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Entries Tagged as 'Privacy and Surveillance'

A Surveillance State Coda

September 8th, 2010 · 3 Comments

The program of warrantless NSA wiretapping (and data mining) authorized by the president shortly after the 9/11 prompted a flurry of intense debate over its legality when it was disclosed by The New York Times back in 2005. Those arguments have, by now, been so thoroughly rehearsed that there’s not a whole lot new to […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

The Week in, uh, Me

July 30th, 2010 · 4 Comments

I seem to have been a busy little bee this past week, so for those of you who aren’t following me on Twitter, here’s what I’ve gotten up to instead of, you know, blogging here: In an essay for Newsweek, I argue that Barack Obama should withdraw his threat to veto added GAO oversight of […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Self Promotion

My Head, Blogging

July 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment

With former DHSer Stewart Baker on Wikileaks and intelligence oversight:

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Me on ECPA Reform

July 19th, 2010 · 4 Comments

I already linked the C-Span stream of my panel on digital privacy and the urgent need for reforms to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, but for those who missed it the first time, here’s a Cato YouTube clip of my portion for your viewing pleasure:

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

Privacy and Tiered Pricing

May 29th, 2010 · 11 Comments

Here’s Kevin Drum on trading personal information for discounts—at the supermarket and the newsstand: Today, overall supermarket prices are still the same as they’ve always been, they’re just tiered differently: those with cards pay less and those without cards pay more. So on average, consumers haven’t benefited. What’s more, competition is generally fierce in the […]

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Tags: Economics · Privacy and Surveillance

Who Was NSA’s Leaker Talking To?

April 15th, 2010 · 7 Comments

The wires are reporting that former senior NSA executive Thomas Drake has been indicted for leaking classified material to a reporter at a national paper. The paper and reporter are unnamed, but we get a date range for the articles published using Drake’s information: late February 2006 through November 2007. I can’t help but notice […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Privacy and Surveillance

BloggingHeads with Eli Lake on the Forever War

April 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Believe it or not, I didn’t pick the headline “The Corrosion of War Without End”—a preposterously obscure quotation from legendary Autobot leader Fortress Maximus (in Marvel Comics’ “Headmasters” #1, 1987):

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Self Promotion

Oversight Theater and Secret Law

March 15th, 2010 · No Comments

It’s always hard to predict the effects of new legislation: Congress can call it a “job creation” bill, but at the end of the day, they’ve got to hope the world cooperates with their good intentions. But for the democratic process to function, legislators at least need to feel reasonably confident that they understand the […]

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Tags: Law · Privacy and Surveillance

On Patriot at the Prospect

March 3rd, 2010 · 4 Comments

I’ve got a longish piece over at The American Prospect that looks at how the Obama administration worked to kill the National Security Letter reforms that Obama once campaigned on—and even borrowed a page from Bush by retroactively reinterpreting the law to excuse systematic illegal surveillance.

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When Is a Denial Not a Denial?

February 24th, 2010 · 7 Comments

When it’s a carefully-worded statement from Lindy Matsko, the vice principal implicated in the Pennsylvania school webcam spying lawsuit: “At no time have I ever monitored a student via a laptop webcam,” said Matsko, who is in her 25th year working for Lower Merion School District, “nor have I ever authorized the monitoring of a […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Privacy and Surveillance