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May 26, 2020 at 23:18. 7 comments

House Leaders Strike Deal to Protect U.S. Web Browsing Data From Warrantless Surveillance

House Leaders Strike Deal to Protect U.S. Web Browsing Data From Warrantless Surveillance

After three days of negotiations, House lawmakers have struck a deal on an amendment to protect innocent Americans from being spied on by their own government online.

Discussions were carried out behind closed doors over Memorial Day weekend after

news broke Friday that House leaders had agreed to allow a vote on an amendment introduced by Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Warren Davidson to prohibit...

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May 24, 2020 at 06:12. 4 comments

Pro-Privacy Lawmakers Secure a Vote to Protect Browsing Data From Warrantless FBI Collection

Pro-Privacy Lawmakers Secure a Vote to Protect Browsing Data From Warrantless FBI Collection

In a hard-fought victory for privacy reformers, the U.S. House of Representatives is now expected to vote as early as Wednesday on an amendment that would explicitly prohibit the warrantless collection of internet search and browsing history without a warrant, sources tell Gizmodo.

The decision comes after a week of difficult negotiations between Democratic leaders, who’ve overwhelmingly...

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May 23, 2020 at 03:34. 4 comments

Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Other Major Tech Firms Condemn Plans to Surveil Americans' Web Traffic

Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Other Major Tech Firms Condemn Plans to Surveil Americans' Web Traffic

A coalition of major tech companies and digital rights organizations sent a letter on Friday to House leaders of both parties urging them to allow a vote on an amendment to prohibit the FBI from collecting Americans’ web browsing data without a warrant.

The letter comes as the House prepares to vote as early as next week to reauthorize three key FBI surveillance tools under the USA Freedom...

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May 23, 2020 at 02:00. 23 comments

Leaked Senate Talking Points Say Internet Surveillance Warrants Would Force FBI to Let Terrorists Bomb Things

Leaked Senate Talking Points Say Internet Surveillance Warrants Would Force FBI to Let Terrorists Bomb Things

Requiring federal agents to have “probable cause” to eavesdrop on the internet activities of American citizens poses a direct threat to national security and would force the FBI to stand by while terrorist plots unfold on U.S. soil, according to a leaked copy of talking points distributed to Senate lawmakers this month.

The talking points, which were distributed by the Senate Judiciary...

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May 22, 2020 at 04:44. 1 comments

Judiciary Chairman Supports House Effort to Nix FBI's Warrantless Spying (But Not Publicly)

Judiciary Chairman Supports House Effort to Nix FBI's Warrantless Spying (But Not Publicly)

A brewing fight in the U.S. House of Representatives over the future of internet privacy came to head on Thursday during a Democratic caucus call in which party leadership allegedly misportrayed the position of one of their most senior members.

Two sources with direct knowledge of the call, who were granted anonymity to speak frankly about the confidential discussion, said that a Democratic...

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May 21, 2020 at 09:10. 4 comments

Lawmakers Demand a Vote to Stop FBI Collecting Web Browser History Without a Warrant

Lawmakers Demand a Vote to Stop FBI Collecting Web Browser History Without a Warrant

Congress is poised to pass legislation that would place several powerful surveillance tools back into the hands of federal law enforcement agencies that have a history of abusing their authority. But bipartisan support is now mounting to increase privacy protections around Americans who’ve been spied on by their government for decades.

Remotely from homes and on Capitol Hill, teams of...

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May 21, 2020 at 04:09. 4 comments

Acting U.S. Spy Chief Questioned Over Warrantless Capture of Americans' Web Browsing History

Acting U.S. Spy Chief Questioned Over Warrantless Capture of Americans' Web Browsing History

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, the sponsor of a recent amendment to stop the FBI from capturing Americans’ search and web browsing histories without a warrant, is now asking the nation’s top spy (acting) to disclose whether his office has accurately reported on such activities, which the law seemingly requires.

After the Edward Snowden leaks of 2013, the Office of the Director of National...

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May 20, 2020 at 09:32. 12 comments

FBI Power to Warrantlessly Seize Your Web Browser History May Hinge on a Single Democrat

FBI Power to Warrantlessly Seize Your Web Browser History May Hinge on a Single Democrat

Republicans and Democrats engrossed in a fight over the future of privacy in America say the public support of a specific influential Democrat is likely critical to secure a vote next week on an amendment that would prohibit FBI agents from demanding Americans’ web browsing data without a warrant.

With the distraction of a fatal pandemic and further economic destruction looming large in...

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May 15, 2020. 2 comments

Senate Votes to Reauthorize FBI Surveillance Powers, With a Few Worthwhile Tweaks

Senate Votes to Reauthorize FBI Surveillance Powers, With a Few Worthwhile Tweaks

In an 80-16 vote on Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to restore controversial surveillance tools used by the FBI in terrorism and espionage investigations. But the bill has at least one more hurdle to jump thanks to a series of changes implemented yesterday.

A bipartisan amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act introduced by privacy hawks on Wednesday will bolster legal...

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May 14, 2020. 24 comments

Here's Who Just Voted to Let the FBI Seize Your Online Search History Without a Warrant

Here's Who Just Voted to Let the FBI Seize Your Online Search History Without a Warrant

A bipartisan amendment that would have prohibited law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, from obtaining the web browsing and internet search histories of Americans without a warrant failed to pass in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday by a single vote.

