US Government Can Spy on Journalists

The US government can monitor journalists under a foreign intelligence law that allows invasive spying and operates outside the traditional court system, according to newly released documents. Targeting members of the press under the law, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, requires approval from the Justice Department’s highest-ranking officials, the documents show. In two 2015 memos for the FBI, the attorney general spells out “procedures for processing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications targeting known media entities or known members of the media.”

Source: The Intercept

Posted on: September 20, 2018

John Oliver Interviews Ed Snowden in Moscow

HBO "fake news" anchor John Oliver sits down with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to discuss government surveillance, the balance between privacy and security, and how even your most, er, intimate photos are being grabbed off the Internet by spies.

Source: Last Week Tonight

Posted on: April 6, 2015

UK Media Spying Challenged in ECHR

The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism has filed a case with the European Court of Human Rights, challenging the UK government's mass surveillance practices. The TBIJ is asking the court to rule on whether UK legislation properly protects journalists’ sources and communications from government scrutiny and mass surveillance.

Source: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Posted on: September 15, 2014

Surveillance Industry Index

Privacy International has issued the Surveillance Industry Index, a database detailing 338 surveillance vendors in 35 countries. This research was conducted as part of the Big Brother Incorporated project, an investigation into the international surveillance trade that focuses on the sale of technologies by Western companies to repressive regimes intent on using them as tools of political control.

Source: Privacy International

Posted on: November 26, 2013

Russian Surveillance Technologies in the West

We all know surveillance is big in Putin’s Russia. What you may not know is that Russia’s surveillance tech is being used all over — even in the U.S. This story is part of a series of investigative pieces on Russia’s surveillance state by Agentura.Ru, Citizen Lab and Privacy International.

Source: Wired - Danger Room

Posted on: May 13, 2013