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  • Americans one step closer to losing control of their browser history

    03/24/2017 6:37:47 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Maech 24, 2017
    The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy regulations, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell your browsing habits and other personal information as they expand their own online ad businesses. Those rules, not yet in effect, would have required internet providers to ask your permission before sharing your personal information.
  • Senate votes to block internet privacy regulations

    03/23/2017 3:03:24 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 23,3017 | Harper Neidig and Ali Breland
    If passed by the House and signed by President Trump, the bill would use an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to eliminate the rules before they go into effect. The CRA would also prevent the FCC from passing “substantially similar” regulations in the future, though no court has ruled on what agencies can pass under those standards. Critics of the privacy regulations say they are too onerous, and subject service providers to stricter regulations than websites such as Facebook and Google, which also collect consumer data.
  • Washington is behind India's cash ban. Is this the first step to a global ban on cash?

    01/13/2017 7:04:16 AM PST · by Weeble · 28 replies
    In early November, without warning, the Indian government declared the two largest denomination bills invalid, abolishing over 80 percent of circulating cash by value. Amidst all the commotion and outrage this caused, nobody seems to have taken note of the decisive role that Washington played in this. U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the strategic partnership with India a priority of his foreign policy. In the context of this partnership, the US government’s development agency USAID has negotiated cooperation agreements with the Indian ministry of finance to push back the use of cash in favor of digital payments in India...
  • House GOP would let employers demand workers' genetic test results

    03/10/2017 8:10:21 AM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 135 replies
    StatNews ^ | 03/10/2017 | Sharon Begley
    House GOP would let employers demand workers' genetic test results https://www.statnews.com/2017/03/10/workplace-wellness-genetic-testing/ House Republicans would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results By Sharon Begley @sxbegle March 10, 2017 A little-noticed bill moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information. Giving employers such power is now prohibited by legislation including the 2008 genetic privacy and nondiscrimination law known as GINA. The new bill gets around that landmark law by stating explicitly that GINA and other protections do...
  • Living In The CIA Deep State–No Privacy-No Truth–Luciferian Control-Top 15 Implications Of Vault 7

    03/11/2017 8:13:15 AM PST · by davikkm · 12 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    I will try to not go too far on this journey into the true implications of WikiLeaks Vault 7. There are 15 especially standout implications thus far. That is not to mention those within my title…very sad here. But I imagine for tech freaks and hackers it is all very exciting, but for me someone, who cherishes respect and freedom, I am really saddened to know things have developed to this point. Under Obama the CIA reaped big money and freedom, because Obama hated us anyway. All I can see in my mind right now is Lucifer sitting on his...
  • The most shocking revelation from the CIA spying scandal

    03/10/2017 10:48:26 AM PST · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Sovereign Man ^ | 08 March 2017 | Simon Black
    These files reveal that the CIA can and has hacked devices that were supposedly secure– iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. The documents further reveal that the CIA is deliberately infecting personal computers with spyware, including Windows, Mac OS/X, Solaris, Linux, and other operating systems. They’re also hacking WiFi routers to deploy software that monitors Internet activity, and have even figured out how to bypass anti-virus software so that their spyware cannot be detected. They’ve also managed to make the rest of the world believe that Russian hackers, not the CIA, are behind all this malware and spyware. It’s like a...
  • New bill would let companies force workers to get genetic tests, share results

    03/10/2017 10:00:17 AM PST · by tekrat · 45 replies
    ARS Technica ^ | 3/10/2017 | BETH MOLE
    It’s hard to imagine a more sensitive type of personal information than your own genetic blueprints. With varying degrees of accuracy, the four-base code can reveal bits of your family’s past, explain some of your current traits and health, and may provide a glimpse into your future with possible conditions and health problems you could face. And that information doesn’t just apply to you but potentially your blood relatives, too.Most people would likely want to keep the results of genetic tests highly guarded—if they want their genetic code deciphered at all. But, as STAT reports, a new bill that is...
  • FLASHBACK: Anti-Trump Rep. Touts Obama ‘Database’ With ‘Information About Everything...’ [VID]

