privacy

Facebook Clarified Its Policies. Now How About Fixing Them?

Facebook recently updated its community standards. As the company noted in the announcement accompanying the change, their “policies and standards themselves are not changing,” but that they wanted to provide more clarity to a set of existing rules that have often been misunderstood by users.


ISIS Has A New Terrorism Tactic: Doxing US Soldiers 

The Islamic State’s “Hacking Division” has posted personal information about more than 100 US military personnel online, and is encouraging supporters in America to use the info to kill the military members. Doxing is the latest digital weapon in ISIS’s tech-savvy arsenal.


The Trick To Hacking Top-Secret Computers: Just Add Heat 

Security researchers just found a way to hack into specially secured computer systems by sending messages using blasts of air. This is another example of how even the most walled-off systems can still get hacked.


Leaked Documents Reveal Canada's Advanced Cyber Warfare Capabilities

While much attention has been paid to America’s National Security Agency over the last two years, reports now suggest that Canada’s Communications Security Establishment has been playing hardball too. A report by The Intercept claims that the agency’s “developed an arsenal of cyber weapons capable of stealing data and destroying adversaries’ infrastructure”.


The US Government Is Testing Myriad Invasive Biometric Surveillance Methods

Government agencies are currently in the process of secretly testing new surveillance and monitoring at points of entry into the United States, according to leaked documents obtained by Motherboard. You’re going to want to hear about this.


CISA Bill Promises Safety, But Actually Expands US Government Surveillance

Remember when everyone freaked about CISPA, the US cybersecurity bill with scary privacy implications? CISA, a similarly-named cybersecurity bill, is here to take its place. Even after adding fifteen amendments, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is a dangerous piece of US legislation.


New Policy Will Grant FBI Power To Install Tracking Malware On Computers Worldwide

The rules for how the US Department of Justice tracks down criminals in the digital age are woefully arcane. However, the DoJ’s recent proposed changes to update those rules go way too far, using vague terms to grant FBI agents the power to install tracking malware on computers all over the world, without telling people they have started surveillance.


US Post Offices Have Installed Hidden Spy Cameras To Film Customers

Did you know that the United States Postal Service has its own police force? It’s true. While the US Postal Inspection Service is typically tasked with looking into mailbox vandalism and mail fraud, an investigation in Denver reveals that they’re also installing hidden cameras at post offices and spying on Americans.


Why The Talking 'Smart' Barbie Terrifies Parents

Some child advocates are clamouring for Mattel to halt production of a new “smart” Barbie that can have conversations with your kid. The Barbie’s powered by voice recognition artificial intelligence that’s becoming increasingly prevalent in our everyday gadgets, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t freak people out. Especially when kids are involved.


CIA Helped US Justice Department Build Spy Planes To Snoop On Phones

There are rules barring the CIA from getting involved in matters of domestic surveillance. But here’s some news: The CIA played a key role in developing a sketchy domestic dragnet phone snooping technology used by the Justice Department, according to a Wall Street Journal report.