Kate Conger

Kate Conger is a writer at TechCrunch, covering policy and security.

Prior to joining TechCrunch, she was the managing editor of the journalism startup Ratter. Her work has appeared in Motherboard, The Daily Dot, San Francisco Magazine, and SF Weekly.

Contact Kate at kate.conger@techcrunch.com.

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  • The cost of hot selfie app Meitu? A healthy dose of your personal info

    The cost of hot selfie app Meitu? A healthy dose of your personal info

    You’ve probably seen a Meitu selfie in your Instagram or Facebook feed in the past 24 hours. The app smoothes skin, slims down faces, and even applies a layer of virtual blush and lipgloss, adding a beautifying effect to your photos. And although the app has been popular in China for years — Meitu went public in Hong Kong last month — it only recently caught on with… Read More

  • Hacking the Army

    Hacking the Army

    A hacker prodding a public-facing Army recruitment website in early December stumbled upon a vulnerability, then another, until he found himself suddenly connected to an internal Department of Defense network that should have prompted him for special access credentials. Read More

  • Uber settles FTC lawsuit claiming it misled drivers about pay

    Uber settles FTC lawsuit claiming it misled drivers about pay

    Uber settled a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission today for $20 million. The lawsuit alleged that the ride-hailing app recruited drivers by misleading them about the amount of money they could earn through the app and the auto financing deals they could get through Uber’s Vehicle Solutions Program. The lawsuit claims that Uber made “false, misleading, or… Read More

  • Chelsea Manning to be freed this May

    Chelsea Manning to be freed this May

    President Obama commuted the majority of the 35-year sentence faced by Chelsea Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst and whistleblower who supplied diplomatic and military documents to WikiLeaks. Manning, who came out as a transgender woman following her trial, has been incarcerated in an all-male military prison in Ft. Leavenworth for almost seven years and has twice attempted… Read More

  • Cloudflare and CREDO are still gagged from talking about national security letters

    Cloudflare and CREDO are still gagged from talking about national security letters

    In 2013, the government estimated that it issued approximately 60 of these national security letters per day. But, until last summer, no company was allowed to admit that it had received one. This week, the content delivery network Cloudflare revealed that it received a demand for customer data from the FBI in 2013. Cloudflare has been prevented from talking about the demand for years, but… Read More

  • Cloudflare explains how FBI gag order impacted business

    Cloudflare explains how FBI gag order impacted business

    Cloudflare issued its biannual transparency report yesterday, detailing the government requests for user data it received during the latter half of 2016. Many tech companies make regular disclosures about these types of requests in an effort to be more transparent with their users, and, following the passage of the USA Freedom Act, more and more of these disclosures include national… Read More

  • Leaked memos allege Trump’s lawyer helped orchestrate Russian hacking

    Leaked memos allege Trump’s lawyer helped orchestrate Russian hacking

    Memos reportedly written by a “former British intelligence operative” and circulated throughout the U.S. intelligence committee allege that the Russian government has collected compromising information about President-elect Donald Trump over several years. They also claim that Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, met with Kremlin officials to orchestrate the release of… Read More

  • Trump’s attorney general pick claims ignorance on tech issues

    Trump’s attorney general pick claims ignorance on tech issues

    Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s nominee for the position of U.S. attorney general, is being grilled by the Senate today about voting rights, immigration, civil rights, prosecutorial ethics and his own voting record. But when asked about issues related to technology — including hacking, surveillance, encryption, and law enforcement access to data — Sessions’ answers… Read More

  • Marissa Mayer resigning from Yahoo board as remaining company renames itself Altaba

    Marissa Mayer resigning from Yahoo board as remaining company renames itself Altaba

    Despite hiccups, Yahoo’s planned sale to Verizon appears to be moving forward — but some portions of the company will be left behind and renamed Altaba Inc. Yahoo is hanging on to its 15 percent stake in Alibaba and its 35.5 percent stake in Yahoo Japan, and those assets will survive as an investment company under the new name Altaba Inc., as the rest of Yahoo integrates with Verizon. Read More

  • Intel report on hacking says Russian interference with US election was ‘boldest yet’

    Intel report on hacking says Russian interference with US election was ‘boldest yet’

