The NSA Says It'll Destroy Some Phone Records It Collected Illegally 

When the USA Freedom Act passed earlier this summer, the NSA was pushed to stop collecting phone records in bulk. The question of what would happen to the massive amount of data it’d already collected on people remained. That question was answered today: Those old troves of metadata are mostly going in the garbage. »7/27/15 3:50pm7/27/15 3:50pm


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 1:00pm12/26/13 1:00pm

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 9:38am7/03/13 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 3:52pm6/21/13 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 7:00pm6/08/13 7:00pm

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 12:54am1/05/07 12:54am