Freedom in the Balance

By Lorenzo | The Bill of Rights is under attack.

Windows is recording every keystroke on devices with handwriting recognition enabled

<b>Facepalm:</b> From the moment you first handwrote or enabled handwriting recognition on your PC, your WaitList.dat file began compiling every text file …

Forensics

Monica Lewinsky's Connection To Kavanaugh Goes All The Way Back To The Starr Investigation

It's become especially clear in the last few months that Monica Lewinsky's connection to Brett Kavanaugh is more complex than you might think. Last …

Monica Lewinsky

Federal Agents Board Buses 100 Miles From Border To Ask, Are You A U.S. Citizen?

When people are crossing a U.S. border, they expect to be asked about their citizenship. But not when they're driving up the East Coast.<p>U.S. Border Patrol agents are boarding buses from private lines like Greyhound and Concord Coach within 100 miles of a U.S. border, asking passengers if they're …

Civil Rights

I've been traveling the world for 6 months, and these are the apps I can't live without

As Business Insider's international correspondent, I've spent the past six months traveling through Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Greece, Israel, and Russia, among other places.<p>Traveling for a living is a fun, exhilarating, and, quite frankly, exhausting experience. But the best way to make it more …

Google Photos

The 1 Percent Has a Dark Plot to Replace American Democracy with an Elite Plutocracy — and It's Working

How will American democracy resist their twisted goal of one-dollar, one-vote plutocracy?Democracy is tough for 1 percenters.They’ve got all that …

Right To Vote

Ted Cruz is Mailing Elderly Voters Contribution Spam Disguised as County Summons

What to do when the only Republican who will fund raise with you is a discredited, odious joke of a so called President?<p>Try to scam elderly voters of …

Ted Cruz

West Virginia Library Tries to Keep Bob Woodward's 'Fear' Off of Its Shelves

One West Virginia library director’s decision to keep Bob Woodward’s <i>Fear</i> Out of her library has backfired.<p><i>Fear</i>, an explosive book on the Trump …

Trump Administration

Massachusetts Police Tweeted a Screenshot—and Accidentally Revealed They’re Watching Left-Wing Activist Groups

The Massachusetts State Police Department tweeted a screenshot of a computer monitor Thursday to help illustrate the extent of a series of gas …

Roads

Public school disciplines 8-year-old Utah girl for violating Mormon scripture with her shirt

An 8-year-old girl in Ogden, Utah was disciplined by her public school after breaking a Mormon rule about baring her shoulders, the Friendly Atheist …

Mormonism

Conservatives Rail About Free Speech on College Campuses — But This Is the Real Threat to Our First Amendment

The wealthier party "can basically win a breath-holding contest fighting in the courts."It's a sign of the idiocy of Donald Trump-era politics that …

College & University

Dozens of iPhone Apps 'Constantly' Sending Location Data to Data Monetization Firms

Dozens of popular iPhone apps are sharing the location data of millions of mobile devices with third-party data monetization firms, according to a group of security researchers called GuardianApp (via <i>TechCrunch</i>).<p>The apps in question are mostly news, weather, and fitness apps that require access to …

Technology

US and intelligence allies take aim at tech companies over encryption

When the FBI broke into the iPhone of a terrorist linked to the San Bernardino shooting in 2016, it kicked off a global debate over encryption and privacy.<p>Now, that debate is set to rage once more with the US and its intelligence allies issuing an ultimatum to tech companies worldwide: give us …

Technology

Kavanaugh's support for surveilling Americans raises concern

CINCINNATI (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has frequently supported giving the U.S. government wide latitude in the name of national security, including the secret collection of personal data from Americans.<p>It's a subject Democrats plan to grill Kavanaugh about during his confirmation …

Surveillance

NSA collects data on US citizens' social connections

U.S. news<p>WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal …

Surveillance

Secret Service uses conservative website’s video to ID anti-Trump protesters

The Secret Service is using a right-wing video to identify and pursue antifa protesters over comments they made about President Donald Trump at a …

US DoJ wants a backdoor into Facebook Messenger so law enforcement can decrypt IMs

(Credit: BrianAJackson/iStockphoto)<p>Seeing Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in headlines testifying regarding the social media site's data privacy were commonplace in early 2018. Now, the government is coming back for seconds and demanding the option for a "backdoor" into the site's encrypted Messenger …

The police technology revolution no one is hearing about

Los Angeles will be implementing body scanning technology to its mass transit systems, the New York Times reported this week, becoming the first city …

De Blasio lets security haul away Post reporter for asking question

Mayor de Blasio is a such a big believer in the free press that he let two bodyguards physically remove a credentialed Post reporter who had the …

An 11-Year-Old Changed The Results Of Florida's Presidential Vote At A Hacker Convention. Discuss.

Election hackers have spent years trying to bring attention to flaws in election equipment. But with the world finally watching at DEFCON, the …

How Memphis Police Created an Undercover Operation to Spy on Black Lives Matter Activists 

A federal judge has ruled that the Memphis Police Department’s 2-year undercover operation violated a 1978 agreement against spying on protesters.<p>The …

Here's How Corporate Interests Control What You Hear — and Work to Undermine Democracy

Click here for reuse options! These monopolies are not merely un-American, they're virulently anti-American, suppressing our fundamental values of …

The American Sea of Deception

<i>Paul Street’s column will appear in Truthdig each Sunday through Aug. 12. Its regular schedule will resume when Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges</i> …

In Bid for 'Dystopian' Surveillance Power, Facebook Asking Big Banks for Customer Data

Apparently not satisfied with access to its users' call history, text messaging data, and online conversations, Facebook has reportedly asked major …

Federal Judge Stops New Orleans From Jailing Those Who Fail to Pay Fines, Rules That They Must Have a Chance to Plead Poverty

Instead of being immediately tossed into jail for failing to pay fines or fees related to whatever legal issues you may have, a federal judge has …

Jared Kushner Tries to Strip Refugee Status, Aid from Millions of Displaced Palestinians

From Informed Comment<p>Jared Kushner, Senior Adviser to President Donald J. Trump, receives a gift from Iraqi Minister of Defense Erfan al-Hiyali at …

Six media giants control 90 percent of the content we consume (infographic)

Are you in to independent films? You probably enjoy the Focus Features studio, which prides itself on its indie credentials. Focus Features is owned …

The Hate Group Successfully Rolling Back LGBT Rights

Alliance Defending Freedom is hell-bent on erasing queer lives — and they've won every case they've brought to the Supreme Court.

Free speech on a slippery slope: Why are civil liberties advocates joining forces with the right?

Rich people have free speech rights. Do the corporations they run? That question is destroying democracy...The post Free speech on a slippery slope: …

Supreme Court Essentially Nullifies 4th Amendment by Denying Ross Ulbricht’s Petition

The court's refusal to review Ulbricht's case—in spite of the alleged evidence to convict him being warrantlessly obtained—shows the Fourth Amendment …