    Today the U.S. intelligence community released a report claiming that the Russian government was behind hacks of American political organizations during the 2016 election cycle and that the hackers acted with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s direct approval. The new report is a joint effort backed by the CIA, FBI and NSA and draws on intelligence gathered by all three agencies. A… Read More

  • Facebook hires Campbell Brown to forge media partnerships

    Facebook hires Campbell Brown to forge media partnerships

    Facebook has tapped Campbell Brown, a former television news anchor and a charter school advocate, to lead its news partnerships team. Brown will be charged with easing tension between the media and Facebook, which have clashed over the social media giant’s role in disseminating the news, its censorship of news photos, and its proliferation of false and misleading stories. Brown… Read More

  • Federal government improves encrypted web connections, but misses goal

    Federal government improves encrypted web connections, but misses goal

    For over a year, the U.S. Government has worked to establish secure connections to all federal websites, protecting visitors from malware and tracking. And although it didn’t meet the White House goal of having all federal websites served over secure HTTPS connections by Dec. 31, 2016, the government has made significant progress, outstripping the private sector in its adoption of… Read More

  • Obama announces sanctions for Russian election hacking

    Obama announces sanctions for Russian election hacking

    The Obama administration announced today that it will impose sanctions on Russian intelligence services and officials in response to the hacks of American political institutions during the election season. The sanctions cover nine individuals and organizations in Russia, and will prevent four officials from Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, from traveling to the U.S. Read More

  • Uber continues self-driving vehicle testing in SF in defiance of DMV

    Uber continues self-driving vehicle testing in SF in defiance of DMV

    Uber won’t stop operating self-driving vehicles in San Francisco, despite an order from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to do just that. The DMV says Uber needs a permit to test its autonomous vehicles, but Uber argues that its vehicles aren’t autonomous at all and therefore it doesn’t need a permit. “We respectfully disagree with the California Department… Read More

  • Obama defends White House handling of Russian hacking

    Obama defends White House handling of Russian hacking

    In his final press conference of the year, President Barack Obama addressed intelligence community assessments that hackers, associated with the Russian government, tampered with the U.S. election in order to sway the victory to Donald Trump. He defended the White House’s handling of the situation. Read More

  • Oracle CEO Safra Catz joins Trump transition team

    Oracle CEO Safra Catz joins Trump transition team

    Oracle’s chief executive Safra Catz will join President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, an Oracle spokesperson told TechCrunch. Catz was one of several top tech executives that attended a meeting with Trump, his children and his advisors yesterday at Trump Tower in New York. Catz was the most outspokenly optimistic attendee prior to the meeting, saying, “I plan to tell… Read More

  • Twitter cuts Dataminr access for law enforcement fusion centers

    Twitter cuts Dataminr access for law enforcement fusion centers

    Facing pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, Twitter announced that it will limit the data access it formerly provided to domestic surveillance hubs. Twitter’s longstanding policy has been to prohibit the use of its data for surveillance, but a social media monitoring firm it partially owns, Dataminr, has repeatedly taken government contracts that give local and federal… Read More

  • Yahoo discloses hack of 1 billion accounts

    Yahoo discloses hack of 1 billion accounts

    Yahoo has suffered another hack. The company disclosed today that it has discovered a breach of more than one billion user accounts that occurred in August 2013. The breach is believed to be separate and distinct from the theft of data from 500 million accounts that Yahoo reported this September. Troublingly, Yahoo’s chief information security officer Bob Lord says that the company… Read More

  • Donald Trump meets with tech leaders

    Donald Trump meets with tech leaders

    President-elect Donald Trump met with some of the most prominent executives from the tech industry today at Trump Tower, with investor Peter Thiel and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at his side. Trump opened the meeting with CEOs from Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and others by thanking Thiel for his support. “I want to add that I am here to help you folks do well. And you’re… Read More

  • Evernote’s new privacy policy allows employees to read your notes

    Evernote’s new privacy policy allows employees to read your notes

    Evernote announced that it will roll out a new privacy policy on January 23, and the changes have users threatening to abandon the service. The policy changes have to do with machine learning, which Evernote says it is using to “help you get the most out of your Evernote experience.” Evernote wants to let its machine learning algorithms crunch your data, but it doesn’t want… Read More

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