The NSA Made Its Own Google to Help Share Your Data with Cops

Well, here's timely NSA revelation for you: The Intercept reports that the spy agency built a "Google-like" search engine for its seemingly bottomless cache of data on persons of interest. This tool allows the spy agency to share over 850 billion records with nearly two dozen U.S. government organizations, including… » 8/25/14 5:34pm 8/25/14 5:34pm

Ferguson Police Will Finally Get the One Device They Really Need

In a statement today, Ferguson's police department announced that it is committed to buying vest cameras for its officers. When it finally happens, it'll be a great first step. And it'll happen even faster if we ditch the bloated, expensive wearable cam tech cops use today for something accessible to every U.S.… » 8/19/14 4:19pm 8/19/14 4:19pm

Real-Time Waste Water Analysis Can Show Who's On What Drugs, and Where

After a hard night of partying, the metabolized chemical remnants of whatever you snorted, smoked, sucked, or injected are expelled through your urine. While authorities have long been able to detect these metabolites through direct urine tests, monitoring drug use in any given geographic region has been far less… » 6/16/14 6:02pm 6/16/14 6:02pm

The FBI Seized All of TorMail's Data and Is Using It to Catch Hackers

If you had any faith left in anonymous email services, now would be the time to let that go. New court documents show that in chasing down associates of Freedom Hosting, the FBI managed to download the entire email database of TorMail. And now it's using that information to take on the Darknet. » 1/27/14 11:21am 1/27/14 11:21am

Bizarre Regional Laws In the U.S. Are Even Weirder Than You Thought

Every now and then there's a writeup of some weird U.S. laws, and it's always interesting to see what random stuff merited legislation at one time or another. But this infographic, put out by the online attorney directory Upcounsel, takes the curation to the next level and also talks about enforcement and shows which… » 10/20/13 12:35pm 10/20/13 12:35pm

Snapchat's Been Handing Unopened Messages Over to the Police

This summer's NSA revelations opened a lot of people's eyes. The government can (and does) surveil the American people, sometimes scooping data right off the servers of Google and Facebook. But surely Snapchat, the service that deletes all messages after they've been read, is safe? Not so much. » 10/14/13 3:29pm 10/14/13 3:29pm

Boston Cops Hilariously Pose Online As Punk Rockers

A recent city noise control ordinance in Boston has cops cracking down on roving rock shows that don't take place in formal venues. So they're posing as punk rockers online to sniff out concert locations so they shut them down more easily. Only problem is their police work reads like an out of touch parent trying to… » 3/29/13 1:36pm 3/29/13 1:36pm