Privacy Matters

Drug war agency collected billions of US call records without any court oversight—and your local cops can get your records, too

In just the latest evidence that the drug war is the primary driver of the surveillance state in the US, we've recently learned that the nation's federal law enforcement agency tasked with fighting the war on drugs was sucking up billions of records of our communications long before the NSA started doing it.

Chicago lawsuit against Facebook says media giant violated Illinois biometrics privacy law

A class action lawsuit against Facebook says the data-hungry social media giant violated the Illinois Biometrics Information Privacy Act when it created the world’s largest face-print database without informing users of exactly how their images would be used or obtaining written consent to perform biometric searches on them.

Predicting student outcomes by data-mining their information: What are the risks?


You might have read lately that elementary, middle, and high school administrators are using high-tech tools to track and monitor students as they move through public school systems. But that tracking doesn't end when students graduate high school, if they go on to university.

Post-marathon after action report sends troubling messages about so-called "shelter in place" orders

I was on Radio Boston yesterday discussing the Massachusetts after-action report on the law enforcement response to the Boston Marathon bombings and the strange events that occurred later that week.

John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden

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EVENT: The Olympics and Civil Liberties

This Sunday I'm giving a talk about surveillance and the Olympics. Details below. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Sunday, April 5, 11 AM

As the trial of the century comes to a close, we are left with few answers to nagging questions about the FBI and the Tsarnaevs

FBI officials release images of the Tsarnaev brothers to the public in a press conference at 5:30PM on Thursday, April 18, 2013, four days after the bombings. This screencap was introduced into evidence by the DOJ in US v. Tsarnaev.

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