When Can the FBI Use National Security Letters to Go After Journalists? That’s Classified

Two weeks ago, the DOJ Inspector General released a report on the FBI’s use of National Security Letters (NSLs)—the controversial (and unconstitutional) surveillance instruments used to gather personal information ...

How the Recent Tails Operating System Vulnerability Affects Journalists and SecureDrop

On Wednesday afternoon, vulnerability and exploit research firm Exodus Intelligence disclosed a security vulnerability that would allow an attacker to deanonymize a user of Tails, the operating system that many ...

You Can Strengthen Anonymity, Privacy and Free Speech on the Internet by Running a Tor Relay

We're partnering with EFF, Tor Project, and Free Software Foundation on the Tor Challenge, a clarion call for people all over the world to support the Tor anonymity network ...

Freedom of Information Act Rundown: Stingray Surveillance and FERPA abuse

This post is adapted from CJ Ciaramella's weekly FOIA newsletter, which you can subscribe to here. STINGRAYS Last week I mentioned a new, crowd-funded project by MuckRock to ...

Motive, Means, and Opportunity: Why NSA Secrecy Should Worry Us All

Even if you haven’t studied criminal law, you’ll immediately understand the concept of motive, means, and opportunity.  Motive is you wanted to kill the victim.  Means is you were holding ...

Suspicionless Searches at the US Border: A Growing Problem for Press Freedom

On The Media dedicated its whole program this week to addressing a growing and disturbing problem: the suspension of constitutional rights at the US border, where Customs and Border Patrol ...

By Targeting WikiLeaks and Its Readers, NSA and GCHQ Have Directly Attacked Press Freedom

New Snowden documents published by The Intercept show the NSA and GCHQ targeted the media organization WikiLeaks with a variety of surveillance tactics, and even spied on its readers. This ...

NSA Refuses to Confirm or Deny Whether It Has Documents on Spy Program It Already Talked About

I’m getting a kick out of the letters the National Security Agency (NSA) has been sending me in response to my Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. A couple of ...

Mike Rogers' Comments Are Latest in Disturbing Pattern of Intelligence Officials Attacking the First Amendment

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) accused a group of journalists of committing a crime yesterday, falsely stating at a committee hearing that NSA reporters are “selling” the ...

NSA Sees "Grave Damage" to National Security If Draft Talking Points on Surveillance Released

The National Security Agency appears to have spent a lot of time trying to agree on a set of talking points agency officials could use to respond to revelations that ...