In addition to capturing conversations, the retail giant's spy system could also track the length of lines at the checkout counter, how many items are scanned and the number of bags employees use.
As face-scanning technologies find new applications in store checkout lines, police body cameras and war zones, developers struggle to balance business opportunities with difficult moral decisions.
The agency says "technical irregularities" were found in customer data collected from telecommunications companies. Data security and privacy rights advocates say the move shows deep flaws in the program.
The Rahm Emanuel administration has continued the city's long, troubled history of snooping on groups exercising their First Amendment rights—and now state legislators want to let it use drones.
Robert Scheer talks with Nate Cardozo, the attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, on the struggle to protect free expression, privacy and innovation in a hyperconnected world.
A partnership revealed in internal Cambridge Analytica documents highlights the connections between private intelligence firms and Western governments engaged in Middle East counterintelligence.
Documents obtained by the Grayzone Project show how the SCL company conducted a surveillance operation using psychological profiling, “strategic communications campaigns” and infiltration of foreign operatives into local communities.
The Intercept journalist says that while Donald Trump's personality, rhetoric and style are "something unlike what we've seen before in the Oval Office," the president's policies are in line with mainstream American politics.
The former FBI chief has been a central figure in the gutting of the Fourth Amendment and in trying to make sure the government can break your encryption and spy on you.
The Justice Department objects to the plan to release a memo on the Russia investigation that Republicans say shows improper use of surveillance by the FBI.