Microsoft, Windows 10, Privacy

“We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to”, for example, “protect their customers” or “enforce the terms governing the  use of the services”. Continue reading Microsoft, Windows 10, Privacy

WhatsApp adds end-to-end encryption

whatsappIt’s nice to finally be able to post a little good news! It seems that WhatsApp messaging platform have added TextSecure end-to-end encryption to their android app, and their iPhone offering should follow suit shortly.

The beauty of the TextSecure solution is that it uses forward secrecy, which uses a fresh cryptographic key for each and every message.

I live in hope that facebook will also extend this technology to their facebook messenger and that other IM applications pick up on this too.
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Government admits GCHQ views data without warrants


British intelligence services can access raw material collected in bulk by the NSA and other foreign spy agencies without a warrant, the government has confirmed for the first time.


GCHQ’s secret “arrangements” for accessing bulk material are revealed in documents submitted to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the UK surveillance watchdog, in response to a joint legal challenge by Privacy International, Liberty and Amnesty International. The legal action was launched in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations published by the Guardian and other news organisations last year.


The government’s submission discloses that the UK can obtain “unselected” – meaning unanalysed, or raw intelligence – information from overseas partners without a warrant if it was “not technically feasible” to obtain the communications under a warrant and if it is “necessary and proportionate” for the intelligence agencies to obtain that information.


The rules essentially permit bulk collection of material, which can include communications of UK citizens, provided the request does not amount to “deliberate circumvention” of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa), which governs much of the UK’s surveillance activities.

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Big Government + Big Business – Public Accountability = Fascism

The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency’s activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian.

The technology companies, which the NSA says includes Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook, incurred the costs to meet new certification demands in the wake of the ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court.


UK.Gov further abusing the press?

The Independent this morning published an article – which it repeatedly claims comes from “documents obtained from the NSA by Edward Snowden” – disclosing that “Britain runs a secret internet-monitoring station in the Middle East to intercept and process vast quantities of emails, telephone calls and web traffic on behalf of Western intelligence agencies.” This is the first time the Independent has published any revelations purportedly from the NSA documents, and it’s the type of disclosure which journalists working directly with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have thus far avoided.

That leads to the obvious question: who is the source for this disclosure?


Nice harddrive, would be a shame if something were to happen to it…

A police state is a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life of the population. A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive.

The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility, and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views, which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement. Political control may be exerted by means of a secret police force which operates outside the boundaries normally imposed by a constitutional state.

Britain probably now qualifies…

The evolving web

The web was designed as a distributed network of computer servers, in this ‘Web 1.0’ a series of computer protocols were used to allow open exchange of data between people all over the world.

This basic system still exists today, but over time with the advent of standard web browsers the web split into ‘consumers’ and ‘producers’.

Consumers were the people who only interacted with the web through their web browsers, reading content produced and stored on the servers of the producers. Continue reading The evolving web