Privacy Matters

Dragnet surveillance is about power and social control, not public safety

Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that USA Patriot Act dragnet spy powers must be extended or else the terrorists will get us.

How Ed Snowden inspired one librarian to take privacy education to the masses

Check out our partner, Library Freedom Project director Alison Macrina talking about how Edward Snowden inspired her to start taking privacy education to the masses, through libraries—one of the few remaining truly public spaces.

New militarization recommendations a good first step, but we need action on surveillance purchases, too

Cops in Watertown ride on the back of a BearCat in April 2013. Photo: Gabe Camacho.

NY state cops spent over half a million dollars on stingrays but don't have a privacy policy

According to documents obtained through a NYCLU lawsuit, the New York State Police have spent over half a million dollars on cell phone snooping technology but don't have a single policy on hand to dictate its use.

Google CEO worries that we might be too concerned about internet privacy

Did you hear Google CEO Larry Page's TED interview with Charlie Rose? If you missed it, you missed him say this about internet privacy:

Want to know about US trade policy negotiations that will directly impact your life? Sorry, they're classified

"Censorship" by Time3000 - Vector version of Image:Censorship.png. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Vegan school teacher fired from job for criticizing dairy farm practices on personal Facebook account

Allow me to jump in the time machine for a moment to discuss an outrageous story I missed in December 2014, which highlights the need for laws protecting employee privacy on social networks.

FBI admits it helped Baltimore police with aerial surveillance

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the FBI has acknowledged it provided spy planes to the BPD to monitor people on the ground in the wake of protests and rebellion after the police killed unarmed black man Freddie Gray.

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