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Phone surveillance in 2017: Are you being watched?

Phone tracking is now easier than ever using off-the-shelf software that anyone can buy. As Congress introduces a bill to require a warrant for the mobile tracking of Americans, over 80 percent of the population say they are concerned about being watched.

Op-Ed: President Obama — pardon Edward Snowden

Today I join the growing chorus of voices calling on President Barack Obama to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden before leaving office in January.

Apple criticizes proposed UK expanded surveillance law

London - California-based computer giant Apple on Monday criticized a proposed British law that would grant national security and law enforcement officials expanded surveillance powers.

NSA to end controversial Sept. 11 surveillance program by Sunday

Washington - The U.S. National Security Agency is ending a controversial daily surveillance program that gobbled up millions of Americans' phone records and replacing it with tighter surveillance methods by Sunday, the Obama Administration said Friday.

Gov't secretly tracked nearly all U.S.-overseas calls since 1992

Nearly a decade before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, the Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration began collecting records of most international phone calls made by Americans.

D.E.A. admits it secretly spied on Americans' phone calls

Washington - The US Drug Enforcement Administration has acknowledged and halted a secret program that collected nearly all data on phone calls between the United States and selected foreign countries.

EFF: Law enforcement trying to hide use of Stingray surveillance

Law enforcement agencies around the United States are "desperately" trying to keep the public from knowing about their use of secret surveillance towers used to monitor Americans' cell phones, a leading digital rights group claims.

Op-Ed: It'll come as no surprise U.S. privacy confidence is at a new low

Last month I entered a bank to enquire about a new savings account it was offering. A staff member at the bank arranged a meeting, took my mobile phone number and name. Within a day my phone was hot with cold callers.

FBI seeking new invasive global hacking powers

Washington - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has proposed a rule change that would grant the agency broad new powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers in the United States and around the world.

Twitter lawsuit seeks transparency in surveillance requests

San Francisco - Twitter has filed suit against the U.S Justice Department, claiming current laws restricting what the company can publicly disclose about national security requests is a violation of the First Amendment.

Secret NSA deal lets Israel spy on Americans' communications

Former NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has dropped another bombshell, revealing in a leak of top-secret US documents that the National Security Agency (NSA) has a secret deal with Israel in which that nation is granted access to raw intelligence data.

Op-Ed: Government spying on citizens is not new: COINTELPRO revisited

Federally-authorized domestic surveillance has a long history in the U.S. It began with the 'Alien & Sedition Acts' in the 1790s and reached new heights with the Counter Intelligence Program, a.k.a, COINTELPRO, begun in the 1950s.

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