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Whistleblower Snowden warns of looming mass surveillance in Japan

Edward Snowden, who exposed extensive U.S. surveillance programs in 2013, warned this week that Japan may be moving closer to sweeping surveillance of ordinary citizens as the government eyes a legal change to enhance police powers in the name of counterterrorism.

Source: Whistleblower Snowden warns of looming mass surveillance in Japan – Japan Today

Why Teens Need Privacy Online

Parents have nosed around in their kids’ lives ever since the invention of the telephone, but these days, technology has taken the spying game to an entirely new level with multiple points of entry, from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram, Vine and Tumblr. While communicating via social media has made it easier for kids to stay connected with their friends, these largely public forums (and traceable activities) also give parents a new in to what their children may not be telling them.

Source: Why Teens Need Privacy Online | Psychology Today

Apple Reports a Blitz of National Security Requests

CNET reported on May 24 th that the number of national security orders issued to Apple by U.S. law enforcement doubled to about 6,000 in the second half of 2016, compared with the first half of the year. As part of its biannual transparency report, Apple said those requests included orders received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as well as national security letters, the latter being issued by the FBI – and they don’t require a judge’s sign-off.

Source: Apple Reports a Blitz of National Security Requests

How Facebook’s tentacles reach further than you think

Facebook’s collection of data makes it one of the most influential organisations in the world. Share Lab wanted to look “under the bonnet” at the tech giant’s algorithms and connections to better understand the social structure and power relations within the company.

Source: How Facebook’s tentacles reach further than you think – BBC News

Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms

Facebook, Amazon and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying they were necessary to improve privacy protections and increase government transparency.

Source: Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms | Reuters

When Technology Takes Hostages: The Rise of ‘Stalkerware’

NSA zero-days and sophisticated state surveillance tools get all the headlines. But we’re overlooking the dangerous, life-threatening, rise of “stalkerware,” which enables domestic violence.

Source: When Technology Takes Hostages: The Rise of ‘Stalkerware’ – Motherboard

The Thinning Line Between Commercial and Government Surveillance

Privacy doesn’t merely benefit individuals; it fundamentally shapes how society functions. It is crucial for marginalized communities and for social movements, such as the fight for marriage equality and other once-stigmatized views. Privacy enables these groups to network, organize, and develop their ideas and platforms before challenging the status quo. But when people know they’re being tracked and surveilled, they change their behavior. This chilling effect hurts our intellectual freedoms and our capacity for social progress.

Source: The Thinning Line Between Commercial and Government Surveillance – The Atlantic

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