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Clapper authorizes security clearance investigators to consider social media information

If you think you might need a security clearance someday, be careful what you post on Facebook. Those in charge of the clearance process are now authorized to review publicly available social media information in addition to the information they have historically collected.

Supreme Court eases restrictions on federal hacking authority

The Supreme Court on Thursday quietly approved a change to Rule 41, which could give the Federal Bureau of Investigations the authority, if granted the right warrant conditions, to hack any computer or network anywhere in the world.

Spotlight: Military seeks privacy firewall for disaster relief efforts

The U.S. Military is looking for software that would allow it to look at social media posts in disaster relief efforts without violating privacy laws.

Without smart citizens, smart cities don't really stand a chance

The enhanced IT infrastructure and benefits offered in a smart city are wonderful to have, but who will be using them? The citizens. So they have to be allowed to contribute their ideas.

White House puts the kibosh on encryption bill

A draft bill pending in the Senate would require device manufacturers to include encryption workarounds in their products for law enforcement access, but the White House declined to provide public support for the bill, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

NYCLU finds privacy issues with LinkNYC kiosk-collected info

LinkNYC, which launched in January, will eventually become a network of as many as 7,500 to 10,000 public kiosks that offer fast and free Wi-Fi throughout all five boroughs. But whatever advantages they bring, NYCLU contended that they "carry an undue risk of abuse, misuse and unauthorized access."

Should we brake for driverless cars?

There has been so much buzz lately about self-driving cars, most recently at Mobile World Congress, where Ericsson, for one, unveiled its idea for future autonomous cars replete with a fully integrated "infotainment" system that uses data to optimize an individual's driving time.  My question is why? Is it really necessary to binge watch Game of Thrones while your car transports you to where you need to go?

Obama signs new executive orders promoting cybersecurity and privacy in agencies

President Obama signed two executive orders Tuesday that established groups of stakeholders to issue federal recommendations for cybersecurity and privacy priorities. The new orders accompanied the unveiling of his Cybersecurity National Action Plan, or CNAP, and will support the plan through targeted recommendations.

Big brother aside, Atlanta may adopt smart cameras for video surveillance

On the heels of the recent terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., and Paris, as well as the Boston Marathon bombing, the city of Atlanta is pondering whether to install smart cameras for surveillance. The key will be transparency about the technology the city deploys, along with privacy controls to ensure information is encrypted and doesn't get into the wrong hands.

Report: IoT makes the 'going dark' debate moot

More technology companies offer products and services with strong encryption, but when people use them to "go dark" – whether for innocent or nefarious purposes – it isn't as big of a problem as law enforcement officials have claimed, says a new report.