In 2014, more than half of all California wiretaps (and one sixth of all the wiretaps in the U.S.) were authorized by one judge in Riverside County.
Part two of a four-part series on the history of the cypherpunk movement
Should Facebook Have a Duty to Report Us to the Police for Felonies Potentially Revealed in Our Posts?
An Ohio judge suggests the answer should be "yes," and an Ohio statute seems to require that when Facebook employees learn of specific felonies revealed by posts that they might be monitoring for some reason.
Why does media coverage conclude the problem is that the government hasn’t done a good enough job of spying?
NSA Ruling Reminds Us That Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security Is a Bipartisan Impulse
A federal appeals court concludes that the agency's mass collection of phone records was illegal and probably unconstitutional.
Defeating surveillance is a powerful argument for covering your face.
We don’t trust state-controlled companies in China. Would it be different if we did more of the controlling?
All the worst people are still mad he blew the whistle on government snooping.
At least something good could come out of this mess of an investigation.
Officials have never liked it when people are free to move about—and beyond their reach.
New apps can work as surveillance techniques for the government. They can also serve as anonymous health tools for people hoping to return to normal life.
Huawei’s Safe City security system is undergoing a massive expansion across Belgrade.
Will tech companies resist orders to cooperate with demands for information to root out dissidents?
"Supreme Court jurisprudence...is heavily weighted against you," an appeals judge told state prosecutors last week.
Microsoft and Amazon Adopt Temporary Bans on Police Use of Their Facial Recognition Tech. That's Not Nearly Enough.
Both companies need to join IBM and others in entirely abandoning the development of this mass surveillance technology.
Sometime in 2021, the American people will be presented with a reorganized and newly empowered federal public health bureaucracy. As time passes, it will grow in size and scope.
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.