Archives for February 7, 2015

In a First, Government Acknowledges the Limits of Section 215

Fol­low­ing EFF’s vic­to­ry in a four-year Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion Act law­suit, the gov­ern­ment released an opin­ion (pdf), writ­ten by the Office of Legal Coun­sel (OLC) in 2010, that con­clud­ed that Sec­tion 215—the pro­vi­sion of the Patri­ot Act the NSA relies on to col­lect mil­lions of Amer­i­cans’ phone records—does have a lim­it: cen­sus data. The Com­merce Department […]

Samsung SmartTVs can collect and transmit spoken words, personal information, and sensitive data to 3rd party sources

NEW SMART TVS OFFER A WINDOW INTO YOUR LIFE Smart TVs may be get­ting too smart as some now actu­al­ly col­lect and trans­mit your spo­ken words, per­son­al infor­ma­tion, and sen­si­tive data to oth­er 3rd par­ty sources. In fact Sam­sung, a major elec­tron­ic man­u­fac­ture, admits that they “col­lect, use, share, and store infor­ma­tion through your SmartTV in […]