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The metadata debate: What you need to know about data retention

The former head of the CIA has said "we kill people based on metadata", but as Australia introduces new data retention laws, the country's security chief says he's "not quite sure" what the fuss is about. So what is the truth behind data retention, and why does it matter?

By August 13, 2014

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Watchdog backs NSA foreign-spying program

The federal Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board calls the program "effective," but recommends some improvements.

By July 2, 2014

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Secret loopholes drive NSA's 'unrestrained surveillance' on Americans

Thanks to a three-decade-old executive order, researchers say, Fourth Amendment protections against warrantless domestic surveillance may not be as strong as first thought.

By June 30, 2014

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Snowden: Obama’s plan to reform NSA spying is a turning point

The NSA whistleblower says the latest development “marks the beginning of a new effort to reclaim our rights from the NSA.”

By March 26, 2014

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The 404 1,430: Where we flail away with Spotify's Shanon Cook (podcast)

We finish up the week with a visit from Shanon Cook of Spotify. She'll tell us about the top songs from Olympic-themed playlists and give us a crash course in what's trending.

By February 21, 2014

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Google fights back against Rockstar patent group

The company files suit against the Apple- and Microsoft-backed consortium, asserting that its "patent dragnet" has placed a cloud over Google's Android platform.

By December 26, 2013

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Snowden: 'Not all spying bad' but NSA program 'divorced from reason'

During a live Web chat, NSA leaker Edward Snowden emphasizes the need for the rule of law. He also strikes, at one point, a tone you might take as conciliatory.

By January 23, 2014

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ACLU fights ruling on NSA phone surveillance

As promised, the American Civil Liberties Union appeals a ruling that found the NSA's bulk collection of phone metadata to be legal and a "vital tool."

By January 2, 2014

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NSA spied on EU antitrust official who sparred with US tech giants

A report in The New York Times pulls from Edward Snowden documents to give more details about agency surveillance of foreign officials and businesses, as well as humanitarian organizations.

By December 20, 2013

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Snowden says tech capabilities mustn't trump laws and values

NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden says he "bet his life" that an open, societal discussion could lead to a better balance between the power of spy technologies and the power of democratic controls.

By December 12, 2013