The FCC Just Passed Sweeping New Rules to Protect Your Online Privacy

Federal regulators have approved unprecedented new rules to ensure broadband providers do not abuse their customers’ app usage and browsing history, mobile location data and other sensitive personal information generated while using the Internet.

The rules, passed Thursday in a 3-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission, require Internet providers, such as Comcast and Verizon, to obtain their customers’ explicit consent before using or sharing that behavioral data with third parties, such as marketing firms. Also covered by that requirement are health data, financial information, Social Security numbers and the content of emails and other digital messages.

Details may be found in an article by Brian Fung in the Washington Post at

AT&T Is Spying on Americans For Profit, New Documents Reveal

How do you feel about this? “AT&T has been secretly spying on its own customers, the Daily Beast reports. The revelation comes days after the top carrier announced plans to purchase Time Warner. The report claims that AT&T ran a program called Project Hemisphere through which it analyzed cellular data from the company’s call records to determine where a given individual is located and with whom they are speaking. The New York Times reported about the program’s existence in 2013, but it was described as a “partnership” between A&T and the government for fighting narcotics trafficking. But today’s report, which cites several classifed documents, claims that AT&T used Hemisphere for a range of other functions — and always without a warrant.”

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Every Computer System is Subject To Vulnerabilities

hacker1_logoEvery computer system in the world is vulnerable to hackers and criminals, according to Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne. But not to worry, teams of ethical hackers could be an answer to the growing cybersecurity concerns.

Mickos says, “There are far more ethical hackers, white hat hackers, in the world than criminals. So when you just invite the good guys to help you, you will always be safe. It’s like a neighborhood watch. You’re asking the good guys around you to help you see what’s wrong with your system and help you fix it.”

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Yahoo Demands Transparency from the Director of National Intelligence

According to an article on Yahoo at

In a letter today to James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Yahoo is formally urging that the U.S. government provide its citizens with clarification around national security orders they issue to internet companies to obtain user data.

While the letter makes specific reference to recent allegations against Yahoo, it is intended to set a stronger precedent of transparency for our users and all citizens who could be affected by government requests for user data. As we’ve said before, recent press reports have been misleading; the mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems.

DNI’s mission statement refers to “responsible and secure information sharing.” We therefore trust that the U.S. government recognizes the importance of clarifying the record in this case. On behalf of Yahoo and our global community of users, we request that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence expeditiously clarify this matter.

Trump Organization is Using Horribly Insecure Email Servers

After all his rhetoric about Hillary Clinton using insecure email servers, Donald Trump should be embarrassed that his own companies are doing the same.

The Trump Organization, the parent company of the alleged billionaire’s portfolio of realty, steaks, golf, and hotels, is running a set of email servers that are horribly outdated and long past the end-of-life, meaning they haven’t received security patches in over a year. The company’s email system is running the decade-old Windows Server 2003 and Internet Information Servers 6, both of which haven’t been supported in over a year.

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