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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the Senate considers a bill to strengthen the nation's cybersecurity, some questionable numbers keep creeping into the discussion.
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.
What We Still Don’t Know About Cellphone Surveillance
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.
Who does your location information really belong to?
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.
Years after the world’s scariest computer virus attack, not much has changed.
Privacy advocates say the House-passed cybersecurity bill falls short of safeguards needed to protect personal data collected while surfing the net.
Our rundown on the debate over the latest controversial Internet bill and what CISPA could mean for you.