Keep your texts private in Trump's America (and everywhere else, too)


So, here we are: With a new president come new concerns over surveillance powers that could so forcefully bite us in the ass.

The public has good reason to believe that President Donald Trump would love to expand data-collection programs in his administration. He's said, repeatedly, that he'd like to surveil mosques. Rep. Mike Pompeo—Trump's pick for CIA director who's likely to be confirmed in the next few days—has also advocated for expanded spy efforts. All signs point to lots of little electronic eyeballs, watching us always.

To be fair, Trump didn't build this machine. It was President Barack Obama who extended the Patriot Act during his tenure, and defended the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs after Edward Snowden brought them to light.  Read more...

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