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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.


NYPD Admits To Using Cell Phone Spy Tool More Than 1000 Times Since 2008

The New York Police Department has admitted to using controversial cell phone spying systems known as Stingrays — which can be used to track the location and intercept personal communications of nearby mobile phone users. In a report from the New York Civil Liberties Union, the NYPD confirmed using the Stingray more than 1000 times between 2008 and May 2015.


Actual Tech Experts Tell US Government Scaremongers To Stop Panicking About Encryption 

If you listen to FBI Director James Comey or GOP US presidential candidate John Kasich, encryption is a dangerous techno-blight that lets bad guys “go dark” and plot in secret. Actual tech experts are puncturing these scaremongering claims, and a new report tells a very different story: “Going dark” is alarmist nonsense. Technology provides myriad novel opportunities to spy on enemies.


Disneyland's Local Police Force Caught Secretly Using Powerful Phone Spying Tools 

If you’ve visited Disneyland, you may have seen a small plane fly overhead at one point. The OC is full of rich-arse people, might be a Newport Beach golfer, no big deal, right? Except, as it turns out, the Anaheim police department had access to military-grade dragnet phone spying equipment, the kind that can suck up your phone’s information from an aeroplane along with thousands of others.


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