surveillance

Electronic Surveillance
4:20 am
Tue March 25, 2014

White House To Propose Halting NSA Bulk Collection Of Phone Data

The sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 12:42 pm

President Obama is preparing to announce a plan to scrap the government's systematic collection of bulk phone records as part of a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency's controversial electronic surveillance activities.

The New York Times, quoting senior administration officials, reports:

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Government Surveillance
4:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Tech Giants Say Enough Spying, Rep. DelBene Agrees

US Rep. Suzan DelBene

Ross Reynolds talks with US Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., about a bill called the USA Freedom Act that would reign in government surveillance capabilities.

9:57 am
Fri September 6, 2013

This Is Your Data Profile

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Somewhere, out there, is a profile of you. A file containing information about who you hang out with, what music you listen to and what you like to buy. APM's Stacey Vanek Smith went diving to find out what marketing companies knew about her. The two words that bothered her the most: "markedly single."
Reporter Stacey Vanek Smith delves into the world of data mining and comes face to face with her data profile.
Data Mining
1:47 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Oregon Sen. Wyden On The NSA, "The Law Always Ought To Be Public"

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

"When the American people find out how their government has secretly interpreted the Patriot Act, they are going to be stunned, and they are going to be angry," said Oregon Senator Ron Wyden on the Senate floor in May, 2011. He was referencing the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance program.

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Surveillance
12:18 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

How J. Edgar Hoover Set The Stage For NSA Surveillance

J. Edgar Hoover in 1916. Eight years later, Hoover would revolutionize surveillance using new techniques learned at the Library of Congress, where systems similar to the Dewey Decimal system were creating a revolution in data management.
Credit Courtesy of FBI

Edward Snowden's revelations about the scope of US government surveillance programs took many people by surprise. But the federal government has been tracking people's personal information for a long time.

Surveillance really took off in 1919. That's when a young Department of Defense lawyer named J. Edgar Hoover was tapped to head a brand new division of the department: the Radical Division. Hoover was only 24 years old at the time.

Historian Beverly Gage is writing a biography of Hoover. Today on KUOW Presents Brian Balogh asks her: Why Hoover? What qualified this young upstart to take over the government surveillance of radicals?

Full list of stories on KUOW Presents, August 8:

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Government Surveillance
11:51 am
Wed July 31, 2013

NSA: America’s Most Secret Agency

National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Md.
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

For 31 years journalist James Bamford has been writing about the National Security Agency and the threats he sees it posing to our privacy. Even after all the recent revelations about NSA spying on citizens, the agency knows much more than you think. The NSA listens in while Ross Reynolds and Bamford discuss the role of government surveillance.