Jun 2, 2015

Pension system hack sparks worries over My Number initiative

The revelation that the nation’s pension system has been hacked on an unprecedented scale may affect ongoing Diet deliberations on a bill to assign citizens individual numbers to improve social security management. The Japan Pension Service said during a hastily arranged news conference Monday ...

NSA surveillance powers lapse after no deal in Senate

Jun 1, 2015

NSA surveillance powers lapse after no deal in Senate

Three U.S. spy programs aimed at stopping terrorists expired early Monday amid a standoff among Senate Republicans over legislation to renew them. For the first time since soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, intelligence and law enforcement agencies can’t initiate the use ...

Controversial post-9/11 surveillance laws set to expire

| May 31, 2015

Controversial post-9/11 surveillance laws set to expire


Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against suspected spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday. Obama administration officials say their expiration will make Americans less secure. But civil liberties activists counter by saying ...

May 28, 2015

Guidelines eyed for drone operators recording video in residential areas

The government is drafting guidelines to prevent videos shot by drones flying in residential areas from infringing on people’s privacy when posted online, the communications ministry said Thursday. While drones have been increasingly used at construction sites and in disaster areas, people are increasingly ...

May 23, 2015

Senate blocks bill that would end U.S. bulk data collection

The U.S. Senate rejected legislation early Saturday aimed at reforming National Security Agency intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records. The House of Representatives passed the measure overwhelmingly last week, with ...

Don't text 'beer' in Korea: Words that trigger teen alerts

May 19, 2015

Don't text 'beer' in Korea: Words that trigger teen alerts

“Smart Relief” is a mobile app for parental control of Android smartphones. South Korea’s government funded the app, which alerts parents to possible bullying based on its monitoring of phrases and words used in smartphone messages and in online searches. The developer says it ...

May 7, 2015

New app can send self-destructing email from ordinary accounts

A startup company wants to make your emails vanish forever — but in a good way. The firm, Confidential CC, has created an application that lets people send self-destructing messages from whatever email accounts they fancy. Unlike rival apps dedicated to sending messages or ...