Ryan Gallagher

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Ryan Gallagher is an award-winning Scottish journalist whose work at The Intercept is focused on government surveillance, technology, and civil liberties. His reporting has appeared in publications including Slate, The Guardian, Ars Technica, Huffington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Financial Times, The Independent, and The New Statesman. Since 2011, Ryan has broken a series of national and international stories about controversial surveillance technologies, shining a light on spy agencies and uncovering links between western technology firms and governments in repressive countries. He is a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation and he graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2010.

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Google Accused of “Abusive” Conduct in Privacy App Case

Google Accused of “Abusive” Conduct in Privacy App Case

An award-winning company founded by former Google engineers is suing the search engine giant over claims it is violating privacy rights on a “massive scale.”

Revealed: How DOJ Gagged Google over Surveillance of WikiLeaks Volunteer

Revealed: How DOJ Gagged Google over Surveillance of WikiLeaks Volunteer

The Obama administration fought a legal battle against Google to secretly obtain the email records of a security researcher and journalist associated with WikiLeaks. Newly unsealed court documents obtained by The Intercept reveal the Justice Department won an order forcing Google to turn over more than one year’s worth of data from the Gmail account>>

Inside the Secret World of NSA Art

Inside the Secret World of NSA Art

David Darchicourt worked with the NSA for years as a graphic designer, illustrating top-secret documents about government surveillance. Now he’s the unwitting subject of a new exhibit.

Report: NSA Sifts Americans’ International Internet Traffic to Hunt Hackers

Report: NSA Sifts Americans’ International Internet Traffic to Hunt Hackers

The National Security Agency’s ability to warrantlessly sift through Americans’ international Internet traffic has been secretly expanded as part of efforts to identify malicious hackers. The increased surveillance, sanctioned by the Obama administration in 2012, has allowed the NSA to monitor U.S. Internet networks for information about hacks originating abroad, the New York Times and>>

U.N. Special Rapporteur: Governments Must Not “Backdoor” Encryption for Spying

U.N. Special Rapporteur: Governments Must Not “Backdoor” Encryption for Spying

A landmark new United Nations report is “the first attempt to create a legal framework for digital security,” David Kaye, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on freedom of expression, told The Intercept in an interview Thursday. The report is urging governments not to ban or mandate surveillance “backdoors” in encryption and anonymity tools that are used>>

Apple and Google Just Attended a Confidential Spy Summit in a Remote English Mansion

Apple and Google Just Attended a Confidential Spy Summit in a Remote English Mansion

The three-day conference included current or former spy chiefs from seven countries, including the U.S. and U.K., plus academics and journalists.

NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones

NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones

The NSA and its partners developed a top-secret method to infect smartphones with spyware through Google and Samsung app servers, Snowden documents reveal.

Counterterrorism Conference Kicks Out Intercept Journalist

Counterterrorism Conference Kicks Out Intercept Journalist

“We’re not banning you, we’re just not allowing you access,” Mike Oldknow, the security chief, told me Wednesday, when I showed up to attend one of the world’s largest annual counterterrorism events.

New Zealand Plotted Hack on China With NSA

New Zealand Plotted Hack on China With NSA

Kiwi spies teamed up with NSA hackers to break into a data link in Auckland as part of a secret plan to eavesdrop on China.

New Zealand Spy Data Shared With Bangladeshi Human Rights Abusers

New Zealand Spy Data Shared With Bangladeshi Human Rights Abusers

Kiwi agency shared intel despite allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings.