Bitcoin and Encryption: A Race Between Criminals and the F.B.I.

The F.B.I. scored two major victories, recovering a Bitcoin ransom and tricking lawbreakers with an encryption app. But criminals may still have the upper hand.

#apple-inc, #australia, #bitcoin-currency, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #google-inc, #justice-department, #organized-crime, #police, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virtual-currency

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Was Daniel Ellsberg’s Leak of the Pentagon Papers Really Heroic?

The way we control secrets has been established by Congress and the executive branch, both accountable to the public and the courts. Daniel Ellsberg, accountable to no one, took it upon himself to steer the ship of state.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #ellsberg-daniel, #pentagon-papers, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #vietnam-war

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China Still Buys American DNA Equipment for Xinjiang Despite Blocks

The U.S. government has long tried to prevent the sales over concerns about rights abuses and surveillance. Documents show those efforts have failed.

#china, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

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The FISA Court’s Unnecessary Secrecy

Many of the decisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court have not seen the light of day. That’s irreconcilable with the Constitution.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #constitution-us, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #privacy, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #usa-freedom-act, #usa-patriot-act

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It’s Police Violence That Spurs Black Rebellion

The history of Black rebellion demonstrates a fundamental reality. Police violence precipitates community violence in a vicious cycle.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #vigilantes

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Censorship, Surveillance and Profits: A Hard Bargain for Apple in China

Apple built the world’s most valuable business on top of China. Now it has to answer to the Chinese government.

#apple-inc, #censorship, #cloud-computing, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #cue-eddy, #data-storage, #guizhou-cloud-big-data-industry-co-ltd, #guo-wengui, #icloud, #inner-mongolia, #iphone, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Justice Dept. Seizes Washington Post’s Phone Records

Federal prosecutors sought phone records for three Washington Post journalists as part of an investigation into the publication of classified information in 2017.

#barr-william-p, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #freedom-of-the-press, #justice-department, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #newspapers, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-post

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Clubhouse App Creates Space for Open Talk in Middle East

The social networking app is booming in authoritarian countries, where users are speaking freely about otherwise taboo topics.

#computers-and-the-internet, #egypt, #hashemi-faezeh-1962, #iran, #middle-east, #mobile-applications, #saudi-arabia, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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F.B.I. Surveillance in Spying and Terrorism Cases Plummet

But the F.B.I. is still using residual authority to obtain business records under a partly expired Patriot Act provision, a new report showed.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #justice-department, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #usa-patriot-act, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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N.Y.P.D. Will Stop Using Robot Dog After Backlash

The Police Department will return the device earlier than planned after critics seized on it as a dystopian example of overly aggressive policing.

#boston-dynamics, #kallos-benjamin, #miller-john-j, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #privacy, #robots-and-robotics, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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France Proposes More Surveillance to Hunt for Potential Terrorists

The new bill, which some fear will curtail civil liberties, comes after a series of attacks and as the far right is stoking feelings of insecurity.

#darmanin-gerald, #france, #le-pen-marine, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #terrorism

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Prosecutors Are Said to Have Sought Aggressive Approach to Capitol Riot Inquiry

Their proposal was quashed amid concerns that it would violate First Amendment protections, people briefed on the plan said.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Court Chides F.B.I., but Re-Approves Warrantless Surveillance Program

Newly disclosed episodes in which analysts improperly searched for data about Americans largely came before changes at the bureau.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #fourth-amendment-us-constitution, #justice-department, #national-security-agency, #privacy, #search-and-seizure, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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Why Does the C.I.A. Need Puppets?

And where does it get them? The agency’s top technologist, Dawn Meyerriecks, talks spy gear and why Hollywood and Silicon Valley play a critical role in national security.

#central-intelligence-agency, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #dawn-meyerriecks, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #facebook-inc, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

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She’s Taking Jeff Bezos to Task

Joy Buolamwini is on a crusade against bias in facial recognition technology, and the powerful companies that profit from it.

#artificial-intelligence, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #buolamwini-joy, #china, #computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #face, #facial-recognition-software, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

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Republicans Question Spy Agencies’ Work on Domestic Extremism

Agency officials say they are analyzing information, not collecting intelligence on Americans.

#domestic-violent-extremism, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #haines-avril-d, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #stewart-christopher-d-1960, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

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France Lawmakers Pass Contentious Bill Extending Police Powers

The legislation was criticized by civil rights groups and political opponents, who intend to challenge its constitutionality.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #france, #law-and-legislation, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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He Was Convicted of a Bombing Plot. Was It a Setup?

Since 9/11, U.S. authorities have used informants to convict hundreds of people of crimes related to international terrorism. Did the informants help create plots where none had existed?

