Tim Cook Says Apple Has Never Shared Data: "You're Not Our Product"

As part of Apple's ongoing glasnost campaign, Tim Cook was on Charlie Rose last Friday. Part two airs tonight and it looks like it will be a lot meatier, just based on the clip released today: Cook will apparently talk more about the role of privacy at Apple, including their choice not to release or mine user metadata. » 9/15/14 7:30pm 9/15/14 7:30pm

The NSA Won't Hand Over Data Because It Literally Can't Keep Track of It

Last week, a US District judge ordered the NSA to stop destroying data that pertains to a pre-Snowden lawsuit against the agency. There's just one teensy weensy problem with that: Apparently NSA's systems handle so much data that it literally cannot find what it's supposed to stop deleting. » 6/10/14 11:52am 6/10/14 11:52am

Edward Snowden Got a Bunch of NSA Info By Stealing a Coworker's Password

It's fun to imagine the spy games that must have been involved in Edward Snowden's exposure of the NSA's massively invasive surveillance techniques. But, as NBC reports, a lot of that information came the way you might snoop on your significant others' email: He stole some poor sap's password. » 2/12/14 11:18pm 2/12/14 11:18pm

The Scariest Part of the Latest NSA Revelation Is This Goofy Post-It

The Washington Post reports that, according to new documents leaked by PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA has been secretly tapping into the main communication links connecting both Yahoo's and Google's data servers. And you can see it all scribbled—smiley-face included—right here. » 10/30/13 1:29pm 10/30/13 1:29pm

Eric Schmidt Says Government Surveillance Is Just Part of Our Society

Since the whole PRISM thing blew up, and dozens of other Snowden revelations followed it, there's been a lot of talk about government spying—foreign stuff and domestic survellience—and what these revelations mean. According to Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt, not much; this is just part of our society now. » 9/14/13 12:25pm 9/14/13 12:25pm

Yahoo's Blazing the Trail to Transparency in the Post-PRISM World

On Monday, Yahoo won a court fight that will force the government to disclose secret information about a 2008 case that required Yahoo to hand over customer data. It's icing on the cake for Marissa Mayer, who celebrates her one year anniversary at Yahoo this week. But more importantly, it could give us our clearest… » 7/16/13 2:22pm 7/16/13 2:22pm