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Worker Uninstalls Tracking App, Gets Fired: Lawsuit

Myrna Arias says her company was tracking her while she was off-duty

(Newser) - Myrna Arias didn't like the GPS app on her phone that constantly tracked her, so she uninstalled it. The problem: Arias' iPhone was issued by her employer, which required her to run the app constantly, and after she removed it, the California woman was fired. Now she's suing... More »

Both Parties Support Bill to Rein In Patriot Act

Legislation would end bulk data collection exposed by Edward Snowden

(Newser) - The US government may consider Edward Snowden a traitor, but its lawmakers seem bent on reining in the surveillance abuses he exposed. Legislation that would end the bulk collection of data has the support of both parties in Congress, reports the New York Times . The House is poised to pass... More »

Obama Lays Out Privacy Rules for Drones

White House memo sets limits of feds' use of unmanned aircraft

(Newser) - As the US prepares to see more drones aloft in coming years, President Barack Obama is taking steps to ensure that the government respects privacy and civil liberties when it uses the unmanned aircraft to collect information. Obama issued a memorandum to federal agencies today specifying measures to guard against... More »

Jeb Bush Posts SS Numbers of 12K Floridians

Former governor made up to 330K emails public in the name of 'transparency'

(Newser) - It hasn't been a good week for the man who calls himself the "eGovernor." First former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush accepted the resignation of PAC CTO Ethan Czahor after a series of offensive tweets by Czahor were uncovered. Now he's under fire for revealing personal info—... More »

Samsung: Watch What You Say in Front of Our TVs

Company's smart TVs record, share everything you say

(Newser) - Own a Samsung smart TV? Then take note: Your television is not only listening, it's sending your data to a third party, the Independent reports. The TV's voice-recognition software lets you give it orders, but the product's privacy policy warns that "personal or other sensitive information... More »

School's Answer to Poop Plight: Look at Kids' Undies

Surprise inspection does not go over well

(Newser) - It's not like there's a how-to manual on how to go about finding a student with a penchant for pooping on the gym floor, but if there were, it would probably not include this: Line up the kids and order them to lower their pants for an underwear... More »

The Feds Are Probably Tracking Your Car

Database of license-plate readers is steadily growing

(Newser) - Attention highway drivers: Smile, the DEA is watching. The feds are making use of license-plate reading technology to run a database that tracks millions of cars in real time around the US, report the Wall Street Journal and the ACLU . The agency makes use of its own readers on major... More »

DEA Kept a Secret Phone Database, Too

Wall Street Journal says it's no longer in operation

(Newser) - A court case involving a man accused of illegally exporting electronics to Iran has revealed a DEA secret, reports the Wall Street Journal : The agency kept a secret database of calls between the US and foreign countries for more than a decade. One key difference between this database and the... More »

Court: Time for NYPD to Explain Its X-Ray Vans

Dept. to appeal after freedom-of-information battle

(Newser) - The New York Police Department has unmarked vans that can X-ray nearby objects, and the public knows little about them: how many the department has, who's being examined, or what the vehicles cost, for example. To learn more about the vans—whose radiation could raise health concerns— ProPublica filed... More »

Judge: Upskirt Photos at Lincoln Memorial Legal

Even if they are 'repellant and disturbing'

(Newser) - A Virginia man caught taking photos of women's "private areas" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial was doing something "repellant and disturbing"—but not illegal, says a female judge in Virginia. DC Superior Court Judge Juliet McKenna dismissed voyeur charges against Christopher Cleveland of Springfield,... More »

Twitter Suit: Gov't Won't Let Us Talk About Data Requests

Tech giant's complaint says restrictions violate its First Amendment rights

(Newser) - First rule about government requests for information: Don't talk about government requests for information. That's one rule Twitter doesn't want to play by, leading to a lawsuit filed today that claims the US government is violating the company's First Amendment rights by forcing it to keep... More »

Facebook's New Venture: Health Care?

Reuters says company looking to expand in a big way on that front

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg and Co. apparently want to address every human need possible: Facebook is said to be venturing into the health care arena, Reuters reports. Initial possibilities include the creation of "support communities" to sync up people who want to talk about their particular ailments, as well as "... More »

Apple: iPhone 6 Is NSA-Proof

Company says data on device can't be easily unscrambled, and FBI isn't happy

(Newser) - Apple says its latest iPhone has an encryption system that will keep users' emails and photos safe from the prying eyes of the NSA or any law-enforcement agency, reports the New York Times . The company says its algorithm is so complex that if it ever had to turn over data... More »

Apple Won't Unlock Devices for Police— Because It Can't

New encryption code keeps everyone—even Apple—out of private user info

(Newser) - Even cops with a warrant to pull private user data off of someone's fancy new iPhone or iPad might be out of luck—Apple says that with the release of iOS 8, it's now not physically possible for even the company itself to access that info, reports the... More »

US to Yahoo: Hand Over Data or Pay $250K a Day

Court documents show government pressure in 2008

(Newser) - Just how badly did the federal government want data about Yahoo users for its now-notorious PRISM surveillance program ? It threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day in 2008 if it didn't comply, reports the Washington Post . The revelation comes from newly declassified court documents detailing the... More »

Key Redditor in Celeb Leak: My Privacy's Being Invaded

Vents frustration in Reddit chat

(Newser) - A central figure in the emergence of hacked celebrity nude photos is facing media scrutiny, and he's not particularly enjoying it. Following a Washington Post story on him, Reddit user Johnsmcjohn expressed frustration. "Why is my being on an asexuality website or an Aspergers board relevant" to his... More »

Inside One Man's Anti-Privacy Campaign

Noah Dyer sends his passwords, bank records to magazine

(Newser) - The world would be better off without secrets, says an Arizona man, and he's willing to prove it. Noah Dyer is pushing a Kickstarter project which, if funded, would see his entire life made public as camera crews follow him around for a year "without even 1 second... More »

Court's Ruling on Cell Phones Is Milestone for Privacy

Pundits: Finally, justices prove they understand technology's role in modern life

(Newser) - They may not be an especially tech-savvy bunch, but today's ruling on cell phones shows that the Supreme Court justices are anything but Luddites, writes Dahlia Lithwick at Slate . The court ruled unanimously that police need a warrant under almost all circumstances to search somebody's cell phone, with... More »

Eroding Privacy? Blame Humans, Not Google Glass

They existed long before this tech: Whitney Erin Boesel

(Newser) - Now that anyone can buy Google Glass , we're sure to see an increase in the number of " Glassholes " roaming the streets, taking pictures of people without their consent. And many people will likely decry Google Glass, as we've decried other technological advances before, claiming it's... More »

Google Must Erase Certain Links If Asked: EU Court

Decision aims to protect individual privacy

(Newser) - If you want certain articles or court documents removed when your name is Googled—and you live in Europe—the search giant must comply, Europe's top court says. The ruling, which affects all search engines, focuses on privacy protection and the "right to be forgotten" in Europe, the... More »

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