Thursday, December 5, 2013
McDonalds on strike; NSA spies on cell phones
Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly; DemocracyNow.com, "Fast-Food Workers Strike..."
Fastfood workers nationwide are walking off the job in about 100 cities today (Dec. 5, 2013) in what organizers call their largest action to date. Today’s strikes and protests continue a campaign that began last year to call for a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.
NSA collecting data on cellphones worldwide
New leaks from Edward Snowden show the NSA is tracking the locations of cellphones worldwide on a massive scale. The Washington Post reports the NSA is gathering around five billion call records a day that show the whereabouts of cellphone users around the globe. The spying allows the NSA to track individuals’ movements, as well as their personal routes and relationships. The records are fed into a database that monitors hundreds of millions of devices. The data is retrieved by tapping into the cable networks of mobile phones worldwide. Of all the NSA spying programs exposed by Snowden, The Washington Post says the mobile location tracking "in scale, scope, and potential impact on privacy... may be unsurpassed."
The phone company AT&T, under fire for ongoing revelations that it shares and sells customers' communications records to the NSA and other U.S. intelligence offices, says it isn't required to disclose to shareholders what it does with its customers' data.
President Barack Obama is defending the National Security Agency, saying it does a very good job of not engaging in domestic surveillance.
Switchboard: Patriot Act author wants Clapper prosecuted House of Representatives passes patent bill and FTC sanctions popular "flashlight" app for privacy violations.