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Obama Wants To Give The British Permission To Read American Emails

Last week, US courts gave corporations a major win when it comes to data searches. A federal appeals court ruled that US government can’t force companies to hand over data stored overseas. But a new planned agreement between the UK and the US could change that.


Facebook Will Start Tracking Which Stores You Walk Into

Facebook wants to show advertisers that their ads make you visit their bricks-and-mortar stores and buy their stuff. To do this, they will use phones’ location services to track whether people actually walk into the stores after seeing an ad.


The 10 Algorithms That Dominate Our World

The importance of algorithms in our lives today cannot be overstated. They are used virtually everywhere, from financial institutions to dating sites. But some algorithms shape and control our world more than others — and these ten are the most significant.


The FBI Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny Wiretapping The Amazon Echo

Back in March, Gizmodo filed a Freedom of Information request with the FBI asking if the agency had ever wiretapped an Amazon Echo. This week we got a response: “We can neither confirm nor deny…”


Philadelphia Police Now Investigating Its Own Fake Google Maps Car

Yesterday we told you about the suspicious SUV in Pennsylvania that had a licence plate reader mounted on the front and a Google Maps sticker on the side. The Pennsylvania State Police told us that it wasn’t their vehicle, despite the fact that it had a PSP placard in the window. We now know that it was actually the city of Philadelphia’s SUV.


How Your Body's Unique Biosignatures Are Used For Surveillance

Not long ago, fingerprints were the cutting edge of biometric profiling. Today, the use of biosignatures to identify individuals has expanded to include everything from iris and facial scans right through to DNA profiling and even the unique shape of a person’s arse. Here’s what you need to know about how companies and governments are tracking your biometrics.


The Company Helping Unlock The San Bernardino iPhone Has A Long History Of Selling Gear To US Police 

The company reportedly helping the FBI access the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone data isn’t a household name in the US, but its data-extraction tools are all over the country. Cellebrite has been quietly helping US law enforcement bulk up its arsenal of surveillance gear for years.


How The US Government Keeps Its Phone Spying Gear A Secret

Federal agencies go to extreme lengths to keep powerful phone spying gear secret — and new information shows just how the US government pressures investigators to keep it under wraps.


Eye In The Sky Reminds Us That Being A Drone Pilot Is Absolutely Brutal

Military drones can kill enemies from kilometres above in the sky — but they can also kill innocent civilians. The people controlling these weapons are often continents away, and a new movie shows us the agonising decisions that these people face.


Military Drones Have Been Used For Non-Military Surveillance Above The US

The Pentagon has admitted that the US military has used its drones for domestic surveillance missions. But, it also points out, the occurrences have been rare and always within the letter of the law.


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