The NSA Made Its Own Google to Help Share Your Data with Cops

Well, here's timely NSA revelation for you: The Intercept reports that the spy agency built a "Google-like" search engine for its seemingly bottomless cache of data on persons of interest. This tool allows the spy agency to share over 850 billion records with nearly two dozen U.S. government organizations, including… » 8/25/14 5:34pm 8/25/14 5:34pm

The Taliban Already Had This Artist's "Anti-Drone Tent" Idea

Dutch artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck is showing an Anti-Drone Tent now at Mediamatic Fabriek in Amsterdam. It promises to shield users from aerial infrared surveillance by hiding them beneath the heat-reflective surface of a Mylar® space blanket. It's a neat idea. That's why the Taliban has been using it for years. » 8/23/14 6:54pm 8/23/14 6:54pm

The NSA Is Scaring People Away From Tor

It makes sense in a backwards sort of way. Last year's NSA revelations scared people into seeking more privacy online, and so they turned to Tor, the anonymous web browser. Then, we learned that the NSA is actually targeting people that use Tor, sending users running in the opposite direction. Understandably, this has » 8/21/14 11:20am 8/21/14 11:20am

Snowden: The Worst NSA Revelations Are Yet to Come

Just when you thought Edward Snowden was finally finished trying to convince you that he's a great American, the exiled whistleblower gave an unprecedented interview to Wired magazine. It wasn't just any writer asking the questions either. Snowden sat down for three days with James Bamford, the other NSA whistleblower. » 8/13/14 10:15am 8/13/14 10:15am

These Trippy 1970s TV Ads Warned That The Government Was Spying On You

In 1974, director Godfrey Reggio produced a series of public service announcements for the New Mexico Civil Liberties Union that were two parts "art house" and one part "makes u think." The ads are weird, for sure. But they're an interesting peek into the techno-reactionary fears of a country grappling with Watergate,… » 8/11/14 1:49pm 8/11/14 1:49pm

Nearly Half the Names On the Terrorist Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

Today in bad news about the government watching you, we learned that the U.S. government's terrorist watch list has doubled in recent years. What's worse, however, is that the government admits that over 40 percent of the people on that list have "no recognized terrorist group affiliation." None. » 8/05/14 4:51pm 8/05/14 4:51pm

The New Senate USA FREEDOM Act: A Step Towards Surveillance Reform?

Yesterday, Senator Patrick Leahy introduced a revised version of his USA FREEDOM legislation, the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014, which focuses on telephone record collection and FISA Court reform. While this bill is not a comprehensive solution to overbroad and unconstitutional surveillance, it is a strong first step. EFF… » 7/30/14 4:20am 7/30/14 4:20am

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