Keep the Money and the Jobs at Home by Buying American Products

All homeowners want to do their remodeling projects as inexpensively as possible—that’s just common sense. Traditionally, this meant buying products and materials made overseas. But it looks like a change in American attitudes is taking place, according to a survey conducted by Consumer Reports. More than 60 percent of all respondents said they would spend […]

Facial recognition tech is rocketing ahead of laws that can control it

“Many Americans don’t realize they’re already in a facial recognition database,” Jennifer Lynch, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said Wednesday in a hearing on the technology. Addressing Senator Al Franken and the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, Lynch pointed out that there is a painful disconnect between how little personal […]

Supreme Court to hear electronic eavesdropping case

ShareThis Supreme Court to hear electronic eavesdropping case –Obama administration lawyers appealed to the highest US court on behalf of James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence [Thanks, Obusha!] 21 May 2012 The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a US government challenge to a lawsuit against its electronic surveillance program, which allows authorities to […]

EFF Fights for Megaupload Users’ Rights in Friday Hearing

EFF Fights for Megaupload Users’ Rights in Friday Hearing (via EFF) Innocent Customers Deserve to Have Their Files Returned Alexandria, VA – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will ask a federal judge on Friday to establish a process that would allow lawful users of Megaupload’s cloud storage service to get their files back. The hearing […]

Appeals Court Revives EFF’s Challenge to Government’s Massive Spying Program

Appeals Court Revives EFF’s Challenge to Government’s Massive Spying Program (via EFF) Justices Find that Spied-On Telephone Customers Have the Right to Sue San Francisco – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today blocked the government’s attempt to bury the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF’s) lawsuit against the government’s illegal mass surveillance program, returning Jewel… […]

Arizona House Bill 2549: Bill to Censor Electronic Speech on Governor’s Desk April 2, 2012 Arizona House Bill 2549 would update the state’s telephone harassment law to apply to the Internet and other electronic communications. It would make it a crime to communicate via electronic means speech that is intended to “annoy,” “offend,” “harass” or “terrify,” as well as certain sexual speech. However, because the bill […]

DHS says Terror Watchlist is exempt from Privacy Act

By Ali Winston Last Friday, the federal government’s new anti-terror database, the Terror Screening Watchlist Service, went live. The database is loaded with an unknown amount of personal information, including names, photographs and biometric data. In a new turn that has civil liberties advocates crying foul, the Department of Homeland Security is claiming all information […]

Verayo RFID Chips Use ‘Electronic DNA’ to Make Them ‘Unclonable’

Here’s a challenge to hackers everywhere if I’ve ever heard one–a company named Verayo claims to have created an RFID chip that’s completely unclonable thanks to a type of electronic DNA technology called Physical Unclonable Functions (PUF). Unlike basic passive RFID chips, where data can be easily copied from one chip to another, Verayo’s PUF-fy […]