Loss of Privacy

Keeping you informed on recent losses to privacy and civil rights worldwide.

The video below shows officers Ricky Grissom and Ryan Cunningham wrestling Keyarika Diggles to the ground while dispatcher Lindsey Davenport watches.

One of the officers grabbed a handful of Diggles hair and slammed her against the police station counter. Together they dragged her by her feet into a darkened holding cell.

Diggles, who was arrested on suspicion of unpaid traffic tickets, claimed she was left on the floor for hours without medical attention and subjected to a strip search.

The Jasper City Council fired Grissom and Cunningham shortly after the incident. Davenport, who apparently conducted the strip search, was fired later.

The grand jury has decided not to indict the former officers.

Diggles won a $75,000-settlement in a civil lawsuit she filed against the city and five other defendants – including the two officers. Her attorney, Cade Bernsen, said he was disgusted by the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officers.

“We are shocked by the failure of the prosecutor to get an indictment,” he said. “I’m wondering what investigation was done because the video speaks for itself.”

Their actions warranted their firing, yet the video isn’t enough to prove they should be arrested and tried. If these men had done this on the street and weren’t officers, they would have been arrested and tried. Remember, this woman was arrested at her home for an unpaid parking ticket.

flattr this!


flattr this!

In a new report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) warns that Internet service providers (ISPs) may use data caps to impose higher prices on home users.

ISPs have argued that consumers could benefit from caps or “usage-based pricing,” because consumers who use small amounts of data would pay less than customers who use a lot more, similar to how the cellular market works. But there isn’t enough competition in all cities or towns to prevent ISPs from abusing data caps, the GAO wrote.

“Although few fixed Internet customers are affected by UBP [usage-based pricing] at this time, the number could grow to the extent that fixed Internet providers increase their use of UBP and data use grows,” the GAO wrote. “Providers could implement UBP in a way that benefits consumers—for example, by offering low-data, low-cost plans for customers who do not want to pay for an unlimited data plan they do not need. However, providers—especially those facing limited competition—could use UBP as a means to increase their profits which could result in UBP having negative effects, including increased prices paid by consumers, reductions in content and applications accessed by consumers, and increased threats to network security.”

Comcast is already testing usage caps and plans to roll it out nationwide to consumers.

In this trial, XFINITY Internet Economy Plus customers can choose to enroll in the Flexible-Data Option to receive a $5.00 credit on their monthly bill and reduce their data usage plan from 300 GB to 5 GB. If customers choose this option and use more than 5 GB of data in any given month, they will not receive the $5.00 credit and will be charged an additional $1.00 for each gigabyte of data used over the 5 GB included in the Flexible-Data Option.

For those who are concerned, there is something you can do to tell the FCC this is a problem.


After learning where your state stands on municipal broadband, you can file a complaint with the FCC.

Some tips in writing your complaint include the fact that the average cord cutter uses 328 GB of data per month just with Netflix and referencing some other statistics from this site.

Download (PDF, 2.51MB)

flattr this!

In the first part of the video we see a short animation explaining in plain English why privacy matters and why you should be bothered about it.

Privacy is a fundamental right in democratic countries and allows for the protection of journalists and their sources. Without privacy, we may lose whistleblowers.

Edward Snowden, former NSA contractor; turned whistleblower, has already revealed to the world the extent of which their privacy is already compromised.

Jacob Appelbaum is a developer on the Tor Project and also a freelance journalist for Der Spiegel in Germany. He was one of the journalists that wrote about the Edward Snowden leaks and knows Snowden personally.

Appelbaum talks about what the key steps are people can take to reclaim their autonomy. He suggests using end to end encryption and anonymous software like Tor.

Jacob also reveals how your cell phone could be turned on remotely, without your prior knowledge.

flattr this!

FOX31 Denver has obtained video of a Denver Police officer punching an unarmed suspect in the face six times, then moments later, tripping the man’s seven-and-a-half-months pregnant girlfriend.

A witness who recorded the August arrest on his Samsung tablet said police then seized his tablet, over his objections, and when they returned it to him, the video of the arrest was missing.

However, the witness said he was able to recover the 55 second video clip because his tablet had stored it in the cloud.

The police need a warrant to search electronics. They obtained the information through coercion. Always backup immediately to someone online, install the ACLU-NJ Police Tape app or, when you get home, try recuva to restore the file.

You can find updates to the story at FOX31’s website.

flattr this!