The surveillance issue seems abstract until you look at how much data we leave for the world to follow.
By Katharine Fong President Obama talked today about the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance efforts and Americans’ privacy concerns, but the buzz in the cybersecurity world centered on two major email encryption services’ decision to close down yesterday. What does the shuttering of Texas-based Lavabits (reportedly used by Edward Snowden) and the email encryption services […]
Google on Surveillance Earlier this week, Google cited its right under the First Amendment to disclose more details to the public about its role in the U.S. government’s surveillance programs. In a document filed with the secret U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the company said it needed to reveal more because “Google’s reputation and business […]
by Shoshana Walter, the Center for Investigative Reporting When a thief rang up $2,000 in charges at Victoria’s Secret, Gymboree and Gap on Rosa Franco’s credit card, she quickly surmised the reason – the state of California had mistakenly left her credit card and Social Security numbers exposed. Twice. The state Department of Developmental Services, […]
Members of Congress are asking whether Google’s Internet-connected glasses “could infringe on the privacy of the average American.” Eight members of the House Bipartisan Privacy Caucus sent a letter to Google co-founder Larry Page yesterday, requesting answers to a number of key questions: “What proactive steps is Google taking to protect the privacy of non-users […]
If you’re going to Tiburon to commit a crime, you might want to take the ferry. Walk. Bike. But whatever you do, don’t drive. Cameras mounted on the town’s exit and entry points will record your license plate. They’ll send the plate number to a police database, cross-reference it with cars linked to crimes, calculate […]
By Aarti Shahani It looks like the skies are going to become a lot more crowded. The Federal Aviation Administration wants to put unmanned aerial vehicles operated by joysticks in the same air with planes operated by pilots. Last month the agency put out a call to test-fly drones at six sites still to be […]
UPDATE 6:10 a.m. Oct. 21: Instagram has announced that it will not change its policies on advertising in its upcoming Terms of Service update. Company co-founder Kevin Systrom said in a blog post that the policies will remain unchanged from the version that has been in effect since 2010. Read the blog post here. SAN […]