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Appeals Court Upholds Wikimedia’s Case Against NSA Spying Program

 

A three-judge appeals panel ruled unanimously to overturn an earlier dismissal of a major lawsuit against the NSA’s internet data gathering activities. On May 23, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court dismissal in Wikimedia Foundation, et al. v. National Security Agency, et al. The suit alleges that the National Security…

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FCC Votes to Kill Net Neutrality

 

The Federal Communications Commission has begun the process of overturning Obama-era open internet rules. On May 18, the FCC voted 2-1 on a party line vote to start the repeal process of Title II classification to internet service providers. Republicans currently enjoy a majority on the FCC, which is operating while short two commissioners. It…

Internet Provider Cashing In On Browser History

Internet Providers Are Cashing In on Your Browser History

  

Since the appointment of former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai to chair the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), internet service providers (ISPs) have received a steady stream of good news from Washington. Last December, Pai indicated his desire to take a “weed whacker” to many FCC regulations. With full control off the government, Pai and congressional Republicans…

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Consumers Angry Over Bill Allowing ISPs to Sell Browsing Data

 

Republicans in Congress faced a growing backlash after voting to repeal an FCC rule that would have prohibited Internet service providers from selling customers’ personal data such as their browsing history.

Half of Americans’ Faces Are in FBI’s Facial Recognition Program

  

On March 22, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing to review the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s use of facial recognition technology and other programs. Facial recognition technology uses an algorithm to analyze a subject’s facial features, such as length and width of a person’s nose, eyes and ears. Law enforcement…

Customs Agents Downloading U.S. Citizen Data

Customs Agents are Downloading U.S. Citizens’ Data and It’s Legal

  

A Democratic Senator is pushing for a privacy focused overhaul regarding device searches at the border. The suspicious scientist Sidd Bikkannavar, a U.S. born citizen and employee at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, left for a trip to South America on January 15. When he returned two weeks later, the Trump administration’s travel ban was four…

The Future of Net Neutrality Under the Trump Administration

  

While President Trump has outlined his plans for strengthening the nation’s cyber security, his stances on privacy and net neutrality are unclear. However, his newly appointed FCC chair, Ajit Pai, has a consistent track record and is expected to oppose an open internet. In fact, on February 28th, Pai said net neutrality was “a mistake.”…

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Cybersecurity Review 2016: Elections, Ransom, Botnets & Lessons Learned

 

As computers become more pervasive in our government, our businesses, and our homes, cybersecurity crises seem to arise with alarming regularity and often in unexpected places. In particular, networking among computers and electronics is sharply on the rise, giving hackers extraordinary power to attack, compromise and control systems from afar without ever leaving their desks.…