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Legislation: To stop the next Snowden, social media security clearance screenings

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The Enhanced Security Clearance Act of 2014 (HR 5482) hopes to employ ‘social media screening’ to flag violent psychopaths, and prevent the next Edward Snowden from getting a clearance.

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Microsoft and Yahoo spar with U.S. government [Government IT News]

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The big online and tech companies suffer from an interesting conflict: the government is both customer and the one carrying the biggest stick in the privacy battle. Unless there’s a major policy change, you’re going to see more stories like these.

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Microsoft and Yahoo spar with U.S. government [Government IT News]

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The big online and tech companies suffer from an interesting conflict: the government is both customer and the one carrying the biggest stick in the privacy battle. Unless there’s a major policy change, you’re going to see more stories like these.

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Dropbox received 268 gov’t requests this year; none for Business users

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Previously just an annual update, Dropbox now plans to issue transparency reports twice per year.

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Yahoo says U.S. gov’t threatened $250K in daily fines over data requests in 2008

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But Yahoo didn’t score an all-out victory being that “portions of the documents remain sealed and classified to this day, unknown even to our team.”

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Microsoft refuses to hand over foreign data, held in contempt of court

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Although the agreement with the U.S. government does not land the technology giant in any trouble for now, it could still face repercussions.

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Did the FBI break the law taking down Silk Road?

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Law enforcement located Silk Road by finding and accessing a server that wasn’t supposed to be public. When others do this the government calls it a felony.

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Meet the shadowy tech brokers that deliver your data to the NSA

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These so-called “trusted third-parties” may be the most important tech companies you’ve never heard of. ZDNet reveals how these companies work as middlemen or “brokers” of customer data between ISPs and phone companies, and the U.S. government.

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Healthcare.gov test server hacked

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No data or production systems were compromised. A test server, accidentally open to the Internet, was accessed through a default password.

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Verizon to pay $7.4M to settle US privacy probe

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The multi-million settlement will end a federal privacy investigation, because the phone giant failed to notify customers of their opt-out marketing rights.

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