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Thought your divorce was ugly? Bloke sues wife for wiretapping – 'cos she read his email

A fella in the US is suing his ex‑wife, alleging she broke federal wiretapping and privacy laws by snooping on his email during their divorce. The case, just kicked off in an Illinois district court after six years of wrangling, pits Barry Epstein against his former spouse of 46 years, Paula Epstein, who filed for divorce in …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Aug 2017

EU ministers look to tighten up privacy – JUST KIDDING – surveillance laws

European ministers are debating a clampdown on encryption and a further increase in surveillance in response to mounting terrorist threats. Bernard Cazeneuve, France’s interior minister is due to meet his German counterpart, Thomas de Maizere, to discuss possible regulations to limit the use of encrypted communications across …
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2016
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Monitoring software dev ordered to face wiretapping suit

The developer of a monitoring app has been ordered to face a civil wiretapping suit in the US. A ruling [PDF] from the US Sixth District Court of Appeals has overturned the previous dismissal of a suit against Awareness Technologies for violating portions of the US Wiretap Act on illegally intercepting and advertising wiretap …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2016
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Skype hauled into court after refusing to hand call records to cops

Skype has been called to appear before a court in Belgium after refusing to hand over customer data following a request for assistance in a criminal investigation. A court in Mechelen near Brussels wanted "data from messages and calls exchanged on Microsoft-owned Skype", a regulatory requirement that a Belgian telecoms …
John Leyden, 26 May 2015
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Sprint fined $16m for sticking it to The Man: Telco 'overcharged' Feds for phone wiretaps

Sprint has agreed to pay a $15.5m fine after it was accused of overcharging the Feds when carrying out court-ordered wiretaps. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) claimed the American telco had gouged cops and g-men between 2007 and 2010: Sprint allegedly over-billed them by at least $21m for setting up wiretaps to record phone …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2015
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Dozens of COPS cuffed in Turkish Prime Minister's wiretap probe

Twenty-five more cops were arrested in Turkey on Tuesday amid a widening probe into wiretaps on the country's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other key officials. The arrests were made during nationwide raids in cities including Istanbul and Izmir for an investigation into allegations of unauthorized spying, AFP …
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2014
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Blame WWI, not Bin Laden, for NSA's post-9/11 intel suck

Edward Snowden anniversary week You might think the dragnet surveillance tactics employed by the National Security Agency (NSA) detailed by inside man Edward Snowden were born in the aftermath of Osama Bin Laden's attacks on 11 September, 2001, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people as well as the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade …
John Leyden, 13 Jun 2014

Oz Ombudsman calls for wiretap oversight

With both political parties and most law enforcement agencies devoted to implementing more data retention in Australia's Internet, the Commonwealth Ombudsman has suggested it could have a role in overseeing such a regime. Ombudsman Colin Neave has told the Senate committee reviewing Australia's telecommunications interception …

Angela Merkel's phone was being listened in on by FIVE foreign powers

German chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile was wire-tapped by at least five foreign intelligence agencies, unnamed German security officials have told Focus magazine. The bugging of the premier's BlackBerry by the US provoked an international diplomatic incident and a promise by the Obama administration to lay off in future. But …
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2013

Privacy warriors haul NSA into court, demand swift end to mass call snooping

A collection of civil-liberties campaigners has called on a US federal court to summarily block government agencies from monitoring phones. The optimistic bunch, which includes the EFF, claims that large-scale collection of call metadata is preventing them from carrying out their day-to-day business, and threatens protections …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Nov 2013
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NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

Apple has joined Facebook and Microsoft in revealing it has received thousands of requests for sensitive user data from US investigators in less than a year. And like the two other giants, the fruity computer company is vague about the details. A statement from Cupertino marks another attempt to diffuse the ongoing row over …
John Leyden, 17 Jun 2013
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Facebook, Microsoft beg Feds: Let us tell users what YOU asked for...

Google, Facebook and Microsoft are all calling for more flexibility in disclosing more about that national security requests they receive from the US government. The lobbying comes amid ongoing controversy about the NSA's controversial PRISM surveillance programme. The PRISM system is alleged to allow signals intelligence …
John Leyden, 12 Jun 2013
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Mozilla, ACLU, others join fight against NSA domestic spying

In response to the recent revelations of massive, secret surveillance programs conducted by the US National Security Agency (NSA), organizations, businesses, and activists across the country are taking action. On Tuesday, Mozilla announced that it has assembled a broad coalition of almost 100 groups and individuals aimed at …
Neil McAllister, 12 Jun 2013
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A backdoor into Skype for the Feds? You're joking...

Heavyweights of the cryptographic world have lined up behind a campaign against proposed US wiretapping laws that could require IT vendors to place new backdoors in digital communications services. Technical details are vague at present, but the planned law could mandate putting wiretap capabilities in endpoints to cover …
John Leyden, 21 May 2013
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Marlinspike: Saudi mobe network tried to recruit me to sniff citizens' privates

Claims that a Saudi mobile network is attempting to spy on citizens emerged after the telco apparently tried to recruit top cryptographer Moxie Marlinspike - who promptly went public. The cryptography expert and former hacker, who left Twitter's security team in January, said he had been asked to help Mobily in its state- …
John Leyden, 14 May 2013

No Skype traffic released to cops or spooks, insists Microsoft

Analysis Microsoft's Skype subsidiary didn't hand over any user content to law enforcement, according to the software giant's first ever report on how it deals with official requests for data. As previously reported), Microsoft's transparency report revealed that Redmond received 75,378 requests from law enforcement agencies worldwide …
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2013
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Skype hits back at angry wiretap reports: Rat finks? Not us

Analysis Skype has hit back against a wave of stories speculating that the internet telephony outfit has made chat recordings, call logs and other user data more available to the authorities. In truth such assistance to law enforcement has been going on for at least five years, as Skype itself acknowledges. A series of stories in Slate …
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2012
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Users shut down Italian Wikipedia to protest Wiretapping Act

Italian Wikipedia has been hidden in protest at a new Act making its way through the Italian Parliament. The Wiretapping Act or "DDL intercettazioni" could make Wikipedia legally untenable in Italy if it passes into law. Visitors to any page of the Italian Wikipedia site yesterday were redirected to a letter signed "from the …
Anna Leach, 6 Oct 2011

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