by on June 16, 2018
The judge in Stormy Daniels‘ case against Michael Cohen and President Donald Trump responded Friday to Cohen’s application for a restraining order prohibiting Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti from talking about the case publicly. Cohen didn’t get his wish–at least not yet–but he did get a strong message from the court. Cohen had filed an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order against Avenatti. This means that instead of notifying and serving Avenatti, Cohen filed his appli...
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by on May 14, 2018
It’s taken months to pull together a vote to save net neutrality from the FCC guillotine, but the moment is finally upon us. Senate Democrats announced today that they’ll force a vote to keep net neutrality protections in place on Wednesday, May 16. Support in the chamber is just one vote shy of passing the resolution, but Democrats see a win no matter what the outcome. Last December, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Title II protections that preserv...
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by on June 15, 2018
A company run by former officials at Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm brought down by a scandal over how it obtained Facebook users’ private data, has quietly been working for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election effort, The Associated Press has learned. FILE - In this May 31, 2018, Brad Parscale, campaign manager for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election, boards a bus after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018, to motorcade back to th...
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by on June 11, 2018
Privacy is a hot-button issue nowadays, and it should be. Information bloodsuckers like Facebook and Google are having a heyday selling your browsing habits to the highest bidder day in and day out. The truth is that’s really how these companies make their money. In case you didn’t know, as soon as you connect to the internet and visit your favorite site you’re virtually getting raped by hundreds of corporate vampires who want to suck every last bit of personal information out of you.   ...
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by on June 22, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police need a warrant to obtain cellphone location information routinely collected by wireless providers. In a major win for privacy rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that police must obtain a search warrant in order to get access to cellphone location information. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 5-4 decision, joining the court's four liberals. The majority declared that the Fourth Amendment guarantees an expectation of privacy and that ...
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by on May 12, 2018
With constant surveillance and technological advances, could the U.S. see the rise of an omnipresent social credit system? It’s one of those Black Mirror episodes that blurred the lines between fact and conjecture. “Nosedive,” the season three premiere of the popular sci-fi TV series, follows Lacie, a prim, proper woman who’s obsessed with how the world views her, as she struggles to maintain her social rating. In her society’s social scoring system, each pleasant personal interacti...
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by on March 22, 2018
Robert Mueller’s team has taken over the investigation of Guccifer 2.0, who communicated with (and was defended by) longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone. Guccifer 2.0, the “lone hacker” who took credit for providing WikiLeaks with stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, was in fact an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate (GRU), The Daily Beast has learned. It’s an attribution that resulted from a fleeting but critical slip-up in GRU tradecraft. That foren...
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by on March 20, 2018
Facebook is having to face the music both in the United States and the United Kingdom after The New York Times and The Observer of London revealed Cambridge Analytica received and employed data harvested from 50 million of the social network's users without their permission. The Federal Trade Commission is launching an investigation.  NYT:  The F.T.C. investigation is connected to a settlement the agency reached with Facebook in 2011. The agency had accused the company of deceivin...
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by on April 6, 2018
  In today’s installment of "I’m Not Terrified, You Are," Bloomberg Law reports on a FedBizOpps.gov posting by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with the relatively benign-sounding subject “Media Monitoring Services.” The details of the attached Request for Information, however, outline a plan to gather and monitor the public activities of media professionals and influencers and are enough to cause nightmares of constitutional proportions, particularly as the freedom of the press i...
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by on February 11, 2018
Facial recognition technology is improving by leaps and bounds. Some commercial software can now tell the gender of a person in a photograph. When the person in the photo is a white man, the software is right 99 percent of the time. But the darker the skin, the more errors arise — up to nearly 35 percent for images of darker skinned women, according to a new study that breaks fresh ground by measuring how the technology works on people of different races and gender. These disparate ...
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by on February 24, 2018
In the future imagined by the Department of Homeland Security, an army of small drones will hover over the southwestern border, outfitted with facial recognition technology that can cull criminal histories of people on the ground. Advanced cameras will instantly identify drivers and passengers as they cross international bridges into Mexico. Artificial intelligence software will comb through the social media accounts of immigrants seeking to enter the country. U.S. Border Patrol agents wa...
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by on February 5, 2018
Ten unsolved homicide and rape cases are among the first being considered in New York State for use of the innovative familial DNA searching techniques in the hunt for possible suspects, law enforcement officials said. By using family members' DNA, police may be able to track down a potential suspect or evidence, law enforcement officials said. Eight of the 10 cases came from the NYPD and are the first in which police and local prosecutors are attempting to use the DNA process since it...
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