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Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look Want to freak yourself out? Im going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it. Google knows where youve been Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone. You can see a timeline of where youve been from the very first day you…

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5 Key Takeaways From the Democratic Rebuttal Memo

Three weeks ago, House Republicans publicly released a much-hyped memo written by representative Devin Nunes of California. It alleged, through a series of allusions, tangential facts, and seeming misdirections, that law enforcement officials had abused their power in obtaining a surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. Now, in a 10-page memo of their own, House Democrats are attempting to set the record straight. The Democratic memo, though redacted in part, fills out the partial picture Nunes had painted. And while it's worth reading in full—especially for any…

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With the war far from over, privacy activists cautiously celebrate a battle won

After the Open Technology Institutes Robyn Greene, policy counsel and government affairs lead: Ending aboutcollection is a huge privacy win, but this story also reinforces that robust legislative reforms of Section 702, including a statutory ban on aboutcollection, are necessary. The intelligence community has long claimed that reform is not needed because the NSAs minimization procedures provide Americans with all of the protections they need. OTI and other privacy groups have argued that despite the intelligence communitys claims, those procedures are insufficient, and now it is apparent that they offered…

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NSA ends controversial collection of Americans emails that mention foreign targets

Privacy advocates are finally getting (a little bit) of what they want. Friday, particularly troublesome form of collection is an effort by the NSA to comply with the privacy rulesset out by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Because of the way internet providers bundled this raw surveillance data, an intercepted message mentioning a foreign target could result in an unlawful form of bulk collection on American citizens communicating domestically. In 2011, the NSA adjusted the practice after it was found to be in violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable…

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CLEAR raises $15 million to expand biometric security

CLEAR, the biometric security firm popular in U.S. airports and stadiums, has raised $15 million from T. Rowe Price to expand their footprint. The company, led by CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker, is already partially owned by Delta Airlines. We are obsessed with our customers, and cant wait to bring them more ways to use CLEAR. We lead the industry in secure biometric-powered customer experiences and the opportunities to expand into new verticals are endless, said Seidman-Becker. CLEAR is just scratching the surface of its growth potential, and were proud to have…

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Devin Nunes: A Running Timeline of His Odd Surveillance Claims and White House Ties

If you’d heard of representative Devin Nunes before this week, you’re either from his California district or you pay closer than average attention to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which he leads. In that capacity, Nunes also heads up the House investigation into Russian’s interference in last year’s presidential election, as well as any ties between Russia and Trump or his colleagues. But last week, Nunes grabbed far more headlines than usual. Wednesday, he held an extraordinary, impromptu news conference. President Trump and his associates, Nunes declared, had…

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Sorry, But Susan Rice Is Not Your Smoking Gun

This week, multiple news outlets reported that Susan Rice, former national security adviser to Barack Obama, had made several requests to unmask the names of Trump transition team members from intelligence reports, in order to reveal their redacted names. But while several politicians and pundits have called conspiracy, the reality is likely much more mundane. There’s no fire here. There’s barely any smoke. The uproar over the Rice reports—senator Rand Paul (R-KY) went so far as to call it a smoking gun—has escalated to the point that at least one…

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