Privacy

6:39am

Mon March 10, 2014
All Tech Considered

SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 7:59 am

SXSW Interactive Festival attendees crowd the Austin Convention Center at the 2013 event. The festival's typically sprawling range of topics this year took a turn toward online privacy and surveillance implications.
Jack Plunkett AP

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden will speak via videoconference to the attendees of South by Southwest Interactive later this morning, and you can bet a much wider audience than just those here in Austin will be watching.

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5:27am

Fri February 28, 2014
All Tech Considered

A Smartphone That Tries To Slip You Off The Grid

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 8:24 am

The Blackphone, an Android software-based mobile, encrypts texts, voice calls and video chats.
Albert Gea Reuters/Landov

Mike Janke used to be a Navy SEAL sniper. These days he's taking on the government and corporate America. He's the founder of Blackphone, an Android-based smartphone with privacy as its main selling point.

It's not NSA-proof — in that everything is hackable if you try hard enough. But Janke says it's taking on the entire mobile economy that lets law enforcement and companies in way too easily.

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5:19am

Wed February 5, 2014
All Tech Considered

Lawmakers Look To Prevent More Target-Sized Data Breaches

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 10:40 am

Sen. Patrick Leahy chats with Sen. Mazie Hirono before hearing from retail company executives on Tuesday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

The sheer size and frequency of the recent credit card data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and other companies are prompting lawmakers to consider legislative options to keep sophisticated cyberthefts from happening.

"If anything, we've learned from this major, major breach that we can no longer do nothing," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. "We have to take action."

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10:41am

Wed January 29, 2014
Politics

Colorado Lawmakers Move Forward With Mug Shots Bill

Mug shot sites, like the Smoking Gun, have long been a staple online. While some trade in celebrity mug shots, others publish publically available local mug shots.
thesmokinggun.com screencap

A bipartisan committee at the statehouse has moved forward a bill to make it easier to remove people’s mug shots from commercial websites if they were never convicted of the crime for which they were arrested.

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5:34am

Wed November 20, 2013
All Tech Considered

Profit, Not Just Principle, Has Tech Firms Concerned With NSA

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 10:51 am

Google and five other companies sent a letter last month to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee supporting legislation to reform NSA surveillance programs.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Along with the privacy advocates and the national security establishment, there is another set of players with strong views on NSA surveillance programs: U.S. tech companies.

Google and five other companies weighed in on the surveillance debate last month, sending a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, supporting legislation to reform National Security Agency surveillance programs.

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