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The US Senate has published a draft law to force tech companies to show encrypted messages to security services. The Compliance with Court Orders Act would force companies to hand over what is called “intelligible” or non-encrypted data, if they receive a court order. It follows decisions by Apple and Whatsapp take a stand on encryption. Apple has been locked in a battle with the FBI over its refusal to unlock its iPhone. And Facebook recently announced all messages on its messaging app, Whatsapp are now encrypted. Is the right to keep our online information […]

Threatpost Editor in Chief Mike Mimoso talks to crypto pioneer and security expert Bruce Schneier of Resilient Systems about the early days of the RSA Conference, the integration of privacy and security, and the current FBI-Apple debate over encryption and surveillance.

Every year about four million newborns in the U.S. get a heel prick at birth, to screen for congenital disorders, that if found early enough, can save their life. The leftover blood, however, isn’t thrown away. Turns out a non-descript office building in Richmond contains the DNA of every person born in California since 1983. It’s a treasure trove of information about you, from the color of your eyes and hair to your pre-disposition to diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer. Using these newborn blood spots for research, the state is able to screen babies for […]

A local security expert who occasionally moonlights as a dumpster diver found the personal information of several A-list celebrities during a swap meet. “I was in LA and a guy was taking the boxes of scripts and getting ready to throw them away and I was like ‘Whoa, whoa what are those?’” said Matt Malone. e found a Rolodex full of the names and social securities from some of Hollywood’s biggest heavyweights. “When I first opened this up I mean, who wants a Rolodex right? Except for you’d like to have Alec Baldwin’s number, Kevin […]

When Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. government was running massive spying operations on its own people, the country was shocked. But few remember that the origins of America’s modern surveillance apparatus began more than 115 years ago, half a world away in the Philippines. Today, we are still playing this century-old spy game. Despite changes in national agendas and leadership over the years, the U.S. government’s desire for total information control has remained the same but with one difference – it has become increasingly reliant on private companies to operate this surveillance complex. More. […]

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