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Yahoo Wants The US Government To Declassify That Secret Surveillance Order

Earlier this month, Reuters reported that Yahoo followed government demands and built software to secretly spy on its users’ email accounts. Now, the maligned purple giant is asking the government to declassify the alleged order in the name of transparency.

Twitter Suspends Tool Used By Police For Surveillance

Twitter just announced that it’s revoking a surveillance service’s access to Twitter data. In September, the Daily Dot reported that the Denver Police Department was paying $US30,000 ($39,435) to use a tool made by Geofeedia that aggregates information from tweets and other social media. Today, the American Civil Liberties Union has even more information on how the tool was being used, prompting Twitter’s action.

UK Cabinet Bans The Apple Watch Because The British Are Obsessed With Surveillance

Just how paranoid are the Brits? Well, according to The Telegraph, UK government ministers are banned from wearing the Apple Watch during Cabinet meetings because of fears that the Russians could be listening in on what’s going on.

How Palantir Is Taking Over New York City

In 2006, then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg issued an executive order establishing the Office of Special Enforcement, a citywide agency responsible for enforcing “quality of life” regulations — a nebulous, ideologically charged concept that refers to anything from music venues with too many noise complaints to nightclubs that facilitate prostitution to decrepit structures that pose a fire hazard.

This Wi-Fi Can Tell If You're Sad

Our modern environment is saturated with wireless signals, a consequence of our insatiable desire to transmit data seamlessly and efficiently. A new device developed by scientists at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) can use these ubiquitous signals to detect our inner emotional states.

Congress Celebrates Snowden Release By Accusing NSA Whistleblower Of Invading Privacy

Next week, Oliver Stone and the kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun plan to bring the story of NSA leaker Edward Snowden to a wider audience with the release of Snowden, their new You’ve Got Mail remake. Sadly, US Congress has yet to issue an official review of the movie, but the House intelligence committee released the next best thing with its report on Snowden himself and boy, is it a doozy.

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…”

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