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The FBI Lied About the Number of Cell Phones Where Criminal Investigations were Blocked due to Encryption

For the last two years, the FBI has repeatedly claimed that thousands of phones linked to criminal investigations were inaccessible due to locks and encryption. Last year FBI Director Christopher Wray said it had failed to access 7,800 mobile devices, but tonight a Washington Post report reveals that number is incorrect. According to the Post, the accurate number is between 1,000 and 2,000, with a recent internal estimate putting at […]

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Facebook Donated To 46 of 55 Members On Committee That Will Question Zuckerberg

Here is another story about the best politicians that money can buy: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be questioned about user privacy protections this week by members of the House and Senate committees but, as USA Today notes, many of these members were also “some of the biggest recipients of campaign contributions from Facebook employees directly and the political action committee funded by employees.” The congressional panel that got the […]

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Cambridge Analytica is Tracking the Personal Information of Millions of Americans

Your secrets may be well known to Cambridge Analytica. The firm helped Donald Trump’s presidential campaign by selling your personal information to the campaign and has now been suspended from Facebook. Facebook wrote in a statement on March 16, 2018 that it was “Suspending Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group from Facebook.” Cambridge Analytica uses “psychographic” data, meaning it uses data points culled from the internet to create personality profiles of […]

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Encrypted Email Service ProtonMail is Being Blocked in Turkey

I have written before about encrypted email provider Proton Mail. In fact, I used Proton Mail last week when I was in China as it was the only email service I could find that was not blocked by the Great Firewall of China. (I bet that changes soon!) Now the government of Turkey isn’t allowing its citizens access to the privacy-enabled email service. See https://protonmail.com/blog/turkey-online-censorship-bypass/ for the details, unless you […]

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23 Attorneys General Refile Challenge To FCC Net Neutrality Repeal

Despite overwhelming opposition from Congress, technical experts, advocacy organizations, and the American people, the FCC has voted by a 3 to 2 margin of the commissioners to eliminate 2015’s Open Internet Order and the net neutrality protections it established. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gave a huge gift to his former employer, Verizon Communications, and other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) when he proposed to allow the the ISPs to spy on […]

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Twitter to Tell 677,000 users they were Scammed by the Russians during the Recent U.S. Election

Twitter says it will notify nearly 700,000 users who interacted with accounts the company has identified as potential pieces of a propaganda effort by the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election. The company on Friday also disclosed thousands of accounts that it said were associated with the Kremlin-linked troll farm, the Internet Research Agency (IRA) and the Russian government, adding to numbers that it released to Congress in October. […]

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Motel 6 Provided US Immigration Officials with Guests’ Names

US hospitality chain Motel 6 provided US immigration authorities with guest lists in violation of anti-discrimination and privacy laws, according to a lawsuit filed by the Washington attorney general. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, says that between mid-June 2015 and May 2017, more than 9,000 people staying at six Motel 6 locations in the state of Washington had their driver’s license numbers, license plates, date of birth and other forms […]

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s Personal Cell Phone was Compromised

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s personal cell phone was compromised back in December. Details may be found at: http://politi.co/2xIbaTX. Actually, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. I hope it didn’t surprise John Kelly although I suspect it may have. Everyone should be aware that EVERY unencrypted cell phone can be hacked. The higher your position in government, military, sports, the entertainment industry, or in the business world, the greater the […]

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