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Government seeks to strong arm companies into spying on users

Last week, we reported on a rather disturbing revelation that the Department of Defense and NSA have been sending out so-called 2511 letters that absolve companies of legal consequences for violating the Wiretap Act by intercepting their users’ comm.....»»

Category: gadgetSource:  slashgearApr 30th, 2013

Yahoo Mail users will get end-to-end encryption option next year

Yahoo, one of several tech companies swept up in the government spying controversy, has revealed that it'll be giving its Mail users an end-to-end encryption option starting next year. The announcement was made at Black Hat earlier today, where Yahoo Chie.....»»

Category: gadgetSource:  slashgearRelated NewsAug 7th, 2014

Users Should Be Able To Sue Tech Companies Over Spying, Says Sen. Rand Paul

Libertarian hero and presidential hopeful Senator Rand Paul tells me that tech companies should not be granted legal immunity from consumers suing them over government spying. The Patriot Act infamously gave telecommunications companies immunity from bein.....»»

Category: gadgetSource:  techcrunchRelated NewsJan 28th, 2014

Apple officially denies helping NSA spy on iPhone users

Ever since the revelations this past year regarding the NSA’s domestic spying program, tech companies — including Apple — have been facing increased scrutiny about exactly how much access they’ve provided the U.S. government to use.....»»

Category: gadgetsSource:  techandgadgetnewsRelated NewsDec 31st, 2013

Apple officially denies helping NSA spy on iPhone users

Ever since the revelations this past year regarding the NSA's domestic spying program, tech companies -- including Apple -- have been facing increased scrutiny about exactly how much access they've provided the U.S. government to user's devices. On ........»»

Category: mobileSource:  tuawRelated NewsDec 31st, 2013

Tech Giants Issue Call for Limits on Government Surveillance of Users

Connie Zhou/Google Servers in a Google data center in Oregon. The company is tightening its networks against government spying. Eight prominent technology companies, bruised by revelations of government spying on their customers’ data and scrambling to .....»»

Category: gadgetsSource:  techandgadgetnewsRelated NewsDec 9th, 2013

Tech Giants Issue Call for Limits on Government Surveillance of Users - New York Times

New York TimesTech Giants Issue Call for Limits on Government Surveillance of UsersNew York TimesEight prominent technology companies, bruised by revelations of government spying on their customers' data and scrambling to repair the damage to their re.....»»

Category: topSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsDec 9th, 2013

Facebook"s Zuckerberg says US spying hurt users" trust

Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said revelations about U.S. government surveillance hurt users' trust in Internet companies and that knowing more about the programs would help relieve some of the public concerns.In a rare...  .....»»

Category: asiaSource:  tech2Related NewsSep 19th, 2013

Market For Spy-Proof Messaging Heats Up

Now that the 4th Amendment is no longer a guarantee against broad government spying, the floodgates have opened for tech companies to give users their privacy back. Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde’s text-messaging app Heml.is already reached its fundi.....»»

Category: gadgetSource:  techcrunchRelated NewsJul 12th, 2013

China promoting development of MEMS industry

In view of strong demand for MEMS components from China-based smartphone vendors, the China government has been promoting the development of the local MEMS industry by teaming up its wafer foundry houses, IC design companies and semiconductor equipment su.....»»

Category: itSource:  digitimesRelated NewsSep 16th, 2014

Russian credential theft shows why the password is dead - Computerworld

FirstpostRussian credential theft shows why the password is deadComputerworldComputerworld - News that Russian hackers amassed login credentials belonging to more than 1.2 billion Internet users hammers home why companies that have not implemented strong .....»»

Category: topSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsAug 7th, 2014

Twitter’s latest transparency report: the struggle over national security requests

Twitter has published its latest transparency report, and in it we see the continual struggle tech companies face when it comes to the balancing act between government and users. The company has pushed for permission to publish more detailed information o.....»»

Category: gadgetSource:  slashgearRelated NewsAug 1st, 2014

Russia to Apple, SAP: give us source code to prove there’s no spying

In a bid against spying, Russia has tossed out the idea that Apple and SAP should fork over their source code to relevant government agencies, which would prove their products aren't facilitating spying. The proposal was made known to both companies last .....»»

Category: gadgetSource:  slashgearRelated NewsJul 30th, 2014

Russia asks Apple, SAP to turn over source code as anti-spy measure

The Russian government has proposed that two Western companies, Apple and SAP, grant access to their source code so it can determine whether or not products are tools for spying on state organizations and/or the public, Reuters reports. Russia's communica.....»»

Category: topSource:  electronistaRelated NewsJul 30th, 2014

Russia wants Apple and SAP’s source code over spying concerns

Experts have concluded that U.S. government-backed standards for software encryption have created backdoors for the NSA to spy on users.....»»

Category: topSource:  theglobeandmailRelated NewsJul 30th, 2014

Report: Japan eyes law requiring security incident reporting

Bloomberg says the Japanese government is eyeing cyber security legislation to make companies 'fess up to security incidents impacting users......»»

Category: securitySource:  scmagazineusRelated NewsJul 28th, 2014

Emergency data law: What you need to know about the bill that makes ISPs store your data

The Government has caused uproar this morning by introducing an emergency bill that forces telecom companies to store users' personal data for 12 months despite the European Union ruling this April that such powers are illegal......»»

Category: topSource:  independentRelated NewsJul 11th, 2014

UK government plans reinstatement of metadata collection programs

The government of the United Kingdom seeks to force telecommunication companies to log records of calls, texts, and Internet usage for a 12-month period, according to a report. Ministers are said to be attempting to counteract the effects of an European C.....»»

Category: topSource:  electronistaRelated NewsJul 7th, 2014

New NSA "Transparency Report" Raises More Questions Than It Answers

For years, big Internet companies like Twitter have released "transparency reports" to show users how often the government asks for their data. Now the National Security Agency is getting in on the act: The agency released its first-ever such report on Fr.....»»

Category: topSource:  huffingtonpostRelated NewsJun 27th, 2014

German gov to drop Verizon over spying concerns

The various Snowden leaks have revealed widespread spying by the United States government, with various tech companies and service providers being compelled to aid in these surveillance practices. It is for this reason the German government has elected to.....»»

Category: gadgetSource:  slashgearRelated NewsJun 26th, 2014

Germany Ends Verizon Contract

The German government said it would end a contract with Verizon because of concerns about network security, in one of the most concrete signs yet that disclosures about U.S. spying were hurting U.S. technology companies overseas......»»

Category: topSource:  wsjRelated NewsJun 26th, 2014