Privacy

What we learned about Neil Gorsuch during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees act out a peculiar Washington ritual in which inquisitive senators gather before TV cameras to hear an aspiring justice politely refuse to answer their questions on all the pressing legal issues of the day.<p>To no one’s surprise, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, …

Right To Privacy

Will the air travel laptop ban stop terrorists?

Experts are divided about how effective the new plans will be. Airport security has always been reactive, they argue – and the methods we currently use are not necessarily the best for identifying terrorist threats<p>If you travel by air from certain countries – which happen to be Muslim-majority – to …

Bruce Schneier

Senate Votes to Let Internet Providers Sell Your Web History

Today, the US Senate voted 50-48 to overturn broadband privacy rules that would have required internet service providers get consumer consent before …

Net Neutrality

Internet Privacy in U.S. Could Be Overturned

The United States Senate approved a resolution on Thursday to repeal privacy rules passed in October 2016 that required internet service providers to …

Net Neutrality

10 Incredibly Simple Things You Can Do To Protect Your Privacy

Security

Paper Spells Out Tech, Legal Options for Encryption Workarounds

FBI Director James Comey’s dogged attachment to the argument that strong encryption hinders criminal investigations by law enforcement is heading …

Bruce Schneier

Emirates pushes limit on US flight electronics ban with new laptop handling service

US directive bans electronics larger than a smartphone from cabins of US-bound flights from 10 airports.<p>Emirates Airlines, one of the several foreign …

Bruce Schneier

Flowers: Accommodating transgender people at expense of others

I KNOW an 8-year-old boy who likes all sorts of reptiles. He has a particular affection for bearded dragons, of which he has three named, much to …

Right To Privacy

Connected dolls and tell-tale teddy bears: Why we need to manage the Internet of Toys

The data provided by children while they play, i.e the sounds, images and movements recorded by connected toys is personal data protected by the EU …

Right To Privacy

The $4 trillion question: How can we protect online privacy without stifling innovation?

Economists will tell you that trust is necessary for a stable economy. So what are we to make of growing concerns about what businesses do with the …

Innovation

Inside The Airport Of The Future

Sleep pods, robo taxis and living walls… what the terminals of tomorrow will look like<p>By 2035, there will be 7.8 billion air travellers a year – …

Right To Privacy

8 Things to Consider Before Buying a Two-Family House

You may think it is a great idea to get help with the costs of buying your own home by purchasing a two-family house or duplex and getting a renter …

Right To Privacy

The New Laptop Ban Adds to Travelers' Lack of Privacy and Security

It can be difficult to understand the intent behind anti-terrorist security rules on travel and at the border. As our board member Bruce Schneier has …

Bruce Schneier

Data Targeting And Privacy: Mortal Enemies Or Unlikely Friends?

by ,<p>Some people think privacy is a luxury commodity. That shouldn’t be the case.<p>Data collection affords many benefits, primarily to consumers. When …

Advertising Industry

The Invention of Useless Privacy: New Consumer Protection Laws That Only Lawyers Want

The Illinois legislature—the nation’s most defunct lawmaker—is active these days not in resolving the State’s ongoing pension and budget crises (Illinois has the worst budget deficit in its history and has not managed to pass budget legislation for over a year). Rather, exhibiting a stunning …

Opinion

Net Privacy Rollback Hotly Debated in Senate

• TechCrunch, Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:27 AM<p>The Senate resolution to roll back the FCC’s privacy rules may not be a sure thing. It is being hotly …

Advertising Industry

Puzzling out TSA's laptop travel ban

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Monday, the TSA announced a peculiar new security measure to take effect within 96 hours. Passengers flying into the US on foreign airlines from eight Muslim countries would be prohibited from carrying aboard any electronics larger than a smartphone. They would have to be checked and put …

Bruce Schneier

‘There’s got to be something behind it’: assessing the in-flight laptop ban

Aviation security and explosives experts are debating the reasons behind new electronics bans in the UK and the US.<p>Both countries have announced bans …

Bruce Schneier

Homeland Security ban will limit large electronics on some US-bound international flights

Terrorism threats cited as the reason behind a ban that affects carry-on devices larger than a smartphone, other than those for a medical need. …

Bruce Schneier

You can buy condoms anywhere in the US today, thanks to a Supreme Court case that wasn’t really about condoms

Plunk that box of condoms on the counter and look the cashier in the eye with pride—today is the 45th anniversary of legal access to birth control for single people in the US!<p>The US Supreme Court’s March 22, 1972 decision in <i>Eisenstadt v. Baird</i> struck down a Massachusetts law prohibiting the …

Right To Privacy

Stern: How easy is it for police to search your texts? The Supreme Court is set to decide

On Thursday, the Supreme Court will hear a case posing the question of how far your privacy rights travel along with the text messages you send from …

Canadian News

Encryption Workarounds Paper Shows Why 'Going Dark' Is Not A Problem, And In Fact Is As Old As Humanity Itself

It was October 2014 when FBI Director James Comey made his famous claim that things were "going dark" in the world of law enforcement because of the …

Bruce Schneier

This is your brain on terrorism

Why sensationalized terrorism coverage makes us overreact to risk.<p>For most Americans, terrorism is only ever experienced through a television screen or front page of a newspaper. Despite generating massive headlines, terrorism kills a shockingly small number of Americans every year, especially when …

Bruce Schneier

Bathroom cameras in government buildings banned by Iowa Senate bill

Legislation banning the use of video cameras in bathrooms and locker rooms in state and local government buildings was advanced Tuesday by an Iowa …

Des Moines

Facebook’s new AI-powered photo search – cool or creepy?

“Until recently, online search has always been a text-driven technology, even when searching through images,” said Director of Applied Machine …

Right To Privacy

Wiping out crime: face-scanners placed in public toilet to tackle loo roll theft

Facial recognition software installed in Beijing convenience to crack down on people taking large amounts of toilet paper<p>One of Beijing’s busiest public toilets is fighting the scourge of toilet paper theft through the use technology – giving out loo roll only to patrons who use a face scanner.<p>The …

Right To Privacy

BlackBerry Introduces Privacy Shade and Other Updates

As BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) fully adopts Android as its operating system, the company is bringing the security features it is renowned for to an OS …

Mobile Technology

Secrets from smart devices find path to legal system

A man looks at a smartphone in a store selling smartphones in Beijing on July 19, 2016. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)<p>Washington, DC — An Ohio man …

Security

Chinese Learn the Value of Privacy

China's Communist government has never shown much concern for the privacy of Chinese citizens. If you have something to hide, the thinking goes, we probably need to know it. In one form or another, surveillance and monitoring have evolved into a well-honed form of social control. And as a result, …

China

Neil Gorsuch’s Dissertation Opposes Same-Sex Marriage

If Judge Neil Gorsuch is confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice, he would play a decisive role in the future of same-sex marriage in the United …

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