Jeffrey Lewis

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Everything you need to know about the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook debacle

Late on Friday, Facebook made an unexpected announcement: The data firm Cambridge Analytica, hyped as integral to President Trump’s election, was suspended from the social network for using data collected improperly from Facebook users.<p>It is a complicated issue that many people might have missed, …

Cambridge Analytica

NSA Secretly Helped Convict Defendants in U.S. Courts, Classified Documents Reveal

The government must disclose when information against defendants originates from warrantless surveillance — but prosecutors did not do so to Kurbanov.<p>…

NYPD gets stung by judge’s Stingray ruling

Looks like the cops, and law-abiding New Yorkers, just lost another one.<p>On Wednesday, a state judge in Brooklyn issued a ruling that limits the …

Governments turn tables by suing public records requesters

IOWA CITY, Iowa — An Oregon parent wanted details about school employees getting paid to stay home. A retired educator sought data about student …

New Jersey

Why Face ID won’t give you the legal protection of a passcode

In the short time since Apple announced its Face ID feature for the iPhone X, we’ve seen a lot of questions about its security compared to a fingerprint or passcode. For example, if you’re arrested, can a police officer just point your phone at your face and unlock it?<p>Apple has some technical …

Privacy

Forced Searches of Phones and Laptops at U.S. Border Are Illegal, Lawsuit Claims

Eleven people whose phones and laptops were searched at United States airports and at the nation’s northern border are suing the Department of Homeland Security, joining a growing chorus of critics who say the forced inspections are invasive and unlawful.<p>The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by the American …

Homeland Security

Google Wants You to Know What Data It Has On You

Google has changed Google Dashboard, the increasingly important privacy tool that shows users everything the search engine giant knows about you.<p>The …

Exports

ProtonMail opens free ProtonVPN service to everyone

Encrypted email service provider ProtonMail has opened the free version of its virtual private network (VPN) service to everyone.<p>The Swiss company first unveiled ProtonVPN back in March, but the service didn’t fully launch to the public until a few months later. As with its main email product, …

Be prepared to hand over your device passwords or face indefinite detention at the US border- Technology News, Firstpost

<i>By Asheeta Regidi</i><p>Recently, reports of the US Department of Homeland Security demanding the <b>social media passwords</b> of persons seeking entry into the US …

Surveillance

This AI can recognize protesters at rallies, even in disguise

A group of researchers from the UK and India have developed an AI that can identify people using deep learning to enhance facial recognition capabilities, even when certain physical features are obscured.<p>Translation: you could be identified from surveillance footage and photos, no matter if you’re …

University of Cambridge

Why You Should Be Encrypting Your Devices and How to Easily Do It

Is the data on your phone or laptop encrypted? Should it be? And what does encrypting your data do to it anyway? Here we’ll explain the ins and outs …

DOJ is secretly using IRS to investigate Colorado pot shops in guise of audits, lawsuit says

The U.S. Department of Justice is secretly using the Internal Revenue Service to conduct criminal investigations into otherwise legitimate marijuana …

Corruption

Public should know how police are using high-tech spying tools

Law enforcement agencies now have a wide array of high-tech tools with which to gather information on people — tools that some eagerly use without …

Surveillance

Privacy Perils: Weather Apps Tracking more than Weather Patterns

August 28, 2017<p>Embed<p>If you're like millions of Americans, you use the AccuWeather app for iOS to keep up to date about whether the weekend's forecast …

Privacy

Why the iPhone X's facial recognition could be a privacy disaster

There are few things more personal than a face. Every wrinkle, blemish, and freckle combine to tell a person's story — an interactive and …

Trump Administration Lifts Limits On Military Hardware For Police

<b>Updated at 12:52 p.m. ET</b><p>The Trump administration is lifting limits on the transfer of some surplus military hardware, including grenade launchers, bayonets and large-caliber weapons, to police departments.<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement in a speech on Monday to the Fraternal …

Law Enforcement

The Companies That Will Track Any Phone on the Planet

Tracking or tapping phones across the planet used to be a niche capability. Now, a myriad of for-profit spy companies sell border-crossing …

South Carolina Restricts Abortion By Going After The Doctors Who Perform Them

Last week, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed an executive order that stops South Carolina from giving state or local money to any doctor …

Online Privacy

California passed a law boosting police transparency on cellphone surveillance. Here's why it's not working

Report: FBI Asks Private Sector Companies To Stop Using Kaspersky Products

Obviously, it’s best practice to use antivirus and malware protection on anything you have that can connect to a network — and that goes double for …

Consumer Protection

In Worrisome Move, Kaspersky Agrees to Turn Over Source Code to US Government

Over the last couple of weeks, there’s been a disturbing trend of governments demanding that private tech companies share their source code if they …

Police Accidentally Record Themselves Conspiring to Fabricate Criminal Charges Against Protester

"Gotta cover our ass," said one trooper. "Let's give him something," said another.The ACLU of Connecticut is suing state police for fabricating …

Justice

US internet company refused to participate in NSA surveillance, documents reveal

The company, which wasn't named, quietly pushed back in the government's secret court against the National Security Agency's surveillance program, …

Surveillance

The CIA has lots of ways to hack your router

New WikiLeaks docs reveal how spies rewrote firmware in the supply chain<p>Routers sit at the front gate of nearly every network, offering total access and few security measures to prevent remote attacks. If you can compromise someone’s router, you’ve got a window into everything they’re doing …

Cherry Blossom

After Reality Winner’s Arrest, Media Asks: Did ‘Intercept’ Expose a Source?

Journalism in the Trump era has featured a staggering number of leaks from sources across the federal government, providing bombshell revelations about everything from clandestine meetings with Russian officials to petty infighting at the White House.<p>But the arrest of Reality Leigh Winner, an …

Surveillance

Why We're Suing the FBI for Records About Best Buy Geek Squad Informants

Law Enforcement Should Not Be Able to Bypass the Fourth Amendment to Search Your DevicesSending your computer to Best Buy for repairs shouldn’t …

Surveillance

News Archives

News<p>Anaheim police taped off an apartment complex alleyway where an officer-involved shooting happened this morning, leaving the suspect in critical …

Crime

GOP candidate in Montana race charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly body-slamming reporter

MISSOULA, Mont. — Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in Montana’s special congressional election, was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday after allegedly assaulting a reporter for the Guardian who had been trying to ask him a question. Gianforte, who is seen as the slight favorite in a …

Government

Facebook

With the impending 2016 arrival of a CBS <i>60 Minutes</i> crew digging into one of the nation’s most troubling criminal-justice-system scandals, Orange …

Judge Orders Government to Provide Evidence About Internet Surveillance

We're finally going to get some honesty on how the NSA spies on innocent Americans' communications.A federal judge late last week in Jewel v. NSA, …

Surveillance