Facebook taps lawyer who helped write Patriot Act as new general counsel

Facebook taps lawyer who helped write Patriot Act as new general counsel

In a press release from 2002, Assistant Attorney General Viet Dinh said of Newstead, "Her enhanced leadership duties and her excellent service on a range of issues — including helping craft the new U.S.A. Patriot Act to protect the United States against terror — have earned her this important distinction.

Facebook’s new chief lawyer helped write the Patriot Act

Facebook’s new chief lawyer helped write the Patriot Act

Jennifer Newstead, a Trump appointee who served in the Justice Department under President Bush, will soon be taking over as general counsel of Facebook, the company announced in a press release Monday afternoon.

Facebook hires State Department lawyer as general counsel

Facebook hires State Department lawyer as general counsel

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Monday named the legal adviser to the U.S. State Department as its general counsel, as the social media giant faces growing regulatory hurdles and privacy concerns.

Opinion | We Built An ‘Unbelievable’ (But Legal) Facial Recognition Machine

Opinion | We Built An ‘Unbelievable’ (But Legal) Facial Recognition Machine

It’s unclear whether the Domain Awareness System currently uses facial recognition, though the Police Department experimented with it in 2012, according to Clare Garvie, an associate at the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law School.

Feds Helping to Create 9,000 Spy Zones in U.S. Cities

Feds Helping to Create 9,000 Spy Zones in U.S. Cities

In three years, the city of Erie, Pennsylvania, will be transformed into a massive surveillance city equipped with facial recognition cameras, license plate readers and spying public Wi-Fi zones.

Four Steps Facebook Should Take to Counter Police Sock Puppets

Four Steps Facebook Should Take to Counter Police Sock Puppets

Despite Facebook’s repeated warnings that law enforcement is required to use “authentic identities” on the social media platform, cops continue to create fake and impersonator accounts to secretly spy on users.

Microsoft, Amazon are the last bidders standing for the $10 billion DoD JEDI cloud contract

Microsoft, Amazon are the last bidders standing for the $10 billion DoD JEDI cloud contract

U.S. Department of Defense officials have decided this week that the only two cloud vendors able to meet their requirements for a huge, winner-take-all project are Amazon and Microsoft. Google dropped out of the JEDI bidding last year, acknowledging it couldn't meet the requirements (and citing its AI principles, as well).

Silk Road 2 Founder Dread Pirate Roberts 2 Caught, Jailed for 5 Years

Silk Road 2 Founder Dread Pirate Roberts 2 Caught, Jailed for 5 Years

Paul Chowles, an investigator from the National Crime Agency (NCA) who worked on the case, told Motherboard in a phone call one piece of evidence included the private encryption key belonging to DPR2 on one of White’s computers.

Fairfax Judge Ruled in Our Favor Against Mass Surveillance of Virginia Drivers

Fairfax Judge Ruled in Our Favor Against Mass Surveillance of Virginia Drivers

A Fairfax judge has granted our petition for injunctive relief in our case Neal v. This case demonstrates that random mass surveillance by law enforcement agencies is not exempt from the requirements of Virginia's Government Data Collection and Dissemination Act (the Data Act).

NSA contractor pleads guilty to data theft

NSA contractor pleads guilty to data theft

This, said the Justice Department at the time of his arrest, meant that their "unauthorised disclosure could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security of the US".The vast pile of information was built up over the 20-year period that Mr Martin worked at the NSA and other US federal agencies.

The US Military Is Creating the Future of Employee Monitoring

The US Military Is Creating the Future of Employee Monitoring

It’s not looking at any other cyber data that’s available” — perhaps 20 percent of the available digital information on a person, Nehmer said at a November briefing put on by company, C3, a California-based technology company serving as a partner on the pilot.

SDPD Quietly Stopped Sharing License Plate Data With the Feds

SDPD Quietly Stopped Sharing License Plate Data With the Feds

Last April, Voice of San Diego revealed that the department was sharing data it collected through a network of cameras that scan license plates and record the date, time and GPS location of the cars that pass them.

Modern policing: Algorithm helps NYPD spot crime patterns

Modern policing: Algorithm helps NYPD spot crime patterns

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) The software, dubbed Patternizr, allows crime analysts stationed in each of the department's 77 precincts to compare robberies, larcenies and thefts to hundreds of thousands of crimes logged in the 's database, transforming their hunt for crime patterns with the click of a button.

Denver to encrypt police radio traffic, blocking the public — but not news organizations — from listening

Denver to encrypt police radio traffic, blocking the public — but not news organizations — from listening

RELATED: Denver police could be next to go silent as more Colorado agencies encrypt their radio traffic News organizations will have to sign a memorandum of understanding with the city before gaining access, and the city attorney’s office was working this week to finalize what that document will say, Pazen said.

#1: You Don’t Own Your Identity — The Digital Identity Podcast

#1: You Don’t Own Your Identity — The Digital Identity Podcast

We are delighted to present the first episode of our Digital Identity Podcast: You Don’t Own Your Identity . This podcast aims to steer you through those murky waters by providing insight into how personal information is managed and how we can provide a better alternative.

Forget Face ID: Smartphones Will Monitor How Workers Walk, Type And "Spend Their Free Time"

Forget Face ID: Smartphones Will Monitor How Workers Walk, Type And "Spend Their Free Time"

Forget Face ID: a collaboration between the Defense Department and a NY-based company called TWOSENSE.AI, has birthed an artificial intelligence algorithm that could be embedded in smartphones and will be able to identify the device owner by the way they talk, type, walk and even by how "they spend their free time".

