Privacy Matters

Librarians versus the NSA

The Nation magazine has a cover story about the Library Freedom Project, which we work closely with.

Alison Macrina had bad news for the 30 or so librarians in the darkened auditorium on a recent Friday. “Your password is bad,” she informed them. “I’m really sorry. Everything you’ve learned about passwords is wrong. It’s not your fault.”

Federal court finds dragnet surveillance program violates the law

A three judge panel of the second circuit court of appeals has ruled that the NSA/FBI dragnet metadata surveillance program violates the law. While the court punted on a constitutional finding, it ruled that the spying exceeds the authority granted by Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which is scheduled to expire on June 1.

Young man who found FBI device on his car loses lawsuit

Happy May Day! Download these apps to protect yourself

Screenshot from Signal app for iPhone, enabling secure SMS and phone calls.

Massachusetts law enforcement agencies prepare to buy surveillance drones, but we aren't ready

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Boston DA and FBI asked congress to weaken encryption, but lawmakers were not impressed

Image: Whisper Systems, a developer of open source encryption technologies.

"Just follow the damn constitution."

Cops will soon be able to read our iris scans through reflections in our car mirrors

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab Biometrics Center have won a gold Edison Award for their "Unconstrained Biometric Identification" technology, which enables real-time identification through futuristic iris scanning and facial recognition.

Nation's first Black woman Attorney General on the drug war, dragnet spying, and FBI-driven terror plots

Loretta Lynch has been confirmed as the next Attorney General of the United States. She is the nation's first Black woman AG.

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