    03/09/2017 9:18:36 AM PST · by Syncro · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3-8-2017 | Christian Datoc
    During a 2013 interview with Roland Martin, Congresswoman Maxine Waters propped up the Obama administration for “[putting] in place” a “database [that] will have information about everything on every individual.”*snip* “Well, I don’t know. The thing I think some people are missing here is the president has put in place an organization that contains the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life,” Waters answered, unprompted. “That’s going to be very, very powerful.” Read more at DC
  • Privacy no longer a citizen right, according to FBI’s Comey

    03/09/2017 12:06:49 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/09/17 | Judi McLeod
    Those faithless representatives have created a monster that has now turned on us FBI head honcho James Comey behaves just as one might expect a 2013 President Barack Obama-appointed FBI director to behave. He conducts himself with a confidence that seems unflappable, displays arrogance and, just like the president who appointed him, sometimes throws taunting in for good measure.
  • Hidden backdoor discovered in Chinese IoT devices

    03/02/2017 9:49:29 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    BetaNews ^ | March 2, 2017 | By Ian Barker
    Researchers at Trustwave have uncovered a backdoor in IoT devices from a Chinese manufacturer that could leave them open to exploitation. The backdoor is present in almost all devices produced by VoIP specialist DBLTek, and appears to have been purposely built in for use by the vendor.It uses a simple challenge and response mechanism to allow remote access. However, Trustwave's investigation has shown this scheme to be fundamentally flawed in that it is not necessary for a remote user to possess knowledge of any secret or password, besides the challenge itself and knowledge of the protocol/computation used.The issue permits a...
  • A Guide to Getting Past Customs With Your Digital Privacy Intact (Link Only Per Copyright)

    02/18/2017 11:10:35 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Wired | February 17, 2017 | By ANDY GREENBERG
    This is an article with some advice on how to maintain your digital privacy when traveling internationally to countries that will invade those devices seeking data. . . including returning to the U.S. Posting only the link due to Wired's copyright restrictions about posting even fair use quotations: A Guide to Getting Past Customs With Your Digital Privacy Intact (Link Only Per Copyright)
  • Flynn related: N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications (Executive Order 12333)

    02/17/2017 9:24:16 PM PST · by bobk3 · 19 replies
    Failing New York Times ^ | 1/13/`17 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections. The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches. The change means that far more officials will be searching through...
  • Will Facebook use AI to SPY on users? Mark Zuckerberg hints at secret plans to monitor [tr]

    02/17/2017 9:22:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 17, 2017 | Phoebe Weston
    Facebook this week released a 6,000-word manifesto, detailing its plans for the future, including how it will use artificial intelligence. In a leaked early addition of the manifesto, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook hinted that the firm would use AI to spy on users, in a bid to 'identify risks.' But mysteriously, in the final published version, that information has been removed, suggesting Zuckerberg decided to keep the invasive plans a secret.
  • Amazon and Google Consider Turning Smart Speakers Into Home Phones

    02/15/2017 9:50:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 15, 2017 | Ryan Knutson and Laura Stevens
    Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google are considering a new use for their popular home speakers: becoming the home phone.
  • White Bear Lake stabbing victim was in key U.S. Supreme Court case

    08/12/2015 5:36:12 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8/10/2015 | Frederick Melo
    On a summer's day in 1987, Minneapolis police surrounded a woman's home in the northeast corner of the city and heard their suspect's voice inside. "Tell them I left," said Robert Darren Olson. The officers forced their way in. An Amoco gas station attendant had been shot dead on University Avenue the day before, and one of the suspects, the money and the murder weapon were already in custody. Police had been tipped off that their second suspect, the getaway driver, spent his nights at the duplex. They found Olson hiding in the closet. He was later convicted of aggravated...
  • Congress Can't Count on the Other Branches to Protect Digital Privacy Rights

    02/02/2017 2:51:12 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2017 | Veronique de Rugy
    The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently shot down the latest effort by the Justice Department to compel Microsoft to hand over the data of a foreigner stored overseas. Amazingly, the government asserted that a U.S. search warrant should carry jurisdiction over the data of an Irish citizen being stored on a server in Ireland, simply because it is owned by Microsoft, an American corporation. Thank goodness the federal appeals court has now rejected the government's attempt to have the case reheard, after a lower court ruling in the government's favor -- which held Microsoft in contempt for failing...
  • Secret deal lets NSA distribute illegally obtained private information to any gov't agency

