As you turn your head to ponder what devices might be recording you, add an upward gaze, because light fixtures are emerging on the list of potentially snooping, networked things.
Just by looking at suspects, police could instantly check out their arrest records, mugshots and other key information. Of course, they could also record everything and everybody they see, regardless of whether they have a warrant or reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.
The US government had a change of heart regarding disclosure of NSA surveillance requests. Tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo have duly let loose the goods - but six months stale with scant details.
It takes a lot of water to cool the spy agency's supercomputers, plus a lot of electricity. Two 4th Amendment-focused nonprofits are putting forth a template for a bill that would enable US states to turn off the lights and the taps and thereby, basically, starve the agency of the juice it needs to run.
Beyond device details, data shared over the internet by iOS and Android apps can include personal information such as age, gender, and location, while some apps share even more sensitive user information, such as sexual preference.
San Jose residents are voluntarily signing up to make it easy for Police to use their security camera footage. Is it a sensible and well managed use of available technology or, as the EFF claims, is it police overreach?
The big stories of 2013 were Adobe, PRISM and CryptoLocker - but what about some of the wackier stuff? Google's dead donkey? The Space Station lost and found? Gun wielding penguins?
All this and more in 60 Sec Security - 04 January 2014
The White House on Wednesday released a 303-page report from a panel of presidential advisors who recommended that, among other things, the NSA's massive data trawling carry on, but that the data be kept in private hands for "queries and data mining" only by court order.
The judge said that the NSA's collection technology is "almost Orwellian" and is likely unconstitutional. His injunction to cease data collection is stayed to give the US government time to appeal - a process that could take six months.
Agency spies snooped on online gaming worlds, including World of Warcraft, Second Life and Xbox Live
The games were so overrun with spies as of 2008, the intelligence outfits mulled a "deconfliction" group so they wouldn't collide into each other.
Without going into detail, US President Barack Obama has said that he'll propose "some self-restraint" to the National Security Agency (NSA) in order to rein in rampant snooping.
Microsoft says it's fast-tracking the encryption of consumer data and moving toward greater source-code transparency. It sounds good on paper, though there are those who question why Skype, for one, was left off the list and how in the world we can trust a for-profit software maker.
The US' National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting and storing the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, even when they're switched off, according to Edward Snowden.
When is Computer Security Day? What can forward secrecy do for you? Can you believe there's an 0-day in XP?
Have some fun finding out the answers in this week's 60 Second Security!
The UK in 2007 gave the go-ahead to the US National Security Agency (NSA) to snoop on innocent Britons not suspected of any wrongdoing, new documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show.
Worldwide requests have more than doubled since 2009, while the US - which is once again the most voracious data requester - has more than tripled its requests for information on Google customers.
You can't get out of cooperating with government-ordered electronic surveillance by shutting down, any more than a business can stop police from executing a search warrant by locking its front gate, the US government tutted at former encrypted-email provider Lavabit.
Police and other authorities are using smartphones and tablets to snap photos in the field, without warrants or asking for subjects' permission to run their images against criminal databases. The program was rolled out without public hearings or notice, and could represent the beginning of a national rollout.
Fast on the heels of reports that Russia allegedly passed out boobytrapped USB sticks at the G20 summit, iPads were plucked from users' hands at a UK Cabinet meeting out of fear that they might be bugged by foreign intelligence agencies.