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Tracking Censorship and Surveillance

ProPublica investigates the threats to privacy in an era of cellphones, data mining and cyberwar, including how citizens are digitally tracked by governments and corporations.

The NSA Black Hole: 5 Basic Things We Still Don’t Know About the Agency's Snooping

The recent leaks have shed light on one of the darkest corners of the U.S. government -- but when it comes to mass surveillance practices, clarity remains elusive.

The Best Stories on the Government’s Growing Surveillance

For background on the National Security Agency’s collection of phone and web records, here’s the best reporting on what else the government has been tracking.

Was Petraeus Borked?

When a D.C. video store revealed the Supreme Court nominee’s list of video rentals, it sparked a privacy backlash and a new law. Similarly, the Petraeus affair has put the government’s vast surveillance powers – even of elites – in a critical context.

Is $22.5 Million a Big Enough Penalty for Google?

The Federal Trade Commission called the penalty for privacy violations "substantial," but it amounts to a mere five hours' worth of revenue for the search colossus.

Announcing $22.5 Million Fine, FTC Says It Investigated Google’s Internet Tracking Early On

The trade commission now says it was looking into Google "well before" the company was outed by published reports saying the company secretly tracked Internet users.

Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

As the Senate considers a bill to strengthen the nation's cybersecurity, some questionable numbers keep creeping into the discussion.

That’s No Phone. That’s My Tracker

Cellular systems constantly record the location of phones in their networks, data treasured by police and advertisers alike. The surveillance and privacy implications are simple: If someone knows where you are, they probably know what you are doing.

How Many Millions of Cellphones Are Police Watching?

What We Still Don’t Know About Cellphone Surveillance

How a Lone Grad Student Scooped the Government and What It Means for Your Online Privacy

Hobbled by government filters, a withering budget and limited legal clout, the Federal Trade Commission struggles to police an army of data miners bent on exploiting our online footprints.

Cellphone Companies Will Share Your Location Data - Just Not With You

Who does your location information really belong to?

Cheat Sheet: Behind The U.S. Cyberattacks on Iran

As long suspected, the Stuxnet cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program were a joint U.S.-Israeli project, but the computer worm’s release to the Internet at large was unintended, The New York Times reports.

Remember Stuxnet? Why the U.S. is Still Vulnerable

Years after the world’s scariest computer virus attack, not much has changed.

In the Evening Hours, CISPA Gets Some New Features

Privacy advocates say the House-passed cybersecurity bill falls short of safeguards needed to protect personal data collected while surfing the net.

Is CISPA SOPA 2.0? We Explain the Cybersecurity Bill

Our rundown on the debate over the latest controversial Internet bill and what CISPA could mean for you.

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