New Instant Messenger Plans to Leave No Metadata Worth Harvest​ing

A murders' row of cyber security experts have announced their intention to produce a new instant messaging service, designed for government and corporate whistleblowers (obviously) and the journalists they blow their whistles to. This should be fun. » 7/07/14 12:11am 7/07/14 12:11am

NYT: Obama Wants to End NSA Bulk Phone Data Collection

The New York Times reports that President Obama is planning to reveal a legislative proposal that will overhaul the NSA's practices—and put an end to its bulk collection of phone records. » 3/25/14 4:40am 3/25/14 4:40am

Surprise: Phone Metadata Gives Away The Most Secret of Your Secrets

If you're one of the masses who inexplicably thinks that NSA phone surveillance doesn't matter, you're in for a shock: new research reveals that simple analysis of cellphone metadata can reveal masses about you, from medical conditions to firearm ownership. » 3/13/14 10:20am 3/13/14 10:20am

Surprise! It's Super Easy to Identify People From Metadata

When the NSA's phone tracking was revealed, the agency was quick to point out that it's not listening to phone conversations. But the agency is tracking who you call, when, and for how long — your metadata. Claims that metadata is anonymous have never been fully comforting, especially now: Stanford researchers say… » 12/26/13 1:00pm 12/26/13 1:00pm

NYT: The NSA Tested Out a Plan To Collect Tons of Phone Location Data

According to a report by the New York Times, the NSA tested a system to collect location data from American cellphones in bulk back in 2010 and 2011, before ultimately tabling any plans to roll it out. For now, anyway. » 10/02/13 11:19am 10/02/13 11:19am

Spy on Your Own Email to See Exactly What the NSA Has on You

By now, we US citizens are all very very aware that our metadata is being harvested by "the man." It's not the actual email or phone calls, but metadata still matters. And if you've wondered what it looks like, MIT's Immersion project can help you out. The service that lets you snoop on your email metadata just like… » 7/03/13 9:38am 7/03/13 9:38am

British Spy Agency Is Saving Everyone's Email and Calls Too

Thanks to more classified documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Guardian is now reporting that a British spy agency has tapped into trans-Atlantic fiber optic cables, allowing them access to everything from email and Facebook messages to internet search histories and phone calls. Which they gather… » 6/21/13 3:52pm 6/21/13 3:52pm

Why the Metadata the NSA Has on You Matters

In response to the recent news reports about the National Security Agency's surveillance program, President Barack Obama said today, "When it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls." Instead, the government was just "sifting through this so-called metadata." The Director of National… » 6/08/13 7:00pm 6/08/13 7:00pm

Meet Boundless Informant: The NSA Tool That Watches the Entire Planet

Does the NSA have any secrets left? First there was PRISM—the network that's collecting real-time data on American's everywhere—and now The Guardian has turned up "Boundless Informant" which is indexing surveillance and espionage metadata from the ENTIRE WORLD. » 6/08/13 3:30pm 6/08/13 3:30pm

Big Data, Big Problems: The Trouble With Storage Overload

We collect an astonishing amount of digital information. But as the Economist recently pointed out in a special reports, we've long since surpassed our ability to store and process it all. Big data is here, and it's causing big problems. » 3/17/10 4:40pm 3/17/10 4:40pm

Windows Vista Destroys Photo Metadata

A bit of bad news about Vista if you're a photographer. Apparently if you tag a photo's metadata in Vista, it destroys other important metadata used by image editing apps such as Photoshop. Microsoft's gotten reports of RAW files generated by Nikon cameras being unreadable after being tagged with Vista or Microsoft's… » 2/09/07 5:00pm 2/09/07 5:00pm

Apple Keynote 2007: Speculation that iTunes will Snag Song Lyrics

Gracenote, which provides all of that fancy information about CDs when you pop them into your computer and play (or rip) them in iTunes and other players, has a lyric service in the pipeline set to launch in "early 2007" after inking deals with several record labels to license song lyrics. Interestingly, the press… » 1/05/07 12:54am 1/05/07 12:54am