White House Says It Will Get Right On That 130-Plus Staff With Only Partial Security Clearances Thing

After reports hit the news that over 130 of the more-or-less-randomly-promoted angry teens in the White House were working without full security clearances as of November, including top aides with access to highly classified intel like Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s administration says it will overhaul…

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Here's How to Watch SpaceX Launch the U.S. Government's Mysterious Zuma Spacecraft Tonight

On Sunday night, Elon Musk‚Äôs SpaceX will launch ‚ÄúZuma,‚ÄĚ a mysterious government spacecraft of unknown purpose, on one of its partially-reusable Falcon 9 two-stage rockets from Launch Complex 40 at Florida‚Äôs Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The exact time of the launch has yet to be set, though SpaceX has set a‚Ķ

Facebook Swears It Won't Use Its New Powerful Face Recognition to Suggest 'People You May Know'

This morning, Facebook announced that it‚Äôs going to start scanning all the photos uploaded to the social network looking for your face, unless you opt out‚ÄĒor unless you are a European or Canadian, where privacy law actually limits what Facebook can do with people‚Äôs faces. The purpose of the scanning, according to‚Ķ

Trump Officials Say Warrantless Surveillance Program Will Continue Whether Congress Approves It This Year or Not

Having come to the realization there may be little hope for renewing the warrantless surveillance program known as Section 702 by the end of the month, Trump administration attorneys now contend there’s a legal basis for continuing the program through next April, despite the widely held assumption it would expire come…

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Microsoft Drops Lawsuit Challenging Justice Department Gag Orders‚ÄĒBut the Fight Is Not Finished

After filing a lawsuit against the US government last year, Microsoft announced yesterday that it is dropping the suit challenging the gag orders which frequently accompany warrants used to pry user data from tech companies. The gag orders prevent Microsoft and other companies from alerting users when the companies…

British Spies Accused of Gathering Untold Social Media Data on Innocents, 'Unlawfully' Sharing it With Foreign Powers

British spy agencies have collected and shared huge databases of personal and social media information on millions of individuals, and effectively circumvented the investigatory body tasked with surveillance oversight, according to documents newly obtained by Privacy International, a London-based consumer advocacy…

OnePlus Admits It Was Snooping on OxygenOS Users, Says It Will Tweak Data Collection Program

Earlier this month, software engineer Christopher Moore discovered that Shenzen, China-based phone manufacturer OnePlus was secretly collecting a trove of data about users without their consent and communicating it to company servers. Moore had routed his OnePlus 2's internet traffic through security tool OWASP ZAP…