Hacking Team in Latin America

Latin American Governments Paid This Company to Spy on Their Citizens

The Italian spyware company Hacking Team provided services to governments across Latin America, some of which were used to spy on political dissenters, journalists, and other non-criminal targets, according to a new report.
Tim Cook, Apple

WhatsApp and Snapchat Close Ranks, Expand Encryption Amid Fight Between Apple and FBI

WhatsApp has decided to expand its encryption scheme to voice calls, as the fight between the U.S. government and Apple expands to include other major technology firms.
Facebook Acquires WhatsApp For $16 Billion

Brazil's Jailing of Facebook Executive Casts Shadow Over Fight between Apple, FBI

Brazil's arrest of a Facebook executive, however brief, casts a dark shadow on the debate over privacy and security.
Zika: Brazilian Judge Ponders Abortions in Microcephaly Cases

Brazil's NSA-Avoiding Underwater Cable to Europe Could Be Catching Silicon Valley's Eyes

Brazil's planned underwater cable, linking directly to Europe's Internet, will likely bring lots of technical and economic advantages to the country and the rest of Latin America in general.

Apple vs FBI: The Road to a High Profile Showdown

A federal judge has ordered a defiant Apple to help the FBI crack a secure iPhone that belonged to one of the shooters in the San Bernardino attack. How did this happen?
House votes to end NSA phone-metadata bulk collection

NSA Bulk Phone Records Collection 'Likely Violates the Constitution': Judge

A federal judge has ruled that the National Security Agency's controversial phone metadata collection is likely unconstitutional and has ordered an immediate stop to the program. Though the decision comes as the NSA's program, in its current form, is set to expire in weeks, the ruling sets an important precedent for privacy rights.
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CISA Passes Senate: What Is It and Should the Internet Be Worried Yet Again?

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) with an overwhelming 74 to 21 vote. So what is CISA, and should the Internet's denizens be worried about the new legislation? Here's a primer.
Rand Paul

USA Patriot Act Expires: What Happened, Why It Matters, & What's Next

Thanks in large part to Sen. Rand Paul, at midnight on Sunday, the U.S. Senate let the Patriot Act expire, removing key controversial surveillance authorities from the National Security Agency. So what does that mean, and what's next?
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This One Snowden Leak Shows Why You Should Care About Every NSA Revelation

Over the weekend, a new detail about the NSA was published, and it shows why every previous NSA revelation leaked by Edward Snowden is relevant and important to everyone.

House of Representatives Passes Bipartisan Defense Amendment: Limits NSA, CIA's 'Backdoor' Data Gathering on Americans

A bipartisan amendment passed the House of Representatives that would cut funding of the National Security Agency's "backdoor surveillance" on Americans.

A Year Since Edward Snowden: The Five Most Important Things to Know — Part 1

A year ago, Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian published the first of what would become an avalanche of leaks from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the U.S. National Security Agency and the modern world of digital surveillance and spying. Here are the five most important takeaways from a year that changed our perspective on our privacy in the digital age.
NSA Headquarters

Report: NSA is Building Comprehensive Facial Recognition Database

A new report reveals that the NSA is building a comprehensive facial recognition database of images posted on the Internet.
Edward Snowden

NSA Releases Snowden's Email That Reported the Agency's Unlawful Surveillance

Following Edward Snowden's interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams that aired Wednesday, the National Security Agency released an email Thursday that was sent from Snowden to the agency's general counsel's office in which he reported the agency's abuse of power.
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Defiant Transparency: New Policies Tell Users When Gov. Wants Their Data at Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo

After a year of learning about the U.S. National Security Agency's internet spying programs, at home and abroad, frustration has led major U.S. technology companies to defiantly change their transparency policies. Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook have all announced they're updating their policies to inform users when the government requests a seizure of their data.
Net Mundial

Brazilian Internet Governance Conference Ends With A Little Agreement, Optimism

Net Mundial, a global internet governance conference being held this week in Brazil ended on Thursday with little concrete progress to show. Nevertheless optimistic participants representing a wide range of interests celebrated the constructive conversations that took place during the two-day event, which coincided with Brazil signing its groundbreaking "Internet Bill of Rights" into law.
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Reporters Publishing NSA Revelations Win Highest U.S. Journalism Prize

The two foremost news organizations behind reports about the National Security Agency's cybersurveillance programs have won the top award for journalism. On Monday, The Washington Post and the U.S. branch of The Guardian were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism, for their reports based on ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden's leaked documents.
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