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.

US facial recognition will cover 97 percent of departing airline passengers within four years

US facial recognition will cover 97 percent of departing airline passengers within four years

Since the introduction of the current system , facial recognition identified 7,000 passengers who overstayed their visas on the 15,000 flights tracked.

Julian Assange's Prosecution is about Much More Than Attempting to Hack a Password

Julian Assange's Prosecution is about Much More Than Attempting to Hack a Password

Here the government says the single charge of attempted, apparently unsuccessful assistance in password cracking can carry five years in prison, although under the sentencing guidelines the actual sentence would likely be lower.

Ecuador Arrests Digital Privacy Activist and Programmer for 'Collaborating' with WikiLeaks

Ecuador Arrests Digital Privacy Activist and Programmer for 'Collaborating' with WikiLeaks

“For several years now, one of the key members of this WikiLeaks organization and a person close to Mr. Julian Assange has lived in Ecuador, and we have sufficient evidence that he has been collaborating with the destabilization attempts against the government,” Romo said at a press conference late last night.

Turn in your smartphones! How Mueller kept a lid on Trump-Russia probe

Turn in your smartphones! How Mueller kept a lid on Trump-Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election have arrived for work each day, they have placed their mobile phones in a locker outside of their office suite before entering.

FBI tracked Michael Cohen's phones with controversial device

FBI tracked Michael Cohen's phones with controversial device

Search warrant documents made public Tuesday show the FBI used highly secretive and controversial cellphone sweeping technology to zero-in on President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer when agents raided his New York City home, hotel room and office last year.

Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser

Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser

A spokesman for Brittany Kaiser, former business development director for Cambridge Analytica – which collapsed after the Observer revealed details of its misuse of Facebook data – confirmed that she had been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller, and was cooperating fully with his investigation.

'Smart wall' sparks privacy fears on border

'Smart wall' sparks privacy fears on border

President Trump has also voiced support for "smart walls designed to meet the needs of frontline border agents." Democrats' initial proposal in the border deal talks, put forward last week, called for technologies that could assess the "risk" posed by individuals entering the U.S., as well as tech to monitor movements by people near the border.

Jeff Bezos: Amazon boss accuses National Enquirer of blackmail

Jeff Bezos: Amazon boss accuses National Enquirer of blackmail

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former TV host Lauren Sanchez is reported to be in a relationship with Mr Bezos "Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail," wrote Mr Bezos, "I've decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten." Early in the blog post, Mr Bezos mentions AMI's links to President Donald Trump.

Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer is threatening to publish his nude photos

Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer is threatening to publish his nude photos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has published an astonishing personal blog post on the platform Medium detailing what he claims is extortion and blackmail on behalf of the tabloid National Enquirer.

How your health information is sold and turned into ‘risk scores’

How your health information is sold and turned into ‘risk scores’

Story Continued Below Over the past year, powerful companies such as LexisNexis have begun hoovering up the data from insurance claims, digital health records, housing records, and even information about a patient’s friends, family and roommates, without telling the patient they are accessing the information, and creating risk scores for health care providers and insurers.

Lies That WikiLeaks Tells You

Lies That WikiLeaks Tells You

Lies That WikiLeaks Tells You Last weekend, WikiLeaks sent an email to journalists with a list of 140 things not to say about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange because they are "false and defamatory." Reuters first broke the story, and the next day Emma Best published the complete list.

Privacy advocates: Dems’ “technological wall” proposal could do “even more harm” than Trump’s wall

Privacy advocates: Dems’ “technological wall” proposal could do “even more harm” than Trump’s wall

After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested a “technological wall,” with increased electronic scrutiny of border traffic as an alternative to President Trump’s proposed physical wall, the internet freedom group Fight for the Future quickly circulated an online petition against the idea.

Rosenstein, DOJ exploring ways to more easily spy on journalists

Rosenstein, DOJ exploring ways to more easily spy on journalists

Justice then took special steps to delay notifying me for months, a delay that allowed Mueller’s nomination as FBI director to be confirmed by the Senate before lawmakers could learn of the intrusion on my First Amendment-protected reporting.

2018 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference - Securing Journalism in an Age of Surveillance and Closing Remarks

2018 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference - Securing Journalism in an Age of Surveillance and Closing Remarks

Meanwhile, technology companies ranging from social media platforms to manufacturers of the connected devices that constitute the “Internet of Things” have struggled with how to balance users’ privacy against their own business interests and the surveillance demands of governments around the world.

