Transparency is secretive business. WikiLeaks, the swashbuckling new-media organization whose motto is “We open governments,” relies on a technology of extreme reticence called Tor Hidden Services — a part of the Tor Project, a nonprofit organization
Are you enamored with the size and curvatures of our big, loving government? Do you yearn for a quick and easy romantic bonding? Try screening procedures at your local airport. You’ll establish an intimate bond for life. Critics may call it a “junk b
Federal law enforcement agencies have been tracking Americans in real-time using credit cards, loyalty cards and travel reservations without getting a court order, a new document released under a government sunshine request shows.
Next month, 13 law enforcement agencies in the region will begin using a new handheld device that lets an officer scan a person's fingerprints and seek a match in an electronic database - all without going anywhere. Police say taking fingerprints
David Norris wants to collect the digital equivalent of fingerprints from every computer, cellphone and TV set-top box in the world. He's off to a good start. So far, Mr. Norris's company has identified 200 million devices. By the end of next year, B
The best method for finding narcotics that smugglers, or drug "mules," hide within their bodies is the same CT medical imaging more commonly used to spot cancer, a small study by Swiss researchers suggests. CT scans were far more accurate at detectin
If you had any doubt that someone could steal your credit card numbers by simply walking past you, a few minutes with Walt Augustinowicz will probably chance your mind. By simply using a credit card scanner attached to a battery pack, Augustinowicz s
More involved than meets the eye
Opting out of Google Maps’ Street View in Germany will blur image of your building on the photographic map, and make you hideously uncool. So says a group of vandals who egged homes in Essen that appear pixelated on the search engine’s map
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has run afoul of security experts and the general public by introducing some radical changes to how airline passengers are screened -- just in time for the holiday travel peak
John Green - Joins Ernest in studio - Newborns and privacy / Anonymous Cell Phone / Fake terrorists
When law enforcement personnel can’t tell the difference between a terrorist and a three-year-old child, they need to go back to investigation school. One commenter captures my sentiment: 3-yr-old child, terrorist or pedophile’s wet dream? TSA
November 24th is the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government's desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an "enhanced pat down" that touches people's breasts and genitals.
Google was accused of spying on households yesterday after it admitted secretly copying passwords and private emails from home computers.
Radio frequency identification — the same technology used to monitor cattle — is tracking students in the Spring and Santa Fe school districts. Identification badges for some students in both school districts now include tracking devices that allow c
Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, has described his company’s policy: “Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”
It started with a Twitter message: "Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into Molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay." That night he used the camera to stream the roommate’s intimate encounter live on
Heard Katherine on with George late last night going home and she announced this website going up today. If a chip gives your dog cancer, what do you think it will do to you? DUH!
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has said he believes the US Constitution doesn't provide protection from discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation. The Supreme Court ruled a state ban on contraceptives was unconstitutional beca
The local sheriff’s office had established the signs as a “ruse” to direct motorists to exit off the highway after viewing the warning of the upcoming DUI/Narcotics checkpoint. In fact, there was no checkpoint further down I-40.
ENAC (Italian civil aviation authority) rejects the body-scanner. The tests have not brought the desired results, ENAC president, Vito Riggio, said this morning at a press conference.
Under the banner of "Liberty Instead of Fear!", the protestors denounced a government database which will collect information on wages, taxes and social payments. They also protested against electronic passports, electronic health insurance cards, an
As if the Full Body "Naked Machines" weren't bad enough, now they want to scan our bones!
Logan airport security just got more up close and personal as federal screeners launched a more aggressive palms-first, slide-down body search technique that has renewed the debate over privacy vs. safety.
Plenty of people have worried that because of the amount of information Google knows about people, it could become an Orwellian Big Brother. Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently took a look at Google's future, and it's more Big Brotherish than you can
Spain is investigating Google over its "Street View" mapping feature, becoming the latest country to tangle with the Internet search giant over concerns it violated people's privacy while taking shots of city streets.
Surprise... the answer is actually no! "Merchants may ask a customer for identification, but in most situations, a merchant may not condition acceptance of a Visa or MasterCard credit card upon the customer presenting identification. In other words
For the last few years, federal agencies have defended body scanning by insisting that all images will be discarded as soon as they're viewed. The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that "scanned images cannot b
Advertising billboards similar to those seen in the film Minority Report... are being developed by computer engineers.