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Mass surveillance is a threat to us all.

Shame on the NSA. Again.

Classified documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden to The Intercept last month lent startling vindication to a conspiracy-centric notion that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been trying to frustrate the digital currency marketplace since 2012. While competing cryptocurrencies were also under investigation, Bitcoin had been their…

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Policy Highlight: CLOUD Act (S 2383 / HR 4943)

The CLOUD Act passed thorugh both the United States House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday, as part of a larger omnibus spending bill. What Is The CLOUD Act? The CLOUD Act will, in brief, allow the United States to gain access to…

censorship in china

Authorized VPNs Versus Unauthorized VPNs: What’s The Difference?

With all the news surrounding China’s forthcoming VPN ban, there has been talk of certain VPNs still being allowed. Some VPNs have remained operable in China while others are repeatedly blocked. When Apple pulled 60+ major VPN apps from their app store this…

Canada privacy

Canada’s C-59 Bill Looks to Expand Spying Laws

Canada is under the microscope in terms of privacy lately, as the House of Commons recently deliberated a revamp to their national security laws. The legislation in question is called Bill C-59, which would grant security agencies additional spying powers beyond the gathering of information. C-59 is an…

censorship in china

The Inextricable Connection Between Surveillance and Censorship

We’ve been writing about extreme censorship in China for quite some time now. But something we’ve talked less about is how censorship is coupled with another, equally concerning, rights issue – surveillance. What is Surveillance? Surveillance is defined by Merriam-Webster as “close watch…

UK spying on citizens for 17 years

UK Court Rules Surveillance Under Snooper’s Charter Unlawful

Citizens of the UK concerned about privacy can breathe a sigh of relief! The UK Court of Appeal ruled the government’s mass digital surveillance program unlawful last week. In motioning to reevaluate aspects of a law once named the most extreme form of surveillance,…

Debate Over FISA 702 Continues as Senate Holds Open Hearing

What the GOP FISA Memo Reveals About Privacy

In reading the now declassified Nunes memo, we have come to one firm conclusion. YOU are being spied on by the U.S. government — and the Section 702 renewed by this Congress, and signed by this President, allows law enforcement to spy by…

Debate Over FISA 702 Continues as Senate Holds Open Hearing

FISA 702 Amendments Renewed, Mass Surveillance in United States Continues

Well, it’s official. On January 19, United States president Trump signed a law that renews the FISA 702 amendments, which allow for the warrantless surveillance of US citizens. The renewal is for a six year period, and upholds the existing National Security Agency…

Debate Over FISA 702 Continues as Senate Holds Open Hearing

Golden Frog Urges Congress to Oppose FISA’s Secret Court Reauthorization

Update – January 11, 2018: The House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the FISA 702 amendments in a vote of 256-164. The Senate then voted to mark up the House’s reauthorization bill, and prevent other amendments from getting a vote. Debate on this bill will begin…

The Hill

From The Hill: Cuomo’s Plea to Deputize Tech Companies in Consumer Surveillance is Deeply Misguided

In this op-ed from The Hill, Golden Frog’s Government Affairs Manager, Carlos Espinosa, examines why the latest plea to deputize tech companies in surveilling citizens is an ill-conceived solution to national security threats. It seems like every time a bad guy commits a…