The Repeat Political Madness Of Never-Ending Crypto Wars

What is it with politicians and encryption? There are now two bills in different U.S. states, one in California and one in New York, proposing that smartphones sold in the state must be able to be dec

The Hacking Quandary

This summer, two different events affected two different worlds. First, Milan-based Hacking Team -- a small group of programmers who customize malware to gather intelligence -- was itself hacked, and

Extent Of U.K.’s Surveillance Dragnet Probed In Fresh Legal Challenge

A new legal challenge to U.K. intelligence agency surveillance practices has been filed in the U.K. by human rights organization Human Rights Watch and three unnamed individuals working in security re

Judge’s Order To Shut Down NSA Phone Surveillance Reversed By Federal Appeals Court

A federal appeals court has just ruled against a 2013 decision ordering the NSA to stop its bulk metadata collection program. The three-judge panel issued its ruling Friday, contending that conse

Hortonworks Acquires Onyara, Early Startup With Roots In NSA

Hortonworks, the big data company built on Hadoop, bought early-stage startup Onyara today. The company, which launched at the end of last year, has its roots in the NSA — yes that NSA. The O

Rand Paul And Chris Christie Spar Over NSA Surveillance

Last night, Fox News hosted one of the most ridiculous, deeply entertaining GOP Presidential debates I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing a drinking game to. In the midst of the Moscow Mules,

NSA Intercepts 98% Of South American Communications: Assange

The NSA is gathering and eavesdropping on practically all communications emerging from South America, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Chilean publication El Mostrador Tuesday. “Ninety-eight p

WikiLeaks Drops New Docs Detailing NSA’s Hobby of Spying On Allies

Why NSA, what big ears you have. WikiLeaks just released a new collection of documents which give a particularly clear picture of the NSA’s spying patterns on its allies. The docs, dubbed &#82

Court Rules NSA Bulk Data Collection Can Resume

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled late Monday that the NSA may temporarily resume its bulk data collection of Americans' phone records. The ruling revives the NSA program that was h

New WikiLeaks Documents Reveal NSA Spied On Top French Companies

Following <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2015/06/23/new-wikileaks-docs-claim-nsa-monitored-communications-of-french-presidents/">last week's eavesdropping reports</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https:

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

This week, Taylor Swift went head to head with Apple, anti-Uber protests took place in France, and Amazon Echo went up for pre-order. These are the stories to catch you up on everything that happened

New WikiLeaks Docs Claim NSA Monitored Communications Of French Presidents

It turns out Angela Merkel wasn’t the only state figure from an American ally whose phone calls were being monitored by the NSA. Today, WikiLeaks dropped another bombshell collection of secret gover

After Partial NSA Reform, Expanded Internet Surveillance Of Americans Emerges

The Obama administration expanded the National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international web traffic in pursuit of Internet hackers, the New York Times r

Senate Votes 67-32 To Reform The NSA’s Phone Record Program

On a vote of 67 to 32 today, the Senate passed the USA FREEDOM Act. The bill, which will now race to President Barack Obama's desk, marks the first time Congress has moved to reform the National Secur

Privacy Advocates Hope Sunset Of Section 215 Marks Dawn Of Surveillance Reform

In a rare Sunday session, the Senate voted 77 to 17 yesterday to advance the USA Freedom Act, a bill that hopes to rein in, albeit partially, the NSA’s surveillance programs that touch American citi

The Senate Advances NSA Surveillance Reform Legislation As Deadline Approaches

In a rare Sunday session ,the Senate voted 77-to-17 to take up the USA Freedom Act, a bill already passed in the House that would reform the NSA. The procedural vote came just hours before key prov

Future Of NSA Reform Uncertain As Senate Schedules Rare Saturday Vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday morning that the chamber would hold a rare Saturday vote on two pieces of legislation related to NSA surveillance. The vote comes as key NSA p

Tech Giants Press Senate On NSA Reform

The NSA reform bill passed by the House has an uncertain future in the Senate. The USA FREEDOM Act will receive a vote in the upper chamber, likely later this week, but whether it has the 60 votes r

Surveillance Reform Bill Clears House Only To Face Obstacles In Senate

The House of Representatives today passed the USA FREEDOM Act on a 338-88 vote. Despite receiving overwhelming support in the lower chamber, the bill will have to overcome considerable hurdles as it m

Tech Giants Pile On In Support Of The NSA-Curtailing USA FREEDOM Act

Following previous gestures of support, a grip of technology trade groups representing the industry's largest players signed and released a letter expressing support for the House's USA FREEDOM Act, a
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