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Reported Secret CIA Program
Sees Pushback: 'It Is Not OK'
Feb 12, 2022 6:00 AM CST
Reported Secret CIA Program Sees Pushback: 'It Is Not OK'
Edward Snowden, civil rights advocates slam initiative that reportedly scooped up Americans' info
- Facebook isn't the only entity you might need to worry about when it comes to your personal data. According to two lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee, the CIA has been secretly scooping up info en masse on Americans, and civil liberties activists aren't happy about it. News...
Sensitive' Britney Audio
Sep 25, 2021 7:30 AM CDT
Ex-Security Worker Alleges 'Extremely Sensitive' Britney Audio
New documentary says dad Jamie Spears had singer's phone, bedroom surveilled
- There's a new documentary out on Britney Spears, and this one makes even more damning allegations against her father, Jamie Spears. In the
New York Times'
, released Friday on FX and Hulu , "key insiders" speak about the conservatorship she's been under since 2008,...
Court Rips Baltimore's
Jun 24, 2021 6:40 PM CDT
Court Rips Baltimore's Aerial Surveillance
Program violated the Fourth Amendment, opinion says
- A federal court ruled Thursday that Baltimore's crime-fighting surveillance flights were unconstitutional and that police can't use any of the information gathered by the planes. The judges said the program violated the Fourth Amendment safeguard against illegal searches, the Verge reports. The planes' cameras were intended to record...
Staff Used $1B Startup's
Security Cameras to Harass
Oct 27, 2020 11:05 AM CDT
Staff Used $1B Startup's Security Cameras to Harass
No one was fired, a move Verkada's CEO defends
- A surveillance startup boasting clients including Juul Labs, Red Lobster, and the city of Memphis has come under fire over claims that its own facial recognition system was used to harass female employees. Motherboard and the Verge are out with reports on the behavior at the Silicon Valley headquarters of...
USMS: We Sent a Plane Over
Portland to Surveil Protesters
Aug 20, 2020 10:20 AM CDT
USMS: We Sent a Plane Over Portland to Surveil Protesters
Meanwhile, violent clashes between protesters and federal officers in the Oregon city start up again
- Thursday night marked the 84th night of protests in Portland, with clashes between protesters and federal agents once more emerging after weeks of nonviolence. The
reports that police declared the demonstration in the Oregon city a riot around 11pm local time, with a couple hundred protesters initially gathering around...
'Concerns' Prompt Air Force to
Probe Use of Secretive Planes
Jun 19, 2020 6:19 AM CDT
'Concerns' Prompt Air Force to Probe Use of Secretive Planes
Aircraft were deployed over DC, Minneapolis protests
- The Air Force says its inspector general is investigating the use of Air National Guard reconnaissance aircraft during protests in Minneapolis and Washington, DC. Air Force spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder says the investigation is being conducted after discussions about "shared concerns" with Defense Secretary Mark Esper. The investigation...
IBM: It's Time to Talk
About Police Use of
Facial Recognition Tech
Jun 9, 2020 6:32 PM CDT
IBM: It's Time to Talk About Police Use of Facial Recognition Tech
Company says it will no longer offer the technology
- IBM says it is turning away from facial recognition technology—and the company thinks it's time for the country to take a hard look at its use by law enforcement. The company said in a letter to Congress that it will no longer offer, or research, "general purpose"...
in This City,
May 1, 2020 1:07 PM CDT
Step Outside in This City, Get Recorded Everywhere
Aerial surveillance in Baltimore meant to deter homicides, but irks ACLU, privacy advocates
- Starting Friday, the roughly 600,000 people living in Baltimore will be constantly recorded whenever they step out under the open sky. For the next six months, up to three airplanes outfitted with wide-angle cameras will sweep over Baltimore in daytime flights designed to capture movements across about 90% of...
Dec 25, 2019 1:00 PM CST
Baltimore Revives Surveillance Flights
Civil liberties groups oppose the pilot program, as they did last time
- Starting with a trial run in May, Baltimore will become the first city in the country to use private surveillance planes to battle crime. The announcement reflected a change of heart by the city's police commissioner, the
reports, after a lobbying campaign. Michael Harrison had said the program...
Secretive Court Rebukes FBI
Over Errors in Russia Probe
Dec 18, 2019 3:59 AM CST
Secretive Court Rebukes FBI Over Errors in Russia Probe
Order could lead to surveillance changes
- The chief judge of a secretive surveillance court said Tuesday that the FBI provided "unsupported" information when it applied to eavesdrop on a former Trump campaign adviser and directed the bureau to report back by next month on what steps it was taking to fix the problems. The four-page...