    01/19/2017 12:19:08 PM PST · by wtd · 19 replies
    VladTepesblog via FoxBusiness ^ | January 19, 2017 | Eeyore
    Obama AG makes secret deal to let NSA distribute illegally obtained private information to any government agency YouTube Video clip: Judge Napolitano on AG Lynch's secret NSA deal (4:11)Here is a rough transcript of 4:11 length video Stuart Varney: Now this just coming to us. It's news to me but the judge has got it for us. Coming up, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has just signed a secret deal days before leaving office ordering the NSA to give spying data to other federal agencies. Judge Napolitano joins us for this story. What's going on? Judge Napolitano: Well, we don't...
  • Scientists Needn't Get A Patient's Consent To Study Blood Or DNA

    01/19/2017 6:48:39 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 6 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | 18 Jan, 2017 | ROB STEIN
    The Obama administration has dropped a controversial proposal that would have required all federally funded scientists to get permission from patients before using their cells, blood, tissue or DNA for research. The proposal was eliminated from the final revision of the Common Rule, which was published in the Federal Register Wednesday. The rule is a complex set of regulations designed to make sure federally funded research on human subjects is conducted ethically. The revision to the regulations, set to go into effect in 2018, marks the first time the rule has been updated in 26 years. The initial proposal that...
  • A HAcker just proved that Apple may have been right about the FBI (Link Only per copyright)

    01/14/2017 3:16:10 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 41 replies
    Vanity Fair (Link Only due to copyright issues) | JANUARY 13, 2017 9:26 AM | BY MAYA KOSOFF
    Cellebrite, the third-party which the FBI contracted with to unlock the San Bernardino terrorists' iPhone 5, has itself been hacked and the data and techniques it used to hack that iPhone 5 among others of its proprietary technology were stolen, just as I predicted would happen if Apple were forced to provide a back-door as the FBI wanted! Vanity Fair has an article on the Cellebrite crime but I cannot post it due to copyright issues. Here is the link only. — Swordmaker http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/01/a-hacker-just-proved-that-apple-may-have-been-right-about-the-fbi
  • It's not just your browser: Your machine can be fingerprinted easily

    01/12/2017 7:17:47 PM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | 1/13/16 | Richard Chirgwin
    It just got a lot harder to evade browser fingerprinting: a bunch of boffins have worked out how to fingerprint the machine behind the browser, using only information provided by browser features.Like so many ideas, it's obvious once someone's thought of it: activities that aren't processed in the browser are treated the same whether the page is rendered in (say) Chrome, Firefox, IE or Edge. The group – Yinzhi Cao and Song Li of from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and Erik Wijmans Washington University in St. Louis – have worked out how to access various operating system and hardware-level features...
  • N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications

    01/12/2017 2:07:58 PM PST · by mrsmith · 9 replies
    NYTimes ^ | JAN. 12, 2017 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    ...The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches. The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will...
  • Windows 10's privacy settings will be simpler but more limited with Creators' Update

    01/10/2017 6:42:02 PM PST · by dayglored · 8 replies
    PC World ^ | Jan 10, 2017 | Mark Hachman
    It's not quite the clear-cut win for consumers that Microsoft is portraying, but at least it's transparent with its decision. Microsoft said Tuesday that it plans to simplify the privacy options in the upcoming Creators’ Update, though some may see one component as limiting user choice as well. Microsoft plans to revamp how privacy is managed in the upcoming Creators Update to Windows 10, both as part of the initial setup as well as the amount of data it collects in day-to-day diagnostics. That amount will actually decrease, if a user so chooses. But Microsoft has also eliminated an intermediary...
  • Chrysler Unveils Selfie-Taking Concept Car

