After the June 2013 National Security Agency leaks by Edward Snowden revealing the U.S. government’s surveillance of Americans’ online and phone communications, Pew Research Center began an in-depth exploration of people’s views and behaviors related to privacy. This is what we learned: 

- 91% of adults agree or strongly agree that consumers have lost control of how personal information is collected and used by companies.
- 86% of internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints, but young adults are more focused on online privacy than their elders.
- 52% of Americans describe themselves as “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about government surveillance of data and electronic communications, compared with 46% who are “not very concerned” or “not at all concerned.”

For more: The state of privacy in America: What we learned

Tom Cotton Accepted $1 Million From Israel To Sabotage Iran Nuclear Deal

Tom Cotton Accepted $1 Million From Israel To Sabotage Iran Nuclear Deal

How much money does it take for a foreign nation to buy a United States Senator? Just ask Republican Tom Cotton. For a lousy $1 million paycheck, Israel hired Cotton to lead an effort to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal that the Obama Administration toiled for months to achieve. Bill Kristol’s Emergency Committee for Israel donated to Cotton’s senatorial campaign and not long after taking office,…

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GOP Primary Loses Tech and Privacy Cred with Rand Paul Exit

“There is a right to privacy and the government needs to stay out,” Paul told U.S. News, expressing a stance that became a hallmark of his campaign.

Written by Tom Risen for U.S. News:

The Republican presidential campaign lost its biggest privacy advocate on Wednesday when Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky dropped out of the race, leaving doubt about whether the remaining candidates can resonate with the tech community or voters concerned about government surveillance.

Taking a libertarian stance on Internet issues including encryption and the National Security Agency’s snooping has been a key part of Paul’s campaign effort to attract tech savvy younger voters, while other Republican candidates make hawkish statements in favor of mass surveillance. Tech policy generates less excitement from voters in presidential elections than issues like national security or the economy, however, which in part explains how Paul struggled below 10 percent in most election polls this past year. …

“There is a right to privacy and the government needs to stay out,” Paul told U.S. News, expressing a stance that became a hallmark of his campaign. “If they want to look at your information, if they want to collect any of your data, they should do it with a judge’s warrant with probable cause if they think you have committed a crime.” …

The Kentucky senator has called for more accountability and limits to the spying powers of the NSA , but he opposed USA Freedom Act in protest because he and other privacy advocates argued that it did not go far enough to restrict surveillance. 

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How to Chat Anonymously Online

Chatting anonymously on the internet isn’t used solely for shadowy criminal hackers and government operatives. From journalists to congressmen, learning how to adjust the privacy of our digital communication is becoming an ever more important skill.

Browsing and communicating on the internet anonymously is difficult, time-consuming, and painstaking. One weak link or careless trace of metadata can expose your identity to the world. But that doesn’t mean you need a Master’s Degree in computer science to avoid the prying eyes of the NSA.

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compare this to the entire north Korean military budget at $4 to $7 billion dollars. compare this to the entire north Korean economy at around $12 to $30 billion dollars estimated. this is absolutely insane.

and you think you’re free in the US? you think you’re free to say what you want, free to criticize, provide constructive criticisms about the US government?

i dare you to reblog this. because i guarantee the NSA complex will start tracking every single thing you do.

you’re not free.