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Everyone bored to death by DoJ’s latest call for crypto backdoors

The U.S. Department of Justice's deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, gave a speech on encryption yesterday and boy was it a snoozer. It's almost as if all those decades of crypto wars never happe

Legal fight against UK state hacking seeks crowdfunds

Privacy rights group, Privacy International, is running a crowdfunding campaign to try to raise funds to help cover its legal costs as it continues to challenge the UK government's use of hacking as a

US Justice Department investigating Equifax execs who dumped shares before announcing breach

The U.S. Justice Department is said to be investigating the questionable sale of stock by Equifax executives in advance of the company's public announcement of its massive data breach. The investigati

Europe’s top court must rule on UK spies’ bulk powers, says tribunal

The oversight court for the UK's intelligence agencies has said Europe's top court should rule on the legality of powers that give the country's security and intelligence agencies the ability to colle

EU defense ministers take part in first cyber war game

European Union defense ministers have been taking part in a simulated cyber attack exercise today for the first time to practice strategic decision making and crisis-management under pressure of a (mo

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
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