#bay-ridge-brooklyn-ny, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #herald-square-manhattan-ny, #informers, #james-elshafay, #muslims-and-islam, #osama-eldawoody, #police-department-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #september-11-2001, #siraj-shahawar-matin, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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N.Y.P.D.’s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash

Deployed at a public housing building, the device drew condemnation as a stark example of police power and misplaced priorities.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #artificial-intelligence, #bowman-jamaal, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #police, #police-department-nyc, #robots-and-robotics, #shea-dermot-f-1969, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Subpoenaing the Brookings Institution, Durham Focuses on Trump-Russia Dossier

The special counsel scrutinizing the Russia inquiry, a Trump-era leftover, appears to be retreading ground that an inspector general explored in 2019.

#brookings-institution, #danchenko-igor, #durham-john-h, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #justice-department, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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The Lawyer Behind the Throne at Fox

Even before the company’s C.E.O., Lachlan Murdoch, moved to Australia, Viet Dinh was seen as Fox’s power center.

#21st-century-fox, #content-type-personal-profile, #dinh-viet, #fox-entertainment-group-inc, #murdoch-james-r, #murdoch-lachlan, #murdoch-rupert, #news-and-news-media, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #usa-patriot-act, #vietnamese-americans, #walt-disney-company

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Biden Steps Up Federal Efforts to Combat Domestic Extremism

The administration has taken a series of steps to prioritize dealing with white supremacists and militias, especially after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #homeland-security-department, #justice-department, #national-security-council, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

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How to Protect Massage Workers

Policing and criminalization of sex work hurts massage workers, even when they aren’t sex workers.

#human-trafficking, #illegal-immigration, #labor-and-jobs, #massage, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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German Court Suspends Right to Surveil Far-Right AfD Party

The ruling came days after a news report that Germany’s domestic intelligence agency planned to investigate the leading opposition party on suspicion of being a threat to democracy.

#alternative-for-germany, #cologne-germany, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #germany, #hocke-bjorn-1972, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Myanmar’s Military Deploys Digital Arsenal of Repression in Crackdown

The generals who staged a coup last month use surveillance drones, iPhone cracking devices and hacking software, some of it from Western countries that bar sales of such technology to Myanmar.

#arms-trade, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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The Season of the Snitch

Narc-narc, who’s there?

#computers-and-the-internet, #facial-recognition-software, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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How the Military Behind Myanmar’s Coup Took the Country Offline

As the military seized power again, the generals moved quickly to take the country offline, criminalize online dissent and block social media.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #computer-network-outages, #computers-and-the-internet, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #data-centers, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #myanmar, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #telenor-communications-sa, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #zte-corp

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Clubhouse Cracked China’s Firewall. A People Shined Through.

China’s censors finally blocked Clubhouse, but not before users were able to bypass the caricatures painted by government-controlled media and freely discuss their hopes and fears.

#censorship, #china, #clubhouse-mobile-app, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mobile-applications, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Kevin Clinesmith, Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer, Is Sentenced to Probation

A judge rebuffed a request by prosecutors to impose a prison sentence on Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted doctoring an email used to help authorize a wiretap on a former Trump campaign aide.

#barr-william-p, #boasberg-james-e, #central-intelligence-agency, #clinesmith-kevin, #durham-john-h, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #justice-department, #page-carter, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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Facebook and the Surveillance Society: The Other Coup

We can have democracy, or we can have a surveillance society, but we cannot have both.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

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U.S. Says China’s Repression of Uighurs Is ‘Genocide’

The finding by the Trump administration is the strongest denunciation by any government of China’s actions and follows a Biden campaign statement with the same declaration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kazakhs-ethnic-group, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #political-prisoners, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #sterilization-reproductive, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

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Laura Poitras: Journalism Is Not a Crime

The Justice Department is setting a dangerous precedent that threatens reporters — and the truth.

#assange-julian-p, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #guardian-british-newspaper, #iraq, #national-security-agency, #news-and-news-media, #political-prisoners, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #washington-post, #whistle-blowers, #wikileaks

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Alibaba’s Software Can Find Uighur Faces, It Told China Clients

The website for the tech titan’s cloud business described facial recognition software that could detect members of a minority group whose persecution has drawn international condemnation.

#alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #china, #cloud-computing, #facial-recognition-software, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #racial-profiling, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #xinjiang-china

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U.S. Used Patriot Act to Gather Logs of Website Visitors

A disclosure sheds new light on a high-profile national security law as lawmakers prepare to revive a debate over it in the Biden administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #daines-steve, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #privacy, #ratcliffe-john-lee-1965, #schiff-adam-b, #search-and-seizure, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #usa-patriot-act, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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Protests Over Security Bill in France Draw Tens of Thousands

Demonstrators accused the government of drifting toward repressive policies.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Intel and Nvidia Chips Power a Chinese Surveillance System

Intel and Nvidia chips power a supercomputing center that tracks people in a place where government suppresses minorities, raising questions about the tech industry’s responsibility.

