Surveillance / Intrussion


Making the Super Bowl Super Authoritarian   Recently updated !

By Adam Dick Ron Paul Institute February 2, 2016   Making the Super Bowl Super Authoritarian   Downtown San Francsco 11 Days Before Super Bowl – photo: Target Liberty   After months of preparation, national, state, and local police have rolled out a comprehensive mass surveillance effort in the San Francisco Bay Area as the Super […]

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Health Insurer Centene Misplaces Hard Drives Containing Personal Info For 950,000 Clients

By Ashlee Kieler Consumerist January 27, 2016   Health Insurer Centene Misplaces Hard Drives Containing Personal Info For 950,000 Clients     Last year, several major U.S.-based health insurance companies were hit with data breaches that put millions of consumers’ private information at risk. The trend continued this week, with nearly a million health records going missing […]


I Ramped Up My Internet Security, and You Should Too

By Julia Angwin ProPublica January 25, 2016   I Ramped Up My Internet Security, and You Should Too Here’s how ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin upped her defenses against hackers and spies.   Some people make dieting resolutions in the New Year. I make security and privacy resolutions, because those are the things that keep me […]

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Ron Paul Rewind: Real ID is National ID

By Adam Dick Ron Paul Institute January 14, 2016   Ron Paul Rewind: Real ID is National ID   Pursuant to the 2005 Real ID Act, the United States government is on schedule to prohibit many Americans from domestic flights unless they present US passports or other approved US government IDs in 2016. Expect the […]

Ron Paul Rewind: Real ID is National ID

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No, the PATRIOT Act Didn’t Really Expire

By Mark Nestmann Nestmann.com December 16, 2015   No, the PATRIOT Act Didn’t Really Expire     A few days ago, I was speaking to a client who informed me that “the PATRIOT Act expired last week.” She went on to tell me that as a result, she now felt her electronic communications were safe […]


Lawmakers ‘Fail the Internet,’ Sneak Cyber Bill Into Must-Pass Omnibus

By Nadia Prupis Common Dreams December 16, 2015   Lawmakers ‘Fail the Internet,’ Sneak Cyber Bill Into Must-Pass Omnibus “It’s clear now that this bill was never intended to prevent cyber attacks, it’s a disingenuous attempt to quietly expand the U.S. government’s surveillance programs.”     A controversial cyber bill is included in the final text […]

"Congress has failed the Internet once again," said Evan Greer, campaign director at Fight for the Future. (Photo: Thomas Heylen/flickr/cc)

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Walmart Used Defense Contractor Lockheed Martin To Monitor Employees

By Chris Morran Consumerist November 25, 2015     As a growing number of Walmart employees began demanding higher wages, with some also calling for workers to unionize, the nation’s largest retailer hired one of the world’s largest defense contractors to follow the online activities of critical employees. A lengthy report from Bloomberg Businessweek details […]


The Feds Won’t Stop Terrorism This Way

By Mark Nestmann Nestmann.com November 25, 2015   The Feds Won’t Stop Terrorism This Way     I was in London when news emerged from Paris that a squad of Islamic militants had massacred 130 people in restaurants, theaters, and other locations. The reaction was entirely predictable: a debate over what can be done to […]

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How the Government Made Me a Dissident

By John Kiriakou OtherWords November 23, 2015   How the Government Made Me a Dissident Nothing helps you appreciate our constitutional rights like being robbed of them.   I sometimes say the government turned me into a dissident — after I spent 14 years at the CIA and two more at the Senate Foreign Relations […]


Baseless Calls to Expand Surveillance Fit Familiar, Cynical Pattern

By Cindy Cohn Electronic Frontier Foundation November 21, 2015   Baseless Calls to Expand Surveillance Fit Familiar, Cynical Pattern     Like clockwork, cynical calls to expand mass surveillance practices—by continuing the domestic telephone records collection and restricting access to strong encryption—came immediately following the Paris attacks. These calls came before the smoke had even […]

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Not everyone is a fan of the proliferation of CCTV cameras in the U.K. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

After Paris, there will be no stopping the surveillance state now

By Neil Macdonald CBC News November 21, 2015   After Paris, there will be no stopping the surveillance state now Public surveillance increasing at an ‘accelerating rate,’ researchers say, with Europe leading the way     An old acquaintance who spent years in Canada’s secret world, where he developed a you-don’t-know-the-half-of-it smile, regularly sends me […]