CISPA still alive in the Congress, no privacy protections in the bill

April 12, 2013 in News

CNET | A controversial data-sharing bill won the approval of a key congressional committee today without privacy amendments, raising concerns that the National Security Agency and other spy agencies will gain broad access to Americans’ personal information.

Now Your iPhone Can Read Fingerprints, Scan Irises and ID Your Face

April 10, 2013 in News

Wired | Cops and soldiers may soon be able to pull out their iPhones to track the eyes, facial features, voice and fingerprints of suspected criminals and combatants. The California-based company AOptix rolled out a new hardware and app package…

Anti-Drone Hoodie: Can It Really Protect You From the Government’s Eyes in the Sky?

April 5, 2013 in News

PolicyMic | Designer Adam Harvey has created a clothing solution to the problem of unmanned surveillance drones: a cropped, shoulder-length hooded cover that hides the individual who wears it. While the “anti-drone hoodie” is a just prototype…

Obama: Government Tyranny Impossible Because ‘Government Is Us’

April 5, 2013 in News

Ben Shapiro | In his big pitch in Colorado on Wednesday for further gun control, President Obama made an astonishing statement about gun rights advocates’ fears of governmental gun seizures. He said that such worries would just feed “into fears…

NYPD Facial Recognition Unit Prowls Facebook, Instagram for Suspects

March 27, 2013 in News

DNAinfo New York | Socializing online is landing criminals in custody. Police are searching for suspects’ photos on Instagram and Facebook, then running them through the NYPD’s new Facial Recognition Unit to put a face to a name, DNAinfo New York has learned.

Resistance Builds Against Law Enforcement Drone Programs Amid Privacy, Safety Concerns

March 23, 2013 in News

Declan McCullagh | Concerns about privacy, facial recognition, cell phone tracking, and infrared surveillance have dealt a setback to law enforcement’s growing enthusiasm for aerial drones.

Drone Debate in Texas Puts Public Opinion At Odds with Industry Special Interest Groups

March 18, 2013 in News

Austin American-Statesman | Even as both Texas senators in Washington were joining a filibuster that raised questions this month about the Obama administration’s policy on drone strikes on U.S. soil, the prevalence of the small unmanned aircraft in their own state was growing…

EU “Smart Borders” Project to Usher In “Big Brother” Border Security

March 2, 2013 in News

Deutsche Welle | The “Smart Borders” project aims to place 21st-century technology at EU border crossings. Critics think it’s little more than an effort to collect data – one that makes “felons” out of all visitors to Europe.

Code Name “Ragtime”: New Book Reveals Yet Another Secret NSA Domestic Surveillance Program

February 27, 2013 in News

Washingtonian | More than a decade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a set of extraordinary and secretive surveillance programs conducted by the National Security Agency has been institutionalized, and they have grown.

Homeland Security Creates Working Group to Propagandize on Behalf of Its Drone Program

February 25, 2013 in News

CNet | DHS’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties has created a working group that will “clarify any misunderstandings that exist” about DHS’s drone program, as well as make an effort to “mitigate and address any outstanding” privacy concerns.