CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report

CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report

Encryption weaknesses added to products sold by Crypto AG allowed the CIA and its German counterpart, the BND, to eavesdrop on adversaries and allies alike while earning million of dollars from the sales, according the Washington Post and the German public broadcaster ZDF, based on the agencies’ internal histories of the intelligence operation.

'Shot across the bow': U.S. steps up pressure on UK ahead of Huawei decision

'Shot across the bow': U.S. steps up pressure on UK ahead of Huawei decision

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is making a final pitch to Britain ahead of a UK decision on whether to upgrade its telecoms network with Huawei equipment, amid threats to cut intelligence-sharing ties, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Washington Post Hacked into a Chevy Volt to Show How Much Cars Are Spying on Their Owners

Washington Post Hacked into a Chevy Volt to Show How Much Cars Are Spying on Their Owners

This was proven in a big way by Washington Post tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler (pictured above), who dug into just how much information his test car, a 2017 Chevrolet Volt, is collecting.

'Do Not Sell My Info': U.S. retailers rush to comply with California privacy law

'Do Not Sell My Info': U.S. retailers rush to comply with California privacy law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retailers including Walmart Inc will add “Do Not Sell My Info” links to their websites and signage in stores starting Jan. 1, allowing California shoppers to understand for the first time what personal and other data the retailers collect, sources said.

Exclusive: China's ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid U.S. probe - sources

Exclusive: China's ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid U.S. probe - sources

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - ByteDance has stepped up efforts to separate its social media app TikTok from much of its Chinese operations, amid a U.S. national security panel’s inquiry into the safety of the personal data it handles, people familiar with the matter said.

Amazon Admits It Has Enacted Zero Civil Liberties Protections as Part of Surveillance Doorbell Partnerships

Amazon Admits It Has Enacted Zero Civil Liberties Protections as Part of Surveillance Doorbell Partnerships

WASHINGTON - Amazon has confirmed that civil rights organizations were correct about the threats Ring technology and police partnerships pose to privacy and civil liberties in statements to U.S. Senator Edward Markey.

Uber will start audio-recording rides as a safety measure

Uber will start audio-recording rides as a safety measure

Uber will launch a feature to audio-record rides in the United States as a way to ensure passenger and driver safety, according to company communications accessed by The Washington Post and confirmed by Uber itself.

Facial recognition protesters put smartphones on their heads to scan the faces of 13,000 Washington DC inhabitants

Facial recognition protesters put smartphones on their heads to scan the faces of 13,000 Washington DC inhabitants

Three activists wandered around busy spots in Washington DC on Thursday using cameraphones to run people's faces through facial recognition software in protest against growing use of the technology.Protesters against facial recognition donned white hazmat suits and cameras to collect face scans of more than 13,000 people.

Microsoft says it will follow California's digital privacy law in U.S.

Microsoft says it will follow California's digital privacy law in U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said in a blog post on Monday that it would honor California’s privacy law throughout the United States, expanding the impact of a strict set of rules meant to protect consumers and their data.

TikTok Said to Be Under National Security Review

TikTok Said to Be Under National Security Review

But TikTok’s Chinese connections and growing popularity in the United States have drawn new concern in Washington after news reports highlighted that there were few signs of the Hong Kong protests on the app and that TikTok moderators were instructed to censor videos that featured a number of political themes.

Colleges and universities are tracking potential applicants when they visit their websites, including how much time they spend on financial aid pages

Colleges and universities are tracking potential applicants when they visit their websites, including how much time they spend on financial aid pages

At least 44 US colleges and universities have hired private consulting firms to help them track applicants who visit their websites, Douglas MacMillan and Nick Anderson at The Washington Post recently reported.

House antitrust probe report likely by 'first part' of 2020

House antitrust probe report likely by 'first part' of 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee expects to have a final report on its probe of big technology companies and their potential breaches of antitrust law, by the “first part” of next year, the chair of its antitrust panel said on Friday.

Would you give up Google for $17,000 a year? The Federal Reserve wants to know

Would you give up Google for $17,000 a year? The Federal Reserve wants to know

Jerome Powell, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during the NABE annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve wants to know what the internet is worth to you.To stop using search engines, consumers would need a median $17,530, making it the most valuable digital service.

U.S. online privacy rules unlikely this year, hurting big tech

U.S. online privacy rules unlikely this year, hurting big tech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. online privacy bill is not likely to come before Congress this year, three sources said, as lawmakers disagree over issues like whether the bill should preempt state rules, forcing companies to deal with much stricter legislation in California that goes into effect on Jan. 1.