    01/04/2017 3:24:59 PM PST · by JOAT · 23 replies
    CBS Philadelphia ^ | 1/3/2017 | Peter Valdes-Dapena
    <p>LAS VEGAS (CNN) — What do Millennials want from a car? Selfies, naturally.</p> <p>Chrysler unveiled its Portal concept car at the Consumer Electronics Show Tuesday, and it has a long list of features based on 20 years of research into exactly what Millennials want from a car, according to Fiat Chrysler.</p>
  • That Amazon Echo You Got for Xmas? Here’s Why the Cops May Want to Listen in on Your Recordings

    01/04/2017 7:53:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    Heatstreet ^ | January 3, 2016 | Emily Zanotti
    Devices like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home were big sellers over the holidays, with people all over the country turning their houses over to digital assistants. But while a virtual butler seems like a great idea, consumers are slowly coming to grips with the implications of the “smart home.” Devices that can answer questions are also taking notes. And while that may help digital assistants like Alexa become better and faster, it also helps law enforcement listen in on private conversations.
  • U.S. House Judiciary Committee determines encryption backdoors against national interests

    12/21/2016 8:08:49 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 56 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 02:18 pm PT (05:18 pm ET) | By Daniel Eran Dilger
    In a rebuke to the anti-encryption campaign waged by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation--with Apple as a target--the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Encryption Working Group issued a report today stating "any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest." In a bipartisan report, the group observed that "any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest," citing representatives of the national security community who noted that "strong encryption is vital to the national defense and to securing vital assets, such as critical infrastructure." A second finding of the report was that "encryption technology is a global technology...
  • FBI's New Hacking Powers Take Effect This Week

    11/30/2016 11:52:50 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 11 replies
    Fortune ^ | November 30, 2016 | Jeff John Roberts
    A single search warrant, multiple computers. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies will be able to search multiple computers across the country with a single warrant thanks to a controversial rule change that takes effect on Thursday.
  • Germany planning to 'massively' limit privacy rights

    11/25/2016 11:03:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.25.2016 | Ben Knight
    Interior Minister Thomas de Maizičre is planning a major limitation of privacy rights in Germany, say data protection groups. Germans will no longer have the right to know what data about them is being collected. A draft law released by the German union for data protection (DVD) this week revealed that the interior ministry was proposing to drastically limit the powers of Germany’s data protection authorities, banning them from investigating suspected breaches of people’s medical and legal records. As well as expanding video surveillance with facial recognition software, the bill would limit the government’s own data protection commissioners to checking...
  • France to collect personal data of 60 million with controversial database

    11/05/2016 9:20:26 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 4 replies
    France24 ^ | 11/5/16 | Sébastian SEIBT
    France’s government last week announced the creation of a highly controversial new database that will collect and store personal information on nearly everyone living in the country who holds a French identity card or passport. The massive database, known as Secure Electronic Documents (Titres électroniques sécurisés or TES), was decreed by the government on October 30 in an effort to crack down on identity theft. The move sparked immediate outrage in the French media, with weekly magazine L’Observateur describing it as “terrifying”, and daily newspaper Libération calling it a “mega database that will do no good”. The TES will affect...
  • EU data protection watchdogs warn WhatsApp, Yahoo on privacy

    10/30/2016 1:33:05 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 1 replies
    news.trust.org / reuters ^ | 10/29/16 | Julia Fioretti
    European privacy watchdogs warned WhatsApp on Friday over sharing user information with parent company Facebook, and cautioned Yahoo over a 2014 data breach and scanning of customer emails for U.S. intelligence purposes. The popular messaging service's recent change in privacy policy to start sharing users' phone numbers with Facebook - the first policy change since WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014 - has attracted regulatory scrutiny in Europe. The Italian antitrust watchdog on Friday also announced a separate probe into whether WhatsApp obliged users to agree to sharing personal data with Facebook. (emphasis mine) The European Union's 28 data...
  • Feds Walk Into A Building, Demand Everyone's Fingerprints To Open Phones

