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Government Spying

'The God's Eye View,' A Conversation with Barry Eisler

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.02.2017 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Barry Eisler Barry Eisler, known to millions of readers for his edge-of-your-seat thriller novels, which include his bestselling John Rain and...

Anaheim Cops Have Had A Massive Spy Program For Years

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- Police in Anaheim, California -- home to Disneyland and about 16 million tourists annually -- apparently have built an extensive survei...

A Secret Catalogue of Government Gear for Spying on Your Cellphone

The Intercept | Benjamin Hart | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics

The Intercept has obtained a secret, internal U.S. government catalogue of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices used by the military and by intell...

Bipartisan Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act To End Government Spying On Americans

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress Tuesday would end government spying on ordinary Americans by repealing the Patriot Act as advocates rush to r...

This Free Tool Scans Computers For Government Surveillance Software

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Technology

A group of nonprofits has come together to help you take back your privacy. A new, free tool called Detekt can scan your computer to find governmen...

Spies Will Be Spies in War, Peace and Cyberspace

Lothar Determann | Posted 09.13.2014 | Home
Lothar Determann

Consumers and employees agree every day to share massive amounts of personal data via various forms of tracking and surveillance technologies with companies that notify consumers and employees they should not expect privacy. In such open, limited-privacy segments of cyberspace, the government seems justified to emphasize security and patrol virtual worlds like city roads and public places.

Friday Talking Points -- Happy Pi Day!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Setting a level for hypocrisy usually not so blatantly shown by Democrats, Senator Dianne Feinstein is hopping mad that the government spied on her computers. The irony is so thick you can spread it on toast.

The Need for Constitutional Lines in the Sand

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The tension between security and liberty will increase as the years go on with each new attack or attempt. The country may debate whether or not Edward Snowden is a traitor or a patriot, but he has done something invaluable for the nation.

The Spies Who Never Came in From the Cold

Frank Askin | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Frank Askin

The question is: Are mail covers constitutional? It is hard to see how the current regulation cures the defects in the former one. The only relevant change in the procedure is that the agency is now supposed to specify the reasonable grounds for the cover.

How Europeans And Americans Feel About Spying On Allies

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home

BRUSSELS, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Europeans and Americans largely oppose their governments spying on their citizens and those of allied countries, a poll...

What's Behind the Spying?

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 12.21.2013 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

The United States has been carrying out political and economic spying. Terrorism probably accounts for only a small portion of what the mighty NSA collection apparatus sweeps up. Why is this?

No Privacy in Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Gigantic as the NSA's intrusions on privacy might be, they are only part of an uncomfortably large story in which many U.S. agencies and outfits feel free to take possession of our lives in ever more technologically advanced and intrusive ways.

Destroying the Right to Be Left Alone

Christopher Calabrese | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Christopher Calabrese

While in these last months the NSA has cast a long, dark shadow over American privacy, don't for a second imagine that it's the only government agency systematically and often secretly intruding on our lives.

Digitizing the Fourth Amendment

Eugene K. Chow | Posted 10.12.2013 | Technology
Eugene K. Chow

Pen and paper have largely been replaced by digital documents and cloud storage, yet law enforcement agencies and courts have had trouble honoring the Fourth Amendment in a world increasingly devoid of "papers and effects."

Eeeek! I've Been Snooped!

Dave Helfert | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Dave Helfert

Anytime our government feels the need to infringe even a little bit on personal privacy, we ought to be concerned. However, what's ironic about an overreaction to the NSA revelations is that Americans are "spied on" every day. The process is called microtargeting.

If I'm Not Doing Anything Wrong, Why Should I Care About Surveillance?

Jeremy Carp | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Jeremy Carp

In a democracy, it is essential that the lion's share of power lay in the hands of the people. With the rise of massive data storage capabilities and powerful analytic computers, information is increasingly the currency of power.

WATCH: How Computer Coders Can Protect Our Privacy

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.14.2013 | Technology
Bill Moyers

Lawrence Lessig, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, explains how our government -- given all the ways it can spy on us -- should just as determinedly use modern technology and technologists to protect our liberties.

Krugman: NSA Surveillance State 'On The Authoritarian Side'

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.10.2013 | Business

With the rise in technology, Americans should expect that they're being monitored by the government, but the surveillance state we’re living in has ...

Google Will Fight The Government To Protect Your Email

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google will lobby Washington in 2013 to make it harder for law enforcement authorities to gain access to emails and other digit...

Matt Sledge

Terrorism Agency A Federal 'Pre-Crime' Squad | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

An obscure counterterrorism agency now has access to an array of data on ordinary Americans so vast and with so few restrictions that critics are like...

Julian Assange: Web Is 'Greatest Spying Machine'

Newser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The Internet is the "greatest spying machine the world has ever known," WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has warned in a speech. While the Web holds g...

The Next Wave Of Government Spying Programs

McClatchy | Robert S. Boyd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Three recent events -- the foiled Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner, the Dec. 30 assassination of seven CIA officers and contractors b...

Chinese Computer Equipment May Be Bugged: RUMOR

ITworld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

As you surely know, Google has accused China of hacking into its systems and is considering pulling out of China altogether. The U.S. government is ta...

China's Google Scandal

James A. Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
James A. Lewis

The focus of American spying is traditional statecraft -- arms sales, military capabilities and plans, political intentions. China's goals, though, are very different, and we should call them on it.

Web Spying: Iranian Government Monitors Citizens, Aided By Western Technology | CHRISTOPHER RHOADS and LORETTA CHAO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Iranian regime has developed, with the assistance of European telecommunications companies, one of the world's most sophisticated mechanisms for c...