Privacy Matters

Terror Tuesday: As despair and anger mount at US ‘war on terror’ policies, all eyes turn to Boston

In the aftermath of the terrible attack on the Boston Marathon, the federalized, paramilitarized multi-agency policing apparatus whose post 9/11 evolution has been a frequent focus of this website was on full display in the streets of Watertown, Cambridge and Boston.

Court seizes Barrett Brown's defense fund

Join us: Jeremy Scahill, Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman in Cambridge 4/27

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Please join us for a discussion Jeremy Scahill’s important new book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield (Nation Books, April 23, 2013).

The haves and the have-nots in secretive America

We have just learned from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that 4,917,751 US citizens now have either confidential, secret or top secret security clearance. That’s more than seven times the population of Boston.

Bloomberg: NYPD officers deployed to Boston fusion center

Industry: biometrics business valued at $10 billion by 2018

According to a new report published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., the President and CEO of biometrics firm SmartMetric posits that the industry will be worth $10 billion by 2018. 

Perfect security? Perfect surveillance state

Donald Rumsfeld and the militarization of domestic police

Will Congress mandate a warrant for access to our emails? What about location tracking?

This guest blog was written by ACLU of Massachusetts intern Max Bauer

In the mid-1980s, Senator Patrick Leahy decided it was time for Congress to update its privacy laws. The changing landscape of electronic communications technologies Americans used wasn’t reflected in our privacy law, and the Vermont senator set out to fix that.

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