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Dreaming Of A Tor Button For Firefox

It’s no secret that everybody’s thinking about privacy and cyber security more since the world was pummelled with the unsettling, spy-novel truths of the Snowden revelations. Now, companies are starting to seize onto the zeitgeist by building more secure tools for the internet. And it sounds like Tor will be at the front of that line.


FBI Director Says Apple Marketing Encryption Snubs The Law

Today in cops getting angry about the new encryption on smartphones features FBI Director James Comey, who is “very concerned” about the matter. He’s so concerned that the FBI’s had conversations with Apple and Google about how they’re marketing the devices. And Comey wants the world to know that he’s upset.


Cops Have No Right To Be Angry About The iPhone's New Encryption

Security professionals and joe-schmoes alike cheered Apple’s recent announcement that it would no longer be able to turn iPhone data over to cops. Finally, a guarantee that authorities couldn’t snoop around your text messages! But you know who didn’t cheer? Cops, of course.


The Cop That Blasted Apple's New Encryption Got His Facts Backwards

On Tuesday morning, The Washington Post published an opinion piece by Ronald T. Hosko, a former assistant director at the FBI, about how Apple’s new encryption techniques would have led to the death of a victim in a case he oversaw. Turns out he was totally wrong. The newspaper just issued a correction.


This TSA Checkpoint Is Carved Entirely Out Of Wood

Would a trip through airport security be a little better if it looked like this? Roxy Paine, a New York artist, has painstakingly whittled every last detail of a TSA checkpoint, rendering everything from the X-ray monitor to the plastic boxes for our belongings in smooth, sanded maple.


The Most Enticing Feature A Tech Company Can Offer Now Is Privacy

Apple’s new privacy policy is built specifically to make it impossible for the company to turn over your data to law enforcement, even with a search warrant.


Police Can Still Get Data Off Your iOS 8 Device Without Apple's Help

Remember that promise Apple made about not turning your data over to police in iOS 8? It’s not a lie! But as iPhone security experts point out, that does not mean police can’t access your data. It’s actually not even that hard.


NSA Was Going To Fine Yahoo $US250,000 A Day If It Didn't Join PRISM

When we first learned about NSA metadata collection, we wondered how readily the biggest tech companies acquiesced to the government. Today we start to find out. This is the story of how Yahoo was coerced into PRISM, as told by court documents cited by the Washington Post today.


Ferguson Police Are Wearing Body Cameras

Police in Ferguson started wearing body cameras this Saturday during the most recent protest following the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown Jr. by one of the city’s police officers, Darren Wilson.


The NSA Made Its Own Google To Help Share Your Data With Cops

Well, here’s timely NSA revelation for you: The Intercept reports that the spy agency built a “Google-like” search engine for its seemingly bottomless cache of data on persons of interest. This tool allows the spy agency to share over 850 billion records with nearly two dozen US government organisations, including the FBI and the DEA.


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