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reason.com

by Ronald Bailey

August 5, 2014

The California Assembly has passed a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using a surveillance drone as part of a criminal investigation.

In addition, public agencies other than law enforcement have to give the public reasonable notice that they plan to deploy a surveillance drone and describe its capabilities. Images and other information collected for public agencies by drones may not be disseminated outside of relevant public agencies and must be destroyed within a year if they are not obtained pursuant to a warrant or if they are not evidence in any claim filed or any pending litigation.

theregister.co.uk

by Trevor Pott

August 5, 2014

'Security first' gets more NB for little guys

The recent Synology Synolocker issue should serve as a splash of cold water to any vendors in the tech industry that design and sell systems that are largely unattended or unmanaged. As described in The Reg yesterday, Synology NAS boxes are being hit by a Cryptolocker-like piece of malware dubbed Synolocker. Like Cryptolocker, the "ransomware" encrypts all your files and then demands a ransom to unlock them. How did it happen and what should be done?

businessinsider.com

August 4, 2014

This isn't a coincidence.

Comcast is increasing its broadband internet speeds in areas where Google Fiber is set up, reports The Consumerist. Kansas City is the latest metropolis to see enhanced internet speeds at no additional cost to customers. Those paying for 25 megabit service will get 50 megabits, those paying for 50 megabits will get 105, and those paying for 105 will get a whopping 150 megabits, enough for all but the most voracious video streamers.

campaignforliberty.org

August 4, 2014

Watch C4L Chairman Ron Paul's interview on C-SPAN. In the three-hour interview, Dr. Paul discusses many topics including foreign policy,  the Federal Reserve,  the RNC, and abortion.

businessinsider.com

by Caroline Moss

August 4, 2014

Melinda Kiss of Long Island, New York, was married on June 6 to her longtime sweetheart, Bob Flecker.

When she returned home from her honeymoon she finally decided to update her name on Facebook to reflect her married name. When she logged in and made the request to go by "Melinda Kiss Flecker" instead of just "Melinda Kiss," she was immediately stopped by Facebook. "I went to click enter," Kiss told Business Insider in an email, "and I couldn't. It was grayed out..."

PJ Media

by J. Christian Adams

August 4, 2014

Imagine if the conservative media had to include every fact that makes liberals look good in every story that makes liberals look bad. What if attorney-client privilege didn't exist for lawyers providing advice to conservative publications?

Imagine if those contacted by a conservative journalist were dragged into depositions by a liberal plaintiff. Imagine if the liberal plaintiff subpoenaed writers for conservative publications who covered her case. These actions would be a way to silence and chill the increasingly powerful conservative media, and it's exactly what is happening in former Obama political appointee Shirley Sherrod's lawsuit against Andrew Brietbart's widow and radio talk show host Larry O'Connor.

pcworld.com

by Jeremy Kirk

August 4, 2014

A security feature offered by PayPal to help prevent accounts from being taken over by hackers can be easily circumvented, an Australian security researcher has found.

PayPal users can elect to receive a six-digit passcode via text message in order to access their accounts. The number is entered after a username and password is submitted. The security feature, known as two-factor authentication, is an option on many online services such as Google and mandatory on many financial services websites for certain kinds of high-risk transactions. Since the code is sent offline or generated by a mobile application, it is much more difficult for hackers to intercept although by no means impossible.

dailymail.co.uk

by David Martosko

August 3, 2014

Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday to demand 'a serious investigation' -- something he said has been lacking.

Former senior IRS official Lois Lerner had deeply held political biases while she was in a position of authority, according to Republican lawmakers who unveiled emails on Wednesday showing her referring to conservatives as 'crazies' and 'a**holes.' Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder to demand what he called 'a serious investigation' - something he said has been lacking. Camp wants Holder to appoint an outside special counsel to probe the culture of the IRS and explain why hundreds of conservative groups were subjected to intrusive questioning and years-long delays when they applied for nonprofit tax benefits - steps that were not taken against liberal organizations.

zdnet.com

by Zack Whittaker

August 2, 2014

US law can apply anywhere in the world, so long as a technology company has control over foreign data, a court rules.

A US judge has ordered Microsoft to hand over foreign data it stores back to the US, despite allegedly strong privacy protections in Europe to mitigate such processes. The logic of the court is that because the US-headquartered software giant controls the data it stores overseas, its foreign subsidiary companies are just as applicable to US law. US District Judge Loretta Preska in New York said the ruling will be stayed to allow Microsoft to appeal the decision to an appeals court. "It is a question of control, not a question of the location of that information," Preska said in the ruling.

Wired.com

by Andy Greenberg

August 2, 2014

The Department of Justice sees its takedown of the billion-dollar Silk Road black market as a massive, victorious drug bust.

Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator of that anonymous contraband bazaar, now wants to cast the case in a different light: as a landmark example of the government trampling privacy rights in the digital world. In a pre-trial motion filed in the case late Friday night, Ulbricht's lawyers laid out a series of arguments to dismiss all charges in the case based on Ulbricht's fourth amendment protections against warrantless searches of his digital property. As early as the FBI's initial discovery of servers in Iceland hosting the site on the Tor anonymity network-seemingly without obtaining a search warrant from a judge-Ulbricht argues that law enforcement violated his constitutional right to privacy, tainting all further evidence against him dug up in the investigation that followed.

      
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