The F.B.I. scored two major victories, recovering a Bitcoin ransom and tricking lawbreakers with an encryption app. But criminals may still have the upper hand.
The way we control secrets has been established by Congress and the executive branch, both accountable to the public and the courts. Daniel Ellsberg, accountable to no one, took it upon himself to steer the ship of state.
The U.S. government has long tried to prevent the sales over concerns about rights abuses and surveillance. Documents show those efforts have failed.
Many of the decisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court have not seen the light of day. That’s irreconcilable with the Constitution.
The history of Black rebellion demonstrates a fundamental reality. Police violence precipitates community violence in a vicious cycle.
Apple built the world’s most valuable business on top of China. Now it has to answer to the Chinese government.
Federal prosecutors sought phone records for three Washington Post journalists as part of an investigation into the publication of classified information in 2017.
The social networking app is booming in authoritarian countries, where users are speaking freely about otherwise taboo topics.
But the F.B.I. is still using residual authority to obtain business records under a partly expired Patriot Act provision, a new report showed.
The Police Department will return the device earlier than planned after critics seized on it as a dystopian example of overly aggressive policing.
The new bill, which some fear will curtail civil liberties, comes after a series of attacks and as the far right is stoking feelings of insecurity.
Their proposal was quashed amid concerns that it would violate First Amendment protections, people briefed on the plan said.
Newly disclosed episodes in which analysts improperly searched for data about Americans largely came before changes at the bureau.
And where does it get them? The agency’s top technologist, Dawn Meyerriecks, talks spy gear and why Hollywood and Silicon Valley play a critical role in national security.
Joy Buolamwini is on a crusade against bias in facial recognition technology, and the powerful companies that profit from it.
Agency officials say they are analyzing information, not collecting intelligence on Americans.
The legislation was criticized by civil rights groups and political opponents, who intend to challenge its constitutionality.
Since 9/11, U.S. authorities have used informants to convict hundreds of people of crimes related to international terrorism. Did the informants help create plots where none had existed?
Deployed at a public housing building, the device drew condemnation as a stark example of police power and misplaced priorities.
The special counsel scrutinizing the Russia inquiry, a Trump-era leftover, appears to be retreading ground that an inspector general explored in 2019.
Even before the company’s C.E.O., Lachlan Murdoch, moved to Australia, Viet Dinh was seen as Fox’s power center.
The administration has taken a series of steps to prioritize dealing with white supremacists and militias, especially after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
Policing and criminalization of sex work hurts massage workers, even when they aren’t sex workers.
The ruling came days after a news report that Germany’s domestic intelligence agency planned to investigate the leading opposition party on suspicion of being a threat to democracy.
The generals who staged a coup last month use surveillance drones, iPhone cracking devices and hacking software, some of it from Western countries that bar sales of such technology to Myanmar.
Narc-narc, who’s there?
As the military seized power again, the generals moved quickly to take the country offline, criminalize online dissent and block social media.
China’s censors finally blocked Clubhouse, but not before users were able to bypass the caricatures painted by government-controlled media and freely discuss their hopes and fears.
A judge rebuffed a request by prosecutors to impose a prison sentence on Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted doctoring an email used to help authorize a wiretap on a former Trump campaign aide.
We can have democracy, or we can have a surveillance society, but we cannot have both.
The finding by the Trump administration is the strongest denunciation by any government of China’s actions and follows a Biden campaign statement with the same declaration.
The Justice Department is setting a dangerous precedent that threatens reporters — and the truth.
The website for the tech titan’s cloud business described facial recognition software that could detect members of a minority group whose persecution has drawn international condemnation.
A disclosure sheds new light on a high-profile national security law as lawmakers prepare to revive a debate over it in the Biden administration.
Demonstrators accused the government of drifting toward repressive policies.
Intel and Nvidia chips power a supercomputing center that tracks people in a place where government suppresses minorities, raising questions about the tech industry’s responsibility.
We should be able to use a dating app without fear of winding up in a military database.
The former intelligence contractor, who became a fugitive after revealing mass U.S. surveillance, said he and his wife were taking the step to give the family more freedom crossing borders.
The former intelligence contractor still hopes to return to the United States. But the Russian authorities have given him the right to stay in Russia indefinitely.
It failed to coax cultural assimilation with economic incentives. Now it’s going for coerced labor and micromanaging people’s very lifestyles.
The artist Trevor Paglen peers into the history of photography and its relationship to state surveillance.
Internal documents show how a source ended up in jail — and the fallout in the newsroom.
The release of a newly declassified ruling follows a separate decision by an appeals court that a defunct National Security Agency program was illegal.
Under a new national security law, the police are targeting the social media accounts of executives, politicians and activists. American internet giants are struggling to respond.
But the Air Force’s inspector general concluded that National Guard officials failed to obtain prior approval from Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to use the planes.
The Patriots’ owner refused to take a plea in the case involving visits to a Florida spa, instead arguing that police surveillance violated his Fourth Amendment rights.
Prosecutors are not expected to reveal any evidence of a broad anti-Trump conspiracy among law enforcement officials.
Even as the White House moves against the Chinese social media app, the intelligence agencies do not see it as a major issue along the lines of Huawei.
There is plenty the U.S. government could do to ensure that TikTok acts responsibly without getting rid of it altogether.
The Chinese police are systematically collecting genomic data from tens of millions of people.