A 2004 dispute over the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance program that led top Justice Department officials to threaten resignation involved computer searches through massive electronic databases, according to officials briefed on the pr
(Will you let this happen in your state?) Oregon officials are creating a biometric database of every motorist in the state that will ease a future transition to automated tracking and identification of residents.
PC World reports that an online database operated by the Texas Sec of State is exposing sensitive personal information -- including Social Security numbers -- in searchable documents online. The story, which looks at the state's SOSDirect Web Si
After being volunteered to participate in the 'mandatory' American Community Survey, a blogger expresses his concern over the content of the survey and the lengths to which the Census Bureau is going to coerce individuals into participating.
A stolen computer storage device contained more than twice the number of taxpayers' identifications than had been previously reporte, Gov. Ted Strickland said Wednesday, but he emphasized there is still no indication the data have been compromise
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified he was unaware of civil liberties violations committed by the FBI during its exercise of Patriot Act powers. But Gonzales was sent notifications when such violations occurred and had reported to the Intelli
The speed with which London's ubiquitous surveillance cameras helped identify would-be bombers has prompted calls for extensive closed-circuit television networks in the US. In the first such public effort in the US, New York is planning to be
Before you relegate your well-thumbed Orwell to the conspiracy stack, keep a weather eye out for a threat: Corporate America. Although the private sector can't take away your life and liberty the way that the public one can—it's more Big Both
In the past only criminals had to supply the state with things like fingerprints, DNA, or retinal scans. Now, if Schumer gets his way, law abiding citizens will have to do it too, just for the "privilege" of earning a living.
A federal court decision this week could give e-mail users broad new privacy protections against the government but may hamper criminal investigations, legal experts told ABC News. Monday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio held that
A data storage device with the Social Security numbers and other personal information on all 64,000 Ohio state employees was stolen from a 22 year old state intern's car last weekend, Gov. Ted Strickland said Friday. Late Friday, the governor*
Imagine a world where every single manufactured item is tagged with a tiny RFID chip that holds various bits of information about that item. And as each item moves along a supply chain—pharmaceutical, aerospace, consumer goods, automotive, livestock
Records of every trip motorists take on California's FasTrak system is fair game for divorce attorneys and others. The device records the location, date and time a vehicle equipped with a transponder passes a tolling checkpoint. The data is held
For many years, the Government Accounting Office has reported that weaknesses in information security are a widespread problem with potentially devasting consequences -- such as intrusions by malicious users, compromised networks, and the theft
The Social Security Adminstration is hoping -- and in the early stages of planning -- to get electronic access to the State Dept's passport database. They expect to have an internal report within weeks on the feasibility of this latest snoopsche
Gmail may be an excellent Web-based email application, but there is no easy way to use it with privacy tools like GnuPG. The FireGPG extension for Firefox is designed to solve this problem. It integrates nicely into Gmail's interface and allow
A governmentwide ID card mandate intended to strengthen security has sparked concerns among a group of federal employees about the investigative process that workers must undergo before receiving the new credential.
News Corp.'s MySpace filed a request on Monday in a Pennsylvania state court to seek guidance on how it can legally provide local authorities with the private e-mails of convicted sex offenders who had lurked on its service.
Remembered how worried you were that Google was collecting your search habits and invading your privacy? You can drop that worry now, because I have a whole new Big Brother concern for you to grapple with. Google is taking 360-degree images of major
The few souls that attempt to read and understand website privacy policies know they are almost universally unintelligible and shot through with clever loopholes. But one of the most important policies to know is your ISP's -- the company that f
Although a new immigration bill that was passed by the US Senate last year chiefly addresses illegal immigration, some components of the bill will definitely benefit the IRS and other government agencies by tracking all sources of wages and compensat
Chief Finn's philosophy is misguided. The roads belong to the people, not the police. Individuals shouldn't be forced to plan their travel itineraries around invasive and questionable police tactics. Rather, the police should be compelled to
New Hampshire on Thursday joined a growing list of states to reject a controversial U.S. identification card that opponents say will cost billions of dollars to administer and present a risk to privacy.
In a series of calls, three debt collectors exhorted the taxpayer to call them back. When he returned the call, the man learned it related to a "personal business matter" and was asked to provide his SSN and mailing address before the colle
Google's amibition to maximise the personal information it holds on users is so great that the search engine envisages a day when it can tell people what jobs to take and how they might spend their days off. Eric Schmidt, Google's chief exec
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has orchestrated the spending of more than $30 million in federal gas tax dollars between now and June 3 to encourage local and state police to set up ticketing roadblocks under a program called
Katherine Albrecht explains how Supermarket giant 'Stop & Shop' leveraged its huge customer database and $3,000,000 to create detailed online health profiles of all its customers, without their knowledge or consent, based upon their buying ha
It looks more like the latest in saucepan technology than the future of crime fighting. But police are confident that this miniature remote- controlled helicopter will be an invaluable weapon in the war against wrongdoers.
Good news from the Last Frontier: The REAL ID Enabling Act of 2007 (HB3) failed to even get a floor vote in in the House before the Alaska state legislature adjourned for the year. Alaskans are an independent lot who don’t like being told they have t
A concerned resident of Boulder City, Nevada challenges an illegal suspicionless checkpoint program that has operated for years without legally required written guidelines and involves suspicionless seizures and searches. Of course it's all for t