Some things will not change no matter what generation we are in, and that is the concern for the safety of our children. Stranger danger and predators are always a major fear, whether online or off.
The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained documents revealing that the FBI and IRS may be reading emails and other electronic communications of ...
Even those of us concerned about the escalating level of public electronic surveillance must be thankful for the video surveillance cameras that captured the suspects and helped crack the case. But how far is too far?
You can hardly point out that the Emperor has no clothes if you're not even allowed to look in his direction. And that's precisely the point of the government's war on whistleblowers. The message couldn't be more clear or more authoritarian: Avert your eyes, citizens!
I've been outed as a fat girl. My own sister -- a size-four fashion maven -- called me "plus-sized" in an interview she gave to an international media outlet. So now a world of strangers thinks of me as a roller ball to her Sharpie.
What can FinFisher and other tools do? On mobile platforms they can record voice calls, SMS messages and emails. The software can place "silent calls" -- that is, turning your phone on when you are unaware it is active.
Photographing a single license plate one time on a public city street may not seem problematic, but when that data is put into a database, combined with other scans of that same plate on other city streets, and stored forever, it can become very revealing.
The practice of using surveillance cameras to record our comings and goings is ever-expanding, and will certainly expand still further after the Boston bombings. A central question is whether we do -- or should -- care about our privacy.
In India there is a growing demand to recruit hackers to break into the smartphones of the political competition. But beware if you have the same idea here in the U.S. This is an arena where there is a lot of risk.
Speaking "off the record" usually means some form of consent, such as establishing the ground rules between the speaker and the reporter, or between the speaker and the audience. But today "off the record" is becoming a dangerous thing.
Whether the voices of the people on it are driving administration policy remains up for the debate. What can't be said now is that they're not paying attention to the issues raised. We, the People, should be heard. Now there are new ways to you raise your voice.
It's fairly safe to assume that calendars, call logs, contacts, emails, financial data, text messages, photos and videos stored on smartphones or mobile devices are at risk of being monitored or stolen.
It's that time of year again. Graduation. That seminal moment in our lives when, in ceremonies of varying degrees of pomp and circumstance, our elders pass on the wisdom of the ages to those of us who are evolving from the shelter of the ivory tower to the stark reality of the "real world."
Just before Tax Day, a Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU revealed that the Internal Revenue Service claimed the authority to read emails, instant messages, and text messages -- all without a warrant.
Each of us, if we have smartphones, can record and transmit video with more independence and greater reach than the top-tier broadcasters of a generation ago. We have the power to expose wrongdoing, and we also have the power to hasten the destruction of privacy.
We now live in a world where information moves faster than we can assess its value... this is especially true in times of panic, disaster, and crisis.