City of London halts recycling bins tracking phones of passers-by

The City of London is halting a scheme that used recycling bins to track people as they walked by with their smartphones. The head of Renew London, which was behind the operation, wrote in an email, “I can confirm that we are not currently running any trials.” Quartz was ...

Who needs drones when you've got satellites?

The belief that the US government will be using drones to spy on its citizens might not have any basis, as its security forces move towards satellite spying instead.

Virginia Tech researchers design robotic jellyfish for recon

There are a huge and varied number of uses for robots in the military, such as BigDog which is designed to carry food, gear, and other items for soldiers on the battlefield.

Tethered drones can spy indefinitely

New drones use a tether for power - significantly increasing their duration.

UK faces legal action over spyware sales to brutal regimes

Campaign group Privacy International has launched legal action against the British government for allowing the sale of surveillance technology to repressive regimes.

The DHS surveillance of OccupyWallStreet



New documents obtained by WikiLeaks indicate that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) routinely monitored OccupyWallStreet (OWS) activities and protests as they spread across more than 70 cities.

FDA spied on doctors and scientists

The US Food and Drug Administration routinely monitored the personal e-mail of certain FDA scientists and doctors after they warned Congress the agency was approving risky medical devices.

NYC eyes drones for surveillance


The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is apparently mulling over the idea of deploying drones to assist officials with various law enforcement tasks.

Chinese bars told to snoop on customers' Wifi use

China's ordering bars, cafes and other places offering free Wifi access to monitor their customers' online activities, according to state media.

Finland to step up 'Net monitoring after Norway attacks

Finnish police are taking no chances after the attacks on their neighbors in Norway. They are going to begin watching the Web more strictly for signs of extremism.

Navy tests robotic jet skis

Why use a regular old jet ski or patrol boat to monitor a habor when you can deploy an awesome looking sawed off robotic jet ski?

Surveillance cameras monitor food intake in school cafeterias

Think it is safe to grab an extra slice of pie? Well, think again.

Feds in Detroit search Facebook for crime info

In Detroit federal investigators are getting search warrants to gain access to the Facebook accounts of suspected criminals.

Boeing-owned firm 'helped Egypt eavesdrop'

Advocacy group Free Press is alleging that a Californian company has been helping the Egyptian government inspect the contents of email, Twitter and Facebook messages.

Police use of drones in U.S. likely to start privacy debate

Law enforcement in the United States has been quietly using aerial drones in a domestic capacity. The Texas Department of Public Safety has deployed them more than any other local or state agency.

What the hell is up with Orwellian Wal-Mart?

You may have thought I was ranting and raving all paranoid-like when I wrote about Big Sis coming to video screens at Wal-Mart stores last month. I wasn’t exaggerating.

Feds caught spying on US citizens

Documents recently obtained by the ACLU indicate that federal agencies have repeatedly violated legal limits governing the surveillance of American citizens.

EFF challenges government to prove it needs more surveillance

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a suit against three government agencies, aiming to challenge their assertion that 'back doors' should be incorporated into all communications systems for security reasons.

Government uses social networking to infiltrate people's lives

As part of a lawsuit against half a dozen federal agencies, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)  has obtained chilling documents revealing how the government routinely monitors people online.

Obama wants to unscramble our private communications

America has been known as the military–industrial complex for decades now, so it’s not surprising that the post 9/11 national security state has created big brother problems.