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Post Office May Begin Data Mining Parcels, Selling Americans’ Information To Marketers

Post Office May Begin Data Mining Parcels, Selling Americans’ Information To Marketers

The struggling United States Postal Service is actively looking for new ways to increase revenue, including mining Americans’ personal information for data to sell to marketers.

Real-Time Map View Surveillance Allows L.A. Deputies To See Crime — And Everything Else — As It Unfolds

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been testing an innovative surveillance system that enables officers sitting in front of large electronic displays to watch people move around the city of Compton from a bird’s-eye view. The system can coordinate with static on-the-ground surveillance, such as street-level security cameras, to allow police to track a […]

EFF: Digital Technology Can Leave Your Health History Exposed

This article was originally published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on April 9. The digitization of medical records is being pitched to the public as a way to revolutionize healthcare. But rapid technological innovation and lagging privacy laws are leaving patients — and their most sensitive information — vulnerable to exposure and abuse, especially in […]

FAQ: Privacy Activist’s Guide To Why The Surveillance State’s Fusion Centers Matter

This handy FAQ was compiled by Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Nadia Kayyali and originally published on the foundation’s website on April 7. While NSA surveillance has been front and center in the news recently, fusion centers are a part of the surveillance state that deserve close scrutiny. Fusion centers are a local arm of the […]

NSA Whistle-Blower Snowden Did Try Government Protocol First, But Also Took Steps To Avoid Being Abused Like His Predecessors

NSA Whistle-Blower Snowden Did Try Government Protocol First, But Also Took Steps To Avoid Being Abused Like His Predecessors

Since his leaks on the National Security Agency, Edward Snowden has been attacked by numerous government officials who describe him as a rogue troublemaker whose actions have put American lives in danger. If he’d only followed the proper bureaucratic protocol in voicing his concerns, they say, he wouldn’t be so easy to paint as a […]

ProPublica Examines What The Proposed NSA Reforms Wouldn’t Do

This article, written by Kara Brandeisky, was originally published by ProPublica on April 3. Ten months after Edward Snowden’s first disclosures, three main legislative proposals have emerged for surveillance reform: one from President Obama, one from the House Intelligence Committee, and one proposal favored by civil libertarians. All the plans purport to end the bulk […]

EFF: An NSA ‘Reform Bill’ of the Intelligence Community, Written by the Intelligence Community, and for the Intelligence Community

This post, written by legislative analyst Mark Jaycox, was originally published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on April 2. Representatives Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger, the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, introduced HR 4291, the FISA Transparency and Modernization Act (.pdf), to end the collection of all Americans’ calling records using Section 215 of […]

And The Award For Biggest Government Liar Goes To…

President Richard Nixon’s faithful secretary Rose Mary Woods famously claimed to have stretched to answer a phone call when she inadvertently erased 18 ½ crucial minutes of the Watergate tapes. This week, National Intelligence Director James Clapper was awarded the 9th annual National Security Archive Rosemary Award for worst open-government performance, named for the 37th […]

Obama, Feinstein NSA Officials Lied: Metadata Can Reveal Everything About You

When National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed the agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ communications metadata, surveillance apologists argued that there was nothing to worry about because the amount of information the government could obtain from the raw data was minimal. But new research out from Stanford University reveals that metadata is capable of providing […]

America’s Young Libertarian-Conservative Future

Last week, we brought you coverage from the Conservative Political Action Conference and news that Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) won the annual straw poll for top Presidential contender by a landslide. Now, the results for the rest of the 2014 CPAC straw poll are in, providing that some of the other observations we made during […]

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