Forget trading essential liberty for a little temporary safety: when it comes to identifying terrorists, mass surveillance leaves the public with neither.
When librarians oppose a bill with 'information sharing' in its name you can be sure that the bill is decidedly more than advertised. CISA could function as a new warrantless surveillance tool.
California now has what Wired has called the “nation’s best digital privacy law,” which we hope will carry over to federal reforms.
Given the significant invasion of privacy occasioned by the use of drones by law enforcement, warrants should be mandatory before using them for surveillance. And weaponized drones of any sort should be outlawed.
Many police departments are using secret technology to allow them to spy into people’s private lives.
Civil rights groups have characterized the government’s proposal as nothing less than an attempt to legislate the concept of pre-crime.
What FBI Director Comey wants is encryption that he can break with a court order. But if we make a system that can be broken, it can be broken by anybody, not just the FBI.
The morning after final passage of the USA Freedom Act, while some foes of mass surveillance were celebrating, Thomas Drake sounded decidedly glum. The new law, he told me, is “a new spy program.” It restarts some of the worst aspects of the Patriot Act and further codifies systematic violations...
What this story tells us is that the use of manned surveillance aircraft is now more widespread than we thought—and we know their surveillance capabilities are growing by leaps and bounds.
The only public information we have suggests the government has either not used, or has misused, the expiring provisions.