Justice Department audit finds widespread flaws in FBI surveillance applications

Justice Department audit finds widespread flaws in FBI surveillance applications

“We do not have confidence that the FBI has executed its Woods Procedures in compliance with FBI policy, or that the process is working as it was intended to help achieve the ‘scrupulously accurate’ standard for FISA applications,” Horowitz wrote in a “management advisory” addressed to FBI Director Chris Wray.

4 takeaways from the brutal new report on FBI surveillance

4 takeaways from the brutal new report on FBI surveillance

Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz issued interim findings of an ongoing review of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications beyond the Page application.

The FBI is promoting an at-home exercise app that also tracks your phone's location and data

The FBI is promoting an at-home exercise app that also tracks your phone's location and data

The FBI's privacy policy states that users "are subject to having all of their activities monitored and recorded," but the FBI says the data it collects isn't personally identifiable.

The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner

The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner

If Winner wasn’t found the way the complaint claims, the mysterious dot code is one other way the FBI could have found her, as the research blog Errata Security spelled out in detail.

A dark web tycoon pleads guilty. But how was he caught?

A dark web tycoon pleads guilty. But how was he caught?

“Perhaps the greatest overarching question related to the investigation of this case is how the government was able to pierce Tor’s veil of anonymity and locate the IP address of the server in France,” Marques’s defense lawyers wrote in a recent filing.

Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act

Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIIf Republicans have any appetite for reining in domestic surveillance that they describe as a massive violation of the civil liberties of Donald Trump’s associates, it wasn’t on display when FBI Director Christopher Wray made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since the damning Justice Department inspector general’s report into the Trump-Russia investigation.

The FBI still hasn't unlocked Pensacola shooter's iPhones

The FBI still hasn't unlocked Pensacola shooter's iPhones

According to the report: *-- The FBI has reconstructed an iPhone belonging to the shooter behind the December Naval Air Station attack in Pensacola, Florida, but still can't access the encrypted data on the device, Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday.

Barr Asks Apple to Unlock iPhones of Pensacola Gunman

Barr Asks Apple to Unlock iPhones of Pensacola Gunman

Barr declared on Monday that a deadly shooting last month at a naval air station in Pensacola, Fla., was an act of terrorism, and he asked Apple in an unusually high-profile request to provide access to two phones used by the gunman.

FBI asks Apple for phone data from suspected Florida naval base shooter

FBI asks Apple for phone data from suspected Florida naval base shooter

The FBI asked Apple this week to help extract data from iPhones that belonged to the Saudi aviation student who investigators say fatally shot three sailors at a U.S. naval base in Florida last month.

US to start collecting DNA from people detained at border

US to start collecting DNA from people detained at border

A memo outlining the program published Monday by the Department of Homeland Security said U.S. citizens and permanent residents holding a “green card” who are detained could be subject to DNA testing, as well as asylum seekers and people entering the country without authorization.

Not so IDLE hands: FBI program offers companies data protection via deception

Not so IDLE hands: FBI program offers companies data protection via deception

Sometimes, that involves field agents proactively contacting companies when they have information of a threat—as two FBI agents did when they caught wind of researchers trying to alert casinos of vulnerabilities they said they had found in casino kiosk systems.

Rand Paul Joins Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden To Question Surveillance By Credit Agencies

Rand Paul Joins Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden To Question Surveillance By Credit Agencies

A bipartisan Senate trio is asking credit agencies Equifax, Experian and TransUnion to disclose more information about how the companies work with the FBI to spy on American consumers.

EFF Report Shows FBI Is Failing to Address First Amendment Harms Caused By National Security Letters

EFF Report Shows FBI Is Failing to Address First Amendment Harms Caused By National Security Letters

Today, EFF is publishing “The Failed Fix to NSL Gag Orders,” a new report based on an in-depth analysis of records EFF obtained after we won a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit earlier this year.

FBI tells people to put black tape over smart TV cameras to protect against hackers

FBI tells people to put black tape over smart TV cameras to protect against hackers

According to the intelligence agency's Portland, Oregon, bureau, which issued a reminder last week, the useful features of a smart TV, such as internet connection, microphones and cameras, are also means that hackers can use to gain access to your home.

Now even the FBI is warning about your smart TV’s security

Now even the FBI is warning about your smart TV’s security

But like anything that connects to the internet, it opens up smart TVs to security vulnerabilities and hackers.The FBI warned that hackers can take control of your unsecured smart TV and in worst cases, take control of the camera and microphone to watch and listen in.

