Trump's Secret New Watchlist Lets His Administration Track Americans Without Needing a Warrant

Trump's Secret New Watchlist Lets His Administration Track Americans Without Needing a Warrant

National security officials say that though the government is still debating the full scope of the new watchlist, they are concerned that applying the terrorism standard imperils Americans' civil liberties and privacy rights.

Documents reveal FBI head defended encryption for WhatsApp before becoming fierce critic

Documents reveal FBI head defended encryption for WhatsApp before becoming fierce critic

Christopher Wray, the FBI director who has been one of the fiercest critics of encryption under the Trump administration, previously worked as a lawyer for WhatsApp, where he defended the practice, according to new court filings.

Google says it is developing a nationwide coronavirus website

Google says it is developing a nationwide coronavirus website

President Donald Trump had thanked Google on Friday for developing a website that he said would help people determine whether they needed a coronavirus test, saying that 1,700 engineers were working on it.

‘Lack of privacy’: Nancy Pelosi warns NATO allies against using Huawei

‘Lack of privacy’: Nancy Pelosi warns NATO allies against using Huawei

Pelosi said the invasion of privacy that would result from having Huawei integrated into Europe’s 5G communication networks would be “like having the state police, the Chinese state police, right in your pocket.”.

Trump administration to begin collecting DNA from detained immigrants

Trump administration to begin collecting DNA from detained immigrants

The United States government will begin collecting the DNA of detained immigrants through pilot programs this week, according to a privacy impact assessment that was published today by the Department of Homeland Security.

FAA proposes nationwide real-time tracking system for all drones

FAA proposes nationwide real-time tracking system for all drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking to launch a nationwide system to track drones in the sky in real-time, as well as connected pilot IDs. The proposed tracking network, unveiled in a draft document released by the FAA this week, would cover everything from small consumer drones to larger unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operated for commercial purposes, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

Joe Biden's Record On Privacy May Give Democrats Pause – InsideSources

Joe Biden's Record On Privacy May Give Democrats Pause – InsideSources

Joe Biden’s record on privacy issues extends back to at least 1994 when, as a US Senator from Delaware, he introduced the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA).

NSA vs. civil liberties groups on phone surveillance

NSA vs. civil liberties groups on phone surveillance

U.S. intelligence officials have asked Congress to permanently extend a controversial program that has allowed the National Security Agency to collect millions of telephone records.Since the call records program was voluntarily suspended, there’s no legal impediment to the NSA resuming collection before Section 215 of the Patriot Act expires in December.

Trump Administration seeks to permanently restore NSA program to spy on Americans

Trump Administration seeks to permanently restore NSA program to spy on Americans

The Trump Administration supports the permanent restoration of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allowed the National Security Administration (NSA) to collect the phone records of American citizens as part of a mass surveillance program.

President Trump wants to use an executive order to make the FCC and FTC police social media censorship

President Trump wants to use an executive order to make the FCC and FTC police social media censorship

President Trump’s executive order seeks to accomplish its goal by formally limiting the protections afforded to companies under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and by putting the job of policing social media censorship on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

For the purpose, it will use 3,60,000 tablets which run on the Russian operating system---Aurora.The smartphone maker kickstarted a pilot programme where it will use a Russian operating system to replace Android.

Alarm as Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed by Snowden

Alarm as Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed by Snowden

The administration claimed in its letter to Congress—which was signed by outgoing National Intelligence chief Dan Coats—that the NSA has suspended the spying program, but Free Press Action government relations director Sandra Fulton said in a statement that this "should give little comfort to those whose privacy rights are routinely violated by authorities.".

Germany responds to Trump: Huawei has no back door, but Cisco has 10

Germany responds to Trump: Huawei has no back door, but Cisco has 10

This article reveals a very important fact that no backdoors were found in Huawei's products, and 10 vulnerabilities were discovered on Cisco products in the United States.

Banning end-to-end encryption being considered by Trump team- 9to5Mac

Banning end-to-end encryption being considered by Trump team- 9to5Mac

Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can’t break — a provocative step that would reopen a long-running feud between federal authorities and Silicon Valley.

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Replace Every Single Voting Machine to Make Elections 'As Secure As Fort Knox'

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Replace Every Single Voting Machine to Make Elections 'As Secure As Fort Knox'

Warren’s Medium post indicates the plan would allocate about $20 billion over 10 years to election administration and security. “We have a solemn obligation to secure our elections from those who would try to undermine them,” Warren writes in the blog post.

The Hindu Explains: Why are the U.S. immigration norms being tightened?

The Hindu Explains: Why are the U.S. immigration norms being tightened?

