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This is for all Americans. If you're not American, you can help a lot by spreading this message. Please tell Congress here to protect your privacy by sending this letter: http://www.vanishingrights.com/

You can also edit the letter to use your own words. That will make a much stronger impression. :)

The fourth Amendment protects your privacy online and offline. It's the part of the Constitution that makes sure that the police, the IRS, or the FBI need a good reason to search your home, and — in some circumstances — a judge's permission. The government should obtain a warrant from a judge to read your documents, or to track your location using your mobile/cell phone. More courts are agreeing with this. Prosecutors, regulatory agencies and other government officials should not be able to issue their own subpoenas to read your emails.

But the US Department of Justice claims the Fourth Amendment does not require a warrant to search webmail, texts, Facebook messages, Google Docs, Dropbox documents and anything else in the cloud. This is simply unacceptable!

Thanks so much for your help. You might not think you're making much difference, but every person doing their it really does count. Use your vote and have your say!
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] baeraad at Petition to stop US ISPs from policing downloads
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lk737 at Petition to stop US ISP's from policing downloads
From [livejournal.com profile] jackvelvet, here is one petition to try to stop ISP's from policing downloads by their clients. Thank you [livejournal.com profile] jackvelvet!


Making this a repost, since the websites with the news are being circulated around too. Google shows this is the only petition so far. Thank you everyone! This action could create huge monopolies of internet companies who can afford to police their users. Eliminating all smaller ISP's. And forcing the large internet service providers to raise prices to cover the new expense.

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues (and seen at shyfoxling's lj)

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr

the Avaaz website: Millions of people rely on generic medicines to treat diseases like malaria and HIV. If the so-called Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) goes forward, they could find themselves unable to afford the drugs that keep them alive.

You can also sign another petition against ACTA here: https://www.accessnow.org/
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Hi everyone,

Read this! Here's the Australian government's website on on how to protect your privacy (online and offline):


- How to handle personal security breaches

- Ensuring security, safety and privacy with your mobile phone

The links on the left have tips on how you and your loved ones can protect your privacy. They cover areas such as childcare, education, the workplace, healthcare, marketing, finances, law enforcement and national security.

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Info from http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16929680703:

Managing stolen ID at Facebook: If someone has stolen your identity or if you are subject to any other form of "account abuse", try this form: http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=fake_profile  or send an email, explaining your problem, to abuse@facebook.com  .


Go here (working link above):

Click "Submit" and follow the instructions.

Your account will be deactivated for two weeks, and if you DO NOT USE FACEBOOK IN ANY WAY during that period, your account is permanently deleted.
If you are experiencing problems with the link above (or anything else concerning your account) your best bet is to contact Facebook directly by sending an email to
info@facebook.com  explaining your problem.

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From the website: This website provides an independent and open tool for scanning your Facebook privacy settings.

NOTE: this scanner is not fully compatible with the latest Facebook privacy settings, so please be sure you check your privacy settings manually yourself.

This site is maintained on a volunteer basis, and though we hope to keep it up to date, there often isn't enough spare time to do so.
Follow the easy prompts to reclaim your privacy on Facebook! If you have any problems, contact these guys and gals here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Reclaim-Privacy/121897834504447?v=app_4949752878&sk=app_4949752878#!/pages/Reclaim-Privacy/121897834504447?v=wall
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Openbook has a proposal for a simple Facebook Privacy slider. With screen shots!


Openbook exposes how Facebook can violate your privacy, and what they need to do to protect our safety and security. Facebook needs to stop trying to worm its way into getting people to release their private details without their knowledge or consent!

So you are all probably scartching your head and thinking, So what can we DO?

It's easy. Tell Facebook that they need to simplify privacy settings. Just post the above link!

Let me know what you think!
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From shyfoxling's lj blog:

Your phone number may have been made public (to some degree) on Facebook without your knowledge or consent (possibly related to friends searching for you with a certain app - if they had your number, it got attached to your profile, kind of thing; it "imported" from them without them intending to do so, by the sound of it). If you have a look at http://www.facebook.com/friends/?filter=pfp you can see phone numbers of certain of your friends - who may or may not have wanted you to know them! See http://www.facebook.com/contact_importer/remove_uploads.php to "unimport" anything that might have been harvested from you. See also the disclaimer on the phonebook page; you need to disable it on the phone too.


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