Chief Scientist Extolls the Virtues of AI – But Avoids The Scariest Application

Last week I headed down to the British Library to attend The Turing Lecture - named for Bletchley Park computing pioneer Alan Turing, and held by the national centre for data science which bears his name. Sir Mark Walport, the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser was the esteemed speaker, and he delivered an interesting overview of some of the big opportunities and challenges for government and the public services with new machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies. Read More >>

Watch Where You Click: From Today The Government Is Logging All Of Your Internet Activity

Oh! You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout - I'm telling you why: Draconian bulk data collection is coming to Britain. Read More >>

Snooper’s Charter Given a Massive Slap by the EU’s Highest Court

There's a glimmer of hope for privacy advocates today as the European Court of Justice - the European Union's Highest Court - has ruled that "general and indiscriminate" retention of private emails and browsing data by governments is illegal. Read More >>

The Snowden Movie Illustrates Why I’m So Pessimistic About The Future

Last night the cybersecurity firm F-Secure hosted a screening of Oliver Stone’s latest film, Snowden - a dramatisation of how the eponymous hero went from working deep inside the American Intelligence apparatus, to becoming an internationally famous whistleblower who has been lionised and demonised in equal measure. Essentially, F-Secure probably couldn’t have asked for a better sales pitch. Read More >>

Small ISPs Might Escape the Requirement to Log Our Every Internet Move

The IP Bill's really quite horrid move to force ISPs to track our every drunken click and shameful eyeball of the Daily Mail's sidebar of shame could have an escape clause, with some smaller ISPs perhaps allowed to save on server space by not joining in with the tracking and recording scheme unless specifically ordered. Read More >>

Edward Snowden Isn’t Right About Everything

Today, Edward Snowden is wrong about almost everything. Yes, he’s a patriot, and yes, I believe that what he did in 2013 to reveal dangerous elements of our surveillance state was important and commendable. But Snowden is completely oblivious to the challenges that we face as we move into the year 2017—a perilous time for America, to say the least. Read More >>

The Snooper’s Charter Just Became Law – And Now the Government Can Spy On Your Internet Activities

Another day, another political disappointment that could have huge implications. Members of the House of Lords backed down on an amendment to it, meaning that with nothing else standing in the way, the Investigatory Powers Bill, the law that legitimates the sort of bulk surveillance Edward Snowden warned us about - and it will now become law. Read More >>

This Device Can Wirelessly Detect Your Emotions 

Our modern environment is saturated with wireless signals, a consequence of our insatiable desire to transmit data seamlessly and efficiently. A new device developed by scientists at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) can use these ubiquitous signals to detect our inner emotional states. Read More >>

US Congress Can’t Review Snowden Film So Reviews Snowden Himself

This week, Oliver Stone plans to bring the story of NSA leaker Edward Snowden to a wider audience with the US release of Snowden, their new You’ve Got Mail remake. Sadly, the US Congress has yet to issue an official review of the movie, but the House intelligence committee released the next best thing yesterday with its report on Snowden himself Read More >>