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Despite promises to stop, US cell carriers are still selling your real-time phone location data – TechCrunch

Despite promises to stop, US cell carriers are still selling your real-time phone location data – TechCrunch Last year, four of the largest U.S. cell carriers were caught selling and sending real-time location data of their customers to shady companies that sold it on to big spenders, who would use …

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Using Facebook’s latest privacy stumble, lawmakers push for strong FTC oversight – TechCrunch

Using Facebook’s latest privacy stumble, lawmakers push for strong FTC oversight – TechCrunch Lawmakers are again unhappy with Facebook after the latest big story again portraying Facebook’s failure to protect the private data of its users. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the company had special relationships with a handful …

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State Department confirms data breach, exposing employee data – TechCrunch

State Department confirms data breach, exposing employee data – TechCrunch The State Department has confirmed a data breach affecting an unknown number of employees. A spokesperson told TechCrunch that the breach affected “less than 1 percent” of unclassified employee inboxes. “We have not detected activity of concern in the Department’s …

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Stingray cell phone surveillance devices may interfere with 911 calls, senator says – TechCrunch

Stingray cell phone surveillance devices may interfere with 911 calls, senator says – TechCrunch A senator has confirmed that the use of cell site simulators for conducting real-time surveillance on cell phones may interfere with 911 calls. In a letter to the attorney general, Sen. Ron Wyden said that devices, …

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Tall Poppy aims to make online harassment protection an employee benefit – TechCrunch

Tall Poppy aims to make online harassment protection an employee benefit – TechCrunch For the nearly 20% percent of Americans who experience severe online harassment, there’s a new company launching in the latest batch of Y Combinator called Tall Poppy that’s giving them the tools to fight back. Co-founded by …

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Russian indictments show that the U.S. needs federal oversight of election security – TechCrunch

Russian indictments show that the U.S. needs federal oversight of election security – TechCrunch Phoebe Wong is executive director of EqualCitizens.US, a democracy reform non profit based in Washington DC. She was formerly a senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and consultant at the World …

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Senator warns Facebook better shape up or get ‘broken up’ – TechCrunch

In the run-up to Mark Zuckerberg’s first appearance before Congress, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden issued a warning to the company about what it can expect from lawmakers if it doesn’t radically alter course. “Mr. Zuckerberg is going to have a couple of very unpleasant days before Congress next week and …

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Voting machine makers explain what they do (and don’t do) to make sure no one hacks the vote

As the House and Senate continue to examine the wave of disinformation around the 2016 presidential election, concerns around the security of voting systems examine something even more germane to the U.S. democratic system. In early October, Senate Intel Committee member and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden issued a letter to …

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