UPDATED: “NSA” Allows You To Search And See If You’re A Terrorist

UPDATED: “NSA” Allows You To Search And See If You’re A Terrorist

Federal Judge Orders NSA Spy Program Stopped

Federal Judge Orders NSA Spy Program Stopped

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit today found the NSA domestic spying program “without warrant” and violated the First and Fourth Amendments. She ordered it stopped.

US Threatens to Sue if Maine Probes Verizon’s Phone Record Gift to NSA

Verizon customers in Maine asked the Public Utilities Commission to investigate whether the cellphone company handed over their phone records to the NSA. A July 28th letter from the DOJ to the PUC asked them to demure, and intimated at possible legal action.

Phone Record Lawsuit Over NSA Spying Dismissed

Phone Record Lawsuit Over NSA Spying Dismissed

A judge Tuesday tossed out an ACLU lawsuit against the government over over AT&T’s alleged turning over of phone records to the NSA.

Pith & Vinegar

Pith & Vinegar

• USAToday retracts report that telcos turned over customer records to NSA. Sort of. [USAToday]

AT&T Owns Your Booty

AT&T Owns Your Booty

In a followup to “AT&T: All Your Phone Are Belong to Us“, the SF Gate interviewed some privacy wonks who say:

AT&T: All Your Phone Are Belong to Us

AT&T: All Your Phone Are Belong to Us

If you’re an AT&T customer, you have until this Friday to switch.

Verizon Wants to Chat About -$1000 Bill

Verizon Wants to Chat About -$1000 Bill

Back in mid-may, we decided that the best way to protest the phone companies selling our records to the NSA was to send our cell phone company a bill for $1000. What we did is take our Verizon bill, deduct $1000 from it, and enclose a copy of 18 USC 2701 with relevant secitons highlighted. Specifically, those parts saying that if anyone gives up your phone records, they can get fined $1000. Obviously, this is in jest. But Verizon’s taking it seriously enough to want to schedule a conference call with us.

The News

The News

• Airlines fill up on freight to try to make a buck. Cargo crates complain of cramped quarters, having to buy own forklifts. [CT]

The News: Now, 100% Dolphin Safe!

The News: Now, 100% Dolphin Safe!

• Consumer Reports says that due to high levels of mercury, pregnant women should not eat tuna. Plus, those dolphin bits can get stuck in the baby’s umbilical cord. [CT]

Ask The Consumerists: Who Owns Our CSR Records?

Ask The Consumerists: Who Owns Our CSR Records?

Question: when your call is recorded for “quality control”… who owns the call?

IRS Tells NSA How to Do Its Job

IRS Tells NSA How to Do Its Job

The IRS just fact-checked the NSA’s wiretapping ass.

HOWTO: Win $1000

1) Print out this page.

Telcos: We’re Down With P

Telcos: We’re Down With P

And that stands for privacy.