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ACLU: FBI used 'dragnet'-style warrantless cell tracking

FBI tracked locations of 180 different cell phones without obtaining a warrant signed by a judge, court documents show. Activist groups chime in.

By June 22, 2010


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


NSA shifts to e-mail, Web, data-mining dragnet

Recent reports say the National Security Agency is more focused on surveillance of e-mail, Web browsing, and search terms than ever before.

By March 11, 2008


FBI's top lawyer defends data-dragnet powers

Patriot Act is vital in aiding investigations into attacks such as the London subway bombing, the FBI's general counsel says.

By November 15, 2007


Senators criticize NSA snooping as unnecessary to US security

Lawmakers say the NSA could have used less-intrusive methods to gather data.

By November 20, 2013


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


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


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


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


Reddit finds lost dog, Internet says 'aww'

A desperate plea for a lost dog on Reddit turns up a happy, tail-wagging ending.

By December 6, 2013