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This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult

Forget telephoto lenses and fake mustaches: The most important tools for America’s 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services. …

FTC Urged To Investigate Google Over 'Dangerously Invasive' Privacy Policy

This summer, Google revised its privacy policy to allow the company to combine data about people's Web-browsing activity -- which ad companies long …

With therapy app Talkspace, patient anonymity and safety collide

Inside the messy world of anonymous therapy app Talkspace<p>The therapist had been working for Talkspace, a popular text-based therapy app, for a few months when she first felt forced to violate her legal and professional obligations.<p>She had just begun working with a new patient when he told her a …

Governments Shut Down The Internet 50 Times Last Year

'Blackouts go hand in hand with atrocities.'<p>Governments shut down the internet more than 50 times last year, prompting calls for telecoms companies …

Internet

University calls out Wire private messenger over code structure

Wire, a popular secure messaging app with over 1 million downloads, ended 2016 by fielding a potent list of criticism after a researcher at the …

More than 300 Federal Gov Websites Fail to Meet Domain Encryption Deadline

As the clock hit zeros on 2016, 31 percent of federal government websites missed the deadline to set up secure domains.<p>Dec. 31, 2016, was the …

Why I told my friends to stop using WhatsApp and Telegram

Even with end-to-end encryption Big Brother is still in your phone: metadata<p>This morning I told my friends to stop using WhatsApp and Telegram and …

Switzerland sells encrypted telephones to Iraq

The Swiss authorities authorised the sale of encryption devices to Iraq last year, which could be used for both civilian or military purposes. The …

The UK’s New Surveillance Law: Security Necessity or Snoopers’ Charter?

On January 1st, the United Kingdom began the implementation of the Investigatory Powers Act, widely considered the most comprehensive—and …

Human rights campaign group asks for crowdfunding for high court judicial review into mass surveillance powers in new Investigatory Powers Act<p>Human rights campaign group Liberty has launched a crowdfunded legal challenge to the “sweeping state spying powers” in the newly enacted Investigatory …

Surveillance

We already have a Muslim registry. It’s called Facebook

On several occasions during his campaign, US president-elect Donald Trump alluded to the idea of building a database of Muslims in the US. His position has veered between tracking refugees (nearly half of those admitted to the US this year are Muslim, according to the Pew Research Center) to …

The State of Crypto Law: 2016 in Review

This year was one of the busiest in recent memory when it comes to cryptography law in the United States and around the world. But for all the <i>Sturm</i> …

Why President Obama Can't Pardon Edward Snowden

U.S. Edward Snowden Barack Obama National Security Agency<p>On September 14, 2016, days before the premiere of Oliver Stone’s hagiographic movie <i>Snowden</i>, …

6 ways police can spy on you without a warrant

The right to privacy is one of America’s most important freedoms, but with the ever-present specter of government surveillance and overreach looming …

Facebook Is Buying Data on Your Offline Activities

Everyone knows that Facebook makes its money through targeted ads. By tracking what you look at and click on while using its website, Facebook …

Credit Cards

‘Revenge porn’ law set to come into effect in April

A NEW law cracking down on so-called “revenge porn” comes into force in exactly three months time.<p>From April 1, being convicted of the offence of …

Alexa, can you help with this murder case?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Amazon is pushing back against an Arkansas prosecutor's demand for information from a murder suspect's Echo smart speaker, setting up another legal battle over investigators' quest for technology-based evidence and American privacy rights.<p>Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Nathan Smith …

Privacy

Can Alexa help solve a murder case? Police think so, but Amazon won't give up the data

When police responded to a home in Bentonville, Ark., one Sunday morning in November 2015, they discovered Victor Collins' dead body in the backyard. Police records describe a grim scene: Collins' body was floating face up in a hot tub, his left eye and lips dark and swollen.<p>The resident who had …