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  • No Congress Did Not Repeal Internet Privacy

    04/27/2017 10:17:02 AM PDT · by 54fighting
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 4/27/17 | Andrew Armstrong
    Millennials live on the Internet. We were born and raised surfing the web, using Snapchat and Instagram and, of course, playing games online. It is almost a birthright. Keeping the Internet free and clear of oppressive federal government red-tape and regulations is critical to keep innovation and growth in this space. Some on the left see the web as the “wild west” that needs the guiding hand of government. A former commissioner of the Federal Elections Commission has repeatedly argued for federal control over the web. Ann Ravel, and others like her, want websites like the Drudge Report, YouTube and...
  • ‘Embarrassing’ details on Marble Falls High students mistakenly emailed out (TX)

    04/27/2017 7:47:41 AM PDT · by bgill · 24 replies
    kxan ^ | April 26, 2017 | Andy Jechow
    An email sent by the Marble Falls High School principal to senior students inadvertently included student identification numbers, which could possibly be used to learn a student’s school-issued Google account and lunch account password, the school said...The spreadsheet included information as to why some seniors were ineligible to go on the trip...Segovia, his name was on the list because he is failing a class. “It is quite embarrassing
  • Windows 10 Creators Update - Collecting YOUR data is the 'life-blood', says Microsoft (Privacy)

    04/24/2017 9:08:14 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | Apr 20, 2017 | Aaron Brown
    MICROSOFT has reiterated the importance of collecting information from Windows 10 Creators Update users, likening the diagnostic data to the "life-blood" of the operating system.Windows 10 Creators Update is slowly rolling out to users across the globe.The blockbuster update includes a number of headline features, including a ground-up redesign for the Paint app and a new performance-focused Game Mode.Windows 10 Creators Update also focuses on transparency around its data collection policies.Every Windows 10 user – whether they're upgrading a previous version of Windows 10, or installing one for the first time – will be given the chance to review the...
  • Lawmakers seek internet privacy protections

    04/06/2017 5:43:05 PM PDT · by davikkm · 5 replies
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington state have signed on in support of proposals that seek to secure internet privacy. The measures, which were introduced in both the House and Senate, come following President Donald Trump’s signature on a measure rolling back internet-privacy protections that had been scheduled to go into effect, The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/2nL2nY0 ).
  • Is Anyone Watching Those Who Watch Us?

    04/06/2017 3:51:59 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/06/17 | Dr. Robert Owens
    They will ignore the facts and believe the lie The ongoing tempest in a tea cup concerning Russian hacking and Trump collusion is merely “Why? Oh, why did Hillary lose?” etched out in Washington double speak through the media megaphone. To sum it all up I’m reminded of a quote from the Wicked Witch of the West, “What a world…what a world.” (Not THAT Wicked Witch of the West the one from the Wizard of Oz.) Here we are in an America where the government can listen to and record every word or keystroke without a warrant and the person...
  • State court rules police can seize your Facebook activity

    04/04/2017 6:47:29 PM PDT · by Repeal 16-17 · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 4, 2017 | Julia Marsh
    New York state’s highest court has handed law enforcement a victory​ — ruling that ​the courts have no authority to decide the constitutionality of bulk seizures of Facebook users’ private accounts​ for criminal probes. In 2014​,​ Facebook challenged Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus’ Vance’s bulk-search warrant demanding information on 381 of its users who were suspects in a major investigation into NYPD and FDNY Social Security scammers. ​More than 100 people have been convicted in the s​​cam. They claimed they were too sick to work in order to get the benefits​ ​– ​​then posted photos of themselves on social media platforms...
  • Trump Plans to Sign Repeal of Obama-Era Broadband Rules on Internet Privacy

    04/03/2017 11:51:10 AM PDT · by johnk · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1 Apr 2017 | SEAN MORAN
    Breitbart News spoke with Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment, about his organization’s opposition to the FCC’s broadband privacy rule. Kerpen told Breitbart News that the criticism against removing this regulation is unwarranted. “This is a deliberate disinformation campaign from the usual suspects from the tech-left and the media, and they’re completely misrepresenting the issue, and the conservatives are falling for the fake news narrative,” he told Breitbart News. “Up until 2015, the FTC protected consumer privacy, and then the FCC Net Neutrality order eviscerated the consumer protections at the FTC by pre-empting FTC’s jurisdiction. The FCC then came around...
  • Samsung Galaxy S8's Facial Unlocking Feature Can Be Fooled With A Photo

    03/31/2017 7:54:48 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 44 replies
    Hacker News ^ | March 31, 2017
    It is unclear, at this moment, as to how precise the photo used in the demonstration should be compared to the real face? Or at what distance the phone was held from the camera? Or what angle they chose during the registration of the recognition? But what's clear is the fact that a gap remains in the security system of the Samsung's new facial recognition feature. Moreover, there are reports that Samsung’s Galaxy S8 would include a facial recognition feature for mobile payments in the coming months.
  • With Washington’s Blessing, Telecom Giants Can Mine Your Web History

    03/30/2017 8:03:20 AM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 40 replies
    Wall street Journal (Hat Tip Drudge) ^ | March 30, 2017 | Jack Marshall
    What if your telecom company tracked the websites you visit, the apps you use, the TV shows you watch, the stores you shop at and the restaurants you eat at, and then sold that information to advertisers? In theory, it’s possible, given the stance Washington is taking on online privacy. Lawmakers on Tuesday voted to overturn privacy rules that required telecom companies to get customers’ permission before sharing their web-browsing and app usage history with third parties. The White House said Wednesday President Donald Trump intends to sign the measure into law. Undoing the rules, which had been adopted last...
  • House Schedules Vote on Eliminating Consumer Online Privacy Rights Next Week

    03/30/2017 1:35:58 AM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 33 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | 3/24/2017 | Ernesto Falcon
    House Schedules Vote on Eliminating Consumer Online Privacy Rights next week. Majority Leader McCarthy Confirms House to Immediately Act on Behalf of the Cable and Telephone Industry Following the Senate Vote Yesterday, Senate by thin margin of 50 to 48 voted to take away the privacy rights of Internet users as a favor to cable and telephone industry. Now the House is planning to take up the legislation immediately next week before people can discover the damage they are about to inflict to consumer privacy online. These Are Legal Rights To Privacy They're Dismantling: Americans have enjoyed a legal right...
  • Americans one step closer to losing control of their browser history

    03/24/2017 6:37:47 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 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 · 21 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...