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Electronic Privacy

Matt Sledge

Verizon Received 320,000 Law Enforcement Requests For Customer Data Last Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Verizon received 320,000 U.S. law enforcement requests for customer names, phone call records, text messages, and other kinds of customer data in 2013...

Matt Sledge

Cops Asked For Cell Phone Data More Than 1 Million Times Last Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Where you've been, whom you've talked to and even what you've been saying -- police can get it all from your cell phone company, and frequently withou...

The Data Hackers

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Pratap Chatterjee

We willingly hand over all of this information to the big data companies and in return they facilitate our communications and provide us with diversions. But there is a second kind of data company of which most people are unaware.

Learning From Europe's 'Right to Be Forgotten'

Eugene K. Chow | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Eugene K. Chow

As the United States debates the precarious state of privacy rights in light of the NSA's domestic surveillance programs, American law could benefit from the underlying principle of the "right to be forgotten" -- dignity.

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Pen and paper have largely been replaced by digital documents and cloud storage, yet law enforcement agencies and courts have had trouble honoring the Fourth Amendment in a world increasingly devoid of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

A New Era of Surveillance Technology

Tyler Lopez | Posted 09.28.2013 | DC
Tyler Lopez

While many privacy activists have their sights set on military drones and internet-based surveillance programs, the Army is set to begin testing a system capable of monitoring airspace for 340 miles in every direction.

Coming Soon: HUGE Anti-Missile Blimps To Spy On, Protect D.C.

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

Well, no wonder defense contractors aren't faring too badly during sequestration, when they've got ideas like this. Gigantic blimps. Over Washingto...

Social Media Tools Weaken Email Privacy

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 08.27.2013 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

If your job were to search for terrorists, then you would like to examine the character of their social networks. If you could identify leaders, then you might be able to stop a plot before it happens.

When Big Brother Meets Big Data

Rep. Rush Holt | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Rep. Rush Holt

If federal authorities want to see the data of an American citizen, they should be forced to come through the front door -- and only with a court order based on probable cause, as our Founders intended.

Automated License Plate Readers Threaten Our Privacy

Peter Bibring | Posted 07.07.2013 | Los Angeles
Peter Bibring

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.

Stop Unreasonable Electronic Searches and Seizures

Christopher Calabrese | Posted 06.23.2013 | Technology
Christopher Calabrese

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.

A Fourth Amendment for the 21st Century

Julian Sanchez | Posted 01.28.2013 | Technology
Julian Sanchez

The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus has thrown a spotlight on the FBI's sweeping power to sift through the most intimate details of our digital lives -- often with little or no judicial supervision.

Election 2012 -- Privacy and Unfinished Business

Marc Rotenberg | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Marc Rotenberg

At the beginning of a second term for President Obama, it is time to move beyond the paranoid strategies for public safety that have dominated both Democratic and Republican presidencies.

PATRIOT Act: Four More Years Will Worsen Government Secrecy

Sarah Berlin | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Sarah Berlin

If the thought of the government accessing your business or medical records, telephone calls and even your genetic information isn't scary enough, the most frightening aspect is that we don't know how the government actually interprets and applies Section 215.

Are Privacy Groups Being Hyper-Sensitive Over Google Buzz

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

Google Buzz is a week old and it has set the social networking ecosystem into a frenzy. Many opinions are polarized -- love it or hate it.

Another Scary Government Program: the Government Gets to Seize Your Electronic Gear at the Border

Robert Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Schlesinger

There's no legal difference between looking through your backpack and seizing your electronic data in the US. This is the stuff of the Cold War Soviet Union, right? Or maybe a third world dictatorship?