Senators seek data on Americans caught up in surveillance

A Democratic privacy advocate and libertarian-minded Republican are asking the nation’s top intelligence official to release more information about the communications of American citizens swept up in surveillance operations. The request by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky adds to a chorus of calls for more transparency about how intelligence agencies use and […]

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Feds to Collect Nationwide Data on Police Shootings

The Department of Justice announced several steps Thursday to start collecting nationwide data on interactions between law enforcement and civilians, including police shootings and in-custody deaths. The move follows demands born out of protests surrounding the deaths of unarmed black people in places like Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland. So far, the task of aggregating information on police shootings has […]

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Assange says WikiLeaks to release ‘significant’ Clinton campaign data

WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange said on Wednesday his organization planned to release “significant” information linked to the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton before the Nov. 8 election. Asked if the data could be a game-changer in the election, the Australian told Fox News in an interview conducted by satellite: “I think it’s significant. You know, it […]

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Nielsen signs deal with Dish for viewing data

U.S.-based advertising tracking company Nielsen Holdings Plc (NLSN.N) said it signed a multi-year agreement with Dish Network Corp (DISH.O) to use data from Dish households to improve its understanding of viewing habits. The deal, Nielsen’s first with a pay-TV network, will also help advertisers and networks improve their marketing and programming decisions, Dish said. Nielsen, which is the dominant player […]

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Cruz advocates for privacy, but he’s collecting a lot of data

Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz’s Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters. His “Cruz Crew” mobile app is designed to gather detailed information from its users’ phones — tracking their physical movements and mining the names and contact information for friends […]

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