Privacy Matters

How state secrecy protects government agencies from embarrassment, then and now

J. Edgar Hoover's obsession with secrecy is a legacy that scars present-day government agencies.

Meet FirstNet: the surveillance industry's blueprint for national data sharing

This guest post by Dan Massoglia

Senator Rand Paul calls for "bipartisan, independent, far reaching" investigation into intelligence activities

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Talk at Libre Planet: How to fight back against the surveillance state

This Saturday, March 22 I'll be speaking at the Libre Planet conference, hosted by the Free Software Foundation. Josh Levy of Free Press and I will discuss how to fight back against the creeping techno-surveillance state. Neither of us are computer experts, but we are both steeped in policy debates at the intersection of technology and liberty. It should be a fun discussion. If you're in Cambridge and attending the conference, come check it out.

Just after launching data breach website, credit reporting agency sent password to user in plaintext

Equifax is one of the three large credit reporting agencies in the United States, which means it has a huge influence on whether or not you’ll get a loan to buy a house or send your kids to college, or even whether or not you’ll get a job. The company maintains a lot of personal information about you, including your social security number and date of birth, among many other sensitive details. That’s why it is extremely troubling to see that, according to one customer, Equifax sends passwords to users over email in plaintext:

Man reports something to the police, gets put on a watch list

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