Loss of Privacy

Keeping you informed on recent losses to privacy and civil rights worldwide.

Border Patrol checkpoints aren’t always near the border. Some aren’t even on roads that go to the border. Take Arivaca Road; it’s an East-West route 25 miles north of the Mexican border in Southern Arizona.

A Border Patrol checkpoint has been operating there around the clock for seven years. Some residents of the town of Arivaca say agents at the checkpoint go well beyond their legal authority; searching vehicles and questioning citizens without cause. So they’ve begun their own monitoring — to inspect the process.

The monitors want the Arivaca checkpoint closed. They say it’s just one more sign of the permanent militarization of the border region. The Border Patrol says it has no plans to alter operations here.

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Public Schools for Sale? from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

Public education is becoming big business as bankers, hedge-fund managers and private-equity investors are entering what they consider to be an “emerging market.” Preeminent education historian Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education, says the privatization of public education has to stop. She was an advocate school choice and charter schools, but after careful investigation, has changed her mind.

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Everyone loves YouTube right? Wrong.



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The Transportation Safety Administration recently opened a new security model to the public. The agency says it wants to move away from a screening process that’s “one-size-fits-all.” Their answer: The Pre-check program. But what, exactly, are TSA officials checking?

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Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he say, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.” Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.

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