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

Is the U.S. government building a Gattaca-level DNA database?

The United States is involved in a massive expansion in the DNA-collecting capabilities of the federal government. Find out who this law affects and about the controversy surrounding DNA databases.

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

What is Facebook Secret Conversations? Learn more about the Facebook secret messaging option in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Fish and Final Exams Shut Down Internet Access

Recently, two countries restricted Internet access for their citizens for two very different reasons. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

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

The Simera system is a battlefield tech coming to civilian skies soon. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

In the Fight Against Terrorism, Is Encryption the Enemy?

Can countries monitor terrorist communications while allowing the public privacy? HowStuffWorks Now explore the issue. See more »

Sharing Is Not Caring: Privacy, Surveillance and CISA

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act passed the Senate this week. Learn about the CISA bill and how it could affect you at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

10 Most Incriminating Secret Recordings

You may realize that you may be secretly recorded at any time. Learn about 10 recordings that incriminated the people connected to them See more »

How the NSA Works

Do you know how the NSA works? Find out how the NSA works at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How to Land on the Government Watch List

You've heard about the government watch list. But who's on it and why? Find out what puts a person on a government watch list and how you get off of it. See more »

How can I erase my identity and start over?

If I erase my identity would it be possible for me to start a new life as someone else? Find of if it is possible to erase my identity. See more »

How the Patriot Act Works

The Patriot Act was created to strengthen domestic security and prevent terrorism. Learn about the Patriot Act and find out why the Patriot Act is controversial. See more »