Privacy Matters

China's mandatory ID cards contain mental health, HIV status, and political opinion data on one billion citizens

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"Surveillance in China right now is like looking into a crystal ball and seeing what might happen in five years to everybody else. The people who know the details of China's program are either spying themselves, or risk harm if they talk about it."

How Boston's new mayor can make our city safer and more free

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This morning the City of Boston got a new mayor. We at the ACLU of Massachusetts congratulate Mayor Marty Walsh, and respectfully offer a few ideas about how he can make this already great city even better, particularly regarding relations between the police and the people.

Anyone who says metadata spying isn't extremely revealing is either misinformed or lying

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Through a PRISM darkly: Everything we know about NSA spying

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Federal court rules in favor of secret law

One of the hallmarks of authoritarian governments is secret law. When subjects don’t know how their government interprets laws shaping state power, it’s easy for officials to do lots of shady things in the dark. That’s especially true with respect to surveillance law—spying is meant to be secret, after all, and more often than not stays that way.

Do you still have 'nothing to hide' after watching this video?

The NSA, FBI, state and local police aren't alone. Did you know that your boss, stalker, abusive ex-husband, or parent may be secretly monitoring your phone and internet use, using spyware installed on your devices? Mobistealth is one of the companies selling this shady spyware, presumably to anyone who can pay. Watch the video embedded above to see just what it's capable of doing.

The top twelve Privacy Matters posts in 2013

These are the 2013 stories that rose to the top from this humble blog, thanks to your interest and support. They appear in chronological order, starting in January 2013 and running through December. Happy New Year!

NSA malware turns your iPhone into a spy device, obliterating your privacy

According to documents reported on by the German newspaper Der Spiegel, the NSA has a fool-proof and covert method of remotely installing malware onto iPhones. Senator Ron Wyden has warned publicly that the NSA has these capabilities, though he didn't name Apple or iPhone specifically.

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