Weak reforms to the government’s power to secretly snoop on Americans wasn’t enough for the president. What happens next?
National security journalist Barton Gellman talks about "the surveillance-industrial state," the possibility of a Biden presidency or a second Trump term, and his gripping new book.
Barton Gellman's new book is a riveting account of exposing NSA excesses to the light of the day.
Sen. Wyden withdraws support for amendment due to fears it has been weakened too much.
The House will consider a surveillance reform proposal that failed in the Senate by just one vote.
The Wyden-Daines Amendment would've prohibited warrantless monitoring of web activity, but it lost by one vote in the Senate. Will Nancy Pelosi bring it back in the House?
On crime, drugs, immigration, and foreign policy, his 44-year policy record is a cautionary tale of bipartisanship in response to perceived crises.
The FBI and attorney general want to ruin everybody's data security and draft Apple into compromising your safety.
The Michael Flynn Unmasking Fight Is Another Chance for More Transparency About Secret Government Surveillance
People insisted the wiretapping of Carter Page was perfectly normal. That turned out to be wrong.
An effort by Sen. Rand Paul to forbid warrantless investigation of citizens was soundly defeated.
Senate Votes Down Protections Against Warrantless Government Collection of Americans' Browser and Search History
The amendment lost by one vote. Absent from today's vote? Sen. Bernie Sanders.
An amendment to a FISA renewal bill would let the FBI snoop on your online browser history.
Privacy activists say we should be alarmed by the rise of automated facial recognition surveillance. Transhumanist Zoltan Istvan says it's time to embrace the end of privacy as we know it.
The USA Freedom Act expired in March. Some senators are pushing for better privacy protections before the renewal vote.
Stanford researcher Tina White and the new nonprofit Covid Watch are committed to protecting both individual rights and public health.
The 1961 speech by President Dwight Eisenhower foreshadowed the current government's response to COVID-19.
Western countries aren’t immune to the siren call of surveillance via commerce-tracking.
Westport won’t be using tech to monitor people’s body temperatures or whether they’re properly social distancing.
Contact tracing might offer hope for slowing the spread of the pandemic—or fulfill every Big Brother-ish fear privacy advocates have ever raised.
Government officials have only themselves to blame if citizens decline to share their information.
The coronavirus is no excuse to intrude on people's lives unnecessarily. Tech provides decentralized systems for contact tracing.
Can we take government officials at their word that they'll eventually abandon their new powers?
From doxxing people with the new coronavirus to making diagnosed and suspected patients wear ankle monitors, some states are taking all the wrong steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Carter Page was not an anomaly.
Threatening shops for selling chocolate Easter eggs and mocking people who are actually following the law undermines citizens’ trust.
Despite broad claims from the company, available police reports don't support the idea that filming everything in front of people's doors stops much crime.
They have a long history of spying on dissident political groups, from early 20th century socialists and mid-century civil rights leaders to modern environmentalists and Black Lives Matter.
Some Republican senators are working hard to get Trump behind stronger fixes.
Privacy activists on the left and the right decry a limp set of proposed changes to the USA Freedom Act.
Plus: Who's using Clearview AI?, court rules against Joe Arpaio, and more...
The Feds' Bulk Collection of Our Data Records Has Been Expensive and Useless. But That Doesn't Mean It's Going to Stop.
A congressional battle erupts over how much to reform the soon-to-expire USA Freedom Act—if they reform it at all.
Your cellphone is tracking your movements and, despite legal protections, federal, state, and local officials are finding new and disturbing ways to use that information.
It’s all part of the international push by officials to monitor the public. You’re next.
Online platforms would have to "earn" speech protections by compromising encryption—all in the name of fighting child porn.
Plus: Santa Cruz decriminalizes shrooms, the feds target medical marijuana in Michigan, "the growing threat to free speech online," and more...
"Facial recognition represents a dystopic advancement of the police state."
E-Verify makes life harder on immigrants who want to work, but it doesn't make things better for anyone—-even those who want to see those immigrants leave.
A bipartisan coalition wants to restrain secret snooping and create more independent oversight of the secretive FISA Court.