India’s Supreme Court rules that privacy is a fundamental right for citizens

India’s universal identification program — Aadhaar — suffered a setback today after the country’s Supreme Court voted unanimously in favor of individual privacy. Given the prev

LiveStories nabs $10M to organize, analyze, and visualize fragmented civic data

Big data analytics continues to be a key driver in how organizations utilise their vast quantities of information to run their businesses, and now a startup that has built a big data platform specific

Facebook inserts itself into politics with new tools that help elected officials reach constituents

Facebook this year has launched a number of features that make it easier for people to reach their government representatives on its social network, including “Town Hall,” and related int

Facebook now lets you find and contact your government reps right from your posts

Facebook has launched a new feature that makes it easier for users to share their views with their elected government officials directly from a Facebook post. In the "Compose" window that pops up when

An open letter to everyone who uses the internet

The free and open internet as we know it is at risk.

After WannaCry, ex-NSA director defends agencies holding exploits

General Keith Alexander has warned there will be more ransomware attacks this year, and urged industry to work with government to try to defend against global cyber threats.

FBI director Comey backs new Feinstein push for decrypt bill

FBI Director James Comey has hinted at growing consensus between technology companies and intelligence agencies over the controversial issue of how to access encrypted data. He also supported what app

New tech trade associations will have big role in future tech policy

Matt Weinberg Contributor Matt Weinberg is a former White House appointee with the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Investment and Innovation. M

Government requests for Facebook user account data up 9% in second half of 2016, but content restrictions declined

Facebook today released its latest report on global government requests for the second half of 2016, noting there has been a 9 percent increase in requests for user account data compared with the earl

Federal court decides that Adobe can’t stay under a gag order over search warrant forever

According to newly unsealed documents, a federal court in California ruled that it is unlawful for Adobe to remain under an indefinite gag order regarding a search warrant for one of its users. In the

Don’t give your money to that campaign to buy Republicans’ browser histories

Have you seen the viral GoFundMe campaign floating around that vows to buy and publish the web histories of every politician and exec who is helping internet providers sell your data? Yeah, don't give

Facebook officially launches “Town Hall” for contacting government reps, adds local election reminders

Earlier this month, TechCrunch reported Facebook was rolling out a new feature called “Town Hall,” which would allow the social network’s users to easily locate, follow and contact t

Social media firms facing fresh political pressure after London terror attack

Yesterday UK government ministers once again called for social media companies to do more to combat terrorism. "There should be no place for terrorists to hide," said Home Secretary Amber Rudd, speaki

Senate debates permanent rollback of FCC’s broadband privacy rules (Update: Passed)

Republican Senators led by Arizona's Jeff Flake proposed a resolution earlier this month that would roll back privacy rules adopted by the FCC last year that prevented ISPs from collecting personal da

U.S. confirms ban on large electronics in cabins on flights from 10 airports

After a lot of confusion yesterday, we have now learned from senior administration officials that the U.S. is indeed banning U.S.-bound passengers from carrying any personal electronic devices larger

US authorities ban electronics larger than a phone from flights from 13 countries

According to numerous reports, U.S. authorities today alerted a number of Middle Eastern and African airlines that starting soon, their passengers will have to check any electronic items larger than a

FBI director fact-checks Trump’s tweets

A Congressional committee is grilling FBI director James Comey and NSA chief Admiral Mike Rogers on a Russian-led cyber campaign to influence the 2016 election, but representatives' questions have vee

Google is the latest company to brush off most of the WikiLeaks vulnerabilities

WikiLeaks dumped thousands of alleged CIA documents online yesterday that contained lists of vulnerabilities in popular tech products, sending companies scrambling to make sure their security patches

Politwoops adds realtime stats for politicians’ deleted tweets across 54 countries

Today Politwoops, the service that tracks politicians’ deleted tweets in an effort to hold elected officials accountable for the statements they’ve made on social media, announced it’s

Google told to hand over foreign emails in FBI search warrant ruling

A U.S. judge has ordered Google to hand over emails stored outside the country in order to comply with an FBI search warrant. The warrant in question pertains to a domestic fraud probe.
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