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Privacy

The Privacy Channel features information concerning the intrusion into private lives and society. Learn more about wiretapping, social security or the Patriot Act.

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How Wiretapping Works

It's easy to tap a phone. Keeping a wiretap secret, now that's the tricky part. That’s where the recording equipment and surveillance teams come in. Learn how government spies and other pros go about listening in.


What's Up With Facebook's Secret Conversations Mode?

The world's largest social media playground is looking to make private conversations a little more secure.

Fish and Final Exams Shut Down Internet Access

It's a bold move: limiting or shutting off Internet access for an entire country. But it's happened twice recently, and it's bound to happen again.

Brazil Olympics Will Use Surveillance System to Watch Entire Cities from the Sky

The balloon-based Simera system is battlefield tech that'll be used to monitor individuals in a civilian setting. Should that concern you?

In the Fight Against Terrorism, Is Encryption the Enemy?

How do we monitor and investigate terrorist communications without sacrificing the public's privacy and freedom? That's a million-dollar question.

Sharing Is Not Caring: Privacy, Surveillance and CISA

This week the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. If you have an Internet connection and U.S. citizenship, you should know what it's about.

10 Most Incriminating Secret Recordings

Before humanity got a handle on the idea of potentially being recorded at any moment, some public figures learned that lesson the hard way. Here are 10 recordings that were damning to the parties involved.

How the NSA Works

Shrouded in mystery. Exposed by a fresh-faced cubicle dweller. An introduction to the National Security Agency, its mission and activities, and the domestic spying programs uncovered in the Edward Snowden leak.

How to Land on the Government Watch List

If you get tagged for extra security screening each time you take a flight, you may be on a government watch list. Find out how you -- innocent you -- made the list.

How can I erase my identity and start over?

Can you kiss your old life goodbye and start anew? In the movies, people do it all the time, but a real-life clean slate is a little more complicated.

How the Patriot Act Works

Supporters claim it's been instrumental for security investigations and terrorist arrests, while critics counter that it gives the government too much power and undermines democracy. Let's take a look at what the Patriot Act is, what people say about it, and whether it's really working.