Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.’s Deactivated Call Records Program

Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.’s Deactivated Call Records Program

Eventually, the Obama administration and Congress agreed on a reform law that would end the N.S.A.’s bulk collection of domestic calling data, but preserve its ability to swiftly gain access to records held by telecoms when a judge agreed that a specific number had terrorism links.

Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

Getty Images The Trump administration has reportedly asked Congress to permanently reauthorize all provisions of the USA Freedom Act, including a controversial National Security Agency program that collects and analyzes records on millions of Americans' calls and texts in an attempt to thwart terrorists.

How does copyright work in space?

How does copyright work in space?

Commander Hadfield could have made matters even more complicated by broadcasting live as he sang to an assembled audience of fellow astronauts for an onboard public performance while floating from segment to segment of the ISS.That is because the space station consists of multiple modules and other pieces (called "elements") under the registration of the United States, the European Space Agency (ESA) consortium, Russia and Japan.

FBI Wants Tech to Track Social Media for Criminals and Terrorists Before They Act

FBI Wants Tech to Track Social Media for Criminals and Terrorists Before They Act

The Federal Bureau of Investigations aims to acquire access to a “social media early alerting tool” that will help insiders proactively and reactively monitor how terrorist groups, foreign intelligence services, criminal organizations and other domestic threats use networking platforms to further their illegal efforts, according to a request for proposal amended this week.

Voter records for 80% of Chile's population left exposed online

Voter records for 80% of Chile's population left exposed online

Image: ZDNet ZDNet has confirmed the validity and accuracy of this information with several of the individuals whose data was contained in the leaky database.

Actually you're not getting that $125 from Equifax, warns the FTC

Actually you're not getting that $125 from Equifax, warns the FTC

"You can still choose the cash option on the claim form," notes the agency, "but you will be disappointed with the amount you receive and you won’t get the free credit monitoring.". WATCH: How to get free money or credit monitoring from the Equifax data breach.

More N.S.A. Call Data Problems Surface as Law’s Expiration Approaches

More N.S.A. Call Data Problems Surface as Law’s Expiration Approaches

Another newly disclosed inspector general report, written in 2016 and also obtained by the A.C.L.U., showed that even though intelligence officials frequently asserted during the post-Snowden debate that the program was vital, the National Security Agency never developed metrics to measure the value of the information it had gathered under the Section 215-era program.

Home Affairs pushes for cyber spy powers

Home Affairs pushes for cyber spy powers

The Department of Home Affairs is pushing ahead with moves to expand the powers of Australia’s cyber spy agency, the Australian Signals Directorate, to potentially embed ASD within the corporate computer systems that run the nation’s banks, telecommunications and other critical infrastructure.

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement

EPIC requested a hearing where the court could review the fairness of the Facebook agreement and consider consumer groups’ complaints. If the court decides to grant such a hearing, a judge could require the trade commission to review outstanding consumer complaints and alter the terms of the proposed settlement.

Data of Nearly Every Adult in Bulgaria Likely Stolen in Cyberattack

Data of Nearly Every Adult in Bulgaria Likely Stolen in Cyberattack

The Bulgarian public first caught light of the hack on Monday, after someone claiming to be the hacker behind the attack contacted several local media outlets to say that they had stolen the personal information of more than five million citizens (in a country with a population of 7 million), and shared some of the data they had stolen.

FBI plans to look at your social media even more than it already does

FBI plans to look at your social media even more than it already does

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently looking to acquire new tools to monitor the social media accounts of individuals it believes pose a threat to national security.

F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to fine Facebook about $5 billion for mishandling users’ personal information, according to two people briefed on the vote, in what would be a landmark settlement that signals a newly aggressive stance by regulators toward the country’s most powerful technology companies.

NSA Still Grappling With Controls to Guard Against Surveillance Abuse

NSA Still Grappling With Controls to Guard Against Surveillance Abuse

In another case, a former Senior Executive, “who at the time of the investigation was a reemployed annuitant and employee of a private company, recommended that a Senior Agency Technical Director meet with his private employer,” the report said.

Industry Watch: Beware the dark patterns of privacy

Industry Watch: Beware the dark patterns of privacy

And that, said John Biondi, vice president of experience design at Nerdery, “is a UX not crafted to respect privacy.” Instead, he thinks companies — and the people who design their websites and applications — will gain more trust and have more success if they offer their users both agency to control their data and transparency into how their data is being used.

Airports in Japan to introduce facial recognition for foreign visitors

Airports in Japan to introduce facial recognition for foreign visitors

The gates will come into use on July 24 at Tokyo's Haneda airport and later this year at Narita, Kansai, Fukuoka, Chubu and Chitose airports, according to the Immigration Services Agency.

