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The best week for privacy in a long time

Author(s): 
Catherine Crump
Publication Date: 
December 21, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from CNN.

When President Barack Obama responded to this summer's torrent of disclosures about the National Security Agency by commissioning a review board, some wondered whether waiting for the committee to report its findings would involve a lot of delay and not much in the way of progress. Read more » about The best week for privacy in a long time

How the NSA Piggy-Backs on Third-Party Trackers

Author(s): 
Jonathan Mayer
Publication Date: 
December 13, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Cross-posted from Slate.

By Edward Felten and Jonathan Mayer

Snooping on the Internet is tricky. The network is diffuse, global, and packed with potential targets. There’s no central system for identifying or locating individuals, so it’s hard to keep track of who is online and what they’re up to. What’s a spy agency to do? Read more » about How the NSA Piggy-Backs on Third-Party Trackers

Mass Location Tracking: It’s Not Just For the NSA

Author(s): 
Catherine Crump
Publication Date: 
December 12, 2013
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Thanks to Edward Snowden we now understand that the NSA runs many dragnet surveillance programs, some of which target Americans. But a story yesterday from Washington, D.C. public radio station WAMU is a reminder that dragnet surveillance is not just a tool of the NSA—the local police use mass surveillance as well. Read more » about Mass Location Tracking: It’s Not Just For the NSA

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