Facebook Clarified its Policies. Now How About Fixing Them?

Facebook recently updated its community standards. As the company noted in the announcement accompanying the change, their "policies and standards themselves are not changing," but that they wanted to provide more clarity to a set of existing rules that have often been misunderstood by users. » 3/24/15 3:45am Tuesday 3:45am

Leaked Documents Reveal Canada's Advanced Cyber Warfare Capabilities

While much attention has been paid to America's National Security Agency over the last two years, reports now suggest that Canada's Communications Security Establishment has been playing hardball too. A report by The Intercept claims that the agency's "developed an arsenal of cyber weapons capable of stealing data and… » 3/23/15 6:57am 3/23/15 6:57am

The DOJ Is Sneaking in a Policy That'd Crap All Over the 4th Amendment

The rules for how the Department of Justice tracks down criminals in the digital age are woefully arcane, but the DoJ's recent proposed changes to update those rules go way too far, using vague terms to grant sweeping remote search powers that would take a torrential horse piss on the Fourth Amendment. » 3/19/15 11:50am 3/19/15 11:50am

U.S. Post Offices Have Installed Hidden Spy Cameras to Film Customers

Did you know that the United States Postal Service has its own police force? It's true. While the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is typically tasked with looking into mailbox vandalism and mail fraud, an investigation in Denver reveals that they're also installing hidden cameras at post offices and spying on Americans. » 3/12/15 7:00pm 3/12/15 7:00pm

Why the Talking "Smart" Barbie Terrifies Parents

Some child advocates are clamoring for Mattel to halt production of a new "smart" Barbie that can have conversations with your kid. The Barbie's powered by voice recognition artificial intelligence that's becoming increasingly prevalent in our everyday gadgets, but that doesn't mean it doesn't freak people out.… » 3/12/15 3:10pm 3/12/15 3:10pm

FBI Admits Its Secret Spy Tool Screws Up Bystanders' Cell Service

The FBI wants to keep stealthy phone surveillance tools called Stingrays as secret as possible, for obvious reasons (to use them whenever they want with as little oversight as possible, growing tipsy on the intoxicating liquor of unfettered power). And now another reason for secrecy just came out: Using Stingrays can… » 3/03/15 3:45pm 3/03/15 3:45pm

It Took Police Three Years to Fully Shut Down a Money-Stealing Botnet

Back in 2012 the Ramnit worm wriggled its way through social networks and onto the computers of over three million computers, and began to steal sensitive information like bank account details. Now, almost three years later, police have announced that the botnet behind the scourge has been fully shut down. » 2/26/15 6:00am 2/26/15 6:00am

Why We Need a Right to Privacy for Brain Data

There's still no technology in the world that lets you listen in on someone's thoughts. But fMRI advances are making it easier than ever to measure, interpret, and even reconstruct brain activity, and a growing market of wearables with electroencephalographic (EEG) components and brain-computer interfaces means that… » 2/23/15 1:15pm 2/23/15 1:15pm