Privacy Matters

Rights groups including ACLU withdraw from talks with industry over face tracking standards, citing core disagreements

Nine public interest and civil liberties groups, among them the ACLU, have withdrawn from talks with industry associations over setting limits on face recognition technology in marketing and consumer tracking. The NYT reports:

Sneaky attempt to slip surveillance bill into military spending bill fails in the senate

Today the Senate defeated an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have tacked controversial dragnet spying legislation onto the omnibus military appropriations authorization.

Obama administration attempts to tack 20 years onto man's sentence for possession of books

The Obama administration is trying to tack 20 years onto a Florida man's tax fraud sentence for the supposed crime of possessing books the government doesn't like. The Intercept reports:

Read the TPP agreement

Incredibly important new website. Don't miss it: readthetpp.com

US Air Force bombs building after seeing social media post

Former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden infamously said the US government kills people based on metadata. It turns out the US kills people based on metadata derived from Tweets and Facebook posts.

34,000 people languish in immigration detention, including babies and children

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Artist and journalist Molly Crabapple has produced another fantastic, devastating animation for Fusion, this time on the nation's vast and little known immigration detention network. Watch it and share it widely.

The Feds can put you in prison for decades for deleting your browser history

According to the DOJ, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a federal law passed in the wake of the Enron scandal, makes it a crime to delete your browser history if the federal government might want it for a criminal investigation, even if you don't know that the investigation exists.

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