Security Culture

5 Virginia police agencies quietly stockpile private phone records

From The Center for Investigative Reporting authored by G.W. Schulz While revelations from Edward Snowden about the National Security Agency’s massive database of phone records have sparked a national debate about its constitutionality, another secretive database has gone largely unnoticed and without scrutiny. The database, which affects unknown numbers of people, contains phone records that at least five police agencies in southeast Virginia have been collecting since 2012 and sharing with one another with little oversight. Some of the data appears to have been obtained by police from...

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“Know Your Rights” When Dealing with Police & Electronic Devices

From Sprout Distro Recently, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published a helpful “Know Your Rights Guide” outlining the legal rights that individuals have when police and other law enforcement agencies try to search the data stored on your computer, cell phone, or other electronic device. Among the topics covered are when the police can perform a search, what to do if police have (or don’t have) a warrant, and what happens when police cannot get access to a device because of encryption or other security measures. We’re reprinting the October 2014 version of the Guide below, but it will...

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Want to Know What the Police Get From Facebook With A Subpoena?

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A recent article I stumbled across reveals exactly what your favorite law enforcement officials receive when they send a subpoena to Facebook. It is very important to know exactly what law enforcement is capable of and this is nothing short of shocking.  Everything from images to groups and every single post you write is available in pdf format. This is exactly why it is important to practice security culture and be careful of what you say and to whom you say it to.  Don't be afraid of the government or it's many tendrils of oppression, just know what is within your limits of being safe. Full...

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Security Culture and Why It Matters

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Security culture is simply put as a set of rules that a community of people share to reduce and possibly eliminate the risk of exposure, subversion, and prosecution. Some practices of security culture would include rules such as never mentioning an action after it has already taken place, using secure channels of communication such as pgp encrypted emails or dark server hosted chat systems that are encrypted as well. Another important practice of this ideology is understanding laws, and how the legal system works which also includes all processes when someone is arrested.  Knowing such things...

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