A view of sensor arrays at a former NSA monitoring base in Bad Aibling in Bavaria, Germany.

The NSA’s bulk collection program may soon end, but they may not care


The NSA’s ability to collect mass amounts of phone data might be coming to end as a bill on the topic moves through Congress. A former CIA head says it’s a necessary check against abuse, but one journalist thinks the agency has moved beyond the program altogether.

Municipal police officers watch screens in the video surveillance control room of the municipal police supervision centre in Nice February 9, 2015.

The French government’s new surveillance law opens the door to NSA-style mass surveillance

Police officers secure access to a residential building during investigations in the eastern French city of Reims on January 8, 2015, after the shooting against the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper.

How the Kouachi brothers fell through the cracks

A man assembles police observation cameras near the Bayerischer Hof hotel before the start of the 50th Conference on Security Policy in Munich on January 31, 2014

The year of surveillance is finally over

Mysterious keyboard

A new online tracking tool may be shadowing you on the web

Mysterious keyboard

A new online tracking tool may be shadowing you on the web


A new online tracking tool called “canvas fingerprinting” is becoming more widespread and is also impossible to block

Dragnet Nation

A cell phone wrapped in tin foil is just one of the ways Julia Angwin went off the grid in her new book

Global Politics

The ProPublica reporter spent the last year trying to outfox the spooks.

President Obama

President Obama proposes limits on NSA surveillance, but does the world buy it?

Global Politics

On the day that US President Barack Obama announced new limits on NSA mass surveillance, we asked three tech-savvy young people abroad what they think of US spying.

The World

Obama limits US spying on the anniversary of Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex

Conflict & Justice

Whether by accident or design, President Obama chose an interesting day to deliver his speech on the future of government surveillance. The speech fell on the anniversary of President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, warning about the threat of the emerging national security state.

In Toronto, the WiFi may come with a side of electronic snooping


So a guy walks into a Toronto bar … wait, you’ve heard this one already? Some 170 WiFi-based sensors have recently been installed in Toronto bars, cafes and restaurants to track customers’ activity. The sensors can detect location data from smartphones and provides business owners with a profile of their customers.