He only had himself to blame, Mike Weston thought ruefully as he strapped a Fitbit to his wrist one cold February morning. His company was about to start tracking him 24 hours a day, gathering data on everything from his sleep quality and heart rate
Justice Department's national security chief cites six-month transition period in the USA Freedom Act as a reason to turn the bulk surveillance spigot back on
It should have surprised no one that the FBI has a secret fleet of spy planes it uses domestically to watch us, as the Associated Press reported this week.
The balance of power is beginning to shift," the fugitive leaker said on the two-year anniversary of his first disclosure.
MOSCOW -- TWO years ago today, three journalists and I worked nervously in a Hong Kong hotel room, waiting to see how the world would react to the revelation that the National Security Agency had been making records of nearly every phone call in the
Sen. Rand Paul accomplished something worthwhile when, almost single-handedly, he saw to it that Section 215 of the Patriot Act expired. For that he deserves our heartfelt thanks.
Whistleblower says 'profound difference' has occurred over past two years after leaking of NSA documents as public demands privacy
In their continuous efforts to create the impression that the government is doing something to keep Americans safe, politicians in Washington have misled and lied to the public.
THE GOOD NEWS: Americans have a right to freely express themselves on the Internet, including making threatening--even violent--statements on Facebook, provided that they don't intend to actually inflict harm.
Sweeping intelligence capabilities exposed by Edward Snowden shut down as hawks concede defeat on first major surveillance reform in a generation
Regarding the feverish effort either to reauthorize, "reform," or abolish the National Security Agency's collection of our phone and email data, two things need to be said: First, thank you, Edward Snowden.
National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden took to Reddit Thursday, once again answering questions about surveillance reform, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's 10-hour filibuster, and whether or not he misses pizza in Russia.
A group called "we are always listening" has been raising awareness about the NSA by recording people's private conversations while they speak with friends in public.
Practice revealed by Edward Snowden collection of metadata of all US phone calls being debated.
This week, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the Australian government is actually guilty of some of the same privacy violations that the US government is now infamous for.
This week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NSA's metadata collection program was not authorized in US law. The PATRIOT Act, under which the program began, was too vague, The court found.
This week, a federal appeals court ruled that the controversial NSA spy program which collects phone records is actually illegal.
The House Judiciary Committee today made a token move toward NSA reform with the 25-2 passing of the USA Freedom Act, an even more watered-down version of Sen. Leahy's (D VT) reform bill from last year, which was criticized for not doing much t
The American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with the administration of President George W. Bush to bolster a legal and ethical justification for the torture of prisoners swept up in the post-Sept. 11 war on terror, according to a new
The Drug Enforcement Administration has been buying spyware produced by the controversial Italian surveillance tech company Hacking Team since 2012, Motherboard has learned.
How do you make mass surveillance relevant to the average person? Well, you could make the issue all about dick pics, like John Oliver did last week.
Proposal is part of a tense stand-off between US government and tech industry.
The NSA isn't the only three-letter agency that's been quietly collecting Americans' data on a mind-boggling scale.
The new chief of Britain's electronic spying agency, GCHQ, has accused US technology companies of becoming "the command and control networks of choice" for terrorists in a broadside against Silicon Valley in his first week in office.
Postal service wants to join "Internet of Things"
Pavel Durov, the founder of Russia’s largest social networking website, fled the country on Tuesday, a day after he said he was forced out as the company’s CEO for refusing to share users’ personal data with Russian law enforcement agencies.
By letting the CIA vet the torture report, the White House and Congress are giving Americans a new reason to have contempt for an illegitimate classification system.
A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA misled the government and the public about aspects of its brutal interrogation program for years — concealing details about the severity of its methods, overstating the significance
The director of national intelligence says he can't understand the leak nor guarantee there won't be another one. So why should we trust the NSA with sensitive data about Americans?
A Freedom of Information request filed by government watchdog Judicial Watch revealed that former CIA Director Leon E. Panetta was the source who gave up secret information to the scriptwriter of “Zero Dark Thirty,” the Hollywood movie about the raid