The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI is using hacker tools to remotely activate Android smartphone microphones and laptop cameras. By Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.

The London Guardian's Glenn Greenwald revealed in a July 31 exposé that the NSA has indeed been collecting the full text of every American's e-mails without a warrant under the “XKeyscore” program, flatly contradicting the claims of congressional opponents of the Amash amendment last week.

A story broken by CNET on July 25 stated that the U.S. government has “demanded” that major Internet companies provide federal agencies with their customers’ passwords. The report identified the information as coming from two unidentified technology industry sources “familiar with these orders.”

The country's largest tech companies have been hiding the true scope of their cooperation with the NSA's surveillance programs.

The collaboration between Google, NASA, and a small cutting-edge computer company marks a breakthrough in technology that could threaten U.S. citizens' privacy even further.