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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.

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  • 10 Most Incriminating Secret Recordings

    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. See more »

  • Do you have the right to privacy when you're in your car?

    Do you have the right to privacy when you're in your car?

    Did you really think NSA stood for No Snooping Allowed? Of course not. But there's at least one more source of data for them to collect that you may not have considered -- and it's in your car. See more »

  • Do you lose the right to privacy when you die?

    Do you lose the right to privacy when you die?

    Do we have a right to privacy? It isn't specifically laid out in the Constitution, but we do have the right to protect our private information. But what happens to that privacy once you die? See more »

  • How can I erase my identity and start over?

    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. See more »

  • How Social Security Numbers Work

    How Social Security Numbers Work

    What do the numbers on a Social Security card mean? Are they random? And how easy is it for someone to steal your identity using your SSN? Find out all about Social Security numbers. See more »

  • How the NSA Works

    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. See more »

  • How the Patriot Act Works

    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. See more »

  • How to Land on the Government Watch List

    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. See more »

  • How Wiretapping Works

    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. See more »

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

    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. See more »

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