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ACLU asks for data on 'Stingray' surveillance targeting immigrants

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a freedom of information request Friday for documents outlining how U.S. immigration authorities use cellphone surveillance equipment known as "Stingrays" to track down immigrants for deportation. ... Read more»

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Can border officials search your phone? These are your rights

Recent detentions and seizures of phones and other material from travelers to the United States have sparked alarm. We detail what powers Customs and Border Protection officials have over you and your devices. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Examining Trump’s wiretap claim

With no evidence, President Trump called it a “fact” that “President Obama was tapping my phones in October.” He compared the alleged surveillance to the criminal acts of “Nixon/Watergate.” Yet, Trump provided no support for the startling claim, and when the White House press office finally got around to explaining the tweets, it undercut Trump’s baseless claim.... Read more»

Arizona police agencies get low marks for body camera policies

Police departments in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson fell short in a new report that rated departments for policies that ensure that body cameras are a “tool for accountability, not a tool for surveillance” by agencies. ... Read more»

McSally demands info about FBI surveillance flights over Tucson

In a letter to the FBI's director, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally asked officials to brief her on the use of small planes to conduct government surveillance in and around Tucson. ... Read more»

Win: Tickets to sold-out Greenwald screening of 'Citizenfour'

The Oscar-winning documentary "Citizenfour" is sold out Thursday night at the Loft. The film will be followed by an onstage discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, and you could win a pair of free tickets!... Read more»

Analysis

FBI’s sudden move in Apple case isn’t really a surprise

After an abrupt “motion to vacate” Monday, the Justice Department has won postponement of a hearing on whether Apple should be forced to help the FBI break into the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook.... Read more»

What’s really at stake in the Apple encryption debate

In effect, the FBI is asking for Apple to write software that will provide something the government has sought without success for more than a decade: A “backdoor” that cracks the increasingly sophisticated encryption on consumers’ phones. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kirkpatrick: Close 'Terror Gap' to deny guns to those on no-fly list

People too dangerous to fly are too dangerous to buy guns and explosives. Makes sense, right? Not to Washington politicians. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Watch lists should never be used to deny constitutional rights

Terror watch lists may be a valuable tool to let law enforcement react at Jack Bauer speeds to thwart impending doom as the clock winds down. But they are horror shows when used to limit our civil rights, and Arizona Democrats may be on the road to McCarthyism as they attack McCain and McSally over gun laws. ... Read more»1

Your smart home may know a little too much about you

As the trend toward networked “smart homes” and “connected cars” continues, security precautions are more important than ever.... Read more»

Feds now required to get warrants for Stingray surveillance

A new policy outlines the use of cell-phone surveillance equipment by federal agencies, including requiring investigators ask for warrants and outline the retention of data scooped up during investigations. Tucson police said they are no longer using the gear, citing training costs and privacy concerns. ... Read more»

Tucson pushes to keep cell surveillance gear details secret

As part of an appeal to a December decision by a Pima County judge, an attorney for the city of Tucson argued that the release of documents detailing the use of "Stingray" cellphone surveillance equipment by Tucson police would compromise its use in investigations. ... Read more»

Verizon will let users kill 'zombie cookies'

Verizon says it will soon offer customers a way to opt out from having their smartphone and tablet browsing tracked via a hidden un-killable tracking identifier.... Read more»

Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you can’t kill

An online ad company called Turn is using tracking cookies that come back to life after Verizon users have deleted them. Turn’s services are used by everyone from Google to Facebook. ... Read more»

Judge: Tucson cops may keep cellphone surveillance docs secret

Arguing that the release of records relating to the use of cellphone tracking equipment could compromise its use as a law enforcement tool, a Pima County judge ruled that Tucson police may keep some documents about the Stingray device secret since release could "compromise sensitive law enforcement techniques."... Read more»2

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