Privacy Matters

The absurdity of police secrecy on cell phone tracking equipment

Anyone who watches cop shows on television knows that police can track cell phones. Despite this widespread knowledge, the police and FBI go to extreme lengths to keep secret the details about how they obtain and use high tech cell phone snooping equipment, most of it manufactured by the Harris Corporation.

Stop saying young people don't care about their privacy

Older people love to point at the young and dismissively declare that millennials, the first generation to grow up with the mobile internet and its many tracking apps, "don't care about their privacy." But that's not true.

Security experts warn Google's Chrome browser may be secretly wiretapping your private conversations

Google's Chrome browser automatically installs a secret script enabling the company to listen in to conversations through a computer's microphone, according to open source code advocates and security researchers.

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Uber says it might track your location even when you're not using the app, but privacy watchdog says no way

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is looking out for you, Uber riders. The civil liberties advocacy organization has filed an FTC complaint against Uber over the company's apparent plan to download users' contacts and track user locations even when they aren't using the company's app. Uber's plans were announced in the form of a new privacy policy set to take effect July 15.

FBI director says Charleston shooting isn't terrorism because it's not political

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Rights groups including ACLU withdraw from talks with industry over face tracking standards, citing core disagreements

Nine public interest and civil liberties groups, among them the ACLU, have withdrawn from talks with industry associations over setting limits on face recognition technology in marketing and consumer tracking. The NYT reports:

Sneaky attempt to slip surveillance bill into military spending bill fails in the senate

Today the Senate defeated an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have tacked controversial dragnet spying legislation onto the omnibus military appropriations authorization.

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