All Articles on Privacy

News
'At Long Last,' DOJ Overhauls Controversial Stingray Spying Rules
'After decades of secrecy in which the government hid this surveillance technology... we are happy to see that the Justice Department is now willing to openly discuss its policies.'
Read more
Views
The Dystopian Danger of Police Body Cameras
Police-worn body cameras are the newest darling of criminal justice reform. They are touted as a way to collect evidence for criminal investigations, oversee and expose abusive police practices, and exonerate officers from fabricated charges. While the nation continues to debate how effective these...
Read more
Views
The Puritanical Glee Over the Ashley Madison Hack
High school students have long read The Scarlet Letter , the 1850 novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne set in a Puritanical Massachusetts town in the mid-17th Century. It chronicles the life of a woman who is found to have committed adultery (on her long-presumed-lost-at-sea husband); as punishment, she is...
Read more
News
New Spy Bill Sneaking Through Congress, But Rights Groups Have a Plan
Coalition of civil liberties organizations have launched a groundswell of action against Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), 'a privacy bill by another name'
Read more
Views
On Human Rights, UN Committee Gives US Low Grades for Surveillance, Detention at Guantanamo
Screen shot of CCPR grades for United States A United Nations committee, which reviews how countries comply with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), issued grades for the United States government’s implementation of recommendations issued last year. The committee gave...
Read more
Views
Cyber Bill Gives Companies Perfect Cover to Gut Your Privacy
Following several high-profile data breaches — such as those at Sony and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management — Congress is once again feeling the pressure to push “cybersecurity” legislation. The problem is, the bill they’re laser-focused on is misguided, wouldn’t protect us — and is a huge...
Read more
News
With New Spy Bill, France OKs Mass Surveillance
'[T]he French Constitutional Council legalizes mass surveillance and endorses a historical decline in fundamental rights,' says digital rights group
Read more
News
Snowden's Plea to Top Technologists: Build an Internet for the People
'Everybody should be safe all the time, else we let others choose who will be safe or not,' whistleblower tells meeting of independent internet engineers
Read more
News
Mobile Biometrics to Hit US Streets
Despite fuzzy legality, US law enforcement will soon be able to perform mobile iris scans and fingerprinting.
Read more
Views
US Supreme Court Deals Mortal Blow to Privacy
Last month, the United States Supreme Court, in an 8-1 decision in the case of Kentucky v. King, told the police in our nation that they may break into a home without a warrant if they believe that the occupants might be in the act of destroying evidence. Only Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg realized...
Read more

Pages