Australian spookhaus busted for warrantless tap of own phones
Stop laughing: it also messed up civilian telecoms intercepts and is about to get more powers.
by Simon Sharwood
Parents May Be Liable for What Their Kids Post on Facebook, Court Rules
“Legal precedent” on issue of parental responsibility over children’s online activity.
by Jacob Gershman

South Korea tries to ease cyber surveillance fears
Company lost customers due to gov’t spying.
by Reuters
FBI Director: If Apple and Google Won't Decrypt Phones, We'll Force Them To
Comey went ballistic on Apple and Google’s decision to make everything more private.
by Motherboard

Local Cops Say Your Driving History Is Public — Unless You Want a Copy
“Public” database contains 3.7 million records
by Dan Novack
New York’s Virtual Currency Regulations Invade Privacy and Hamper Innovation
Government attempts to control currency.
by Rainey Reitman

NSA Documents Suggest a Close Working Relationship Between NSA, U.S. Companies
“Contractual relationships” between the NSA and U.S. companies.
by Jeff Larson, Julia Angwin
Google discloses vulnerability in web encryption technology
SSL 3.0 is still widely used.
by Reuters

New app allows San Diegans to tattle on water-wasters
Will use GPS to automatically report location to city, which will respond by sending crews to resolve problem.
Twitter Is Suing the Feds—Why Aren't Google and Facebook?
Tech companies were forced to hand over users’ data.
by Jason Koelber

Will the CDC Save Us From Ebola?
Little reason to believe top-down FEMA-like approach would be effective .
by Ryan McMaken
Sen. Wyden: NSA Tech Spying Hurts Economy
Broad surveillance hurts U.S. companies.
by Brandon Bailey

Biden Speech Loaded with Lies About Ukraine
It’s clear where Vice President Biden gets his talking-points: he’s just a hack-peddler of his boss’s lies.
by Eric Zuesse
Boston city councilors vote for $20,000 a year raise
9-4 vote means councilors will make $107,500 a year.
by Stephen Smith

Is Adobe's Ebook Reader Spying On What You Read?
Adobe app scans computer for metadata.
by Glyn Moody
Feds Stole Woman's Identity, Made Fake Facebook Page for Her
A DEA agent commandeered a woman’s identity, created a phony Facebook account in her name, and posted racy photos he found on her seized cell phone. The government said he had the right to do that.
by Chris Hamby