On Wednesday, WikiLeaks released details pertaining to a highly secretive, multinational trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, warning that passage of the NAFTA-esque trade agreement could have a serious negative impact on Internet freedom, innovation, medicine, patent law and civil liberty.
A new survey conducted by a leading literary organization finds that the recent revelations of pervasive spying on American citizens have had a chilling effect on the intellectual freedom, creativity and social discourse of American writers. The PEN American Center, a nonprofit literary group, partnered with the FDR Group to produce the report titled “Chilling […]
The Federal government doesn’t seem too keen on the idea of limiting its power to spy on American citizens and international neighbors. Perhaps that’s why Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) is looking outside the United States to seek an ally in the fight against unchecked government surveillance — on Monday he asked the European Parliament to […]
Legislation introduced in the Senate this week would add mandatory privacy controls and transparency provisions to existing legislation meant to guide the United States into an era of widespread government and commercial domestic drone use. Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has offered the Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act as an amendment to the Federal Aviation […]
Just how powerful is the National Security Agency? That seemed to be the underlying question in a comment Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) made Thursday as he pondered whether the NSA was tapping President Barack Obama’s phone in light of revelations that the agency has spied on numerous world leaders and possibly even the Pope. Paul […]
Encryption is one of the most important ways to safeguard data from prying eyes. But what happens when those prying belong to the government? Can they force you to break your own encryption and provide them with the information they want?
The government released a second batch of documents yesterday in response to EFF’s ongoing FOIA lawsuit for information concerning Section 215 of the Patriot Act — the provision of law the government relies on to compel the disclosure of records of millions of Americans’ calls.
Director of National Intelligence James “most truthful, least untruthful” Clapper lamented to a House Intelligence Panel Tuesday that the current criticism facing the National Security Agency is creating an “erosion of trust” within the Nation’s intelligence community. Clapper told the group of lawmakers that Congressional criticism of the tactics carried out by U.S. intelligence agencies […]
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has set aside her crusade to take away Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights in recent months to devote the bulk of her energy to ensuring that the Federal government retains its ability to abrogate the 4th Amendment with impunity by conducting unchecked mass surveillance.
One of the trends we’ve seen is how, as the word of the National Security Agency’s spying has spread, more and more ordinary people want to know how (or if) they can defend themselves from surveillance online. But where to start?