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Who is keeping an eye on Japan's surveillance power?

The Japan Times

Utopias and dystopias have this in common: surveillance. Therefore the deeds we do conceal are evil. As Eric Schmidt remarked in 2009, when he was Google CEO, "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." Neither More nor Plato, Utopians both, would have found that objectionable, though Orwell and Zamyatin certainly would have. Schmidt's comment has been quoted so often, and provoked such outrage, that he probably wishes he'd kept it to himself.


We challenged MI5's mass surveillance. Then they spied on us

New Scientist

On Tuesday, Privacy International discovered that the UK intelligence agencies we have been challenging in court for years have at the same time been snooping on our data. As a human rights charity aiming to hold these very agencies to account, this is genuinely chilling. The evidence came to light during a case before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the court set up to hear complaints against the UK Government's intelligence services.


Muslims Given Say as New York City Drafts Surveillance Guidelines

U.S. News

The NYPD, which admitted no wrongdoing under settlement, had pursued an aggressive surveillance program after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that sent undercover officers into Muslim neighborhoods, organizations and mosques. Mayor Bill de Blasio ended the program shortly after he took office in 2014.


Advocates Seek Investigation of State Police Surveillance

U.S. News

Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck and State Police Col. John Cote declined to comment on specific allegations in the lawsuit but defended the practices of the so-called "fusion center" created to collect, analyze and share intelligence between the state and federal government after the Sept. 11 attacks.


Panel to Question Officials About Surveillance Allegations

U.S. News

Sauschuck and the state police chief, Col. John Cote, defended the practices of the so-called "fusion center" that was created to collect, analyze and share intelligence between the state and federal government. Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey also disputed the allegations.