Big Brother

Trump Is 100% Vindicated On Wiretapping, and 7 Other Things You Should Know

<b>1. Yes, Trump Is 100% Vindicated On Wiretapping</b><p>Yeppers, I said <b>100% vindicated</b>, and those who disagree are either being stubbornly hyper-literal about …

Surveillance

Comey Says Surveillance Requirements Are Tough, And That's Good - Bloomberg

As claims and counterclaims about surveillance of President Donald Trump’s associates swirl in Washington, FBI Director James Comey struck a …

James Comey

'Unmasking,' FISA and other terms to help you understand the wiretapping story

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A flurry of stories surrounding President Donald Trump has brought the US intelligence community's massive surveillance capabilities to the forefront of the political conversation.<p>Whether the topic is ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn's leaked contacts with Russian …

Surveillance

Fact Check: Trump Misleads About The Times’s Reporting on Surveillance

WASHINGTON — In an interview with Time magazine on Wednesday, President Trump cited The New York Times as evidence of his claim, made in a series of Twitter posts on March 4, that President Barack Obama had wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. The F.B.I. …

Journalism

Rep. Chaffetz Says Facial Recognition Software Should Be Used On Illegal Immigrants

United States Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) suggested in a Congressional hearing on the use of facial recognition technology by law …

Immigration

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA): Washington’s Little Known Spy Agency

<i>US spying is institutionalized – on anyone, anywhere for any reason or none at all.</i><p><i>Invented national security threats, targeting dissent and</i> …

Error prone, insecure, inevitable: Say hello to today's facial recog tech

Facial recognition technology represents a valuable, and likely inevitable, method of identification for cops and Feds. Unfortunately, it's largely …

Security

NYPD sent video teams to record Occupy and BLM protests over 400 times, documents reveal

The department could not locate legal authorizations for its surveillance operations<p>New York City Police Department documents obtained by <i>The Verge</i> show that police camera teams were deployed to hundreds of Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street protests from 2011–2013 and 2016. Originally …

Black Lives Matter

NYPD Turns Against the FBI: Seized Laptop Shows Hillary Clinton Covered Up Weiner’s Alleged Sex Crimes With 15 yr old During Election

FOLLOW US!<p>New York Police Department detectives and sources working an underage child pornography case against Anthony Weiner confirm the laptop …

Anthony Weiner

How a Legal Loophole Lets Facebook Launder Your Data Through Middlemen and Profit Off the…

<b>How a Legal Loophole Lets Facebook Launder Your Data Through Middlemen and Profit Off the Surveillance State</b><p>Facebooks tells the ACLU they’re done …

Facebook

3 reasons to worry about the FBI's facial recognition program

The FBI quietly developed a facial recognition network that allows law enforcement to identify people in the United States without their knowledge.<p>Now lawmakers want to know why the agency didn't tell people about it.<p>"Why did the FBI not fulfill the requirement of the law?" asked House Oversight …

Government

Rochester Police Used A $200,000 Stingray To Track Gang Members - Motherboard

Stingrays, the quasi-secret cellphone surveillance devices used by police and federal agents, and often defended as crucial in the counterterrorism fight, keep on popping up in cases that have nothing to do with terrorism or serious crime.<p>On Wednesday, the New York Civil Liberties Union posted …

Civil Liberties

Law Enforcement’s Secret “Super Search Engine” Amasses Trillions of Phone Records for Decades

Although the government still hides too much information about a secret telephone records surveillance program known as Hemisphere, we have learned …

AT&T

Facial Recognition Hearing Looks to Give Lawmakers Clearer Picture on Creepy Technology

There's a good chance your face is in a criminal investigative database somewhere, and the FBI has made it clear that it wants access to every database, a prospect that deeply troubles privacy advocates.<p>More than 400 million pictures of Americans' faces are archived in local, state and federal law …

Government

Could the President Spy on His Political Opponents?

The controversy continues over President Trump’s Twitter storm accusing President Obama of wiretapping him. On Monday, members of Congress peppered …

Government

How Police Are Watching You on Social Media

In October, the ACLU released emails showing that a social media monitoring company called Geofeedia had tracked the accounts of Black Lives …

Law Enforcement

Searches Of Travelers' Electronics Should Require A Warrant, ACLU Contends

The government says the Constitution doesn't apply at the border, so Customs and Border Protection agents can search anyone's electronic devices.<p>The American Civil Liberties Union contends U.S. customs agents should have to obtain search warrants before they rifle through travelers’ electronic …

ACLU

Tacoma hit with another fine for withholding Stingray record

The city of Tacoma’s bill for withholding large portions of a document related to cellphone surveillance is mounting.<p>A Pierce County Superior Court …

Fish

Real-Time Face Recognition Threatens to Turn Cops’ Body Cameras Into Surveillance Machines

Last year, a Russian startup announced that it could scan the faces of people passing by Moscow’s thousands of CCTV cameras and pick out wanted …

Machine Perception

How technology tramples on freedom

Rapid advances in biometric technology mean the public is surveilled – and their movements recorded – more than ever before. If this technology …

Biometrics

Jason Chaffetz: FBI Assistant Director Misleads Congress With Answers To Simple Question

Government

New Settlement Aims to Protect Muslims From Discriminatory NYPD Surveillance

At a time when executive orders seek to curtail the rights of Muslims in the United States and Islamophobia is on an upswing, a new settlement …

NYPD

Republicans claim Trump may have been surveilled through ‘incidental collection.’ What’s incidental collection?

The Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes has just said that Donald Trump’s communications were likely picked up by US intelligence agencies through ‘incidental collection.’ Before Nunes’ statement, I interviewed Jennifer Stisa Granick, the director of civil liberties at …

Surveillance

How the Department of Homeland Security Is Bullying Sanctuary Cities

Sanctuary cities that refuse to hold undocumented immigrants to be deported by ICE are being singled out in a new weekly report from the Department of Homeland Security.<p>The Department of Homeland Security is amping up the pressure on so-called sanctuary cities, and it has an enthusiastic ally: …

Government

Legislation Introduced to Limit Drone Surveillance and Facial Recognition

Legislation has been introduced to protect individual privacy from the growing number of government and commercial drones in use.<p>Senator Edward J. …

Drones

Border Agents Need A Warrant to Search Travelers’ Phones, EFF Tells Court

Richmond, Virginia—Border agents must obtain a warrant to search travelers’ phones, tablets, and laptops, which contain a vast trove of sensitive, …

EFF

Stealing from the Citizenry: How Government Goons Use Civil Asset Forfeiture to Rob Us Blind

Commentary<p>Stealing from the Citizenry: How Government Goons Use Civil Asset Forfeiture to Rob Us Blind<p><b>By John W. Whitehead</b> <br>March 20, 2017<p>“Civil …

Fraud

Hearing Wednesday: National Security Letters Violate the First Amendment

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will urge an appeals court Wednesday to find that the FBI violates the First Amendment when …

Surveillance

Declined Detainer Outcome Report

What is a detainer?<p>U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issues detainers to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to provide …

Government

Everything you search for on Google is now easily obtained by police

If you thought that your search engine history was private, think again. It’s not. Or, at least, it <i>may</i> not be, depending on whether or not you’re …

Google