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What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

What It Takes to Make People Care About NSA Surveillance

John Oliver might have given Edward Snowden an issue Americans truly care about: the right to keep 'dick pics' private.<p>On Sunday's episode of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," host John Oliver scored a coveted interview with NSA leaker Edward Snowden in Russia.<p>To get a sense of how big this is, consider …

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Former mayor of SLC suing NSA for warrantless Olympic surveillance

Rocky Anderson is suing the agency for spying on him (and everyone else in Salt Lake City) during the 2002 Olympics -- he's added his name to a mass …

NSA Mass Surveillance: Biggest Big Data Story

When people talk about the US National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA), the talk usually centers on privacy, with good reason. Still, it’s not the only subject worth discussing. The volume of data collected by the NSA and the associated costs make it the ultimate in Big Data case …

After Katrina, FBI prioritized cellphone surveillance

Michael from Muckrock sez, "There's a lot of lessons that the federal government should have learned in the aftermath of Katrina. Increased domestic …

​Judge demands govt halt destruction of NSA surveillance data

The US government has been ordered “not to destroy” records gleaned from National Security Agency surveillance that are relevant to active lawsuits …

Americans Are Okay With Surveillance and Torture

In the face of damning evidence against U.S. officials, the country has shrugged.<p>Yes, u.s. officials tortured prisoners; yes, they spied on the private communications of tens of millions of innocent Americans. The definitive accounts of these transgressions were released last year. You may have …

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NSA said to use Google cookies to track surveillance targets

The same Web browser cookies used to track consumers on the Internet are being used by the National Security Agency to track surveillance targets, according to a Washington Post report.<p>The cookies -- bits of code that allow advertisers to track consumers' Web activity to deliver more-targeted ads …

Does the PATRIOT Act Allow Bulk Surveillance?

Debate over NSA collection of phone metadata has often focused on whether the law is constitutional—but a federal appeals court says it's not even legal.<p>There are two concurrent debates about the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone metadata. One is whether the program violates …

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