Ultimately, it’s impossible to know just how successful sweeping surveillance has been, since much of the work is secret. But what has been disclosed so far suggests the programs have been of limited value.
A range of potentially sensitive data is at risk, including medical diagnoses, disease markers in a person’s genes and children’s paternity.
The watchdog charged with overseeing U.S. spending in Afghanistan says the Pentagon is dodging his inquiries about an $800 million program that was supposed to energize the Afghan economy.
How much does your smart home know about you? That was the question that Charles Givre, a data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, set out to answer in a recent experiment. The goal of his experiment, Givre said, was not to demonstrate security flaws in his devices, but to document the wealth of information that they amass through everyday use.
Verizon said in a little-noticed announcement that it will soon begin sharing the profiles with AOL’s ad network, which in turn monitors users across a large swath of the Internet. That means AOL’s ad network will be able to match millions of Internet users to their real-world details gathered by Verizon, including “your gender, age range and interests.”
Federal legislation was unveiled Wednesday that would force the American Red Cross to do something that it has repeatedly resisted: open its books and operations to outside scrutiny.
Since Edward Snowden exposed the extent of online surveillance by the U.S. government, there has been a surge of initiatives to protect users’ privacy. But it hasn’t taken long for one of these efforts — a project to equip local libraries with technology supporting anonymous Internet surfing — to run up against opposition from law enforcement.
When the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, opened an inquiry last year into the Red Cross’ disaster work, CEO Gail McGovern tried to get it killed behind the scenes.
Newly disclosed documents unveiling the close relationship between the NSA and AT&T could breathe new life into a long-running legal dispute about the NSA’s method of tapping the Internet backbone on U.S. soil.
Unlike many buildings commissioned by the U.S. in Afghanistan, the new military warehouse facility in Kandahar was well built, an inspector general investigation concluded. There was, however, one glaring problem: no one was around to use the gleaming, $14.7 million complex.
If there were ever a time not to bet the moon on the stock and bond markets, it’s now, with U.S. stocks at near-record highs and interest rates on quality bonds at near-record lows. But Wall Street is urging state and local governments to do just that — and they’re listening.
That doctors receive big money from the pharmaceutical industry is no surprise. But new data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that such interactions are widespread.
Here are some ways to keep those communications private. These tips were designed for journalists and confidential sources, but they’re just as useful for protecting any private communications, such as a conversation between family members, or a confidential business dealing.
The federal government released detailed data on April 30 on nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions dispensed to seniors and disabled people in the Medicare program in 2013.
A number of legal activists and medical professionals have expressed concern that Dr. Roswell Lee Evans, a board certified psychiatric pharmacist and the dean of the Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University in Alabama is unqualified to vouch for the effectiveness of the common surgical sedative midazolam in executions.
When Hillary Clinton stood before reporters Tuesday to explain her use of personal e-mails while Secretary of State, you could hear the echoes of past appearances where she was forced on the defensive. In Clinton lore, there’s probably no moment more famous than the so-called “pink press conference.”
Ever since Edward Snowden revealed mass governmental surveillance, my inbox has been barraged with announcements about new encryption tools. But it’s not easy to sort out which secret messaging tools offer true security and which ones might be snake oil. So I turned to two experts.
Across the nation, private foundations are increasingly being tapped to provide police with technology and weaponry that — were it purchased with public money — would come under far closer scrutiny.
by Jake Bernstein ProPublica, Sep. 26, 2014, 5 a.m. Barely a year removed from the devastation of the 2008 financial crisis, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New […]
This piece, written by Lois Beckett, was originally published by ProPublica. In the 10 years since the federal assault weapons ban expired, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has kept trying to […]
U.S.-China tensions have risen recently over suspicions of Chinese nationals infiltrating U.S. company computer systems. In May, the U.S. Justice Department accused five Chinese military officers of hacking several U.S. companies. The indictments came amid a string of U.S. security breaches tied to hackers in China.
This article by Hanqing Chen originally appeared August 19, 2014 at the website of ProPublica. by Hanqing Chen ProPublica, Aug. 19, 2014, 8:30 a.m. Protests have continued for more than […]
This article by Theodoric Meyer was originally published August 11, 2104 at the website of ProPublica. This story was co-published with the Albany Times-Union and WNYC. New York Gov. Andrew […]