May 13, 2016

Data on Chinese tycoons, party officials leaked on Twitter

Personal information on dozens of Chinese Communist Party officials and captains of industry from Jack Ma to Wang Jianlin may have been exposed on Twitter in one of the country’s biggest online leaks of sensitive information. Posts on Twitter from an account under the ...

Privacy Visor thwarts facial-recognition tech

May 13, 2016

Privacy Visor thwarts facial-recognition tech

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With improvements in facial-recognition technology and the increasing popularity of smartphones, the threat to one’s privacy unexpectedly posed by random Internet photos posted by strangers is growing day by day. To protect against unwanted scrutiny, trading company Nissey Corp., based in Sabae, Fukui Prefecture, ...

May 6, 2016

Facebook loses first round in lawsuit over storing biometric data

Facebook lost the first round in a court fight against some of its users who sued the social networking company, alleging it unlawfully collected and stored users’ biometric data derived from their faces in photographs. The judge presiding over the case in a California ...

N.Y. senator urges probe into ad firm's 'spying billboards'

May 2, 2016

N.Y. senator urges probe into ad firm's 'spying billboards'

A U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company’s latest effort to target billboard ads to specific consumers. New York Sen. Charles Schumer has dubbed Clear Channel Outdoor Americas’ so-called RADAR program “spying billboards,” warning the service may violate ...

May 1, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court approves expansion of FBI's hacking power

The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would allow U.S. judges to issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction when their location is unknown, despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the ...

Apr 30, 2016

U.S. spy court rejected zero surveillance orders in 2015

The secretive U.S. Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court did not deny a single government request in 2015 for electronic surveillance orders for foreign intelligence purposes, continuing a long-standing trend, a Justice Department document showed. The court received 1,457 requests last year on behalf of the ...

Uncle Sam keeps pressuring Apple for iPhone keys

Apr 9, 2016

Uncle Sam keeps pressuring Apple for iPhone keys

The U.S. government is keeping its encryption battle with Apple alive, pressing the high-tech giant to help crack an iPhone in a drug case in New York. The Justice Department filed a letter in a U.S. District Court on Friday telling a judge that ...

Senate bill draft prohibits unbreakable encryption

Apr 9, 2016

Senate bill draft prohibits unbreakable encryption

A draft version of a Senate bill effectively prohibits unbreakable encryption and requires companies to help the government access data on a computer or mobile device with a warrant. The draft is being finalized by the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Richard ...