Warrantless surveillance law proves it’s time to take privacy into our own hands

The warrantless surveillance law gained attention in 2013 when Edward Snowden leaked that the NSA was using it to spy on Americans’ text messages, phone calls, emails and internet activity — all

Even if Section 702 expires, White House says warrantless surveillance is fine for a while

The fight over a critical loophole in U.S. surveillance law may not be resolved in Congress before the year ends, but the Trump administration appears to have no qualms about keeping it open, even if

Bipartisan bill seeks to reform a law that allows spy agencies to surveil US citizens

On Tuesday, a bipartisan group in Congress proposed legislation to rein in a controversial loophole in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that provisions U.S. spy agencies with a legal l

Where Trump’s FBI nominee stands on tech’s hot privacy issues

While questions about Russia attracted more initial scrutiny at his Senate confirmation hearing today, Trump's proposed James Comey replacement Chris Wray did offer a few clues on his ideas about the

Intel agencies want to make the most controversial foreign surveillance rule permanent

In a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing that often veered off route, two of the nation's most powerful intelligence figures made their case for extending a controversial portion of the Forei

FBI director Comey backs new Feinstein push for decrypt bill

FBI Director James Comey has hinted at growing consensus between technology companies and intelligence agencies over the controversial issue of how to access encrypted data. He also supported what app

With the war far from over, privacy activists cautiously celebrate a battle won

After the NSA’s surprise announcement that it would pull back on a contentious surveillance tactic, privacy advocates found themselves in a strange place in 2017: They’d actually won a thi

Former NSA director explains why the spy agency will end a controversial surveillance technique

Earlier today, the NSA announced its intentions to limit a surveillance technique that had a nasty side effect of sweeping up communications to and from Americans. In a rare unprompted press statement

NSA ends controversial collection of Americans’ emails that mention foreign targets

Privacy advocates are finally getting (a little bit) of what they want. Friday, The New York Times reported that the NSA will end its practice of collecting texts and emails by American citizens sent

EU-US Privacy Shield remains precariously placed

The EU-US Privacy Shield appears to be weathering the storm of a Trump presidency -- for now. But it could take just a single stroke of Trump's pen to bring the entire arrangement toppling down.

Google’s latest Transparency Report sets more records in government request numbers

Google has added the data from the first half of 2016 to its ongoing Transparency Report page, and the changes are pretty much what you'd expect: more requests. Some frivolous, some legit, some top se

Twitter Sues The Government Over Data-Request Disclosures

Twitter wants you to know that it is serious about data request transparency, and that is a darn fine good thing. The social company is suing the government for the right to share, in more granular

US Gov Declassifies 3 FISA Court Orders Commanding The Collection Of Telephone Metadata

Today on the IC On The Record Tumblr, the United States government published three declassified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) primary orders regarding the controversial telephony meta

NSA Transparency Report Offers More Questions Than Answers

The Director of National Intelligence on Friday followed through on calls for the government to be more open about its NSA surveillance programs, releasing its first transparency report. The proble

Google Sees Government Requests For Information Balloon 120% Over Four Years

Google has seen a tremendous increase in requests for information made by the government, the company revealed in an update to its Transparency Report today. The updated report includes the number of

Twitter ‘Considering Legal Options To Defend First Amendment Rights’ As Data Requests Rise 22%

Twitter today has published its latest <a target="_blank" href="">Transparency Report</a>, a list of information and takedown requests, as well as copyright notices.

Apple Files With U.S. Government For More Information Request Transparency As It Releases First Report

Today, Apple has released its first ever report on government information requests, detailing exact numbers of account information and data requests internationally. The report highlights how restrict

Foursquare, Twilio, Automattic Among Latest To Join Demand For More Disclosure On US Data Requests

Today or tomorrow, the U.S. Justice Department is expected to file a brief with the FISA Court opposing <a target="_blank" href="">motions from G

Yahoo! Discloses Number Of Data Requests From U.S. Law Agencies, Says It Will Issue “Transparency Report” Soon

Yahoo! is now the latest tech company to disclose the number of government requests for data it has received over the past 18 months, prompted by the fallout from the NSA spying scandal. In <a tar

House renews FISA, approves telecom immunity

Y’all have probably heard of FISA, the part of the U.S. Code that deals with electronic surveillance and the like. We care here because good ol’ AT&T more or less bent over backwards f