Australian Government Agencies Already Flexing Their New Encryption-Breaking Powers

Australian Government Agencies Already Flexing Their New Encryption-Breaking Powers

If accessing a single target's communications can only be done by introducing a systemic vulnerability, it's safe to say the government will find a way to make the requested assistance adhere to the definitions its provided -- anything to avoid having to use the phrase "backdoor" anywhere in reports or public statements.

San Francisco lawmaker: Our cops should be banned from using facial recognition

San Francisco lawmaker: Our cops should be banned from using facial recognition

with 27 posters participating Share this story Further Reading Amazon’s Rekognition messes up, matches 28 lawmakers to mugshots If a new proposed municipal ordinance passes in the coming months, San Francisco could become the first city in America to outright ban the use of facial recognition technology by its police department or any other city agency.

Prisons Across the U.S. Are Quietly Building Databases of Incarcerated People’s Voice Prints

Prisons Across the U.S. Are Quietly Building Databases of Incarcerated People’s Voice Prints

According to Securus’s 2019 Investigator Pro contract with Alachua County, Florida (which includes Gainesville), “Inmates will participate in a covert voice print enrollment process.” In Texas, state prisoners must enroll in the voice recognition program if they want to make calls.

A Surveillance Wall Is Not a Good Alternative to a Concrete Wall

A Surveillance Wall Is Not a Good Alternative to a Concrete Wall

However, any bill Congress considers related to border security should avoid–at minimum–invasive surveillance technologies like biometric screening and collection, DNA collection, social media snooping, unregulated drones along the border, and automatic license plate readers aimed at interior traffic.

Have a security camera? Vancouver police want to use it to help solve crimes

Have a security camera? Vancouver police want to use it to help solve crimes

VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) - The Vancouver Police Department is launching a new program that grants officers access to registered public surveillance cameras. Officers will not have direct access to the footage captured by the cameras of those who choose to register, the police department says.

Out of Commission: How the Oklahoma Department of Securities Leaked Millions of Files

Out of Commission: How the Oklahoma Department of Securities Leaked Millions of Files

The UpGuard Data Breach Research team can now disclose that it has discovered, reported, and secured a storage server with exposed data belonging to the Oklahoma Department of Securities, preventing any future malicious exploitation of this data.

Philippine financial service firm flags data breach affecting 900,000 clients

Philippine financial service firm flags data breach affecting 900,000 clients

Cebuana Lhuillier, whose services include pawning, remittance, microinsurance, and business to business micro loan solutions, said some information like birthdays, addresses and sources of income, were affected in the breach involving an email server used for marketing. He added the company's clients had been advised how to further protect their personal information.

The FBI ‘Can Neither Confirm nor Deny’ That It Monitors Your Social Media Posts

The FBI ‘Can Neither Confirm nor Deny’ That It Monitors Your Social Media Posts

Indeed, in its letter responding to our FOIA request, the FBI said that simply acknowledging its use of social media surveillance would “risk circumvention of the law.” The bureau seems to be saying that if people knew that the government is monitoring what they’re saying on social media, they’d be less likely to say it.

San Bernardino County Sheriff's electronic surveillance use — already highest in state — continues to surge

San Bernardino County Sheriff's electronic surveillance use — already highest in state — continues to surge

More: In San Bernardino County, you're 20 times more likely to have your Facebook, iPhone secretly probed by police Of the 787 electronic property search warrants authorized, 29 were granted to use the cell site simulator, some of which Kowalski said will also be reported because the owners of the targeted devices might not have been identified for notification -- again a small fraction of 2018’s numbers.

Starting Tomorrow, Smartphones Become Thai Driver’s Licenses

Starting Tomorrow, Smartphones Become Thai Driver’s Licenses

Once it’s installed, drivers can register by email and phone number, then scan the QR code on the back of their physical driver’s license. Those holding cards printed before QR codes were added in September 2017 can contact the department to get their e-licenses.

Privacy Shield: A Framework Protecting Europe's Personal Data in the US

Privacy Shield: A Framework Protecting Europe's Personal Data in the US

Because the rules differ between the European Union and the United States, U.S. companies that collect, transfer and store EU personal data must find ways to obey the appropriate rules.

Government Hacking Tools Drive Records Demand

Government Hacking Tools Drive Records Demand

“The public has a right to know how and how often the government is exploiting security holes in our personal devices to access intimate information about us or surveil us, often without our knowledge.” Filed Friday in Buffalo, the 32-page complaint points to a Nov. 26 report titled “The FBI Created a Fake FedEx Website to Unmask a Cybercriminal.” Vice reported in the article that the FBI snared a scammer last year with a booby-trapped Word document that revealed the perpetrator’s IP address when opened.

The US Is Buying Phone Hacking Tools for Ghana’s Police

The US Is Buying Phone Hacking Tools for Ghana’s Police

The State Department is purchasing some very specific phone hacking tools that it plans to turn over to the Ghanaian police force to assist the country’s investigations into international crime.

Was your phone imaged by border agents? They may still have the data

Was your phone imaged by border agents? They may still have the data

According to a new 24-page document released Tuesday by DHS’ Office of Inspector General, investigators found that some USB sticks, containing data copied from electronic devices searched at the border, "had not been deleted after the searches were completed."

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