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You are being watched(1)

Now that we know for sure that we live in a surveillance state, where do we go from here?
Government surveillance is deep, broad, and dangerous
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 06, 2013

You Are Not Alone: The fight for electronic privacy reaches Beacon Hill

Your tinfoil-hat fears about Big Brother might be justified.

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 18, 2013

On the right to privacy

Action Speaks, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall season October 24 with a discussion of Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), the landmark Supreme Court decision that overturned a law banning contraception and fou

By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 19, 2012

Police drones redefine civil liberty

The War on Terrorism — or whatever name it goes by today — has not been kind to the freedom in whose name it dispenses death.
Privacy's new threat
By EDITORIAL  |  August 10, 2012

Muzzles on campus

Sticks and stones might break your bones, but on college campuses in the Northeast, words can get you expelled.
The 15th Annual Muzzle Awards, student edition
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 13, 2012

With friends like these ...

It's almost laughable that people get so upset about electronic privacy when the government can search your car, containers, and property outside your home without a search warrant.
Letters to the Boston editors, April 27, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 27, 2012


‘Strip Searches for all,’ says the US Supreme Court is its latest and sickest ruling

The recent US Supreme Court ruling allowing for suspects of even the most minor, nonviolent crimes to be strip-searched is — on a political level — outrageous, and on a personal level it is twisted and smarmy. Quite literally, it perverts an already sick
Naked justice
By EDITORIAL  |  April 06, 2012

Google promises to "safely discard" childrens social securtity numbers it collected during art contest

You may have heard of a company called Google. They say they're not evil. And to prove they're not evil, when Google was caught collecting...
By Carly Carioli  |  February 24, 2011

Piercing pride, diving into drinks, and Facebook fanatics

I am 18 and am currently in the midst of the search for my first job. I have three facial piercings and I am wondering if this will be detrimental in landing a job ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  January 07, 2011

The year in tech

This year saw some tech wins (public information), some losses (privacy), and many more questions for the future of an increasingly wired world. (Example: Is anything secret anymore?) And there was the appearance of yet another grassroots David, and, as
Private eyes are watching you

Weddings, speakerphones and secrets

Recently, my husband was invited to the wedding of one of his co-workers. I found it odd that the invitation was addressed solely to him, as she has knows he is married and has met me on a few occasions.
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  December 10, 2010


Airport upgrades

Air travel choices have evolved.
By DAVID KISH  |  December 03, 2010

The ultimate negative liberty: Privacy

Privacy, in the scheme of things, is a relatively new invention.
The right to be left alone
By EDITORIAL  |  September 24, 2010

The world is watching

You are being watched.
If you don't want the government, big industry, and some 15 year old to know your secrets, you're shit out of luck. And so far no one knows what to do about it.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 24, 2010

Google: The ultimate cockblocker

You'd never believe how many times my debauched past has come back to bite me in the ass.
Or, how internet search engines are ruining my life
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  September 24, 2010

Porn, policy, and living with cerebral palsy: Three stories and an opinion about the end of privacy

Here's a newsflash: privacy is kind of under attack. Fine, we all sort of had that one figured out. But this week in the Phoenix...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 23, 2010


Interview: Nev Schulman

These days, getting Andy Warhol's 15 minutes of fame seems less difficult than getting 15 minutes of privacy.
The photographer talks about the one that got away in Catfish
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2010

Player betrayers

On July 6, Blizzard Entertainment announced that the forums on its immensely popular World of Warcraft would begin to show players' legal names instead of their character names. Blizzard's explanation? "Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online
World of Warcraft's privacy-breach bummer
By MADDY MYERS  |  July 23, 2010

Privacy concerns make facebook the new bad guy

There was, for a time, a pretty clear moral hierarchy in the tech sector. Microsoft was the evil overlord, Apple the virtuous underling.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 28, 2010

Facebook for life

Facebook users have been notably vocal about their privacy concerns, and last week's blow-up over the change in the site's contract produced an outpouring of suspicion, recrimination, and protest.
Facebook is giving away your personal information and at least one data-miner is nervous about privacy.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 24, 2009

See your house in Google Street View

Google Street View has come to Maine - and we expect privacy problems will not be far behind. To see...
By Jeff Inglis  |  December 09, 2008

The Peeping Pervs Go One Step Too Far

           This morning’s Boston Globe reports on the crim...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  June 12, 2008

Do Students Have a Right not to be Outed?

The ACLU has found itself a strong test case for determining whether a student’s right to privac...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  May 02, 2008

This Just In: New data hack has major privacy implications

The New York Times is reporting that a group from Princeton has developed a way of reading encrypted...
By James Tierney  |  February 22, 2008

This Just In: Silverglate and Tierney on Glik prosecution in today's Phoenix

Harvey and I have an article on Simon Glik in today's Phoenix, following up on some of the post-tria...
By James Tierney  |  February 21, 2008

This Just In: Amtrak Is Just Curious About What’s Inside Your Purse, Ma’am

Over at the law blog Concurring Opinions, Daniel Solove points to an AP article reporting that “Amtr...
By James Tierney  |  February 20, 2008

Post-Motions Hearing update on the Glik Prosecution

    This past weekend, my research assistant James Tierney and I published an op-ed in the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly about the dubious arrest and prosecution...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  January 31, 2008

Painting nude athletes – is the artist covered?

By Harvey Silverglate I was reminded of the convoluted mish-mash that First Amendment law has become (thanks, in large measure, to courts not taking seriously...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  November 30, 2007

Boston Police's End Run Around The Constitution

It is all too true that when it comes to questions of constitutional rights, the devil (or the ange...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  November 21, 2007

What's So Bad About Soliciting Sex?

        It’s long been apparent from Mitt Romney’s opportunistic polit...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  August 31, 2007