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Bits Blog: F.T.C. Calls for Strong Data and Privacy Protection with Connected Devices

The agency said the devices, which make up the so-called Internet of Things, also raise serious security and privacy risks that could undermine consumers’ confidence.
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Bits Blog: Amazon Investigated in Japan Over Child Pornography

The police have raided the American e-commerce giant’s Tokyo headquarters, a distribution center and the offices of an affiliate, according to Japanese news reports.



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Facebook Complies with Turkey Block

Facebook has blocked a page which a Turkish court claimed was offensive to the Prophet Muhammad. Continue reading

DEA Settles Fake Facebook Profile Lawsuit Without Admitting Wrongdoing

Agents created bogus profile in woman’s name in bid to nab other drug suspects. Continue reading

Obama Talks Cybersecurity, but Federal IT System Breaches Increasing

Security incidents on federal IT systems have increased more than 1,000 percent. Continue reading

Shifting Politics of Net Neutrality Debate Ahead of F.C.C. Vote

A simple fight over big government versus small has put Republicans in the awkward position of defending cable giants, one of the nation’s most maligned industries.



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Cory Doctorow and EFF Aim to “Eradicate DRM in Our Lifetime”

“It’s the difference between ‘Yes, master’ and ‘I CAN’T LET YOU DO THAT DAVE.” Continue reading

Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online “Anti-Harassment Task Force”

Service once tipped police a week ahead. Cops’ memo: “Knock with your hand, not your boot.” Continue reading

British Spy Agency Captured Journalists’ Messages Amongst 70,000 E-mails

GCHQ: “All types of news media represent a potential threat to security.” Continue reading

F.B.I. Is Broadening Surveillance Role, Report Shows

Since 2008, the bureau has been assuming a larger role in the government’s warrantless surveillance program, according to a newly declassified report.
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Sony: ‘No Playbook’ for Hack Attack

The firm says it was a “canary in the coalmine” after being hacked and was reacting to the situation as it unfolded. Continue reading

South Korea Says North Korea Doubled Size of Its “Cyber Forces,” Can Nuke US

Defense Ministry report claims North Korea has cyber army of 6,000. Continue reading

Feds Find Border Drones Don’t Actually Make Border More Secure

DHS OIG: “There is no reason to invest additional taxpayer funds at this time.” Continue reading

Google Handled 345 Million Copyright Takedowns in 2014

It’s a 75% year-over-year jump, and exponentially more than a few years ago. Continue reading

Prosecutors Say Tools For Hiding Online Hinder Cybercrime Crackdowns

Advocates say tools that cloak online identities are needed to protect activists. Prosecutors say they hinder efforts to police all kinds of crime, from child pornography to illegal gun sales. Continue reading

What We Know About the New U.S. Sanctions Against North Korea In Response to Sony Hack

On Friday, President Obama signed an executive order allowing new sanctions against individuals and companies in North Korea as the first part of the U.S. response to the Sony hack. The post What We Know About the New U.S. Sanctions Against North Korea… Continue reading

How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us to Greater Harm

How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us to Greater Harm

Matt Dorfman We live in a world made of computers. Your car is a computer that drives down the freeway at 60 mph with you strapped inside. If you live or work in a modern building, computers regulate its temperature and respiration. And we’re not just putting our bodies inside computers—we’re also putting computers inside […]

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Apple Prevails in Antitrust Suit Over iPod Music

In a class-action case that kicked around courts for a decade, a jury rejected claims that Apple acted to secure a monopoly over digital music. Continue reading

Europe’s Internet Use Surges

The number of Europeans who regularly use the Internet has doubled, to 65 percent of the 28-bloc’s 500 million inhabitants, since 2006, though there remains large differences in Internet usage within the 28-member bloc.
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Bits Blog: Uber Stumbles in Sydney Standoff

With the police cordoning off part of Sydney, Australia, over a hostage-taking on Monday, many who were stranded in the area were forced to pay roughly four times the normal Uber rate, according to complaints on social media. Continue reading