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Dec 10, 2019, 8:00am EST
  • July 8, 2020

    The hidden trackers in your phone, explained

    How covert code enables your phone’s apps to spy on you.

  • June 22, 2020

    Apple is finally making it easy to hide from trackers

    The company’s new operating systems want you to know — and control — who’s watching you online.

  • May 20, 2020

    Apple and Google roll out their new exposure notification tool. Interest seems limited.

    What will happen now that two massive tech companies have let their powers combine to fight the coronavirus?

  • May 14, 2020

    The Senate voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant

    Many senators wanted to forbid the government from secretly collecting information about your internet habits, but an amendment failed by just one vote.

  • February 3, 2020

    How ads follow you around the internet

    Hint: It’s why every site asks you to accept cookies.

  • January 16, 2020

    New York could put a hold on facial recognition in schools. Here’s why.

    One New York school district acquired facial recognition to keep students safe. But some say the technology has risks and isn’t worth the cost.

  • January 6, 2020

    Tech companies tried to help us spend less time on our phones. It didn’t work.

    Checking in on "time well spent."

  • January 1, 2020

    Illinois says you should know if AI is grading your online job interviews

    A first-of-its-kind law might give employment candidates more insight into the algorithms that analyze their interviews, but they shouldn’t expect much to change.

  • December 30, 2019

    California’s new privacy law, explained

    The California Consumer Privacy Act gives Californians some control over their data, but only if they know how to take advantage of it.

  • December 26, 2019

    Tenants sounded the alarm on facial recognition in their buildings. Lawmakers are listening.

    Imagine being locked out of your home because software selected by your landlord can’t identify your face.

  • December 16, 2019

    What’s going on with TikTok, China, and the US government?

    The wildly popular video app’s ties to China are prompting some US users and politicians to panic.

  • December 13, 2019

    Genetic testing is an inexact science with real consequences

    How flawed genetic testing could be used for more than screwing up your race.

  • December 10, 2019

    What facial recognition steals from us

    A video explainer on the technology that’s changing the meaning of the human face.

  • December 10, 2019

    Facebook’s political ad problem, explained by an expert

    "I think Facebook is the most afraid": an interview with former Facebook security executive Alex Stamos.

  • December 10, 2019

    How to avoid a dystopian future of facial recognition in law enforcement

    The future of police surveillance doesn’t have to be scary. But government and citizens need to step up.

  • December 10, 2019

    Open Sourced: The hidden consequences of tech, revealed

    Recode’s new multiplatform journalism project explains and exposes the hidden consequences of tech — the good, the bad, and the complicated.

  • December 10, 2019

    Join the Open Sourced Reporting Network 

    Help us report on the real consequences of data, privacy, algorithms, and AI.

  • December 10, 2019

    Why every website wants you to accept its cookies

    Cookies alerts are supposed to improve our privacy online. But are they?

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