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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 …

Study Finds That Facebook Users Are Starting To Share More Personal Data Study Finds That Facebook Users Are Starting To Share More Personal Data
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A common rebuttal to proponents of online privacy is to just not share personal information with services like Facebook, Twitter and the like. It’s a solid argument, but one that’s not practiced, even by those with privacy concerns. A new …

Texas Legislature Introduces Bills To Curtail Warrantless Smartphone Tracking Texas Legislature Introduces Bills To Curtail Warrantless Smartphone Tracking

Did you know that the federal government can request your smartphone location data without a warrant? It happens quite often, but there’s not been much progress made in the way of legislation curtailing this particular practice. One state has had …

Swiss Nurse Posts Corpse Photos on Facebook Swiss Nurse Posts Corpse Photos on Facebook
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Every week, it seems like somebody is making the news for forgetting that Facebook is a public forum and that people can actually see the things they post. A lot of the time, this lesson is learned in the form …

Police Chief Resigns After Questionable Photo Hits Facebook Police Chief Resigns After Questionable Photo Hits Facebook
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In yet another example of what-happens-on-Facebook-happens-in-front-of-everyone-in-the-world-please-stop-posting-private-crap-on-Facebook-it’s-going-to-get-you-fired-or-arrested news, a Confluence, Pennsylvania police chief has resigned after a questionable photo made its way on the site. The photo seen above of chief Tom Keller and a woman packing serious heat popped up …

Do Not Track Legislation Introduced In The Senate Do Not Track Legislation Introduced In The Senate
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Do Not Track was one of the biggest jokes of 2012. Sure, it was a honorable endeavor, but nobody could come to a consensus as to what Do Not Track means even after pledging to do something about it only …

Will Congress Finally Pass An Email Privacy Bill This Year? Will Congress Finally Pass An Email Privacy Bill This Year?
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An updated Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA, was a good idea proposed at the wrong time. The amendment would have protected our privacy in online communications, but its proposal at the end of the last Congress ensured its demise. …

Lawmaker Wants Larry Page To Address Google Play Privacy Concerns Lawmaker Wants Larry Page To Address Google Play Privacy Concerns
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Google Play, and subsequently Google Wallet, were subjected to scrutiny last week for its privacy policy. A developer found that the service sends him a customer’s personal information at the time of purchase. Some see it as a massive invasion …