Russian surveillance plane got shot down by Syria—and Russia blames Israel

Enlarge / An Ilyushin IL-20M intelligence collection aircraft, the type shot down Monday evening by Syrian air defenses. (credit: Kirill Naumenko) On Monday night, a Russian Air Force Ilyushin IL-20 “Coot-A” electronic intelligence and radar reconnaissance aircraft monitoring the Idlib province of Syria was mistakenly shot down by Syrian air defense forces after an Israeli […]

European Court rules UK surveillance program violated human rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is the latest to deem the UK government’s mass surveillance program unlawful. Judges ruled the “bulk interception regime” violated the right to privacy and freedom of expression. It said there was “insufficient oversight” over what communications UK agencies were collecting and also noted that there were “inadequate” safeguards […]

FBI releases Carter Page surveillance documents, Trump claims his campaign was spied on illegally

Associated Press/Pavel Golovkin Following months of partisan arguments in Congress, the FBI released heavily redacted documents about the surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser. The agency was investigating whether Carter Page was conspiring with the Russian government to undermine the 2016 US presidential election. President Donald Trump seized on the documents to claim his […]

China’s ‘Big Brother’ surveillance technology is impressive and chilling — but it’s not nearly as all-seeing as the government wants you to think

REUTERS/Bobby Yip The Chinese government is working to combine its 170+ million security cameras with artificial intelligence and facial recognition technology to create a vast surveillance state. The government isn’t quiet about its efforts, often playing up technological successes in state media to convince the populace of its impressive capabilities. But recent reports suggest that […]

Supreme Court surveillance opinion nudges us to think nationally, act locally

Enlarge / The Supreme Court of the United States, as seen in 2017. (credit: Phil Roeder / Flickr) Christmas came on Friday, June 22 this year—that is, if you’re a privacy and surveillance law nerd. After deliberating the decision for months, the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Carpenter v. United States, a case […]

VIDEO: Surveillance footage captures driver bursting through the windshield in a fiery SUV crash in Florida

Screenshot via WFLA Surveillance video captured a fiery SUV crash in Florida that launched a driver out of the windshield of the vehicle. The white Cadillac SUV collided with a toll booth in Osceola County on June 3. Police told a local news station the driver may have been “fatigued.” The driver was lying motionless […]

‘Total political & legal bust!’: Trump slams Democrats’ memo on Russia probe & surveillance abuse

Published time: 24 Feb, 2018 23:47 Edited time: 24 Feb, 2018 23:54 US President Donald Trump has dismissed the memo released by the US House Intelligence Committee Democrats as a “total political and legal bust.” “The Democrat memo response on government surveillance abuses is a total political and legal BUST. Just confirms all of the […]

North Korean Olympians have a 24/7 surveillance team who will tackle them if they try to run away

Getty Images North Korean athletes are subject to round-the-clock security at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Each athlete has a “minder” who will even follow them into the toilet so their whereabouts can be guaranteed at all times. Athletes from North Korea are “separated” from athletes from other nations. North Korea is paranoid […]