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iPhone 5S Fingerprint Scanner Already Drawing Scrutiny From Lawmakers iPhone 5S Fingerprint Scanner Already Drawing Scrutiny From Lawmakers
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The iPhone 5S just launched today, and fans are already happily scanning their fingerprints into the devices’s new Touch ID system. Apple (and science) claims it’s perfectly secure, but lawmakers aren’t so sure. The Hill reports that Sen. Al Franken …

Sen. Al Franken Wants To Make The NSA A Little More Transparent Sen. Al Franken Wants To Make The NSA A Little More Transparent
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How many American citizens are targeted by the NSA? It’s a question that the agency refuses to answer, and today’s leak makes it seem like the agency targets just about everyone. The NSA needs to be transparent about its domestic …

Senator Al Franken’s Privacy Bill Is Approved By Senate Committee Senator Al Franken’s Privacy Bill Is Approved By Senate Committee
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We brought you word earlier this month that Sen. Al Franken was trying his hand at passing a privacy bill again. The Location Privacy Protection Act would require any and all app makers to request permission to track users before …

Senator Al Franken Is Trying To Protect Your Privacy Again Senator Al Franken Is Trying To Protect Your Privacy Again
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2012 was a big year for privacy. From CISPA to ECPA, lawmakers are tackling the ever present issue of how to handle privacy in the digital age. There’s not been a lot of progress on the front, but Sen. Al …

Senator Al Franken Blasts Google And Facebook on Privacy Senator Al Franken Blasts Google And Facebook on Privacy

Senator Al Franken, in a speech to the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, railed against Facebook, Google, and cell phone carriers for the massive amount of information they keep on users. “What we’re seeing is that, just like Americans’ pocketbooks …

Robert Bork: The Reason For No Netflix App On Facebook Robert Bork: The Reason For No Netflix App On Facebook
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If Netflix was peanut butter and Facebook was jelly, you’d think indulging in the combination of the two would be a natural delight that nobody would prevent you from enjoying. There’s just one problem with this scenario: Facebook can’t be …

Is SOPA’s Bipartisan Support Due To Legislators’ Ignorance?

SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act, H.R. 3261) is perhaps the biggest news on the Internet lately. It is certainly the biggest news about the internet. People have been neatly divided into two camps on the matter: For and Against. …

Senator Al Franken Challenges Carrier IQ Senator Al Franken Challenges Carrier IQ
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Privacy in relation to mobile technology is a touchy subject. Whether it’s Apple’s location data blow up or the latest controversy involving Carrier IQ and its hidden mobile device rootkit, issues of security still loom over the entire industry. To …

Senator Franken Asks Google, Apple for Clear Privacy Policies Senator Franken Asks Google, Apple for Clear Privacy Policies
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While many have moved on from the “shocking” revelations concerning mobile phone privacy, thanks to the discovery of iPhone’s location tracking, some politicians are keeping the necessary fires burning. In fact, Senator Al Franken went even further, demanding the parent …

Senator Al Franken Champions Location Privacy Senator Al Franken Champions Location Privacy

While location privacy in relation to mobile devices has been an issue worth observing for some time now, the explosion of the iPhone tracking software brought the subject to the forefront. What happens with these reams and reams of geodata …