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Poll: Most Americans highly value privacy, and want control over who surveils them

For all the talk about “privacy,” the word “privacy” can sometimes be a nebulous concept, about which people hold contradictory views.

Highlights from Rand Paul’s 10.5 hour Patriot Act filibuster

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In the end, Rand Paul’s Patriot Act filibuster failed to crack his previous record, clocking in at roughly 10.5 hours.

Rand Paul filibusters the Patriot Act

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Will he break his nearly-13-hour record from his drone filibuster?

Poll: The majority of Americans–both liberal and conservative–oppose renewing the Patriot Act

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Americans oppose renewing the Patriot Act by a nearly two to one margin, according to a new poll commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Documents reveal that FBI lawyers were worried about invasive license plate readers

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Privacy advocates have long raised the alarm about government use of license plate readers.

Woman fired for refusing to allow her boss to monitor her location 24/7

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California resident Myrna Arias, formerly employed by wire service company Intermex, claims her boss attempted to track her movements 24/7–and then fired her when she refused to comply.

The House passed an NSA reform bill, but both pro- and anti-NSA senators oppose it

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The USA Freedom Act easily passed in the House Wednesday, as expected. But it faces an uphill battle from hereon out.

Facebook adopts $15 minimum wage for contractors

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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg is taking her “Lean In” policies companywide. Facebook announced Tuesday that it had adopted a $15 minimum wage for it large contractors, as well as additional benefits aimed specifically at women. Sandberg said  in a blog post that contractors and vendors who do a “substantial amount of work” for Facebook and who […]

Privacy groups pull support for USA Freedom Act in light of NSA court decision

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With the clock running out to pass NSA reform before Patriot Act provisions sunset, privacy groups are pulling support for the USA Freedom Act

Millennials are more likely to trust companies with their private data than any other generation

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Yet another poll seems to prove the millennial stereotype—skeptical, untrusting, concerned about privacy—wrong.

Rand Paul wants to filibuster the Patriot Act: ‘I’m going to lead the charge’

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Two years after Rand Paul’s infamous 13-hour-long filibuster, he’s already planning his next.

Report: TSA intimidated, retaliated against whistleblowers

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Whistleblower complaints are on the rise under the Obama administration–including at the TSA, the Washington Times reports.

From Rand to Rubio, here’s how Republicans reacted to a federal court ruling NSA spying illegal

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On Thursday, a federal court ruled the NSA’s metadata collection illegal under the Patriot Act.

Hillary Clinton finally addresses NSA reform, backs USA Freedom Act

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Something rare just happened: Hillary Clinton stated a concrete opinion on the NSA.

Top federal court rules against NSA’s phone records program

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A federal court has decided that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk, warrantless collection of millions of Americans’ phone records is illegal.

FCC Commissioner: The government could shut down the Drudge Report

Ajit Pai is one of two Republican members of the FCC. (Associated Press)

Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai foresees a grim future for political websites should strict net neutrality rules govern the web.

Statues of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Chelsea Manning are on display in Berlin

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Statue tributes to whistle-blowers are all the rage right now. gives the new campaign a reason to frown

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Carly Fiorina has 30,000 reasons to frown. Despite saying, “I understand technology, which is a tool to both reimagine government and to re-engage citizens in the process of government,” her campaign team apparently didn’t. was purchased by Michael Link, assistant director of digital strategy at SEIU, the website now features 30,000 frown faces. One […]

In showdown with Rand Paul, Homeland Security Sec calls legal justification for NSA ‘beyond my competence’

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Rand Paul spent Wednesday going head to head with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, demanding to know whether Johnson could justify the government’s bulk data collection under the Fourth Amendment.

Congress proposes last-minute NSA reform bill, reauthorizing Patriot Act provisions

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It’s getting down to the wire for Congress to pass NSA reform and reauthorize the Patriot Act before certain provisions sunset in June.