The story so far: On May 31, 2019, the U.S. Department of State introduced a change in online visa forms for immigrant (form DS-260) and non-immigrant visas (form DS-160) requiring applicants to register their social media handles over a five-year period.

Google is reportedly arguing that cutting Huawei off from Android threatens US security

Google is reportedly arguing that cutting Huawei off from Android threatens US security

Because Huawei phones are already banned in the US, understanding how Google is making that case that a forked version of Android being sold elsewhere in the world is a serious threat to US national security might seem like a bit of a jump.

Tencent releases Chinese government-friendly clone in place of PUBG

Tencent releases Chinese government-friendly clone in place of PUBG

In April, China’s State Administration of Press and Publication introduced sweeping changes to approval guidelines in the gaming industry. Because, as we all know, if there’s one thing that makes video games objectively more fun it’s censoring violence.

Bloomberg Appears To Flub Another China Story, Insists Telnet Is A Nefarious Huawei Backdoor

Bloomberg Appears To Flub Another China Story, Insists Telnet Is A Nefarious Huawei Backdoor

Europe’s biggest phone company identified hidden backdoors in the software that could have given Huawei unauthorized access to the carrier’s fixed-line network in Italy, a system that provides internet service to millions of homes and businesses, according to Vodafone’s security briefing documents from 2009 and 2011 seen by Bloomberg, as well as people involved in the situation.".

NSA says warrantless searches of Americans’ data rose in 2018

NSA says warrantless searches of Americans’ data rose in 2018

The data, published Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), revealed a 28 percent rise in the number of targeted search terms used to query massive databases of collected Americans’ communications.

The Terrifying Potential of the 5G Network

The Terrifying Potential of the 5G Network

Even before Spalding began working on his report, the telecom companies were rolling out what they were calling their new 5G services in test markets around the country.

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.

D.E.A. Secretly Collected Bulk Records of Money-Counter Purchases

D.E.A. Secretly Collected Bulk Records of Money-Counter Purchases

WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration secretly collected data in bulk about Americans’ purchases of money-counting machines — and took steps to hide the effort from defendants and courts — before quietly shuttering the program in 2013 amid the uproar over the disclosures by the National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, an inspector general report found.

DEA Never Checked If Its Massive Surveillance Operations Are Legal, Watchdog Says

DEA Never Checked If Its Massive Surveillance Operations Are Legal, Watchdog Says

The administration set no specific standards of proof for issuing subpoenas, and officials often justified data collection using “generic” and “cursory” explanations, the IG found.“The information provided [in subpoena documents] often lacks specificity sufficient to establish the particularized facts or basis for connecting the target number to a drug investigation, even if such review had occurred,” investigators said.

New Bill Would Finally Stop NSA’s Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data

New Bill Would Finally Stop NSA’s Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data

At the same time, however, U.S. officials have conceded that the post-9/11 domestic phone-records dragnet has not stopped a single terrorist attack – despite misleadingly suggesting otherwise after The Guardian exposed the surveillance in June 2013, thanks to Snowden.

Cambridge Analytica Secrets Allegedly Covered Up by Trump Campaign Veterans

Cambridge Analytica Secrets Allegedly Covered Up by Trump Campaign Veterans

“It's about searching for the answers and triggering accountability.”— David Carroll Carroll’s team hope the High Court judge will fire the administrator and pass the case to government receivers who would then appoint a new administrator willing to investigate legal breaches at Cambridge Analytica and five other interrelated companies.

Trump Administration Aims To Use Facebook To Spy On People Collecting Disability

Trump Administration Aims To Use Facebook To Spy On People Collecting Disability

The aim is to use a form of federal surveillance to monitor social media posts of Social Security disability payment recipients to see whether they’re really disabled.

House aide: NSA has shut down phone call record surveillance

House aide: NSA has shut down phone call record surveillance

In a discussion recorded for the Lawfare Podcast released on March 2, Luke Murry said that the NSA was no longer collecting call detail records—the metadata associated with phone calls and text messages—and that the Trump administration had not used the program for over six months.

Tails report for January, 2019

Tails report for January, 2019

The month started with this questions: But after the release of Tails 3.12, the hottest topics were: Our infrastructure was targeted by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that caused a couple of temporary outages.

China deletes 7 million pieces of online information, thousands of apps

China deletes 7 million pieces of online information, thousands of apps

REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TELECOMS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s cyber watchdog said on Wednesday it had deleted more than 7 million pieces of online information as well as 9,382 mobile apps, and it criticized tech giant Tencent’s (0700.HK) news app for spreading “vulgar information”.