surveillance

Americans Value Privacy But Don't Trust Tech Companies To Provide It

Americans want privacy as much as ever — but in the digital age, most think it’s a lost cause. That, at least, is the depressing takeaway from a new Pew report, which shows that the faith of US citizens in digital service providers (and themselves) to protect their data is abysmally low.


The Pentagon Wants Special Ops To Carry DNA Scanners

The United States’ most elite soldiers have been collecting DNA samples from suspected terrorists for years. But because analysis normally takes three weeks, it’s been a pretty useless chore. Now, however, U.S. Special Operations Command is testing a machine that can do it in 90 minutes. Get ready for advanced biometric warfare.


NSA Planned To Sneak-Attack App Stores To Put Spyware On Smartphones

Another day, another cynicism-inducing reminder that the NSA hasn’t just been unlawfully dragnet spying on our digital lives — it has also rigged up new and complicated techniques to do so, like hijacking app stores to put spyware on smartphones.


Sketchy Spyware Company Hacked, Targets Doubly Screwed

Spyware company mSpy — which lets people pay for software to secretly track their loved ones, employees and really whoever they want — has been hacked, and a huge data dump posted on a Tor-accessible website.


Erect A Monument To Freedom By 3D-Printing This Bust Of Edward Snowden

A few weeks ago, two artists carefully placed a bronze bust of Edward Snowden atop a vacant war monument in a Brooklyn park. It was quickly removed, of course, by police, who fined the artists $US50 each for trespassing. But now anyone can bring a Snowden statue to their city — the artists have shared the 3D printing files.


BitTorrent's Encrypted P2P Chat Service Is Now Live

Announced a year ago, BitTorrent’s charmingly-named Bleep P2P chat app is finally live, for all your secretive anti-governmental murmurings.


The NSA Actually Named A Program Skynet

In the Terminator franchise, Skynet is an evil military computer system that launches war on humanity. And at some point, someone in the National Security Agency sat down and thought, “Damn, that’s a sick thing to name a secret system!”


US Court Rules That The NSA's Justification For Surveillance Is Bullshit

Another flimsy justification for mass surveillance bites the dust — the Second Circuit court ruled today that Section 215 of the Patriot Act does not give the National Security Agency any authority to collect metadata. In other words: the NSA’s phone snooping program is straight-up unlawful.


US Court Says Warrantless Mobile Phone Tracking Is A-OK

Do you like privacy? You’re going to hate this news. A US federal court just ruled that law enforcement doesn’t need a warrant to obtain cell tower location data. This is just a year after the same federal court ruled that it did need a warrant, a move some called the biggest privacy wins in recent memory. Now it is a loss.


Obama's $US20 Million For Police Body Cameras Is A Good Start

On the heels of rioting over police violence in Baltimore, the US Justice Department announced today that the Obama administration will be giving local police departments $US20 million in grants to buy body cameras for their officers.