Even governments in democracies with strong traditions of rule of law find themselves tempted to abuse these new abilities.
The government can access your phone metadata, drivers licence photo and much more. And new research shows Australians are OK about it. But that might change.
If you're worried your phone is recording your private conversations, look closer at the data you've already agreed to give away.
Experts describe their research into how smartphones collect and share private personal information with tracking companies and advertisers.
Companies are compiling your smartphone data into shockingly intimate profiles that can be used against you.
Virtual private networks help citizens around the world evade state surveillance – how long until more governments take action?
What governments and companies think they know about us – whether or not it's accurate – has real power over our actual lives.
Sooner or later, China will recognise the value of digital assets. This adds to the urgency of citizens ensuring they control the data trails that tell the world what they think and do.
As searches of smartphones and other digital devices at US borders become more common, can research and computer science help protect travelers' privacy?