My Family Story of Love, the Mob, and Government Surveillance

My Family Story of Love, the Mob, and Government Surveillance

Such “backup,” I came to realize, was a crucial element in a recurrent pattern in the history of government surveillance: The executive branch, responsible for security, employs the latest technology against an enemy within, and in the process, it often quietly bends or breaks the law; after scandalous revelations, it secures new legislation to put the surveillance practices on a sounder legal footing; finally, a “new normal” is established before the cycle begins anew.

Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Use of Social Media Surveillance Tools

Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Use of Social Media Surveillance Tools

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Department of Justice in January, claiming the government wrongly refused to confirm or deny the existence of social media surveillance records in violation of the Freedom of Information Act. The ACLU claims multiple government agencies are ramping up efforts to monitor activity on online social networks, a surveillance tactic that “implicates the free speech of millions of social media users.”.

ACLU sues to find out status of facial recognition mass surveillance in America

ACLU sues to find out status of facial recognition mass surveillance in America

One company that we know is working with the government on facial recognition software is none other than Amazon .For the last few years, Amazon has been piloting its Rekognition facial recognition software to schools and local law enforcement across the country.

Secret Court Rules That the FBI’s “Backdoor Searches” of Americans Violated the Fourth Amendment

Secret Court Rules That the FBI’s “Backdoor Searches” of Americans Violated the Fourth Amendment

After the government appealed, the FISC allowed the FBI to continue to use backdoor searches to invade people’s privacy—even in investigations that may have nothing to do with national security or foreign intelligence—so long as it follows what the appeals court called a “modest ministerial procedure.” Basically, this means requiring FBI agents to document more clearly why they were searching the giant 702 databases for information about Americans.

Court Ruling Shows How FBI Abused NSA Mass Surveillance

Court Ruling Shows How FBI Abused NSA Mass Surveillance

While the law requires that FBI searches of such data be related to investigations in which agents have reasonable suspicion that crimes are occurring or in which national security is at risk, assessments provide an enormous loophole that potentially allows agents to search through the communications of any American without a warrant.

The Same FBI That Wants To Destroy Encryption Is Still Illegally Snooping on Americans

The Same FBI That Wants To Destroy Encryption Is Still Illegally Snooping on Americans

In the process of analyzing and reauthorizing the FBI's ability to engage in warrantless domestic surveillance under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, FISC Judge James Boasberg determined that on multiple occasions, FBI personnel were not properly restricting their searches and thereby violated the Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens.

Remember the FBI's promise it wasn’t abusing the NSA’s data on US citizens? Well, guess what…

Remember the FBI's promise it wasn’t abusing the NSA’s data on US citizens? Well, guess what…

Even though the program in question – Section 702 – is specifically designed only to be used for US government agencies to be allowed to search for evidence of foreign intelligence threats, the FBI gave itself carte blanche to search the same database for US citizens by stringing together a series of ridiculous legal justifications about data being captured “incidentally” and subsequent queries of that data not requiring a warrant because it had already been gathered.

Court rules FBI surveillance violated Americans' rights

Court rules FBI surveillance violated Americans' rights

Ultimately, the FBI agreed to amend the querying process, requiring the agency to justify in writing why it is looking into any person in the U.S.For years, civil liberties advocates have argued that the law at the center of the dispute – Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) — violates constitutional rights as it allows the government to collect data on Americans without a warrant.

FBI and Facebook clash over new surveillance proposal

FBI and Facebook clash over new surveillance proposal

As per the new proposal, the FBI is asking third-party vendors to provide monitoring services, which might bring up possible conflicts with Facebook and other social media companies over privacy policies.

Tech firms “can and must” put backdoors in encryption, AG Barr says

Tech firms “can and must” put backdoors in encryption, AG Barr says

He also accused tech firms of "dogmatic" posturing, saying lawful backdoor access "can be and must be" done, adding, "We are confident that there are technical solutions that will allow lawful access to encrypted data and communications by law enforcement, without materially weakening the security provided by encryption.".

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.

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.

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.".

Opinion | He Won a Landmark Case for Privacy Rights. He’s Going to Prison Anyway.

Opinion | He Won a Landmark Case for Privacy Rights. He’s Going to Prison Anyway.

But under the good-faith exception to violations of the Fourth Amendment, the court said the agents acted reasonably and in “good faith” — and so whatever they gathered could still be used at trial.

The FBI Has Access to Over 640 Million Photos of Us Through Its Facial Recognition Database

The FBI Has Access to Over 640 Million Photos of Us Through Its Facial Recognition Database

At a House Oversight Committee hearing this week with an FBI witness, we learned new details that further confirm our fears that the FBI’s face recognition apparatus continues to balloon, threatening our fundamental liberties.