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House Approves Pro-Privacy CISPA Amendment House Approves Pro-Privacy CISPA Amendment
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UPDATE: The amendment no longer contains pro-privacy language. The language requiring companies to share information only with the DHS was removed before being added to the bill. More on that here. Original story continues below: It seemed that CISPA couldn’t …

Facebook to Display Your Open Groups on Your Timeline Facebook to Display Your Open Groups on Your Timeline
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Facebook is adding a new Timeline section to highlight the groups to which you belong. The new Groups section will appear on the About tab on the new Timeline. Facebook launched their new Timeline design, a one-column format with more …

Rep. Mike Rogers Blocks Pro-Privacy Amendments From Being Added To CISPA Rep. Mike Rogers Blocks Pro-Privacy Amendments From Being Added To CISPA
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The House will vote on CISPA this week. This vote will decide whether or not the House majority thinks companies should be able to share your private online information with the government while enjoying total legal immunity. The second debate …

IRS Tells Congress That It Obtains Warrants Before Searching Emails IRS Tells Congress That It Obtains Warrants Before Searching Emails

Late last week, the ACLU reported that the IRS probably obtained emails without a warrant. The group came to this conclusion after an agency handbook from 2009 said that Internet users “do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.” Now …

Civil Liberty Groups Still Don’t Like CISPA, Issue Open Letter To Congress Civil Liberty Groups Still Don’t Like CISPA, Issue Open Letter To Congress

After a closed door markup, CISPA emerged from the House Intelligence Committee with some new amendments. Rep. Mike Rogers, the author of the bill, said the amendments would address concerns from civil liberty groups. Those same groups could not be …

Senate Judiciary Committee To Debate ECPA Reform This Week Senate Judiciary Committee To Debate ECPA Reform This Week

ECPA, or the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, has long been in need of an update. The Senate tried last year, but ran out of time. Now it’s a priority and it will hopefully get the time it deserves this week. …

Facebook Partners with State Attorneys General for New Privacy Initiative Facebook Partners with State Attorneys General for New Privacy Initiative

Facebook, who is always fighting an uphill battle to when it comes to privacy and users’ trust, has just announced a joint initiative with the National Association of Attorneys General that they say will “provide teens and their parents with …

Obama Administration Says CISPA Still Has Some Issues Obama Administration Says CISPA Still Has Some Issues
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On Wednesday, CISPA came closer to reality as it passed the markup phase in the House Intelligence Committee. Now the bill has to make it through the House, then the Senate, and finally the President’s desk. That last one may …

CISPA Advances: Do You Trust Congress With Your Privacy? CISPA Advances: Do You Trust Congress With Your Privacy?
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Well, that didn’t take long. The Hill reports that the House Intelligence Committee met in secret Wednesday to mark up CISPA and approve any last amendments before it made its way to the House floor. CISPA was approved on a …

The IRS Doesn’t Think The Fourth Amendment Applies To Your Email The IRS Doesn’t Think The Fourth Amendment Applies To Your Email
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The IRS runs a number of tax audits each year, and as such, has to obtain information on private citizens. If the information is in a physical format, the agency must obtain a warrant to access it. If it’s stored …

Burner, the Popular iOS Disposable Number App, Launches on Android Burner, the Popular iOS Disposable Number App, Launches on Android
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Sometimes you just need to contact and be contacted with a temporary number. And the iOS app that has popularized that practice since last August has just launched on Android. You can grab Burner at the Google Play Store today. …

CISPA Is Looking Better, But Privacy Proponents Still Aren’t Satisfied CISPA Is Looking Better, But Privacy Proponents Still Aren’t Satisfied

Rep. Adam Schiff announced on Friday that he would be introducing a pro-privacy amendment to CISPA that would force companies to remove any identifiable information from data it shares with the government. Surprisingly enough, the bill’s authors seem to be …

Google Runs Afoul of Indian Agency over Mapping Contest Google Runs Afoul of Indian Agency over Mapping Contest
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Google, who is no stranger to international dustups over its maps and street view service, has run afoul of India’s federal mapping agency over a recent project to improve upon the country’s maps. Google first announced the Mapathon back in …

Google Fights to Keep User Info Private Against National Security Letters Google Fights to Keep User Info Private Against National Security Letters
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Since 9/11 and the implementation of the Patriot Act, the FBI’s use of National Security Letters to obtain info has skyrocketed. National Security Letters (NSL) are a form of a demand letter that are used by the U.S. Government (mostly …

Rep. Adam Schiff To Propose Pro-Privacy Amendment To CISPA Rep. Adam Schiff To Propose Pro-Privacy Amendment To CISPA
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This year’s CISPA is just like last year’s CISPA. That has some privacy groups concerned as the bill makes it easier for companies to share private information with the government while granting them immunity. To help address these concerns, one …

Congress Doesn’t Want You Listening In On The CISPA Debate Congress Doesn’t Want You Listening In On The CISPA Debate

It was revealed in mid-February that CISPA would be back. The dreaded cybersecurity bill is now ready to make its way through Congress, but our elected representatives apparently think that the public doesn’t have the right to know what’s going …

Should The FBI Be Able To Monitor Online Communications In Real TIme? Should The FBI Be Able To Monitor Online Communications In Real TIme?
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As the current ECPA stands, law enforcement has the ability to obtain emails without a warrant. There are some laws currently making their way through Congress to change this, but law enforcement agencies obviously like things as they are. In …

Twitter Sued for $50M in France for Withholding the Identities of Anti-Semitic Users Twitter Sued for $50M in France for Withholding the Identities of Anti-Semitic Users
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Twitter is being sued in France for failing to disclose the identities of users wrapped up in an anti-Semitic hashtag controversy that has spanned five months. Here’s my attempt to make a long story short: Back in October of 2012, …

‘Catch Me If You Can’ Conman Talks Facebook Privacy ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Conman Talks Facebook Privacy

One of the world’s most famous confidence men has his reservations about Facebook. Speaking at the Advertising Week Europe conference, Frank Abagnale says that he completely understands why people like Facebook. But he warns that the network is full of …

Sen. Patrick Leahy Introduces ECPA Reform Bill In The Senate Sen. Patrick Leahy Introduces ECPA Reform Bill In The Senate

The House has been unusually proactive early this year in attempting to pass email privacy protections through an updated Electronic Communications Privacy Act. In fact, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing this morning to gather testimonies from Google, law …

What Are Your Facebook Likes Revealing About You? (Hint: It’s a lot) What Are Your Facebook Likes Revealing About You? (Hint: It’s a lot)
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Is it possible that you are unwittingly outing yourself – as gay, as a conservative, as Muslim, or as a pot smoker – by simply liking stuff on Facebook? Sure, you could easily do this by liking the “Gay Men’s …