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Julia Angwin is a senior reporter at ProPublica. From 2000 to 2013, she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she led a privacy investigative team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2011 and won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010. Her book "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance," was published by Times Books earlier this year, and was shortlisted for Best Business Book of the Year by the Financial Times.

Also in 2014, Julia was named reporter of the year by the Newswomen’s Club of New York. In 2003, she was on a team of reporters at The Wall Street Journal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for coverage of corporate corruption. She is also the author of “Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America” (Random House, March 2009). She earned a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.

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AT&T Stops Using Undeletable Phone Tracking IDs

Verizon remains committed to its program of inserting a tracking number into its customers' cellphone transmissions.

Privacy Tools: The Best Encrypted Messaging Programs

A new ranking of popular encrypted messaging programs finds the ones that are most effective at protecting users' privacy.

Somebody’s Already Using Verizon’s ID to Track Users

Twitter is using a newly discovered hidden code that the telecom carriers are adding to every page you visit – and it's very hard to opt out.

NSA Documents Suggest a Close Working Relationship Between NSA, U.S. Companies

Documents describe "contractual relationships" between NSA and U.S. companies, as well as undercover operatives at some U.S. companies.

Stanford Promises Not to Use Google Money for Privacy Research

Stanford's Center for Internet and Society has long received funding from Google, but a filing shows the university recently pledged to only use the money for non-privacy research. Academics say such promises are problematic. 

Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.

Here’s One Way to Land on the NSA’s Watch List

If you downloaded the privacy software Tor in 2011, you may have been flagged to be spied on.

The NSA Revelations All in One Chart

We plotted the NSA programs, showing which ones fall squarely into the agency’s stated mission of foreign surveillance, and which ones are more controversial.

FAQ For Our NSA Chart

How we categorized the various NSA revelations from the past year.

It’s Complicated: Facebook’s History of Tracking You

Facebook is launching an aggressive technique to track people across the Web.

Why Online Tracking Is Getting Creepier

The merger of online and offline data is bringing more intrusive tracking.

Privacy Tools: Encrypt What You Can

Here are some techniques that anybody can use to protect their privacy online.

The U.S. Government: Paying to Undermine Internet Security, Not to Fix It

One lesson of the Heartbleed bug is that the U.S. needs to stop running Internet security like a Wikipedia volunteer project.

Privacy Tools: Mask Your Location

A person’s location can be hugely revealing. Here are some tips on how to mask the information your computer and phone transmit automatically.

Stasi Social Network Analysis

This hand-drawn graphic, which is undated, was made by the East German secret police and appears to show the social connections the Stasi gleaned about a poet they were spying on.

You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi.

Files obtained from the archives of the East German secret police show how far technology of spycraft has come.

Privacy Tools: Opting Out from Data Brokers

Data brokers don't make it easy to see the data they hold about you. Here's what you can do to opt-out.

FAQ About NSA’s Interest in Angry Birds and Other ‘Leaky Apps’

We lay out more from our story about how the NSA and its British counterpart have been scouring smartphone apps.

Privacy Tools: How to Build Better Passwords

The conventional wisdom about how to build strong passwords can be counter-productive. Here are some better ways to build passwords that are hard to crack.

Privacy Tools: How to Safely Browse the Web

It’s not easy to keep your data private while surfing the Internet, but here are a few tools that can help.

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