Surveillance Balloons Are
Floating Over 6 States
Aug 2, 2019 4:26 PM CDT
Surveillance Balloons Are Floating Over 6 States
Devices being tested can track scores of vehicles at once
- The Pentagon is conducting high-altitude surveillance in six Midwestern states, testing a system designed to track vehicles 24/7 regardless of weather conditions. As many as 25 balloons outfitted with radar and video systems are in flight at altitudes as high as 65,000 feet, the
reports. Their 250-mile flight...
This City Could Be First
in US to Ban Police Use
of Facial Recognition
May 13, 2019 1:24 AM CDT
This City Could Be First in US to Ban Police Use of Facial Recognition
San Francisco supervisors will vote on bill Tuesday
- San Francisco is on track to become the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that's creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums, and home security cameras, the AP reports. Government agencies...
With Surveillance Limits
Ending, ACLU Sues Everyone
Dec 29, 2018 6:30 PM CST
With Surveillance Limits Ending, ACLU Sues Everyone
Feds aren't revealing anything about surveillance, suit says
- A civil rights group has sued the US government, saying it needs more information about surveillance of Americans' phone and financial records to guide the public debate over what will happen when the law that regulates the scrutiny expires next year, the AP reports. The American Civil Liberties Union sued...
Belong to 'Quiet Skies'?
Better Hope Not
Jul 30, 2018 10:15 AM CDT
Belong to 'Quiet Skies'? Better Hope Not
It's a TSA domestic surveillance program in which marshals keep a close eye on passengers
- It's called "Quiet Skies" and sounds for all the world like the name of some airline PR initiative. But as the
reveals, "Quiet Skies" is actually the name of a TSA domestic surveillance program that has been operating on the down-low. It's not entirely...
'Rogue' Phone Spying Devices
Detected in Washington
Apr 4, 2018 3:13 AM CDT
'Rogue' Phone Spying Devices Detected in Washington
Homeland Security isn't sure who's operating them
- For the first time, the US government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of what are known as cell-site simulators by foreign powers...
Nunes Admits Fine Print
Shows DOJ Didn't Conceal Info
Feb 6, 2018 5:37 AM CST
Nunes Admits Fine Print Shows DOJ Didn't Conceal Info
But panel chair says 'footnote' wasn't enough when it came to surveillance of Carter Page
- There was a lot going on in the House Intelligence Committee memo declassified Friday by President Trump, but a key allegation was that the FBI didn't divulge the partisan leanings of dossier author Christopher Steele during the application process for surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The...
All Eyes on FBI Chief Wray
in Wake of Memo's Release
Feb 2, 2018 11:39 AM CST
All Eyes on FBI Chief Wray in Wake of Memo's Release
White House aides were nervous he would quit, though his allies doubt he will
- The controversial memo released Friday has put one key player "in a bind," as Politico puts it. That would be FBI Director Christopher Wray, who will have 35,000 FBI employees watching his reaction after the memo on alleged surveillance abuses was revealed to the public despite his...
House Renews Warrantless
Jan 11, 2018 12:45 PM CST
House Renews Warrantless Surveillance Powers
Despite Trump tweeting against bill officially supported by White House
- Despite some presidential Twitter drama, the House voted to extend the government's powers of warrantless surveillance another six years on Tuesday with a 256-164 vote, the Hill reports. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allows the NSA to collect from US companies texts and emails of foreign...
China Is Watching Us, or at
Least Chinese Cameras Are
in case you missed it
Nov 18, 2017 8:30 AM CST
China Is Watching Us, or at Least Chinese Cameras Are
'Wall Street Journal' looks at security concerns over industry leader Hikvision
- It may not be a household name in the US, but many Americans have surely come under the gaze of a product made by the Chinese company Hikvision. As the
Wall Street Journal
reports, Hikvision is the No. 2 seller of surveillance equipment in the US and is No. 1...
Russian Surveillance Plane
Flies Over Trump Golf Course
Aug 10, 2017 4:33 AM CDT
Russian Surveillance Plane Flies Over Trump Golf Course
It soared over DC as part of Open Skies treaty
- Wednesday was an unusual day in Washington, DC: Not only was there a giant chicken balloon next to the White House, there was a Russian surveillance plane flying at low altitude through the restricted airspace around the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other DC sites, the
reports. The Russian...
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