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A simple solution to end the encryption debate

Criminals and terrorists, like millions of others, rely on smartphone encryption to protect the information on their mobile devices. But unlike most of us, the data on their phones could endanger live

A free web tool can predict your hair, skin, and eye color from DNA data

A new tool by researchers at the School of Science at IUPUI and Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands can predict your hair, skin, and eye color from your DNA data. The sys

iOS will soon disable USB connection if left locked for a week

In a move seemingly designed specifically to frustrate law enforcement, Apple is adding a security feature to iOS that totally disables data being sent over USB if the device isn't unlocked for a peri

UK surveillance regime dealt another blow in court

The UK government has suffered yet another defeat in the courts over a surveillance regime that critics have dubbed a ‘Snooper’s charter’. Today the UK High Court agreed with several

Supreme Court dismisses warrant case against Microsoft after CLOUD Act renders it moot

A long-running legal battle between the U.S. government and Microsoft has been dismissed by the Supreme Court after the crux of the conflict was mooted by recent legislation. The company will now be f

Fed up with Facebook, activists find new ways to defend their movements

Malkia Cyril Contributor Share on Twitter Malkia Cyril is founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ) and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network. More posts by this

Benchmark just funded Chainalysis, the crypto intelligence company that helped crack the Mt. Gox case

When the virtual currency exchange Mt. Gox collapsed into bankruptcy in 2014 following the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of bitcoins and tens of millions of dollars, those who lost money were

As the CLOUD Act sneaks into the omnibus, big tech butts heads with privacy advocates

As the House advances a 2,232-page spending bill meant to avert a government shutdown, privacy advocates and big tech companies aren’t seeing eye to eye about a small piece of legislation tucked

Swiss police order up Tesla Model X police cars for active duty

Tesla’s Model X has had some brushes with law enforcement – in a good way, as when police from Toronto demonstrated one in their patrol car colors to show what it might be like to actually use

Social media handed “one-hour rule” for terrorist takedowns in Europe

The European Commission is still considering whether to regulate social media platforms to ensure they promptly remove illegal content — be it terrorist propaganda, child sexual exploitation or

Congress should close the loophole allowing warrantless digital car searches

Daniel Castro Contributor Share on Twitter Daniel Castro is vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and director of ITIF's Daniel Castro is vice president at the Informa

SEC’s new cyber unit takes its first action to halt an initial coin offering ‘scam’

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Canadian crypto company PlexCorp with violating securities laws by selling up to $15 million in an initial coin offering (ICO). ICOs have seen explos

UK bulk spying challenge in European Court of Human Rights

Legal representatives of the UK government faced a raft of questions today from judges sitting in the European Court of Human Rights hearing a challenge to intelligence agencies' bulk collection pract

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

Seattle Police Department suspends its Twitch channel following Charleena Lyles controversy

Facing backlash on its handling of the officer-involved shooting death of Charleena Lyles, the Seattle Police Department will shut down its official Twitch channel. The department started experimentin

Europe eyeing direct access to cloud services for police data requests

In the wake of a spate of terror attacks across Europe, regional interior ministers have been talking tough on tech. Encryption is one technology that's been under fire from certain quarters. There ha

Deep analysis of police body cam footage shows pattern of less respectful speech towards black people

Police body cameras don't just record shootouts and other crises — they're on all day every day, providing unprecedented detail of officers' interactions with the public. If you can handle that volu

UK surveillance law still fuzzy on decryption rules for comms providers

A little more detail has emerged about how a key component of the controversial U.K. surveillance law (the Investigatory Powers Act, which was passed at the end of last year) is likely to function --

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

ACLU calls for tech firms to lobby for surveillance reform

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has put out a fresh call for tech companies to push for reform of the surveillance regime in the U.S., warning of the added urgency given new U.S. President D
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