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Defending Ian Thorpe: Coming Out Is Never Easy, I Know

James Peron | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

None of us can live other people's lives for them. They, and they alone, must be free to live their lives on their own terms. That includes celebrities, even Olympic swimmers.

Rebooting Electronic Privacy Rights

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

The Email Privacy Act would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act for the digital age by requiring the government to get a warrant in order to access private online communications. This is practical reform every American can stand behind.

My Face Shouldn't Be Up for Grabs

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Shaffer

Here's an idea for all high-tech inventors in Silicon Valley and there's a pile of money waiting for the person who can make it a reality: Get me a personal cloaking device.

Open Diplomacy, Wartime, and the Modern Surveillance State

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

The amorphous nature of wars since at least the dawn of the Cold War in the mid-1940s has meant that the U.S. has more or less been at war for generations. This, in turn, has precipitated the ever-burgeoning war-industrial-intelligence complex.

The NSA, Planned Parenthood and Your Right to Privacy

Steven Conn | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Not a week seems to go by without more revelations about how the NSA (or recently the UK's GCHQ) monitors our electronic communications. Who knew that all the time I waste watching old movie clips on YouTube was so interesting to the guardians of our national security.

Could Law Enforcement Leverage Facebook Data to Identify You?

Adam Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Facebook's privacy policies have always been the subject of debate among its users. After all, when you're putting so much information online where anyone can see it, how upset can you be when the public sees it? But what if "the public" is law enforcement?

Rap Video Sends Powerful Message About Stop And Frisk

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.16.2013 | New York

Controversial New York City laws permitting the use of stop-and-frisks have ignited controversy, raising concerns over racial profiling and privacy v...

Get Ready for the Invasion of the 'Civilian-Owned Drone"'

Adam Banner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

It seems somewhat sinister that any private citizen could use an unmanned aerial vehicle for no legitimate purpose. We already have the government spying on us. Do we need our neighbors stalking us as well?

Man or Cyborg: Does Google Glass Mark the End of True Humanity?

Cassie Goldring | Posted 09.21.2013 | Technology
Cassie Goldring

Google Glass exemplifies how our present technological climate has enabled us to not only extend our physical selves, but our mental ones as well.

(Another) Open Letter to Edward Snowden

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

A couple of weeks ago, Melissa Harris-Perry at MSNBC posted a letter to Edward Snowden. Some believe that the letter was a bit sarcastic. Let me try...

The Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement: It's About the Big Picture

András Simonyi | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
András Simonyi

There is a strong case for keeping the free trade agreement on the front burner in the media including social media, not to treat it as news in that fast paced news cycle. In the end it's about the big picture, not about the small print.

Google's Spymasters Are Now Worried About Your Secrets

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Dictators, mired in more technologically primitive societies, didn't develop the fearsome new implements of control of the National Security State. Google and other leaders in this field of massively mined and shared information did.

House Cybersecurity Bill Threatens Privacy and Civil Liberties

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Both the administration and members of Congress have stated that the goal is to provide government and the private sector with robust tools to fight cybersecurity threats while still protecting individuals' civil liberties and privacy rights. But their bill fails the test.

"The Drones Are Coming - Page II"

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

"Mr. Speaker, the domestic use of drones is on the way. There will be more eyes in the sky looking over America." With those words, last week, Repres...

Policies to Protect Our Data Privacy Must Be Thorough and Consistent

Rey Ramsey | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Rey Ramsey

A single email may be subject to different legal standards depending on whether it is in transit, in storage, how long it is in storage, or whether it has been opened.

The Royal Peep Show

Suzanne Ely | Posted 11.20.2012 | Media
Suzanne Ely

The allure and thrill of the unknown ending in an over-scripted world and the visceral encounter with the unaltered has left us drunk and horny on communal media peep shows.

Mag Publishes Photos Of Kate Middleton Topless

Posted 07.03.2013 | Style

French tabloid Closer magazine published a series of photos of Kate Middleton sunbathing topless on Friday, sending shockwaves around the world and pr...

Airline Will Google Passengers Before They Check In

Posted 07.06.2012 | Travel

British Airways will soon be literally watching out for its most important customers. The airline says its new "Know Me" program involves a thoroug...

Big Brother May Be Your Employer, Not Just Your Government

Brett Greene | Posted 05.09.2012 | Denver
Brett Greene

How much ongoing access to your personal information, including your online login information, do you want your employer to have?

How to Fund an American Police State

Stephan Salisbury | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Stephan Salisbury

The chances of an American dying in a terrorist incident in a given year are 1 in 3.5 million. To reduce that risk, to make something minuscule even more minuscule, what has the nation spent? What has it cost us?

Threat to Online Privacy Starts With the Way the Internet Makes Money

Edward Wasserman | Posted 04.29.2012 | Technology
Edward Wasserman

Any reforms that halt the harvest of personal information that is most nettlesome on privacy grounds would be fundamentally incompatible with the Internet's essential business model.

Student Privacy in Peril: Massive Data Gathering With Inadequate Privacy and Security

Daniel J. Solove | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education
Daniel J. Solove

One thing is for certain: the Department of Education's mishandling of personal student financial data in this latest data breach proves that we should be wary of how the Department will utilize this type of data in the future.

Mike Sacks

Justices Not Moved By HIV-Positive Pilot's Distress

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A majority of the Supreme Court appeared unlikely Wednesday morning to help a California man who claims he suffered severe mental and em...

Mike Sacks

WATCH: Justices To Weigh Status Of Jerusalem, GPS Tracking

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Next week, the Supreme Court will hear two of the most significant cases slated for oral argument this side of the New Year. Monday...

Privacy Revisited

Larry Flynt | Posted 10.16.2011 | Technology
Larry Flynt

For the average American citizen, the notion of privacy is extinct. Any information you put out into cyberspace could come back to bite you. Be alert: Big Brother is watching you.