Twenty-seven Republicans and 10 Democrats voted against the amendment to H.R. 6172, which will reauthorize lapsed surveillance powers under the...

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May 02, 2020. 14 comments

Grim Reaper Educates Florida Beachgoers On the Benefits of Social Distancing

Grim Reaper Educates Florida Beachgoers On the Benefits of Social Distancing

A few Florida beaches reopened this week despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, prompting one Florida lawyer, scythe in hand, to help beachgoers gain a better understanding of why that’s such a dumb idea.

In a clip that went viral on Twitter Friday, what at first seems like a standard local news interview turns into something out of the Scary Movie franchise when attorney and local resident...

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May 02, 2020. 19 comments

TikTok Is Full of Guns

TikTok Is Full of Guns

TikTok’s community guidelines would appear to be pretty clear on the subject of guns. The house rules state that users may not post content that “displays firearms, firearm accessories, ammunition, or explosive weapons,” with exceptions for cops, educational and fictional settings, military parades, and “safe and controlled” environments such as shooting ranges. But guns are easy to find on...

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May 02, 2020. 21 comments

You Should Probably Skip Buying a New Xbox or PlayStation This Year

You Should Probably Skip Buying a New Xbox or PlayStation This Year

Now that both

Sony and Microsoft have released the official specs of their upcoming consoles, there’s plenty to get excited about this coming holiday season—maybe. In a recent interview with CNBC, Microsoft Xbox chief Phil Spencer said that, while he expects Xbox Series X production to remain on schedule, the covid-19 pandemic may delay games from launching on the new console at the same...

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May 02, 2020. 3 comments

Google's Fighting a Losing Battle Against Coronavirus Scammers

Google's Fighting a Losing Battle Against Coronavirus Scammers

Among all of the other ills currently dumped on us by the current pandemic, swindlers and scam artists have come out in full force. And while we can’t speak to how many hucksters are out there trying to profiteer off the pandemic, now we have something of an idea.

According to a blog post released yesterday by Google’s advertising team, the company blocked “tens of millions” of...

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May 02, 2020. 4 comments

Research Casts Doubt on Elliptical Galaxies Being Cradles of Intelligent Life

Research Casts Doubt on Elliptical Galaxies Being Cradles of Intelligent Life

We live inside a spiral galaxy, but one school of thought suggests oval-shaped elliptical galaxies are most likely to host intelligent civilizations. A new paper tries to overturn this assumption by applying a classic philosophical technique used by scientists for centuries.

New research published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society questions the life-supporting potential of...

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May 02, 2020. 16 comments

Latest Coronavirus Science: Pinning Down the True Fatality Rate

Latest Coronavirus Science: Pinning Down the True Fatality Rate

Every day brings new scientific insights into covid-19 and the coronavirus that causes it. Here are some of the latest studies and developments, including research into the virus’s fatality rate and impacts on children.

How extreme social distancing slowed China’s outbreak

Most countries have implemented social distancing to keep covid-19 at bay, since there are no currently available vaccines...

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May 02, 2020. 6 comments

The Leeroy Jenkins of Tech Sends Tweet, Wipes $14 Billion Off Tesla's Market Value

The Leeroy Jenkins of Tech Sends Tweet, Wipes $14 Billion Off Tesla's Market Value

Tesla stocks are too damn high, or something like that. At least that’s what Elon Musk said on Twitter earlier today, “Tesla stock price is too high imo.” It appears that,

once again , the stock market was listening.

As Ars Technica points out, before Musk sent that tweet, Tesla stock was around $760 a share, but 20 minutes later it dropped to $722, or five percent lower. As of the writing of...

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May 02, 2020. 4 comments

$1.1 Billion Sale of .Org Registry to Private Equity Leeches Voted Down by ICANN

$1.1 Billion Sale of .Org Registry to Private Equity Leeches Voted Down by ICANN

Something good has happened for once: The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers voted to block its partner organization, the Internet Society, from

selling off control over the .org domain registry to private equity goons in a deal opposed by virtually everyone who wouldn’t have an opportunity to cash in.

Ethos Capital, a firm which reportedly only had two employees as of last December...

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May 02, 2020. 5 comments

India's Mandated Contact Tracing App Is An Invasive, Insecure Mess

India's Mandated Contact Tracing App Is An Invasive, Insecure Mess

No matter

how you feel about contact tracing, it’s been openly embraced by federal authorities around the world, from the UK , to Germany, to, well, you name it, as a way to curb the spread of the current pandemic. And while every country grapples with the long-term privacy implications of downloading this sort of tracking tech onto their phone, one country—India—has drawn more than a few...

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May 02, 2020. 18 comments

Judge Orders FCC to Hand Over IP Addresses Linked to Fake Net Neutrality Comments

Judge Orders FCC to Hand Over IP Addresses Linked to Fake Net Neutrality Comments

A Manhattan federal judge has ruled the Federal Communications Commission must provide two reporters access to server logs that may provide new insight into the allegations of fraud stemming from agency’s 2017 net neutrality rollback.

A pair of New York Times reporters—Nicholas Confessore and Gabriel Dance—sued the FCC under the Freedom of Information Act after it

refused their request to...

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