US Government threatened Yahoo with 250K fine if didn’t use PRISM

For those of you who believe that the American government couldn’t possibly be any more invasive of your privacy, it turns out that it was very well prepared for any party which would refuse to take part in mass surveillance. According to Ars Technica, the government would have fined Yahoo $250,000 a day had it not played along. Click here to read more.

The NSA spies on virtually everyone

In what is likely to be very redundant news, it seems as though the world’s borders will not stop the NSA from spying on individuals. Only Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia are spared, though I don’t even believe that much. More from Ars Technica.

Germany’s cooperation with the NSA

For those of you who believe that the NSA is a problem limited to the United States, an article describing how Germany’s foreign intelligence service enabled and facilitated cooperation with the NSA has just been released demonstrating that no nation is safe from the American “Big Brother.” More from Spiegel Online.

Microsoft offered NSA free access to SkyDrive / OneDrive

It appears that Microsoft openly offered the NSA access to cloud data (from SkyDrive/OneDrive) to support the PRISM program. I’ve had my suspicions for a while but it appears that there truly is no reason to trust Microsoft whatsoever. I will be deleting anything I am currently keeping on OneDrive from the site right after this post. More from ITProPortal.

NSA tampers with US-made routers before they ship

According to Glenn Greenwald, if you are buying a router which was manufactured in the United States, you are likely buying a product which has already made it to the hands of the NSA and which would make it impossible for you to have even the illusion of privacy in your home network. More from The Guardian.

How the NSA uses third-party cookies to track

For years, I’ve been disabling third-party cookies in any browser I used because I didn’t see why information going to and from sites other than the one I was visiting made any kind of logical sense. Well, it turns out that these cookies are utilized by the NSA for the purpose of tracking. More.

Shocker: The American media is not talking about the Trans Pacific Partnership

Even though signing the Trans Pacific Partnership into law would give foreign corporation the power to sue our country in addition to allowing them to censor whatever content they want at will, the media we count on for our news is not talking about it at all. Essentially, they don’t want you to know about the laws which will radically change your Internet life. More from Common Dreams.