The Trump administration is thinking about banning end-to-end encryption

The Trump administration is thinking about banning end-to-end encryption

The US government is still unsure of what to do about the phenomenon, and it’s actually going as far as to consider legislation that would ban end-to-end encryption.

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.

NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show

NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show

The National Security Agency (NSA) improperly collected records on American phone calls and texts last year, according to new documents obtained and released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).The error occurred between Oct. 3 and Oct. 12, the documents show, and had not been previously disclosed.

ICE is Paying Millions to Surveillance Company to Spy on People’s Communications

ICE is Paying Millions to Surveillance Company to Spy on People’s Communications

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency at the centre of carrying out President Trump’s “zero tolerance” approach to immigration enforcement and family separation, has for years been contracting a US surveillance company to intercept peoples’ communications across the United States.

I’m a Journalist but I Didn’t Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy

I’m a Journalist but I Didn’t Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy

Sophia Cope, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has sued CBP over its warrantless device searches, told me that the agency “has for sure said no” as to whether there is a right to counsel during secondary screening.

NSA Starts Contributing Low-Level Code to UEFI BIOS Alternative

NSA Starts Contributing Low-Level Code to UEFI BIOS Alternative

Credit: IntelThe NSA has started assigning developers to the Coreboot project, which is an open source alternative to Windows BIOS/UEFI firmware. All Coreboot code, including all the STM contributions from the NSA, are open source, so anyone could verify that there is no backdoor in there -- in theory.

Ajit Pai Is Still Withholding Facts About Location-Data Abuse From Fellow Commissioners

Ajit Pai Is Still Withholding Facts About Location-Data Abuse From Fellow Commissioners

At an oversight hearing last month, House lawmakers pressed Chairman Ajit Pai to respond to charges that his office had refused to provide the Democratic commissioners with access to requested documentation, including any letters of inquiry the FCC might’ve sent to companies under suspicion of illegally selling location data derived from consumers’ cellphones.

Former NSA director would support ending phone data collection program

Former NSA director would support ending phone data collection program

In an interview in March , current NSA Director and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command Gen. Paul Nakasone told CBS News the agency was in a "deliberative process" about the future of the program and would work "very, very closely with the administration and Congress on what authority should be reauthorized.".

LaLiga’s app listened in on fans to catch bars illegally streaming soccer

LaLiga’s app listened in on fans to catch bars illegally streaming soccer

The league claims that the app asks for permission to access the phone’s microphone and location, and that the data — which is received as a code, not audio — is only used to detect LaLiga streams.

The U.S. Government Is Utterly Inept at Keeping Your Data Secure

The U.S. Government Is Utterly Inept at Keeping Your Data Secure

The revelations that NSA hackers and Border Patrol data-trackers had played themselves came on the heels of potentially worse news for wired Americans: An Israeli coding firm also admitted last month that its spyware was being deployed by hackers to attack WhatsApp users and gain access to their phones.

'Malicious cyber attack' exposes travelers' photos, says US customs agency

'Malicious cyber attack' exposes travelers' photos, says US customs agency

“This breach comes just as CBP seeks to expand its massive face recognition apparatus and collection of sensitive information from travelers, including license plate information and social media identifiers,” Neema Singh Guliani, American Civil Liberties Union senior legislative counsel, said in a statement.

Safety Agency Probes Data Breach Amid Complaints About Muzzling of Hazard Information

Safety Agency Probes Data Breach Amid Complaints About Muzzling of Hazard Information

In a letter to key senators, the commission’s acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said officials had directed 29 people – including journalists, lawyers, engineers and company officials – to destroy or return records that the agency had improperly released to them.

Privacy activists launch campaign against airlines using facial recognition technology

Privacy activists launch campaign against airlines using facial recognition technology

A group of privacy activists on Wednesday launched a campaign calling out airlines that use facial recognition technology to scan passengers in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).Digital rights group Fight for the Future publicly unveiled a new website that encourages privacy-minded passengers to contact the airlines currently partnering with CBP to roll out facial recognition scanning — including top companies such as JetBlue, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and British Airways.

Private data (including rates) of 49M Instagram influencers leaked

Private data (including rates) of 49M Instagram influencers leaked

Last night, TechCrunch reported that a massive database containing info of over 49 million Instagram influencers, celebrities, and brand accounts found in the open. As per the report, the data contained influencers’ Instagram handles, bios, verification status, location, email, and phone number.

Monsanto kept 'watch lists' in seven EU countries

Monsanto kept 'watch lists' in seven EU countries

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer said Tuesday that US seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto, which it bought last year, kept lists of key pro- or anti-pesticides figures in at least seven EU countries.

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