Big Brother

NSA Kept Watch Over Democratic and Republican Conventions, Snowden Documents Reveal

It was August 2004 in New York City and President George W. Bush was in town, attending the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden. …

Edward Snowden

Japan Made Secret Deals With the NSA That Expanded Global Surveillance

It began as routinely as any other passenger flight. At gate 15 of New York City’s JFK Airport, more than 200 men, women, and children stood in line …

Japan

Why Soviet Weather Was Secret, a Critical Gap in Korea, and Other NSA Newsletter Tales

Three years after the 9/11 attacks, a frustrated NSA employee complained that Osama bin Laden was alive and well, and yet the surveillance agency …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Homeland Security launches internal probe of attempt to unmask anti-Trump tweeter

Federal authorities rescinded an order to unmask @alt_USCIS after Twitter filed a lawsuit earlier this month<p>The US Department of Homeland Security has launched an internal investigation into an attempt from one of its agencies to unmask the identities of people behind an anti-Trump Twitter account. …

Corruption

Hamilton man in naval spy case wants info on CSIS wiretaps of Chinese Embassy

Qing Quentin Huang, a Canadian citizen, was arrested on Dec. 1, 2013, in Burlington<p>A naval engineer from Hamilton, accused of trying to spy for …

Security

The Aadhaar data breaches are the result of an irresponsible govt., but we pay the price for them

<b>How</b> <b>many</b> times is IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad going to reiterate that Aadhaar is safe? When will he, or the government, take responsibility for …

Data Breach

Ontario police forces share carding data with Mounties, CSIS

Ontario's counterterrorism plan directs local and provincial police to share relevant information gleaned from street checks — or "carding" …

Policing

CIA jet has touches down in Queenstown

A CIA jet has touched down on the tarmac at Queenstown Airport just in time for a top-secret spy conference. And, just like a scene out of an action …

James Comey

Watching Burger King’s Newest Ad Puts Your Privacy in Jeopardy

Earlier this month, Burger King aired a 15-second commercial whose intended audience—Google Home devices, web-connected virtual assistants that …

Black Market

UGA Dining Halls to introduce eye scanners

Starting this fall, students will be getting into the dining halls hands-free.<p>UGA is installing iris cameras in all the dining halls and the Ramsey …

Athens, GA

FBI Agrees To Pay $299,000 To Anti War Journalists For Legal Remedy

Journalists from Anti War Eric Garris and Dennis Raimondo sued the FBI in 2013, after they realized that their work was being monitored by government …

Corruption

CSIS spy centre’s use of personal security information troubles privacy experts: letters

The controversial data-crunching centre run by Canada’s spy agency has long been using personal details gleaned from security clearance forms to help with national security probes — a practice that worries the federal privacy watchdog, newly disclosed letters show.<p>Privacy and security experts said …

Security

At Border Security Expo, Officials Dismiss Trump’s Wall: “I’ve Got 200-Foot Bluffs on My Border”

There was an elephant in the room — a big, beautiful, concrete elephant — at the Border Security Expo in Texas last week, a gathering of industry and …

Immigration Law

CNN: Intelligence Gathered By FBI Suggests Russia Tried to Use Trump Advisers to Penetrate Campaign

Sources: Russia tried to use Trump advisers to infiltrate campaign https://t.co/YehTDFZq71 https://t.co/nRBgrsqYhL<p>— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) …

Donald Trump

World's top spy agencies to hold secret Five Eyes meeting in New Zealand

Heads of the FBI and CIA, among others are expected to attend the meeting in Queenstown.<p>Chiefs of the world's top spy agencies are expected to gather …

Surveillance

In Secret Court Hearing, Lawyer Objected to FBI Sifting Through NSA Data Like It Was Google

In her first appearance representing the American public before the top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2015, Amy Jeffress argued …

Surveillance

U.S. Eavesdropping Program Goes Silent

It’s long been considered one of the most important ways American spies gather information overseas. But in 2016, it apparently went dark.<p>Something a little funny might be going on in America’s most secretive court. According to the annual report for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court …

Surveillance

A Municipal Vote in Providence for Police Reform Carries National Implications

After three years of sustained community mobilization and advocacy, the Providence City Council in Rhode Island voted this Thursday to unanimously …

Civil Rights

58% Increase In Electronic Device Searches On International Air Passengers In U.S.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) searched approximately 4,600 electronic devices, or 0.008%, of approximately 58 million incoming international …

Aviation

When Innovation Fails: Doing Hard Time in the Offender-Monitoring Business

In <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i>, Lauren Etter explores another problem with the privatization of law enforcement: technology. From scrambled signals and …

Long-form Journalism

Innovating Government User Experience Through Technology

Innovative companies have successfully attracted and retained customers by delivering outstanding service and developing a seamless customer …

Customer Experience

How to Deal With Electronic Border Searches

Most people are sailing through passport control and customs just as they did before the inauguration. But for travelers from foreign …

Immigration

US surveillance court denied few monitoring requests in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's super-secret intelligence court denied just nine of the more than 1,700 requests it received last year for government …

Judiciary

Five law enforcement agencies that don't want you looking at their protest records

Every FOIA filer eventually has to put up with rejections that don’t make sense - it comes with the territory when you’re requesting records from …

Policing

Trial and Terror

The U.S. government has prosecuted 796 people for terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Most of them never even got close to committing an act of …

Terrorism

A Window for Punishing WikiLeaks

The Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to news reports, is re-evaluating whether to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing leaked classified material in 2010. This raises a First Amendment flag. The department previously decided it wouldn’t proceed …

Julian Assange

Top mayoral aide embraces crackdown on texting while driving

A top mayoral aide on Thursday embraced an aldermanic plan to use technology to crack down on a deadly epidemic: texting while driving.Transportation …

Distracted Driving

Google Pleads for Better Cross-Border Exchange of Digital Evidence

Google said it is receiving a growing number of cross-border requests for user data to be used as evidence in criminal prosecutions. The volume of …

Google

Andrew Napolitano: What if our belief in self-government is just a myth?

What if our belief in self-government is a belief in a myth? What if the election of one political party over the other to control Congress changes only appearances? What if taxes stay high and regulations stay pervasive and the government stays oppressive and presidents fight wars no matter what …

Government

Cities, states try to protect immigrants’ data from federal officials

Residents apply for or renew their driver’s license at a driver services facility in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images<p>In the face …

Immigration Law