Surveillance State

Law Enforcement Might Be Sweeping Up Your Private Data Without a Warrant

October 12, 2016

Several US Senators wrote to the FCC Commissioner expressing concerns over the use of Stingray devices in communities of color and whether police are operating it lawfully

ACLU Nabs Firm Using Facebook, Twitter to Help Police Investigate Protesters

October 12, 2016

Promotional materials obtained by civil rights organization show Geofeedia tapped social media feeds to track activists on behalf of police in Baltimore and Ferguson

Technology, the Internet, and Race: Tool for Liberation or Oppression?

November 1, 2015

Experts in information technologies, surveillance and media gathered for this panel at the 25th annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference in Washington, DC October 14, 2015

In These Times: Who Do You Protect, Who Do You Surveil?

June 10, 2015

Joel Handley says the Chicago Police Department has been using “stingray” spying equipment to track activists and their movements in Chicago, but the trend is spreading.

3 Ways USA Freedom Act Fails to Stop FBI Spying on Americans

June 2, 2015

As the Senate looks to pass a bipartisan “reformed” Patriot Act, TRNN’s Jessica Desvarieux examines how this bill will continue FBI’s mass collection of private information of Americans who are under no suspicion of crime

NSA Bulk Data Collection Curtailed by Senate

June 2, 2015

David Greene, senior staff attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation, says we should celebrate the fact that this is only the second time in thirty years that congress has curtailed authority granted to the intelligence community

Vast Majority of Spying Will Continue Despite Expiration of Patriot Act Provisions

June 1, 2015

Emptywheel.net’s Marcy Wheeler examines the impact of the expired Patriot Act provisions and whether the USA Freedom Act will curb the behemoth of American mass surveillance

Hypersurveillance State Won’t Prevent Another Boston Marathon Bombing

April 13, 2014

One year after the Boston Marathon bombing, the ACLU’s Kade Crockford questions whether the surveillance practices of law enforcement and an increasingly militarized police force will prevent terrorism