    10/26/2016 7:00:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/26 | Thomas Fox-Brewster
    In what’s believed to be an unprecedented attempt to bypass the security of Apple iPhones, or any smartphone that uses fingerprints to unlock, California’s top cops asked to enter a residence and force anyone inside to use their biometric information to open their mobile devices. FORBES found a court filing, dated May 9 2016, in which the Department of Justice sought to search a Lancaster, California, property. But there was a more remarkable aspect of the search, as pointed out in the memorandum: “authorization to depress the fingerprints and thumbprints of every person who is located at the SUBJECT PREMISES...
  • AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit, New Documents Reveal

    10/25/2016 9:29:25 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 16 replies
    dailybeast ^ | October 24, 2016 | Kenneth Lipp
    The telecom giant is doing NSA-style work for law enforcement—without a warrant—and earning millions of dollars a year from taxpayers. Hemisphere is a secretive program run by AT&T that searches trillions of call records and analyzes cellular data to determine where a target is located, with whom he speaks, and potentially why. In 2013, Hemisphere was revealed by The New York Times and described only within a Powerpoint presentation made by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Times described it as a “partnership” between AT&T and the U.S. government; the Justice Department said it was an essential, and prudently deployed, counter-narcotics...
  • Connected devices create millions of cyber security weak spots

    10/23/2016 4:42:29 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 21 replies
    financial times ^ | 10/23/16 | Hannah Kuchler
    Default passwords on devices from the digital video recorder in your living room to the security camera in your office threaten the stability of the internet, as hackers build vast networks of “Internet of Things” devices to bombard websites with traffic. The attack on Dyn, a domain name service provider, that disrupted access to high-profile sites such as Twitter, Spotify and the New York Times on Friday, highlighted the risks posed by the billions of devices connected to the internet with little or no cyber security protections. Unidentified hackers took over tens of millions of devices using malicious software called...
  • NSA Can Access More Phone Data Than Ever

    10/20/2016 11:32:36 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 18 replies
    abcnews ^ | Oct 20, 2016 | Lee Ferran
    Before the signing of the USA Freedom Act in June 2015, one of the NSA's most controversial programs was the mass collection of telephonic metadata from millions of Americans — the information about calls, including the telephone numbers involved, the time and the duration but not the calls' content — under a broad interpretation of the Patriot Act's Section 215. From this large "haystack," as officials have called it, NSA analysts could get approval to run queries on specific numbers purportedly linked to international terrorism investigations. The problem for the NSA was that the haystack was only about 30 percent...
  • (1997) Potentially Illegal Gingrich Tape Turned Over To Criminal Investigators

    10/20/2016 4:17:30 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | January 13, 1997 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Jan. 13) -- A potentially illegal recording of a cell phone conversation involving House Speaker Newt Gingrich was handed over to federal criminal investigators tonight, the House ethics committee's chief counsel said. First the tape was sent to the committee by Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington state, the committee's ranking Democrat. A Florida couple who taped the call told a news conference in Gainesville, Florida today they gave the recording to McDermott last week.
  • Feds Walk Into A Building, Demand Everyone's Fingerprints To Open Phones (video)

    10/19/2016 12:29:32 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 16, 2016 | By Thomas Fox-Brewster
    In what’s believed to be an unprecedented attempt to bypass the security of Apple iPhones, or any smartphone that uses fingerprints to unlock, California’s top cops asked to enter a residence and force anyone inside to use their biometric information to open their mobile devices. FORBES found a court filing, dated May 9 2016, in which the Department of Justice sought to search a Lancaster, California, property. But there was a more remarkable aspect of the search, as pointed out in the memorandum: “authorization to depress the fingerprints and thumbprints of every person who is located at the SUBJECT PREMISES...
  • Study: 1 in 2 American Adults Already In Facial Recognition Network

    10/18/2016 9:38:42 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 35 replies
    vocativ ^ | 10/18/16 | Kevin Collier
    DMV records, plus a cavalier approach to mugshot databases, puts half of the US in the system Half of all American adults are already in some sort of facial recognition network accessible to law enforcement, according to a comprehensive new study. Conducted over a year and relying in part on Freedom of Information and public record requests to 106 law enforcement agencies, the study, conducted by Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology, found American police use of facial recognition technology is a scattered, hodgepodge network of laws and regulations.
  • Exclusive: Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US intelligence - sources

