Privacy Matters

Edward Snowden on the real harms from dragnet surveillance

A record of everything you've ever done, just in case someone in power ever wants to use it against you. Snowden hits the nail on the head.

The worst and happening-right-now harm of bulk collection — which again, is a euphemism for mass surveillance — is two-fold.

Google and Verizon report explosion in government data requests, heavy reliance on metadata spying

Google and Verizon have released relatively detailed transparency reports, showing for the first time how many subpoenas, court orders, search warrants, and wiretap orders they received during the first six months of 2013 and the year, respectively. The results confirm what we already knew: When law enforcement officials can obtain our private records without warrants, they use that power to the max.

Police use cell phone sniffers to keep lists of people who attend protests

A promotional brochure for surveillance and advertising technology, released by Wikileaks' Spy Files project.

When it comes to fighting the 'double state', knowledge is power

Ten things you need to know about President Obama’s NSA proposals

When President Obama speaks on surveillance tomorrow, remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Tomorrow, President Barack Obama will address the nation on the NSA/FBI dragnet surveillance programs, which were revealed by former Booz Allen contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Why is Obama reluctant to do anything that will cause a "backlash" from the spy agencies?

'Members of the Warren Commission present their report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to President Lyndon Johnson.' L-R: John McCloy, J. Lee Rankin (General Counsel), Senator Richard Russell, Congressman Gerald Ford, Chief Justice Earl Warren, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Allen Dulles, Senator John Sherman Cooper, and Congressman Hale Boggs. Source.

Google says anything flowing across open WiFi is fair game

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