Rivals aim to document Facebook, Google strong-arming

Rivals aim to document Facebook, Google strong-arming

The big picture: The news comes a day ahead of a critical Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington that will examine the market dominance of companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple.

Fearing ‘Spy Trains,’ Congress May Ban a Chinese Maker of Subway Cars

Fearing ‘Spy Trains,’ Congress May Ban a Chinese Maker of Subway Cars

A Chinese state-owned company called CRRC Corporation, the world’s largest train maker, completed the $100 million facility this year in the hopes of winning contracts to build subway cars and other passenger trains for American cities like Chicago and Washington.

Exclusive: Messaging app Telegram moves to protect identity of Hong Kong protesters

Exclusive: Messaging app Telegram moves to protect identity of Hong Kong protesters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app, will allow users to cloak their telephone numbers to safeguard Hong Kong protesters against monitoring by authorities, according to a person with direct knowledge of the effort.

FTC reaches reported settlement with Google over YouTube child privacy violations

FTC reaches reported settlement with Google over YouTube child privacy violations

The settlement concludes that Google did not adequately shield children who were using the platform and collected their data in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), The Washington Post reports, citing two sources.

Google reportedly fined over children's privacy on YouTube

Google reportedly fined over children's privacy on YouTube

The settlement comes after an FTC investigation over whether the tech giant sufficiently protected the data of children using the platform, according to a Friday report from The Washington Post citing two people familiar with the matter.

DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it’s horrific

DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it’s horrific

While the local governments suing the companies have had access to this data during the litigation, it was only released to the public after the Washington Post and HD Media, publisher of the Charleston Gazette-Mail of West Virginia, sued and waged a year-long legal battle.

‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers leveled stinging criticism and sharp questions at Big Tech executives on Tuesday, attacking Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google for their market power, their perceived bias as gatekeepers of communication and Facebook’s ambitions to reshape the financial industry.

Facebook to be slapped with $5 billion fine for privacy lapses, say reports

Facebook to be slapped with $5 billion fine for privacy lapses, say reports

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.The Federal Trade Commission approved an approximately $5 billion settlement with over the company's 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

Exclusive: Western intelligence hacked 'Russia's Google' Yandex to spy on accounts - sources

Exclusive: Western intelligence hacked 'Russia's Google' Yandex to spy on accounts - sources

WASHINGTON/LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hackers working for Western intelligence agencies broke into Russian internet search company Yandex in late 2018 deploying a rare type of malware in an attempt to spy on user accounts, four people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Five Eyes

Five Eyes

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Own report) - In the dispute over boycotting the Chinese Huawei corporation, the German government is considering joining a campaign of the "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing network, it was reported in Canada and Australia.

Review: Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.

Review: Google Chrome has become surveillance software. It’s time to switch.

Google’s product managers told me in an interview that Chrome prioritizes privacy choices and controls, and they’re working on new ones for cookies. The Washington Post website has about 40 tracker cookies, average for a news site, which the company said in a statement are used to deliver better-targeted ads and track ad performance.

Researchers Turn to Amazon and Google For Bedroom Health Surveillance

Researchers Turn to Amazon and Google For Bedroom Health Surveillance

A new press release from the University of Washington highlights how researchers are aiming to leverage the growth of in-home smart tech devices to not only detect adverse health events but trigger calls for professional assistance.

YouTube facing investigation from federal government over inability to protect children

YouTube facing investigation from federal government over inability to protect children

YouTube’s ongoing problems surrounding content that involves children has led to an investigation from the federal government, according to a new Washington Post report.

The New Wilderness (Idle Words)

The New Wilderness (Idle Words)

Writing in a similar vein in the Washington Post this March, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called for Congress to pass privacy laws modeled on the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Google is tech's top spender on lobbying — Facebook and Amazon are also at record levels

Google is tech's top spender on lobbying — Facebook and Amazon are also at record levels

Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google, is sworn in during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.As the biggest U.S. technology companies face increasing scrutiny from regulators related to privacy practices and market control, they're spending a lot more money to try and influence lawmakers.

Chief Executive of Communications Company Sentenced to Prison for Providing Encryption Services and Devices to Criminal Organizations

Chief Executive of Communications Company Sentenced to Prison for Providing Encryption Services and Devices to Criminal Organizations

“I want to thank prosecutors Andrew Young, Ben Katz and Mark Pletcher, as well as the FBI, DEA, Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Marshals Service, Washington State Police, the Bellingham and Blaine Police Departments, and all of our law enforcement partners around the world, including Australia, Canada, Panama, Hong Kong, and Thailand for their hard work on this case,” Brewer said.

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