Privacy Matters

DEA operates a 'Central Tracking System' through which "all DEA assets...and targets" are monitored

Apparently the Drug Enforcement Administration operates a 'Central Tracking System' through which "all DEA assets and investigative targets" are monitored in real time and historically.

What we might learn in US v. Tsarnaev—and what we probably won't

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Obama comes out swinging in favor of strong encryption and against dragnet surveillance

President Obama has come out in favor of unbreakable encryption technology, slamming as unworkable the installation of 'backdoors' into software to enable security services to snoop on private communications and internet traffic.

Obama's comments come in response to a proposal outlining a sweeping anti-terrorism law that would require companies to hand over encryption keys and private user data to government officials.

Text and call your friends all over the world, securely and for free

Hooray! Whisper Systems' Signal app for iPhone has been updated to include encrypted text services.

How the 'net neutrality' vote might help advance consumer privacy online

Last week's FCC vote to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of federal communications law gives the regulatory body more power to ensure companies like Comcast and AT&T don't censor, slow down, or charge a premium for the delivery of certain internet content. The net neutrality victory substantially advances the First Amendment in the digital age.

Tsarnaev attorney: Video of accused placing bomb down "does not exist"

FBI employee faced retaliation after blowing the whistle inside Bureau about agents stealing items from Ground Zero

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report on whistleblower retaliation complaints at the FBI. The results are pretty alarming.

From the executive summary:

FBI director attempts to use marathon bombing to justify nationwide phone dragnet, ignoring DOJ claims and basic facts

Former FBI director Robert Mueller told an American Bar Association breakfast today that the government's dragnet collection of US phone records assisted in the Boston marathon bombing investigation. The Intercept reports:

Pittsburgh police allegedly keep photo book of methadone clinic patients

According to patients and their advocates, police departments throughout the country routinely station officers outside of methadone clinics and harass patients going in and out, sometimes arresting them on dubious drug related charges often involving informants. John Knefel reports on the problem for Buzzfeed, and includes this disturbing detail:

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