The coalition between civil libertarians on the left and right appears to be stronger than many had thought. But it appears to be an alliance of convenience.
FORTUNE -- The close, bipartisan vote on Wednesday on a House bill to restrict the National Security Agency's program phone surveillance program revealed a radical evolution -- or devolution, depending on how you look at -- in how we approach the always-difficult tension between MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 25, 2013 4:02 PM ET
The debate over how much privacy we should give up in return for how much protection is necessary, but complicated. It's too important leave it to Twitter and cable news.
FORTUNE -- The revelation of the National Security Agency's collecting all our telephone metadata has supposedly sparked a "national conversation" -- a great debate taking on all the thorny issues surrounding privacy vs. security. Even President Obama said, "I welcome this MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jun 27, 2013 10:29 AM ET
Harsh criticism for the Obama administration.
By Sameepa Shetty, reporter
FORTUNE -- Famous whistleblowers and journalists, including Julian Assange and Daniel Ellsberg, held a conference call on Wednesday, to express concern about the freedom of press, in the light of the latest whistleblowing scandal.
"With the Obama administration's prosecution of WikiLeaks, [Julian] Assange, [Bradley] Manning and [Edward] Snowden and also their cases against publishers of the content, they are criminalizing the process MOREJun 20, 2013 7:39 AM ET
The search giants collaborated with the feds after 9/11 on an electronic intelligence program.
By Tory Newmyer, writer
FORTUNE -- Google and Yahoo -- and the other tech giants stung by the recent news of their participation in government surveillance programs -- are in the midst of a public-relations offensive to steady suddenly wobbly reputations.
They're sounding a commiserating note, insisting they're just as confounded and concerned as many Americans by the MOREJun 17, 2013 11:41 AM ET
In the space of six months Apple received 4,000 to 5,000 law enforcement requests.
FORTUNE -- Embarrassed to find itself on the list of companies from whose servers the National Security Agency claims to have been "directly" collecting data, Apple (AAPL) issued a public statement early Monday that it hoped would allay its customers' concerns. Among the key points:
The authorities asked for a ton of information: Between Dec. 1, 2012 and May MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 17, 2013 7:21 AM ET
Companies like Silent Circle, which promises to secure or get rid of consumers' private information, have seen a surge in the wake of government spying reports.
FORTUNE -- Silent Circle, an app that allows users to place encrypted phone calls, makes money on paranoia. Paranoia like, say, the fear that the government might build a massive surveillance operation in cooperation with major tech companies and then keep it secret from the MOREJun 14, 2013 10:24 AM ET
What's next for the companies involved in the NSA leaks scandal.
By Ryan Bradley, senior editor
FORTUNE -- On Sunday, a 29-year-old Booz Allen Hamilton employee named Edward Snowden stepped forward and (via the Guardian) told the world why he chose to make public top-secret National Security Agency documents. The NSA files, particularly those concerning a program called PRISM, describe how the agency could access data from several of America's largest MOREJun 10, 2013 9:23 AM ET
Apple, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have denied participating in the controversial government program. When will one of their employees say otherwise?
By Ryan Bradley, senior editor
FORTUNE -- Thursday night, after the Guardian broke news of Verizon's involvement in a massive domestic spying operation by the National Security Agency, the Washington Post and the Guardian both revealed the existence of a program called PRISM -- a means by which the government gained access MOREJun 7, 2013 11:51 AM ET
So do Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! and Facebook.
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) was one of nine U.S. companies scrambling Friday to distance themselves from reports that they had handed the keys to their server farms to government spies.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that the National Security Agency -- a U.S. intelligence agency so secretive that for many years even its name was a secret -- had been, according to slides promoting its MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 7, 2013 9:53 AM ET
Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act release, you can search like a spy.
FORTUNE -- The National Security Agency has declassified its training manual for using common search engines as a research tool.
Written by Robyn Winder and Charlie Speight and published in 2007 by the NSA's Center for Digital Content, Untangling the Web: An Introduction to Internet Research is a 643-page long introduction to everything from the very basics of MOREMatt Vella - May 9, 2013 10:57 AM ET
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