    10/04/2016 10:22:05 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 10/4/2016 | Joseph Menn
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter. The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events. Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to a spy agency's demand by searching...
  • Gun-Show Customers’ License Plates Come Under Scrutiny

    10/03/2016 5:57:25 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 2, 2016 | Devlin Barrett
    Federal agents have persuaded police officers to scan license plates to gather information about gun-show customers, government emails show, raising questions about how officials monitor constitutionally protected activity. Emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency crafted a plan in 2010 to use license-plate readers—devices that record the plate numbers of all passing cars—at gun shows in Southern California, including one in Del Mar, not far from the Mexican border. Agents then compared that information to cars that crossed the border, hoping to find gun smugglers, according to the documents and interviews...
  • Judge to NY Times: No Trump divorce records for you

    09/24/2016 1:53:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 23, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    The New York Times and Gannett news have been trying to gain access to Donald Trump’s sealed divorce records on the grounds that they are of public interest now that he is running for President. Politico reports that New York judge Frank Nervo has rejected that argument: “Were the court to make the confidential records available for journalistic, and thus public, scrutiny, it would impermissibly inject itself into the political process by making the value judgment of what information is useful in determining the present candidate’s, or any other candidate’s, fitness for office,” Nervo wrote. “The court’s role in the...
  • Hardware hack defeats iPhone (5C) passcode security (Video at Link)

    09/20/2016 1:22:23 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 September 2016
    IPhone (5C) passcodes can be bypassed using just Ł75 ($100) of electronic components, research suggests. A Cambridge computer scientist cloned iPhone memory chips, allowing him an unlimited number of attempts to guess a passcode. The work contradicts a claim made by the FBI earlier this year that this approach would not work. The FBI made the claim as it sought access to San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone. CHEAP TRICK Farouk and his wife killed 14 people in the California city last December before police fatally shot them. The FBI believed his iPhone 5C contained information about collaborators, but...
  • U.S. Court Rules that EPA Violated Personal Privacy of Farmers, Ranchers

    09/14/2016 7:12:01 AM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies
    NorthernAg.net ^ | September 13, 2016 | Unknown
    The Environmental Protection Agency has violated the personal privacy of tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers, according to a unanimous ruling issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The ruling in American Farm Bureau Federation and National Pork Producers Council vs. EPA concerned the federal agency's 2013 release to three environmental groups of a vast compilation of spreadsheets containing personal information about farmers and ranchers who raise livestock and poultry in 29 states. The case also related to similar personal information from farmers and ranchers in seven additional states that had yet to be...
  • When ‘Liberty’ Forces 18 Girls Into a Single-Stall Shower Room

    09/10/2016 9:37:14 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 29 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 9/9/2016
    n recent years, a common refrain accompanying nearly every demand for newly invented “rights” has been: “It doesn’t affect you, so you can’t be against it.” This claim—whether false or true, subjective or objective—has been played as the ultimate trump card. If you could not point to a direct, immediate, and significant intrusion on your life, then your concerns—no matter how thoughtful and legitimate—were sacrificed at the altar of the New Regime. Times change. On Wednesday, Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of high school students and parents, asking the court to strike down a Minnesota school...
  • Apple, Google Back Microsoft Over ‘Sneak-and-Peek’ Searches (link Only due to copyright issues)

    09/06/2016 10:55:35 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    Bloomberg | September 6, 2016 | By Kartikay Mehrotra and Diana Bass
    Apple, Amazon, Google, Energy companies, and Airlines, and others back Microsoft in battle with government overreach. Link only due to copy right issues: Apple, Google Back Microsoft Over ‘Sneak-and-Peek’
  • Rental Cars Can Steal Phone Data Like Contacts and Text Messages (privacy infosec threat)

