Tag Archive for privacy

Software flaw may have exposed whistleblower identities

The anonymity of whistleblowers who disclosed secrets online to news or nonprofit organizations may have been compromised. Forbes reports that Exodus Intelligence claims to have discovered “critical unpatched flaws” in Tails, the computer operating system that is used by news and…

SXSW tech crowd applauds whistleblower Snowden

Except for minor technical problems, the livestream appearance of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden went off as planned at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin. Speaking from Russia via video link (Google Hangouts), Snowden participated in a discussion panel with ACLU…

Authorities threaten owner of email service reportedly used by Edward Snowden

Last week, the owner of Lavabit LLC, an encrypted email service reportedly used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, shut down the service on August 8 rather than comply with an demand from the US attorney’s office in Alexandria, Virginia. Owner Ladar Vevison…

Video shows NSA Director Alexander denying reports of now-confirmed domestic surveillance

A video broadcast by Democracy Now! argues for some house cleaning at the intelligence agencies, starting at the top. The video shows National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander denying the existence of domestic surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden, the…

UN official calls for nations to respect human rights whistleblowers like Snowden

Navi Pillay, the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, appealed to the nations of the world to respect privacy and asylum rights, and protect individuals who disclose human rights violations. Referring to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, she said, “Without prejudging…