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Who Is the U.S. Killing With Drones?

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 03.12.2017 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

As the news broke on March 7, 2016, that U.S. drone strikes had killed 150 people in Somalia, the White House announced it will reveal, for the first time, the number of people killed by drones and manned airstrikes "outside areas of active hostilities" since 2009. This is a critical first step toward much-needed transparency. But it will not go far enough.

Secret Memo Details U.S.’s Broader Strategy To Crack Phones

Bloomberg | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics

Silicon Valley celebrated last fall when the White House revealed it would not seek legislation forcing technology makers to install “backdoors” i...

The USA Freedom Act Has Not Done Much for Privacy

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 12.17.2016 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

So despite the fact that some of the Republican debaters were up in arms about it, the USA Freedom Act actually has produced only very marginal gains for privacy. The current state of affairs is mostly depressing, especially in light of the floodlight on these issues gifted to us by Snowden.

The Surveillance State Is Alive and Well

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.07.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In an age of too many laws, too many prisons, too many government spies, and too many corporations eager to make a fast buck at the expense of the American taxpayer, there is no safe place and no watertight alibi.

The Hillary Clinton Email Investigation May Offer a Crash Course in Computer Forensics

Kevin Sali | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Kevin Sali

Clinton critics are asking whether relevant data may have been deleted from a private email server. Understanding such accusations requires some background in computer forensics and the ways that files are stored, accessed, deleted, and recovered.

The Key to Selling More Books: Book Optimization Simplified

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 07.08.2016 | Home
Penny C. Sansevieri

There was a time when the internet highway wasn't clogged the way it is now. These days everyone has a website; even the family dog has a social media account to showcase his latest, greatest, doggy accomplishment.

National Security and Privacy Secretly Wed in Las Vegas

Spencer Green | Posted 06.02.2016 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Following months of rumors, it's been revealed that Privacy and National Security were secretly married weeks ago in Las Vegas, Nevada. "We're tired of all the naysayers constantly describing us as incompatible. We'll show you. We'll show you all! Ha!" the couple wrote.

Congress Should End Metadata Collection

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Congress has four days left in its current session to decide whether to reauthorize Section 215, amend it or let it die a natural death on June 1, 2015 (the date on which it will sunset if not reauthorized).

Challenging the Surveillance Society

John Feffer | Posted 05.04.2015 | Home
John Feffer

Whether it's the NSA, European intelligence agencies, private corporations, or the police, Katarzyna Szymielewicz is deeply concerned about the erosion of privacy and civil rights. We talked about how she became involved in this work, how Polish politicians have reacted to surveillance issues, and why Snowden deserves the EU's Sakharov Prize.

The Importance of Understanding Metadata in Modern Society

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 04.19.2015 | Technology
Rajat Bhageria

Data is the fundamental basis for our lives today. Future generations will able to look back at all our data -- via sources like Twitter, Facebook -- and paint an accurate picture us. And yet, the vast majority of us simply don't understand how data works.

Your Anonymous Credit Card Data Isn't So Anonymous

Adam Levin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Technology
Adam Levin

Using purchase metadata with no credit card numbers, names or any other simple identifiers, the report's co-authors found they could track a specific person's purchases using three factors: a receipt, an Instagram and a Tweet about a new purchase or a Facebook post.

Enact the USA Freedom Act

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The proposed Act is a huge step forward in our nation's effort to redesign our surveillance programs to protect the privacy of American citizens without sacrificing the compelling need to protect our national security. This legislation should be signed by the President -- without delay.

Local Law Enforcement Chipping Away at the Fourth Amendment

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The Bill of Rights was designed to protect the People from their government. That's quite literally becoming history today as new challenges, now from local law enforcement, chip away at the Fourth Amendment's protections of privacy.

Will Supremes Apply Cell Phone Privacy to Metadata Collection?

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

This decision may well presage how the Court will rule on the constitutionality of the NSA metadata collection program when that issue inevitably comes before it.

Facebook's 'Nearby Friends' Is a Really, Really Bad Idea

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 06.19.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Facebook has introduced a new feature for its mobile users allowing them to share their location with friends. It is an "opt in" feature, meaning you don't have to sign up for it. On the surface, it seems to be a useful tool for people to use. But the new Facebook "feature" is pretty dangerous.

Pay No Attention to What They Tell You, They Are Listening In

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It's rare that we ever get a glimpse of how our expanding secret state really works. But every now and then, a single case can suddenly illuminate an otherwise dark landscape.

Using Metadata to Catch a Whistleblower

Peter Van Buren | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

What if that someone also had, as we know the NSA does, access to your social media, email, snail mail, credit card data, travel information, air reservations, and bank records? Orwell was an amateur. Metadata is the key to stripping away the haystack so that the needle is just sitting there.

We Need a 'Do Not Track' List

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Americans are now being tracked as they've never been tracked before. What is normal and accepted these days sounds like a tinfoil-hatted paranoiac's delusion from just a few decades ago, in fact.

Too Often, American Justice Is Injustice

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.22.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Our state of affairs goes against a pinnacle of American justice, equality before law, facilitating everything from war crimes, to torture, to domestic spying, to a predatory, ravenous Wall Street that feeds on the middle class with impunity.

Security Is the New Oil

Gary Hart | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Gary Hart

The age of communications, mass social media, ubiquitous technology, and of mass interception (and thus of Snowden) is a new world... and not an especially brave one.

The Surveillance Blitz

John Feffer | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

In honor of the Super Bowl, imagine the situation this way: Each one of us is a quarterback. We've taken the snap. But two very large linebackers -- the government and the corporations -- have easily gotten around the blockers. This is the blitz.

Proposed Surveillance Reforms Insufficient, Another Finding NSA Program Is Illegal

Edward J. Black | Posted 03.26.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

The President showed an understanding of the problems created by surveillance, but bolder leadership and strong action are required. We have no doubt those assigned to protect U.S. security want more information to do their job better, but that insatiable zeal for more information is where we get into trouble.

NSA Metadata Collection: Fourth Amendment Violation

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Whereas Leon's detailed analysis demonstrated how Jones leads to the result that the NSA program probably violates the Fourth Amendment, Pauley failed to meaningfully distinguish Jones from the NSA case, merely noting that the Jones court did not overrule Smith.

You Can't Opt Out: 10 NSA Myths Debunked

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The debate Edward Snowden envisioned when he revealed the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) spying on Americans has taken a bad turn. It's time to face these arguments directly. So here are ten myths about NSA surveillance that need debunking.

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Director: Snowden No 'Hero,' Revealed Government Operating Way 'Founders Intended'"

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- FBI Director James Comey said he thinks there's a legitimate debate to be had about the National Security Agency's phone surveillance pr...