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Nearly Everyone Backs Microsoft in Landmark Email Privacy Case—Except the DOJ Nearly Everyone Backs Microsoft in Landmark Email Privacy Case—Except the DOJ

Microsoft’s landmark email privacy case is set to go before the Supreme Court next month, and the company has received widespread support from other tech giants, members of Congress, and foreign governments. One party that opposes Microsoft’s move? The Department of Justice.

A Secret Hacking Group Is Using Android Malware to Spy on Thousands of People in 21 Countries, Research Finds A Secret Hacking Group Is Using Android Malware to Spy on Thousands of People in 21 Countries, Research Finds

A shadowy hacking campaign has been operating out of a Beirut building owned by the Lebanese General Directorate of General Security for the last six years, stealing text messages, call logs, and files from journalists, military members, corporations, and other targets in 21 countries, according to a joint report…

Invasive Warrantless Surveillance Bill Heads to White House for Trump's Signature [Updated] Invasive Warrantless Surveillance Bill Heads to White House for Trump's Signature [Updated]

Update, 4:00pm: President Trump in a tweet Friday afternoon said that he had signed the FISA bill into law, renewing the Section 702 warrantless surveillance program.

How the Gig Economy Exposes Workers to Cybersecurity Risks How the Gig Economy Exposes Workers to Cybersecurity Risks

Tech firms spend serious time and money trying to secure their employees and infrastructure from hackers. But gig economy companies like Lyft and Handy pay far less attention to cybersecurity for their contractors and, in some cases, encourage insecure behavior, researchers say—potentially exposing workers to greater…

The Very Good Reason Why You Can't Get That Google Art-Selfie Feature in Illinois or Texas The Very Good Reason Why You Can't Get That Google Art-Selfie Feature in Illinois or Texas

Some residents of Illinois and Texas are angry that they can’t easily determine which work of art looks 42 percent like them while allowing Google to capture their biometric souls.

Chelsea Manning Files Documents to Run for Senate Chelsea Manning Files Documents to Run for Senate

Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst, Wikileaks whistleblower, and trans activist Chelsea Manning has filed documents to run for a Senate seat in Maryland currently held by incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin, the Washington Post reported.

Dipshit President Attacks Surveillance Bill His Own White House Says Must Pass [Updated] Dipshit President Attacks Surveillance Bill His Own White House Says Must Pass [Updated]

A day after the White House urged Congress to pass a bill extending a warrantless surveillance program, President Trump took to Twitter to attack it.

Revenge Porn Posts Linked to High-Level US Government Computers Revenge Porn Posts Linked to High-Level US Government Computers

A number of IP addresses tied to users of a prominent revenge porn website have been traced back to several government offices, including the US Senate, the Navy, and the Executive Office of the President.

What's Slack Doing With Your Data? What's Slack Doing With Your Data?

More than six million people use Slack daily, spending on average more than two hours each day inside the chat app. For many employees, work life is contingent on Slack, and surely plenty of us use it for more than just, say, work talk. You probably have a #CATS and a women-only channel, and you’ve probably said…

New 'Cybersecurity Office' Would Oversee Companies Like Equifax and Dole Out Fines for Slipshod Security New 'Cybersecurity Office' Would Oversee Companies Like Equifax and Dole Out Fines for Slipshod Security

A bill introduced by Senate Democrats on Wednesday would establish new cybersecurity regulations for credit reporting agencies and impose strict fines for those whose security is found wanting. It would also create a new cybersecurity office within the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) tasked with ensuring that consumers…

Amazon Reports Spike in US Law Enforcement Requests for User Data Amazon Reports Spike in US Law Enforcement Requests for User Data

Government requests for data from Amazon Web Services spiked in the first half of 2017, with Amazon receiving 1,936 requests from the US law enforcement entities. During the latter half of 2016, Amazon received 1,583 requests.

All the Ways Your Smartphone and Its Apps Can Track You All the Ways Your Smartphone and Its Apps Can Track You

The little pocket supercomputers we all constantly carry around with us aren’t just supplying us with useful information, they’re also collecting a host of data on us and our habits, all of the time. Here’s a guide to what gets collected by your smartphone and the apps running on it, and how you can take back some…

Full Access to India's National Biometric Database Reportedly Sold Over WhatsApp for About $8 Full Access to India's National Biometric Database Reportedly Sold Over WhatsApp for About $8

Aadhaar, India’s massive biometric database, is facing new allegations of compromise after local journalists reported paying the equivalent of $8 in Indian rupees for full administrative access.

Post-Equifax, Failure of US Lawmakers to Protect Data-Breach Victims is Glaring Post-Equifax, Failure of US Lawmakers to Protect Data-Breach Victims is Glaring

If at any point last year you thought all the blustering in Congress over the Equifax breach would result in anything meaningful, let me be the first to say: You must be new here.

How to Get Around OkCupid's Stupid New 'Real Name' Policy How to Get Around OkCupid's Stupid New 'Real Name' Policy

Online dating service OkCupid made two big changes to their platform recently, one of which involving usernames. In short, you can no longer hide behind AIM-like screen names akin to “HoneyBabe37" or “StudddMuffin96.” That’s right, they want real names now. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to still maintain your…

OkCupid's New Real Name Policy Is Dumb OkCupid's New Real Name Policy Is Dumb

OkCupid announced this week that it would scrap all of the usernames on its site and require prospective daters to use their real names instead. Naturally, a bunch of OkCupid users are now worried about being exposed to harassment from people they turn down on the dating site.

Less Internet, Please Less Internet, Please

Remember when surfing the web was a treat? A delicacy almost. You’d fire up the whatever-kilobaud modem and start the pay-per-minute meter running and read about politics on Salon or whatever. A fun time. That’s no longer the case, and I’m honestly rotting from overexposure to the online.

Trump Transition Team Discussed Michael Flynn Using Signal to Encrypt Conversations, Emails Show Trump Transition Team Discussed Michael Flynn Using Signal to Encrypt Conversations, Emails Show

Days before a series of phone calls in late-2016 between Michael Flynn and Russia’s then-ambassador to the United States, members of the presidential transition team began inquiring about ways to encrypt Flynn’s conversations, discussing with the director of national intelligence’s office by email a range of…

France to Facebook: You Have 30 Days to Stop Harvesting WhatsApp User Data France to Facebook: You Have 30 Days to Stop Harvesting WhatsApp User Data

France’s data privacy agency CNIL has ordered WhatsApp to stop sharing data with its owner Facebook, the Verge reported, saying users never consented to sharing data for business intelligence or targeted advertising functions when Facebook disclosed the collection last year.

How to Track a Cellphone Without GPS—or Consent How to Track a Cellphone Without GPS—or Consent

As the Supreme Court mulls over the case of Carpenter v. United States, which may have far-reaching consequences for police who track suspects without a warrant via their cellphones, four engineers at Princeton University have revealed a brand-new method for identifying the location of a cellphone user. The result of…

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