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‘Gay Girl in Damascus’ blog author outed as Tom MacMaster

A blogspot-powered blog called “A Gay Girl in Damascus” that has called attention to the Syrian government’s harsh actions against its own people has been confirmed to be a hoax. A man named Tom MacMaster confessed on the blog to writing all the entries on the blog, which has more…

Advocacy group pushes back on government wiretapping

A communications public advocacy non-profit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has filed a Freedom of Information Act request, demanding that the Department of Justice explain why the government can access citizen phone records and other private information. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has been controversial since it was implemented in…

Bill would expose TSA screeners to laws prohibiting sexual assault

President of Electronic Privacy Information Center says body scans, pat-downs are unconstitutional Ron Paul, a Republican congressman from Texas, introduced the American Traveler Dignity Act to the House on Wednesday in response to a growing controversy surrounding the use of body scanners and “enhanced” pat-downs being used by the Transportation…

White House pushes for warrantless access to Internet records

Attorney speculates data could include Facebook friend requests The White House has asked Congress to make it possible for the FBI to demand that Internet service providers turn over customers’ records in cases involving terrorism or other intelligence issues without first obtaining a court order. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act…

Senate bill would make airport body scanners mandatory

A bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate requiring all airports to use full-body scanners lacks sufficient privacy safeguards, says a prominent watchdog group. The Electronic Privacy Information Center says the bill, introduced in the Senate by Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), “contains particularly weak privacy provision[s]…

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