Congress’s Misstep on Crypto Reporting Shows the Dangerous Allure of Surveillance

The visceral pushback to Sen. Rob Portman's reporting requirements isn't about avoiding taxes – it's about protecting digital liberties.

Opinion  ·  9 August 2021

Why I’m Skeptical of FATF’s ‘Extreme Right Wing’ Watch

The existence of hate organizations should not give grounds for increased financial surveillance.

People  ·  30 June 2021

Civil Liberties Group Calls FinCEN Crypto Wallet Rule ‘Unconstitutional’

The nonprofit said FinCEN's proposed rule "represents a radical extension of ... financial surveillance of innocent Americans."

News  ·  30 March 2021

Facial Recognition Tech May Be Being Used Against Russian Protestors

Russian police officials may be tracking attendees at pro-Navalny protests using facial recognition tools, detainees claim.

Tech  ·  1 February 2021

FinCEN’s Wallet Rule Aims to Close Crypto-Cash Reporting Gap, Official Says

FinCEN Deputy Director Michael Mosier encouraged commenters to provide practical, technical feedback on the rule.

Policy & regulation  ·  1 February 2021

The Year We Learned the Rewards and Risks of Smart Devices

Moving into 2021, smart devices may be the most important battleground for data ownership and personal privacy.

Tech  ·  17 December 2020

Solidus Labs Believes Its Crypto Surveillance Tool Can Help Launch a Bitcoin ETF

Solidus Labs believes its new surveillance tool can help regulators maintain confidence in crypto markets, potentially leading to the approval of a bitcoin ETF.

Policy & regulation  ·  19 November 2020

The Raw, Savage Capitalism of Open-Source Protocols

Recapping the biggest stories of the week, including Joe Biden’s China plan, a market holding pattern and, of course, the strange competitive saga of SUSHI.

People  ·  12 September 2020

Huawei Builds Blockchain Platform to Help Beijing Government Manage People’s Data

Huawei’s cloud services arm is helping the Beijing government set up a blockchain platform that would better track and manage people’s data.

Tech  ·  24 August 2020

Moscow May Sell Footage From Public Security Cameras: Report

Moscow authorities plan to sell and broadcast over the internet video from surveillance cameras, according to a report.

Policy & regulation  ·  24 August 2020

‘Radical Indifference’: How Surveillance Capitalism Conquered Our Lives

"Disinformation is a routine consequence of surveillance capitalism," says "Surveillance Capitalism" author Shoshana Zuboff in a wide-ranging interview.

People  ·  10 June 2020

Russians Troll Government COVID-19 App With 1-Star Ratings, Harsh Reviews

The Russian government released an app to track citizens during the coronavirus pandemic. Privacy advocates are leaving bad reviews in the app stores.

Policy & regulation  ·  17 April 2020

Decentralized Protocol Removed From EU Contact Tracing Website Without Notice

EU researchers are concerned after their proposal for a decentralized contact tracing system was rejected without explanation.

Policy & regulation  ·  16 April 2020

Privacy Advocates Are Sounding Alarms Over Coronavirus Surveillance

Crises provide opportunities for surveillance architecture to move forward, say privacy advocates. This time is no different.

Tech  ·  23 March 2020

Israeli Bitcoiners See Surveillance as Unavoidable During Coronavirus Crisis

Tracking mobile-phone data may save lives during the pandemic, but will it become a permanent feature of the surveillance state?

Policy & regulation  ·  19 March 2020