Nest Just Bought Security Camera Company Dropcam For $555 Million

It looks like it's full speed ahead at Nest: Just a few days after putting its Protect smoke and CO alarm back on the market, the company announced it will acquire Dropcam for $555 million. Eventually, Dropcam could become the eyes and ears in Nest's constellation of smart home systems. » 6/20/14 8:41pm 6/20/14 8:41pm

The British Government Just Set a Dangerous Precedent for Online Spying

Today, the British government revealed its justification for surveilling its citizens' every move on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. UK citizens communicating using the aforementioned services are considered to be using "external communications," as the companies are not based in the UK. It's a… » 6/17/14 7:20pm 6/17/14 7:20pm

65 Things We Know About NSA Surveillance We Didn’t Know a Year Ago

It's been one year since the Guardian first published the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order, leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, that demonstrated that the NSA was conducting dragnet surveillance on millions of innocent people. Since then, the onslaught of disturbing revelations, from… » 6/05/14 2:20pm 6/05/14 2:20pm

Butterfleye Keeps an Eye on Your House For Safety and For Fun

Gone are the days of nanny cams embedded in teddy bears or CCTV arrays mounted outside your front door. The new home camera Butterfleye represents a new surveillance device that's somewhere in-between—a small, unintrusive device designed for monitoring your home's security, but with smart activity-sensing features… » 5/23/14 12:03pm 5/23/14 12:03pm

How Much It Costs the NSA to Store an Entire Country's Phone Calls

On Monday, we learned that the NSA is recording every single phone call in the Bahamas and storing the data for a month. This news arrives just six weeks after we learned that the NSA was recording every single phone call, text, and email in Iraq. In fact, the spy agency is engaged in similar efforts in five different… » 5/20/14 10:00am 5/20/14 10:00am

Report: NSA Is Recording Every Call in the Bahamas—Including Oprah's

According to leaked documents provided by Edward Snowden, you can't make a phone call in the Bahamas without the NSA listening. The Intercept reports that the agency "is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving [for one month] the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the… » 5/19/14 2:24pm 5/19/14 2:24pm

A Google Glass App That Helps the Watchers Watch the Watchmen

If you're committed to avoiding the gaze of the ever-growing number of cameras recording our every move, Google Glass hardly seems like a sensible purchase. That is, unless your face-computer can steer you around each camera's field of view. Enter Sander Veenhof's new Glass app, Watch Your Privacy. Now, you and your… » 4/16/14 2:20pm 4/16/14 2:20pm

Police Are Testing a "Live Google Earth" To Watch Crime As It Happens

In Compton last year, police began quietly testing a system that allowed them to do something incredible: Watch every car and person in real time as they ebbed and flowed around the city. Every assault, every purse snatched, every car speeding away was on record—all thanks to an Ohio company that monitors cities from… » 4/14/14 2:20pm 4/14/14 2:20pm

The drones and cameras in this dystopian animation are horrifying

The dystopia created in this animation by Simon Russell is a world I hope to never be a part of: drones littered across the sky, surveillance cameras pointing every which way and for some reason, dubstep. It doesn't all make sense but Russell's imaginative take on the look of futuristic drones and cameras are… » 4/09/14 8:31pm 4/09/14 8:31pm

Pompeii's Ruins Are Being Wired Up By An "Electronic Warfare" Firm

The ruined city of Pompeii—its residents' bodies so famously and eerily preserved by the very volcanic ashes that fatally buried them nearly 2,000 years ago—has seen better days. With neither the budget nor the personnel to protect itself against invading hordes of international tourists, the city is at risk of… » 4/08/14 10:40am 4/08/14 10:40am

South Korea Thinks It Found Two Crashed Drones From North Korea

On Wednesday, South Korean officials unveiled photos of two rudimentary drones that crashed over the border, on South Korean land, around the same time the country exchanged live fire with North Korea. And, indeed, they think it was the North Koreans who sent the drones—if you want to call them drones, that is. » 4/02/14 11:00am 4/02/14 11:00am

The NSA's Been Spying on Every Single Call, Text, and Email in Iraq

A couple weeks ago, we learned from leaked documents that the NSA has the capability to record an entire country's calls, texts, and email in real time. That's a hell of a capability, and those documents revealed that it was being used in one country. Now, thanks to a retired NSA leader, we know which country that is:… » 3/31/14 3:19pm 3/31/14 3:19pm

24 Hour Surveillance Is Just Fine When the Cameras Are This Adorable

With revelations that the NSA pretty much has complete access to our online lives, there's been a recent spike in public concern over surveillance. However, in the real world it's hard to be upset about security cameras always staring down at you when they look like adorable woodland and jungle creatures. Awwww, there… » 3/26/14 10:40am 3/26/14 10:40am