Fakebook Crimes

Sondra Prince of Watertown, New York was a social media queen.  She had a Facebook page with pictures of herself splayed out on a brand new BMW.  She displayed her personal information, including pictures of her children, her license plate number, and some at least sexually suggestive photographs. This was a silly thing for Prince…

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Gag Me With a Court Order: Twitter Suing

Online social media site Twitter recently sued the U.S. government to allow the site to protect the privacy of its users.  Generally, you see the U.S. government through the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sues online providers and others for not complying with their privacy policies, or for releasing consumer information without their knowledge or consent. In this case,…

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The StealthGenie Spyware Indictment and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. When Ferris Bueller took his famous “Day Off,” he entrusted his best friend Cameron’s father’s 1961 Ferrari 250GT California (“less than 100 made”) to parking lot attendant Richard Edson.  When they returned to the parking lot,…

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Apple the Choice of Pedophiles? Law Enforcement Just Doesn’t Get It.

Law enforcement’s response to the announcement by Apple (and later Google’s Android) that it would be encrypting by default the contents of users’ phones was met with predictable outrage by some representatives of the law enforcement community.  This outrage is fundamentally misplaced, and shows just how “out of the loop” the law enforcement and intelligence…

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Apple’s Technical Solution to Surveillance Legal Issues

I recently wrote about the efforts by the U.S. Government to force Microsoft to deliver the contents of a customer’s e-mail located in Dublin, Ireland. The Court in New York ruled that the computer giant had to deliver to the U.S. grand jury the contents of someone else’s e-mails (not Microsoft’s) in a foreign country,…

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Comcast (Heart Symbol) Tor

In the past few days, there have been reports that Comcast, the Philadelphia-based Internet giant (and broadcast giant, and content giant, and giant giant) has been monitoring its users’ activities and has been blocking users’ use of TOR privacy enhancing services. The reports have indicated that Comcast considers the use of TOR to be in furtherance…

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