Last month, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it has been collecting social media information from visa applicants and immigrants. It said it plans to expand gathering of social media data to include aliases, associated identifiable information and search results. Privacy and civil rights advocates are up in arms.
In the wake of the San Bernardino shootings, the debate over encryption between tech companies and law enforcement has reached a fever pitch in the US. Meanwhile, lawmakers in some European countries are taking new steps to broaden government access to big data.
A US judge wants Apple to help the FBI hack one of its phones. But so far, Apple wants nothing to do with that.
I and a lot of my fellow journalists felt queasy from the live footage of the inside of the apartment where the suspected San Bernardino shooters lived. In the context of news coverage and social media it can feel perfectly OK to know to much. In real life it is a different story.
Our lives are tracked in minute detail. And all that data has to go somewhere. For Laurie Flick, an artist, the answer was to take that data and convert it to art.
Facebook's 'Moments' technology poses a new question about privacy on the web: Who owns your face?
Rep. Jerry Nadler has been an outspoken critic of NSA surveillance. He was part of the effort to reform the Patriot Act that culminated in the USA Freedom Act, but says there's more work to do.
In the wake of the Germanwings crash last week, information about the medical history of pilot Andreas Lubitz has been scarce. But many Germans are still happy with their country's strict privacy laws, and don't think such disasters should change anything.
Many new smart TVs use voice recognition to perform simple tasks. In order to do that, though, the TVs have to listen to their environment — and send everything they hear to company servers. That means even your most private conversations, if held in front of the TV, aren't so private after all.
From the Sony hack to #BringBackOurGirls, here are the top international security, privacy, digital diplomacy online activism and cyber-warfare stories of 2014.
"Term of Service" explores and answers question about big data. And it does it in a way where you can actually understand what it means and why you should care.