encryption
GCHQ Wants To Add Spies To Your Chat Threads

Not everyone thinks the FaceTime messaging bug is a bad thing, apparently. The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) quite fancies making a permanent feature that would do something similar, only for its benefit rather than your prankster mates'. Read More >>

surveillance
Amazon’s Plan to Scan Your Face Even Has Police Worried It’s Too Creepy, New Emails Show

Across the country, law enforcement agencies are teaming up with data firms to bring facial recognition to public spaces, including airports, schools, and even protests. Most of these efforts remain clouded in secrecy, but newly released documents from Oregon officials using Amazon’s facial recognition offer our clearest look yet into how cops and their tech partners are massaging the ugly truths of facial recognition, including frequent mismatches, its use on people not suspected of crimes, and how to sell the public on something so obviously creepy — a task even police aren’t sure they’re up to. Read More >>

google
The US Ordered Google to Unlock Phones, and Google Didn’t Fight Back

The US government used the All Writs Act in a failed attempt to make Apple write software that would weaken its security to help unlock a seized iPhone. That case was vacated this month, after a dramatic public battle. But the US government is still using the All Writs Act to corral tech companies, including Google. Read More >>

privacy
The FBI Lets Criminals Walk in Order to Keep This Device a Secret

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is notoriously secretive about its mobile phone tracking tools known as Stingrays. Now, new documents obtained by the ACLU show how the FBI keeps its surveillance gadgets shrouded in mystery: the FBI makes cops dismiss criminal cases if they threaten to reveal secrets about Stingrays. Read More >>

privacy
Wikipedia Just Joined the List of Pissed-Off Organisations Suing the NSA

Wikipedia's parent organisation just joined the fight against dragnet government surveillance in the US. Read More >>

privacy
The Most Enticing Feature a Tech Company Can Offer Now Is Privacy

Apple's new privacy policy is built specifically to make it impossible for the company to turn over your data to law enforcement, even with a search warrant. Read More >>