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We know that the FBI has had a hard time finding tech talent and the current US administration has so far shown little interest in hiring technology experts, but we didn't expect this. New US federal court documents show that the FBI has been actively coordinating with members of Best Buy's "Geek Squad" to hunt for child pornography on customers' computers.

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Digital security and its discontents — from Hillary Clinton's emails to ransomware to Tor hacks — is in many ways one of the chief concerns of the contemporary FBI. So it makes sense that the bureau's director, James Comey, would dip his toe into the digital torrent with a Twitter account. It also makes sense, given Comey's high profile, that he would want that Twitter account to be a secret from the world, lest his follows and favs be scrubbed for clues about what the feds are up to. What is somewhat surprising, however, is that it only took me about four hours of sleuthing to find Comey's account, which is not protected.

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By most standards, Robert F. Dorr lived the most all-American, patriotic life anyone possibly could. He served in the Air Force, he was a diplomat with the State Department from the 1960s to the 1980s, and he went on to be a successful author and TV pundit about military affairs. But as a teenager, Dorr was investigated by the FBI for potential espionage. His crime? He kept writing to Boeing asking for photos of their planes.

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Microsoft just scored a point for its customers' privacy. Today, a US District Judge ruled that the government can't avoid a lawsuit alleging that its surveillance operations violate citizens' constitutional rights. The judge in question is the same one that Donald Trump recently referred to as a "so-called judge".

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A potentially major blow for privacy advocates occurred on Friday when a US magistrate ruled against Google and ordered it to cooperate with FBI search warrants demanding access to user emails that are stored on servers outside of the United States. The case is certain to spark a fight, because an appeals court ruled in favour of Microsoft in a similar case recently.

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For months, there's been a slow drip of US tech companies revealing the national security letters that are being sent to them by the FBI to demand user data without a warrant. Yesterday, Twitter posted a statement about two letters it received that are no longer restricted by a gag order.

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When a 5m tall wooden sculpture was installed in the FBI's Miami field office in 2015, the US government thought it was getting a great deal. The General Services Administration (GSA) commissioned the work and estimated that it was "likely worth more than the $750,000 the government paid." But it's currently sitting in storage in Maryland. Why? The sculpture got over a dozen FBI agents seriously sick.