Trump to put Secret Service in charge of policing cryptocurrencies

Trump to put Secret Service in charge of policing cryptocurrencies

US President Donald Trump will hand control of cryptocurrency criminal investigations to the Secret Service.“The Budget proposes legislation to return the US Secret Service to Treasury to create new efficiencies in the investigation of these crimes and prepare the Nation to face the threats of tomorrow.”.

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.

Stephen King quits Facebook over false claims in political ads

Stephen King quits Facebook over false claims in political ads

Horror novelist says that the social network has allowed false information to be disseminated, and that he is also concerned about users’ privacy.Stephen King has quit Facebook, saying that he is not comfortable with the “flood of false information allowed in its political advertising”.

Facebook makes a decision: microtargeted, false political ads are fine

Facebook makes a decision: microtargeted, false political ads are fine

The social media company, as it considered what to do about political ads, faced intense pleas from campaign strategists on both sides, pointing out legitimate uses of microtargeting, especially for challengers, in local races and for advocacy groups.“Over 85% of spend by US presidential candidates on Facebook is for ad campaigns targeted to audiences estimated to be greater than 250,000,” Facebook said.

Trump Campaign Deploying Phone Location-Tracking Technology

Trump Campaign Deploying Phone Location-Tracking Technology

President Donald Trump’s reelection effort has retained the services of a technology company that specializes in the mass collection of smartphone location data, which can be used to track voters for political targeting purposes.

America should demand privacy protection — before it's too late

America should demand privacy protection — before it's too late

Having worked and legislated in this space since long before the first mainstream thinkpiece was written about data privacy, I know for certain that a balanced approach will protect American consumers from bad actors, while ensuring the innovators can keep innovating.

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data

The NHS is a goldmine of patient data which the United States wants to be quarried by some of its biggest companies.Jeremy Corbyn’s NHS press conference revealed that the US wanted its companies to get unrestricted access to the UK’s medical records, thought to be worth £10bn a year.

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

This relatively innocuous language pushes back the sunset provision of the Patriot Act by three months, leaving its vast powers in the hands of a president who Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden charges with "failure to uphold basic democratic principles," who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused of "alarming connections and conduct with Russia" and, joined by Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, says is making an attempt to "shred the Constitution.".

The Cambridge Analytica whistleblower on how American voters are “primed to be exploited”

The Cambridge Analytica whistleblower on how American voters are “primed to be exploited”

I spoke to Wylie about how the propaganda spread by Cambridge Analytica and the Trump campaign influenced American voters and why he’s worried about the 2020 election, among other subjects.

Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract

Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract

In a book slated for publication Oct. 29, retired Navy commander Guy Snodgrass, who served as a speech writer to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, said Trump called Mattis and directed him to “screw Amazon” by preventing it from bidding on the JEDI contract, according to an excerpt of the book seen by Reuters ahead of its release.

Google Might Soon Let Huawei Use its Services Again

Google Might Soon Let Huawei Use its Services Again

Google apps and the Play store might soon be returning to Huawei devices, according to a report from the New York Times.An executive order signed by US president (ugh) Donald Trump in May banned US companies from purchasing telecommunications equipment from foreign companies, including Huawei, deemed a national security risk.

FBI’s Foreign Surveillance Program Violated Americans’ Civil Liberties, FISA Court Finds

FBI’s Foreign Surveillance Program Violated Americans’ Civil Liberties, FISA Court Finds

(Yuri Gripas/Reuters) The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled that an FBI program intended to target foreign suspects violated Americans’ constitutional right to privacy by collecting the personal information of American citizens along with the foreign targets of the surveillance.

The Invisible Shackles of America’s Social Credit System.

The Invisible Shackles of America’s Social Credit System.

The Chinese government intends to use social media data, surveillance, and purchasing trends to develop a “score” for its citizens to gauge their “buy-in” to the state.A law at the state and federal level guaranteeing social platform access as a citizen’s civil rights would be one example of such legislation.

Trump calls for social media companies to ‘detect mass shooters before they strike’

Trump calls for social media companies to ‘detect mass shooters before they strike’

After two recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump said his administration would ask social media companies to develop tools that could detect potential mass shooters.

Facebook hit with new questions over Cambridge Analytica

Facebook hit with new questions over Cambridge Analytica

Facebook is facing new questions over its handling of the Cambridge Analytica debacle even after a record settlement with the FTC ended a year-long investigation by regulators into the matter.

Google reportedly once gave about 100 engineers from Huawei their own lab at the Googleplex HQ, hinting at deeper ties than we knew

Google reportedly once gave about 100 engineers from Huawei their own lab at the Googleplex HQ, hinting at deeper ties than we knew

On Monday, as a part of the same report, The Information also said that Google was working with the Chinese manufacturing giant to license its Google Assistant technology for a Huawei-branded smart speaker.

State Department now requires U.S. visa applicants to share social media accounts

State Department now requires U.S. visa applicants to share social media accounts

The new visa application forms list a number of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and require the applicant to provide any account names they may have had on them over the previous five years.

Donald Trump blasts Facebook’s Libra, demands strict regulation

Donald Trump blasts Facebook’s Libra, demands strict regulation

Donald Trump is not a fan of Libra, Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency, the president made clear in a series of tweets on Thursday evening. "Facebook Libra’s 'virtual currency' will have little standing or dependability.," Trump tweeted.

Netflix documentary The Great Hack turns the Cambridge Analytica scandal into high drama

Netflix documentary The Great Hack turns the Cambridge Analytica scandal into high drama

The Great Hack covers one of 2018’s biggest tech controversies: the revelation that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica secretly collected 87 million Facebook users’ data. The film is more interested in Cambridge Analytica than data policy Brittany Kaiser’s story is by far the most interesting part of The Great Hack.

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.

Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan to Prevent “Trump situation” in 2020 on Hidden Cam

Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan to Prevent “Trump situation” in 2020 on Hidden Cam

An additional document Project Veritas obtained, titled “Fair is Not the Default” says “People (like us) are programmed” after the results of machine learning fairness.

Nearly All U.S. Visa Applicants Now Required To Submit 5-Year Social Media History

Nearly All U.S. Visa Applicants Now Required To Submit 5-Year Social Media History

Under a State Department policy that took effect Friday, almost all visa applicants to the United States will now be required to submit the social media usernames, email addresses and phone numbers they’ve used in the past five years.

Trump administration to ask most US visa applicants for social media information

Trump administration to ask most US visa applicants for social media information

The Trump administration will implement a new policy Friday asking most applicants for U.S. visas to provide information on their use of social media, a U.S. Department of State official tells Hill.

Regulators implore Congress for more privacy powers

Regulators implore Congress for more privacy powers

The FTC commissioners asked Congress to update the agency's statutory authority to give it the power to make rules and to assess fines against companies that break the law.

Why a Republican senator wants the FTC to throw the book at Facebook

Why a Republican senator wants the FTC to throw the book at Facebook

While the Republicans could push through a relatively lenient offer along partisan lines, doing so could come with heavy political costs for the agency, since it would expose them to attacks that the Republican majority is soft on misbehaving technology companies.

Exclusive: New privacy oversight on the table for Facebook, Zuckerberg

Exclusive: New privacy oversight on the table for Facebook, Zuckerberg

Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a possible settlement that would require the company to place privacy-minded executives at the company's highest levels, a source close to the talks told POLITICO on Wednesday — in addition to paying the expected multibillion-dollar fine it disclosed last week.

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.

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.