Look out Oregon drivers. Big Brother is coming for your cars. The state launches its pilot program, called OReGO, July 1, marking the first pay-by-the-mile program in the U.S. Oregon’s Department of Transportation has been trying to come up with a way for years to replace the gas tax, which has seen declining revenues thanks to […]
Two years ago, the Guardian published information about an NSA surveillance program called XKeyscore—the agency’s “widest-reachest” program, which allows NSA analysts to easily search through things like emails and browser history. Now The Intercept has published 48 classified documents about the program, claiming it’s as easy to search through as Google, and contains a massive […]
Sure, the TSA may fail to apprehend weapons 95 percent of the time–but they did manage to tweet this pic of $75,000 in cash stowed in a law-abiding traveler’s suitcase, with the appearance and location of the suitcase conveniently included. TSA Public Affairs spokesperson Lisa Farbstein tweeted this picture on Tuesday: If you had $75,000, is this how you'd transport it? Just asking! TSA […]
The endless polls about young people are endlessly confusing—are we libertarian or authoritarian? Self-centered or self-sacrificing? Snowden sympathizers or NSA fans? Now a new survey of 18-49 year-olds from USA Network finds that, contrary to multiple other polls, young people are concerned about privacy and may be willing to change their online behavior accordingly. Color me somewhat […]
Defenders of truth and liberty are rising up in response to the apparently controversial taco emoji. L.A. Taco at First We Feast believes that our smartphones are taking part in cultural racism with the release of this corporate, Americanized taco emoji. There wasn’t always an emoji for tacos — but there were five sushi emojis, First We […]
Over the past year, Uber has been plagued by stories calling their privacy policies into question. Perhaps most infamously, BuzzFeed and Forbes reported that Uber employees abused their “God view” feature, which allowed them to see a detailed map revealing user names and locations. There have been various calls for legislation cracking down on the […]
A little known law could land you up to 20 years behind bars for deleting your browser history or other potentially incriminating evidence should you ever be involved in a federal investigation. Friend of the Boston bombers, 24-year-old former cab driver Khairullozhon Matanov, had dinner with the Tsarnaev brothers the night of the Boston bombings in […]
Two short years after Edward Snowden met secretly with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras in a Hong Kong hotel room, a lot has changed.
Twitter brought down the hammer on the deleted-tweet saving site Politwoops this week and you could almost hear all of the 2016 hopefuls breathe a collective sigh of relief. Politwoops, run by the government transparency advocacy group Sunlight Foundation, has tracked the deleted tweets of U.S. law-makers since 2012, making their Twitter “oops” last forever […]
As Congress battled over the Patriot Act last month, Edward Snowden broke a record for most times his name has ever been cited in Congress.
On Monday evening, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered a lengthy speech on privacy and encryption to the Electronic Privacy Information Center, declaring that Apple “doesn’t want your data.”
Undercover agents snuck mock explosives through airports–and TSA didn’t notice 95 percent of the time
The TSA might call the cops on you for yawning too much–but they probably won’t detect a bomb strapped to you.
Sanders isn’t quite ready to admit he’s #StandingWithRand on this one.
As of today, three Patriot Act provisions—including Section 215, which the government used to justify its mass data collection—have expired.
Speaking on the Senate floor as he blocked an extension of the Patriot Act Sunday evening, Rand Paul suggested that some of his enemies may “want” a terror attack to occur just so they can blame it on him.
Jeb Bush is not a fan of Rand Paul’s effort to dismantle the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program.
This absurd ad, courtesy of a pro-Rand Paul super-PAC, might be the most American thing you’ve ever seen.
With key Patriot Act provisions soon expiring, and no legislative extension in sight, the question now becomes: will the NSA actually shut down their metadata program?
Lindsey Graham’s eyeballs practically fell out of his sockets when Rand Paul rose to speak against the NSA Friday night.
For all the talk about “privacy,” the word “privacy” can sometimes be a nebulous concept, about which people hold contradictory views.