Surveillance

Edward Snowden Bashes New CIA Chief's Focus On Leakers

Mike Pompeo is "baffled" the public prefers those who reveal crimes to those who commit them, Snowden says.<p>Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and his Twitter followers are scratching their heads over the new CIA director’s recently expressed disgust at the “worship” of those …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Things to know about Germany's recent surveillance laws

Germany has passed an unprecedented spate of new surveillance and security laws, often with impossibly long and hard to understand names. DW guides …

Video Surveillance

US does not need warrant to subpoena Oregon drug data

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency does not need a court order to subpoena a prescription drug database kept by the state of Oregon, but the ruling did not specify whether those subpoenas would violate constitutional …

Judiciary

The CIA wrote a torture manual more than 50 years ago, and then gave it to Latin American dictators

Exposed in 1997, the document is not easy to read<p>It was long suspected that the CIA was in the business of torture. But in 1997, the American public …

National Security Agency (NSA)

China's All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens' Faces

SHENZHEN—Gan Liping pumped her bike across a busy street, racing to beat a crossing light before it turned red. She didn’t make it. Immediately, her face popped up on two video screens above the street. “Jaywalkers will be captured using facial-recognition technology,” the screens …

China

Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries

Passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport were surfing their phones and drinking coffee, waiting to board a flight to Aruba recently when a JetBlue agent came on the loudspeaker, announcing: "Today, we do have a unique way of boarding."<p>On flights to the Caribbean island, JetBlue is …

Boston

More than 100 federal agencies fail to report hate crimes to the FBI’s national database

Gaps in data damage efforts to understand the nature and scope of violence driven by racial and religious hatred<p>In violation of a longstanding legal mandate, scores of federal law enforcement agencies are failing to submit statistics to the FBI’s national hate crimes database, ProPublica has …

Hate Crimes

Chelsea Manning Marched With the ACLU in NYC's Pride Parade

Chelsea Manning, the U.S. Army soldier who was imprisoned for seven years on charges after being convicted of leaking a trove of classified …

National Security Agency (NSA)

China’s All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens’ Faces

In vast social-engineering experiment, facial-recognition systems crunch data from ubiquitous cameras to monitor citizens<p>SHENZHEN—Gan Liping pumped her bike across a busy street, racing to beat a crossing light before it turned red. She didn’t make it. Immediately, her face popped up on two video …

Key Government Privacy Watchdog Muzzled During Surveillance Debate

<i>This article was reported by the</i> <i>Project on Government Oversight</i><i>, a nonprofit watchdog group.</i>Washington is a busy place these days. Headlines blare …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Carter Page says he’s been interviewed by the FBI

Carter Page, a former Donald Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, said Monday he’s been interviewed by the FBI as part of its investigation into Russia’s election meddling.<p>The interviews, which he called “extensive discussions,” came prior to James Comey’s firing as FBI director in May, Page …

Carter Page

Is the public safety minister's job too big?

The government’s new national security bill adds more to the minister’s bulky portfolio. Is it time to split up national security and emergency …

Ralph Goodale

China's 'big brother' reality

The Chinese government is using facial-recognition technology to help promote good behavior and catch lawbreakers — even jaywalkers, according to the …

United States

Next-Level Surveillance: China Embraces Facial Recognition

China

Australia to Push for Greater Powers on Encrypted Messaging at 'Five Eyes' Meeting

Australia is set to push for greater international powers to thwart the use of encrypted messaging services by terrorists and criminals, according to reports on Sunday (via <i>Reuters</i>).<p>The topic will be addressed this week at a meeting of officials from the "Five Eyes" intelligence sharing network, …

Privacy

NFL's Novelty Skins License Plate Has One Very Big Problem

<i>The Washington Post’s</i> Dan Steinberg draws our attention to a section of the NFL’s official online store, in which fans can buy novelty license plates …

Sports

For more than a year, FBI wiretapped labor leader John Dougherty, councilman Bobby Henon

For more than a year, FBI agents wiretapped the cell phones of Philadelphia labor leader John Dougherty and City Councilman Bobby Henon as part of an …

Corruption

Chelsea Manning didn’t deserve those Pride cheers

Chelsea Manning got a lively welcome at Sunday’s LGBTQ Pride event, marking the second time in a month that a New York parade featured cheering for …

National Security Agency (NSA)

When Your Face Is Your Boarding Pass

Toss out your paper boarding pass and put away your phone. JetBlue is testing a new verification process that allows travelers booked on …

The Future

NSA Director Gave Senator Private Tour During Debate Over Foreign intelligence Collection

The National Security Agency has been lobbying a key senator amid debates about whether to reauthorize the NSA’s foreign intelligence programs when …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Security services investigate cyberattack against UK Parliament after emails hacked

Parliamentary personnel using 'weak passwords' have had email accounts compromised, and it remains unclear whether MPs, Lords and their staff use …

Security

Australia pushes for weaker encryption at 'Five Eyes' meeting

Australia says tech companies should be "thwarting" messaging encryption to stop terrorists, and it's pushing US companies in particular.<p>The world's biggest tech companies could soon be compelled to weaken encryption in the name of national security if Australia gets its way.<p>Australia is making the …

Encryption

Perils of Back Door Encryption Mandates

(Washington, DC) – The governments that constitute the intelligence partnership known as “The Five Eyes,” will meet on June 26-27, 2017, in Ottawa to …

Privacy

No Real-Time Cell Phone Tracking Without a Warrant

Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a troubling ruling that allows police to …

Privacy

DoT to make tracking lost phones easier by formulating harsher rules for tampering of IMEI codes

The Department of Telecom (DoT) is working on rules to make tampering of IMEI number — a unique 15-digit serial number of mobile devices — a …

Technology (India)

New Snapchat feature worries local law enforcement agencies

A new feature introduced on the popular photo and short-video sharing app Snapchat has some local law enforcement agencies concerned.<p>The feature, …

Orlando

How The Intercept Went From Supporting Edward Snowden To Being The NSA's BFF

NSA whistleblower Reality Winner leaked a secret NSA memo to the journalism website The Intercept, which promptly her by showed the document to the NSA. They also told the Agency where it was mailed from. As a result, Winner is now warming the inside of a prison cell. At bare minimum, The Intercept …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Mexico will ask the FBI help on it investigate allegations it spied on journalists, activists, and lawyers

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's attorney general said on Monday it will request help from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate accusations the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto spied on private citizens.<p>Activists, human rights lawyers and journalists in Mexico …

Mexico

CIA Director Praises Trump’s Love of Facts, Slams Leakers

In a Saturday interview with MSNBC, CIA Director Mike Pompeo described President Donald Trump as a serious consumer of U.S. intelligence, and blamed …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Philando Castile's killers secretly tried to order Facebook to let them spy on Castile's girlfriend

After shooting Philando Castile dead during a traffic stop -- a killing that was livestreamed on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds …

Philando Castile