Reuters reported today that Yahoo complied with a government directive last year to scan all of its incoming customers’ e-mails for certain content. This broad a search of content by a company has never previously been reported.
Candidates are taking the debate stage for the first time in the general election, and are likely to discuss crime, policing, and national security. New data analysis and briefing memos unpack some of the rhetoric around these issues.
“Predictive Policing” computer systems — which use data to forecast where crime will happen or who will be involved — provide a “misleading and undeserved imprimatur of impartiality,” and rely on profoundly limited and biased data.
More than 30 organizations sent a letter to the Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the NSA, urging them to halt reported changes to rules governing how the NSA can share the data it collects through overseas surveillance.
Today, the Brennan Center sued the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act for records pertaining to an inter-agency initiative known as “Countering Violent Extremism."
Electronic communications are the modern equivalent of private papers, which the government cannot simply sweep up en masse. The outcome of this case will likely have tremendous implications for privacy rights in the digital age.
A coalition of privacy groups from across the ideological spectrum urged the Director of National Intelligence to disclose how many Americans the NSA is spying on under a law targeting foreigners overseas.