Privacy Surveillance

The Government Uses ‘Near Perfect Surveillance’ Data on Americans

Congressional hearings are urgently needed to address location tracking. “When the government tracks the location of a cellphone it achieves near perfect surveillance, as if it had attached an ankle monitor to the phone’s user,” wrote John Roberts, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, in a 2018 ruling that prevented the government from obtaining location data from cellphone towers […]


Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’

Company’s work in 68 countries laid bare with release of more than 100,000 documents Carole Cadwalladr @carolecadwalla Sat 4 Jan 2020 16.55 GMTLast modified on Sun 5 Jan 2020 05.07 GMT Shares23,506 An explosive leak of tens of thousands of documents from the defunct data firm Cambridge Analytica is set to expose the inner workings of the company that collapsed after the Observer revealed […]


This simple trick stops Google, Amazon and Facebook from listening to you all the time

Jessica Guynn USA TODAY0:101:15 Smart home devices from Google, Amazon and Facebook are engineered to listen for your commands and respond to them. Usually, they only engage when you say your “wake” word such as “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google.” But these devices are always listening. If that makes you uneasy (and here are some reasons of why it might), there’s a simple fix […]


‘The Entire System Is Designed to Suppress Us.’ What the Chinese Surveillance State Means for the Rest of the World

A surveillance camera overlooks Tiananmen Square in Beijing Thomas Peter—ReutersBY CHARLIE CAMPBELL  NOVEMBER 21, 2019 source: Time Every morning, Mrs. Chen dons her bright purple tai chi pajamas and joins the dozen or so other members of Hongmen Martial Arts Group for practice outside Chongqing’s Jiangnan Stadium. But a few months ago, she was in such a […]


Germany wants access to citizens’ data. That’s sparked fears of a sinister past

Berlin (CNN)A hidden audio recorder built to fit inside a bedroom door. A tiny camera stashed in a garden birdhouse. Secret odour-samplers embedded into living rooms sofa to collect signature body scents, to be stored for future use so sniffer dogs can track surveillance targets.These are just some of the ingenious devices used by the […]