#artificial-intelligence, #cameras, #china, #computer-chips, #computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #facial-recognition-software, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #intel-corporation, #muslims-and-islam, #nvidia-corporation, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

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We Should Be Able to Use Apps Without Fear of Government Surveillance

We should be able to use a dating app without fear of winding up in a military database.

#data-mining-and-database-marketing, #mobile-applications, #poetry-and-poets, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Edward Snowden Will Seek Russian Citizenship Ahead of Son’s Birth

The former intelligence contractor, who became a fugitive after revealing mass U.S. surveillance, said he and his wife were taking the step to give the family more freedom crossing borders.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #russia, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Edward Snowden, in Russia Since 2013, Is Granted Permanent Residency

The former intelligence contractor still hopes to return to the United States. But the Russian authorities have given him the right to stay in Russia indefinitely.

#moscow-russia, #national-security-agency, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

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China Has a New Plan to Tame Tibet

It failed to coax cultural assimilation with economic incentives. Now it’s going for coerced labor and micromanaging people’s very lifestyles.

#agriculture-and-farming, #buddhism, #china, #chinese-language, #communist-party-of-china, #dalai-lama, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #forced-labor, #han-chinese-ethnic-group, #himalayas, #immigration-and-emigration, #immolation, #inner-mongolia, #jamestown-foundation, #jiang-zemin, #labor-and-jobs, #language-and-languages, #lhasa-tibet, #minorities, #nomadic-people, #politics-and-government, #qinghai-province-china, #religion-and-belief, #reuters-group-plc, #sichuan-province-china, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tashi-wangchuk, #tibet, #vocational-training, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

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‘Impossible Objects’ That Reveal a Hidden Power

The artist Trevor Paglen peers into the history of photography and its relationship to state surveillance.

#art, #carnegie-museum-of-art, #computer-security, #computer-vision, #opposing-geometries-exhibit, #paglen-trevor, #photography, #pittsburgh-pa, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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The Intercept Promised to Reveal Everything. But It Didn’t Protect a Source.

Internal documents show how a source ended up in jail — and the fallout in the newsroom.

#att-inc, #blackwater-worldwide, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #first-look-media-inc, #greenwald-glenn, #intercept-the-magazine, #justice-department, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #omidyar-pierre-m, #poitras-laura, #presidential-election-of-2016, #reade-tara, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #vanity-fair, #whistle-blowers, #winner-reality-leigh

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Court Approves Warrantless Surveillance Rules While Scolding F.B.I.

The release of a newly declassified ruling follows a separate decision by an appeals court that a defunct National Security Agency program was illegal.

#boasberg-james-e, #bush-george-w, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #privacy, #ratcliffe-john-lee-1965, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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With Hacks and Cameras, Beijing’s Electronic Dragnet Closes on Hong Kong

Under a new national security law, the police are targeting the social media accounts of executives, politicians and activists. American internet giants are struggling to respond.

#chow-agnes-1996, #computer-security, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #hong-kong, #lai-jimmy, #national-security-law, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #wong-joshua-1996, #yahoo-inc

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Military Surveillance Planes Didn’t Spy on Protesters, Pentagon Report Finds

But the Air Force’s inspector general concluded that National Guard officials failed to obtain prior approval from Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to use the planes.

#air-national-guard, #defense-department, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #inspectors-general, #military-aircraft, #national-guard, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Court Upholds Decision to Dismiss Video in Robert Kraft Case

The Patriots’ owner refused to take a plea in the case involving visits to a Florida spa, instead arguing that police surveillance violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

#florida, #kraft-robert-k, #new-england-patriots, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer Expected to Plead Guilty in Durham Investigation

Prosecutors are not expected to reveal any evidence of a broad anti-Trump conspiracy among law enforcement officials.

#barr-william-p, #central-intelligence-agency, #clinesmith-kevin, #durham-john-h, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #horowitz-michael-e, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #page-carter, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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Is TikTok More of a Parenting Problem Than a Security Threat?

Even as the White House moves against the Chinese social media app, the intelligence agencies do not see it as a major issue along the lines of Huawei.

#5g-wireless-communications, #central-intelligence-agency, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #gordon-susan-m, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #pompeo-mike, #sasse-benjamin-e, #senate-committee-on-intelligence, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warner-mark-r, #wechat-mobile-app

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Don’t Ban TikTok. Make an Example of It.

There is plenty the U.S. government could do to ensure that TikTok acts responsibly without getting rid of it altogether.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government

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China Is Harvesting DNA From Millions of People. Is This the Future of Policing?

The Chinese police are systematically collecting genomic data from tens of millions of people.

#australia, #biometrics, #california, #chengdu-china, #china, #commerce-department, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #europe, #forensic-science, #fujian-province-china, #gedmatch-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #guizhou-china, #hunan-province-china, #india, #inner-mongolia, #kenya, #kuwait, #malaysia, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #police, #police-department-nyc, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #thailand, #thermo-fisher-scientific-inc, #tibet, #united-states, #xinjiang-china

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