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Can the government read your private e-mails?

E-mail is now protected from secret government searches thanks to a recent U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. Read about this landmark e-mail privacy ruling.


10 Most Incriminating Secret Recordings

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 »

Wiretaps and Tinfoil Hats: The Privacy Quiz

Wiretaps and Tinfoil Hats: The Privacy Quiz

Test your knowledge of privacy and conspiracy in this quiz. See more »

How the NSA Works

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

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?

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

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 »

Can the government read your private e-mails?

Email is now protected from secret government searches thanks to a recent U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. Read about this landmark email privacy ruling. 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 »

How Wiretapping Works

How Wiretapping Works

Wiretapping allows people to listen to the phone calls of others. Learn how wiretapping works, wiretapping history and about wiretapping techniques. See more »

How Social Security Numbers Work

How Social Security Numbers Work

Social security numbers are assigned to each individual citizen by the Federal Government. Learn about social security numbers and how social security numbers are used. See more »