Appeals Court: IRS 'Misunderstands' FOIA Obligations in EPIC Case, but Trump's Tax Returns Still Withheld

Appeals Court: IRS 'Misunderstands' FOIA Obligations in EPIC Case, but Trump's Tax Returns Still Withheld

Appeals Court: IRS 'Misunderstands' FOIA Obligations in EPIC Case, but Trump's Tax Returns Still Withheld The D.C. Circuit ruled today that the IRS "misunderstands its FOIA disclosure obligations" in EPIC v. IRS, EPIC's Freedom of Information Act case to obtain public release of President Trump's tax returns.

Google+ to shut down early after privacy flaw affects over 50m users

Google+ to shut down early after privacy flaw affects over 50m users

A privacy flaw that inadvertently exposed the names, email addresses, ages and other personal information of 52.5 million Google+ users last month convinced Google to close the service in April instead of August, as previously announced.

Privacy Settings

Privacy Settings

Yet, at the same time, they were the first to articulate a legal “right to privacy.” As jurists Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis argued in 1890, the circulation of an unwanted photograph could bring “mental pain and distress, far greater than could be inflicted by mere bodily injury.” People had a right to protection against exposure.

Congress should dig in on Google's China and data issues, not just bias

Congress should dig in on Google's China and data issues, not just bias

The question is will they use their time to actually query one of the most powerful companies on the planet about some of the big issues -- like data privacy, China and censorship -- facing Google.

US asks foreign allies to avoid Huawei

US asks foreign allies to avoid Huawei

Officials have spoken to their counterparts and telecom bosses in Germany, Italy, Japan and other friendly countries where the Chinese company's equipment is already in use, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

Trump signs bill that creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Trump signs bill that creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

The bill, known as the CISA Act, reorganizes and rebrands the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), a program inside the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as CISA, a standalone federal agency in charge of overseeing civilian and federal cybersecurity programs.

Cory Doctorow: Zuck’s Empire of Oily Rags

Cory Doctorow: Zuck’s Empire of Oily Rags

Now we’re living through the techlash, and finally people are coming back to the privacy advocates, saying we were right all along; given enough surveillance, companies can sell us anything: Brexit, Trump, ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, and successful election bids for absolute bastards like Turkey’s Erdogan and Hungary’s Orban.

Facebook Failed to Police How Its Partners Handled User Data

Facebook Failed to Police How Its Partners Handled User Data

Facebook failed to closely monitor device makers after granting them access to the personal data of hundreds of millions of people, according to a previously unreported disclosure to Congress last month.

‘Surveillance State’ is alive, well — and operating against us all

‘Surveillance State’ is alive, well — and operating against us all

They reveal the CIA not only intercepted emails of U.S. citizens but they were emails of the most sensitive kind — written to Congress and involving whistleblowers reporting alleged wrongdoing within the Intelligence Community.

Senate Dem wants to imprison tech execs over repeated privacy violations

Senate Dem wants to imprison tech execs over repeated privacy violations

A Democratic senator has unveiled a new proposal for a national privacy law, one that would subject technology CEOs to lengthy prison sentences for repeated violations. Wyden says that the proposal is meant to start a discussion as Congress deliberates over a national privacy standard following a string of data scandals at major companies.

US intel budget soars under Trump

US intel budget soars under Trump

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Nobody’s Cellphone Is Really That Secure

Nobody’s Cellphone Is Really That Secure

Given the wealth of insecurities and the array of eavesdropping techniques, it’s safe to say that lots of countries are spying on the phones of both foreign officials and their own citizens.

When Trump Phones Friends, the Chinese and the Russians Listen and Learn

When Trump Phones Friends, the Chinese and the Russians Listen and Learn

And since becoming president, Mr. Trump has agreed to a slightly cumbersome arrangement of having two official phones: one for Twitter and other apps, and one for calls.

The Autocracy App

The Autocracy App

Unless social media companies follow Lanier’s prompt to shift their business model to user fees, we’ll need to restrain their exploitation of data through regulation.

Trump campaign selling email and phone lists for millions of supporters

Trump campaign selling email and phone lists for millions of supporters

In the months after Trump’s election, another company owned by Parscale began quietly renting out the list to a few campaigns, though people who work with the Trump campaign said he did little to solicit such rentals.

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