    09/02/2016 9:26:00 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 28 replies
    Fortune ^ | 09/01/2016 | Jeff John Roberts
    Rental Cars Can Steal Phone Data Like Contacts and Text Messages http://fortune.com/2016/09/01/rental-cars-data-theft/ Tech Internet of Things Watch Out That Your Rental Car Doesn't Steal Your Phone Data By: Jeff John Roberts September 1, 2016, 10:51 AM  Watch out how you connect to cars. Here’s something to think about the next time you plug your phone into a rental car: The vehicle may be slurping up and recording all sorts of data, including your location, personal contacts, and even your text messages and web browsing. That warning comes via a Federal Trade Commission blog post this week, which highlights a downside...
  • Virginia Woman Blasts Drone 'to Smithereens' with Shotgun

    09/01/2016 9:57:26 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 142 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 8/30/16 | Eric Limer
    "It came over my airspace, 25 or 30 feet above my trees, and hovered for a second. I blasted it to smithereens."​ A woman in Virginia shot down a drone flying near her property in June of this year. It's at least the third time this has happened in the U.S., with previous incidents in Kentucky and Tennessee. Originally reported in the local Fauquier Times and subsequently covered by Ars Technica, the shooter was Jennifer Youngman, a neighbor to actor and director Robert Duvall. She had been cleaning her shotguns on the porch when two men stopped on a nearby...
  • Facebook Just Got a Whole Lot Creepier

    08/30/2016 4:28:10 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 70 replies
    Facebook Just Got a Whole Lot Creepier ^ | 30 August 2016 | Michael Krieger
    I’ve been creeped out by Facebook for a long time now. The following story takes it to another level. From Fusion: While some of these incredibly accurate friend suggestions are amusing, others are alarming, such as this story from Lisa*, a psychiatrist who is an infrequent Facebook user, mostly signing in to RSVP for events. Last summer, she noticed that the social network had started recommending her patients as friends—and she had no idea why. “I haven’t shared my email or phone contacts with Facebook,” she told me over the phone. The next week, things got weirder. Most of her...
  • Apple needs to get better at dying

    08/29/2016 6:15:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 61 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Aug 29, 2016 5:53 AM PT | By Jonny Evans
    Credit: AppleMust Just because the subject is challenging doesn't mean it can be ignored. Apple and the rest of the technology industry must face up to death, it’s too important to ignore. The lost son To illustrate my point, Apple has refused to unlock a Mac belonging to a man’s murdered son. The victim was a painter and musician with a trove of precious creative work stashed on his machine, and his dad wants to be able to see the data there. You can see his point. Apple has declined to open up the Mac because: "It is impossible to...
  • Privacy Law Finally Gets An Upgrade

    08/27/2016 7:02:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2016 | Steve Sherman
    Most of the privacy laws being used currently were written when flip phones were all the rage. If you haven’t noticed, times have changed. Entire computers sit comfortably in our hand or back pocket if you’re a millennial. Data storage, email, and cloud based tech have changed our entire world. With that change legal challenges have evolved and it is time to update our severely outdated legal framework for dealing with privacy issues. I’ve written about it before, and I am glad to say that a viable option is here. It is called the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA). We...
  • Living Under The Patriot Act: Educating a Society

    08/25/2016 8:54:36 AM PDT · by 1pitech · 2 replies
    http://amzn.to/2blwi29 | 03-09-2007 | Paul Ibbetson
    I wanted to share my comprehensive, reader friendly book on the Patriot Act. It is on sale for the first ever for .99 cents for Kindle at Amazon. Portions of the book are taught in five law school across the country. The books covers the different sections of the law in detail. The history of enemy combatants and Guantanamo Bay are discussed. Sources and comments of groups in support and in opposition are provided starting at the beginning of the law's creations. The book covers the first renewals and a whole lot more. I hope my many friends here enjoy...
  • Hulk Hogan's Smackdown Hurts Press Freedom

    08/24/2016 12:54:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2016 | Jacob Sullum
    Nine years ago, Gawker ran a blog post headlined "Peter Thiel Is Totally Gay, People." The item rankled Thiel, a billionaire who had co-founded Paypal and invested early in Facebook but had not yet gotten around to publicly acknowledging his sexual orientation, although he had told people close to him. This week, Thiel finally got his revenge, as Gawker ceased operations, driven out of business by an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit he financed. Whether or not you mourn the loss of Gawker, a website known for its snarky blend of gossip and journalism, its death does not bode well for freedom of...