Privacy Matters

FBI warns private industry about GPS jammers

The FBI is warning other law enforcement agencies about the possibility that thieves may use GPS jammers to block the tracking of cargo shipments they are attempting to steal. In a "Private Industry Notification" bulletin not meant for public consumption but published on the website Public Intelligence, the FBI warns:

The militarization of domestic surveillance: "Avoidance of the law and contempt for the truth"

Former FBI agent Mike German, now at the Brennan Center for Justice, explains how the US government's domestic surveillance and intelligence gathering operations are increasingly militarized. This is happening in three ways, German writes:

Snowden documents show open source encryption is our best bet to defeat government spooks

New reporting from Der Spiegel confirms that open source technology and encryption are our best defenses against dragnet surveillance.

Friday must reads

Really, read these over the weekend:

Raven Rakia on body cameras and cop watching:

NSA and FBI can obtain our medical and financial records in bulk

As Jonathan Mayer lays out in this must-read blog post, Department of Justice prosecutors haven't exactly been forthright with courts about how the NSA and FBI can collect our medical and financial records.

"Homeland Security" cops visit activist's home to ask her about her Facebook posts

"Homeland Security" cops are monitoring your Facebook posts about Ferguson related protests, and they don't like it when you say you're going to "target" officials or locations for protest.

Former CIA director Michael Hayden defends 'rectal rehydration'

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Watch former CIA (and NSA) director Michael Hayden defend pureeing food and forcing it up a detainee's rectum, known as 'rectal rehydration.'

Cops are doing NSA-style dragnet spying on you

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Watch my former colleague and surveillance expert Catherine Crump explain how police are using license plate readers to track your (almost) every move as you drive around minding your own business.

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