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AT&T Went Above and Beyond to Help the NSA Spy on the Internet

According to documents provided to the New York Times and ProPublica by Edward Snowden, AT&T and the NSA have maintained for decades a “highly collaborative” relationship that has facilitated the government agency’s ability to spy on enormous quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States. » 8/15/15 3:45pm 8/15/15 3:45pm

The Patriot Act Is Changing. Here's What That Means for Your Privacy

This week, certain key sections of the notorious Patriot Act—the law that gives the NSA its snooping powers—automatically expired. Don’t get too excited just yet, though: they’re probably coming back with a few changes. Here’s what we know, and what it means for your privacy.
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How the Government Will Spy on You If the Patriot Act Dies

The story being spun by the defenders of Section 215 of the Patriot Act and the Obama Administration is that if the law sunsets entirely, the government will lose critical surveillance capabilities. The fearmongering includes President Obama, who said: “heaven forbid we’ve got a problem where we could’ve prevented a… » 6/01/15 12:30pm 6/01/15 12:30pm

Section 215 of the Patriot Act Expires—For Now

Section 215 has expired. At least for now. The law that the NSA used to authorize its collection of vast amounts of information about the telephone calls of ordinary Americans is no more. Even though it’s likely temporary, it’s a good thing and we should pause to celebrate a little. The calls and emails Congress… » 6/01/15 3:30am 6/01/15 3:30am

Amateur Satellite Trackers Found the Secret X-37B Space Plane in Orbit

The U.S. Air Force’s supersecret X-37B was launched into orbit for the fourth time last week, and amateur satellite watchers have promptly identified its secret orbit—also for the fourth time. There is, you see, a small army of amateurs who keep track of over 300 spy satellites, often with little more than a pair of… » 5/27/15 8:00pm 5/27/15 8:00pm

Erect a Monument to Freedom by 3D Printing This Bust of Edward Snowden

A few weeks ago, two artists carefully placed a bronze bust of Edward Snowden atop a vacant war monument in a Brooklyn park. It was quickly removed, of course, by police, who fined the artists $50 each for trespassing. But now anyone can bring a Snowden statue to their city—the artists have shared the 3D printing… » 5/12/15 7:20pm 5/12/15 7:20pm

A New Court Ruling Means That Privacy Doesn’t Require Secrecy

Did you just buy a shiny new smartphone loaded with the newest and greatest features to have conversations throughout the day, wherever you are? While your phone’s capabilities are distinctly modern, a new decision in United States v. Davis allowing police to get without a warrant records of which cell tower your… » 5/08/15 3:36am 5/08/15 3:36am

The FBI's Secret Air Force Is Watching Us

This might come as a shock: The FBI has a secret air force of sorts that’s recently been buzzing over Baltimore. Or maybe it’s not a shock at all. The FBI’s been using aircraft for decades. These new planes, however, use surveillance equipment designed for warfare and capable of tracking innocent citizens. That’s bad. » 5/07/15 11:45am 5/07/15 11:45am

Court Rules that the NSA's Justification for Surveillance Is Bullshit

Another flimsy justification for mass surveillance bites the dust— the Second Circuit court ruled today that Section 215 of the Patriot Act does not give the National Security Agency any authority to collect metadata. In other words: the NSA’s phone snooping program is straight-up unlawful. » 5/07/15 10:13am 5/07/15 10:13am