Equipping law enforcement with surveillance equipment is a sideshow.
“I actually like privatization,” said the Capitalist. “How can you not?”
“I like privatization too,” said the Cynic.
The White House has released its new “Report and Recommendations of The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies” today.
Abusing its power as the custodian of internet traffic is going to cost the US. Why the US should learn the lessons of Pax Brittanica and work to restore the world’s trust as guarantor of data freedom.
Today is a big day for surveillance law junkies, as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence gave us a giant document dump of newly declassified documents. The documents have to do with Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s Section 702 which deals with online data collection. In my opinion the most interesting document is the…
Each time we’ve come into a surveillance oriented debate, there’s always a codicil that requires us to compare private vs. state data collection habits. Much of the debate focuses on which type of actor is worse in privacy violations. Left-leaning debaters point out that private firms already collect vast amounts of data and do so…
Does the Fourth Amendment allow law enforcement to gather an arrestee’s genetic sequence and compare it with a large FBI database of genetic material gathered from old, unsolved crimes? [Continued at NaPP]
It comes with the territory obviously, but its predictability doesn’t make it any less ridiculous or frustrating. Jeffrey Toobin and David Brooks have fired the first shots, outlining the many failings of Edward Snowden because armchair psychologizing about a stranger based on a handful of public information is infinitely more interesting and important to them than…
…to fight Jihadist terrorism. Andrew Sullivan’s obsession with Islamic terrorism, or radical Islam’s unique penchant for terrorism (it’s not easy to tell the two apart anymore), continues
From Foreign Policy: Which country has the highest percentage of its population in a DNA database? The answer, which may surprise you, is below the fold:
Two extremely disturbing stories from across the pond.
Here’s an interesting back-and-forth on surveillance reform in the Los Angeles Times. I found the arguments against modifying the PATRIOT Act frustrating, not least because they don’t seem all that responsive to the civil libertarian case for additional safeguards. But this throwaway line from the Heritage Foundation analyst defending the PATRIOT Act really got my…
Say what you will about the ACLU, but they’re pretty darn consistent when it comes to opposing unwarranted government surveillance.