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Cybersecurity Legislation Forecast is Grim

A D.C. insider is pessimistic that we’ll see cybersecurity legislation before 2016, pointing toward a number on contributing political and national security factors.

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EFF, Snowden Dispute FBI Claims on Device Encryption

The FBI has long said that the use of strong encryption software hampers the bureau’s investigations and makes life easier for criminals. Current FBI Director James Comey continued this line of reasoning in a speech on Oct. 17, saying that the use of crypto could lead the country to a dark place, and the EFF[...]

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Privacy Criticism Hits OSX Yosemite over Location Data

Apple has fixed a huge number of security vulnerabilities in OS X and iTunes and, at the same time, is being hit with criticisms about privacy issues in the new version of OS X. The latest version of the operating system, known as Yosemite, sends location information to Apple by default via the Spotlight search[...]

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Mobile Device Encryption Could Lead to a ‘Very, Very Dark Place’, FBI Director Says

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the recent movement toward default encryption of smartphones and other devices could “lead us to a very, very dark place.” Echoing comments made by law enforcement officials for the last several decades, Comey said that the advanced cryptosystems available today threaten to cripple the ability of intelligence and law[...]

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EFF Launches New Anti-Surveillance Site

The EFF has launched a new site dedicated to educating users about how to resist pervasive surveillance online, through the promotion of encryption and other tools and the publication of first-person stories from people around the world who have fought surveillance in various ways. The new site, I Fight Surveillance, is designed to bring attention[...]

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Wyden: Surveillance is a ‘Clear and Present Danger’ to the Digital Economy

The pervasive dragnet surveillance of Americans revealed by the Edward Snowden documents has caused serious damage to the trust that enterprises and citizens had in the United States government and unless that trust is repaired, it could have serious effects on the Internet economy, a panel of prominent technology executives said. In a town hall meeting[...]

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EFF Issues Arguments Against National Security Letters

Categories: Government, Privacy

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Justice Department squared off on the topic of National Security Letters in a San Francisco courtroom yesterday. This fight’s next stop is likely the Supreme Court.

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Twitter Files Suit Over Government Restrictions on National Security Letter Data

Twitter has filed a lawsuit in federal court asking that the United States Department of Justice’s prohibitions on publishing the number and kind of government requests for data the company receives be declared unconstitutional. The suit claims that the rules infringe on Twitter’s right to free speech by requiring that the company “engage in speech[...]

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Government Requests for Yahoo Data Down Slightly

Categories: Government, Privacy

Yahoo published its third Transparency Report, which reveals that it fielded fewer requests for user data than the previous reporting period, and that it also received between 0-999 National Security Letters.

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