Internet activist Aaron Swartz's suicide last January galvanized calls for an overhaul of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, used widely by the government to prosecute misdeeds that critics say the law was never intended to address. Yet, one year after Swartz's death, efforts to reform the law have made little headway.
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Reports this week that the National Security Agency uses radio signals to collect data from tens of thousands of non-U.S. computers, some not connected to the Internet, is sure to fuel more acrimony towards the U.S. spy agency.
A U.S. Senator Tuesday pressed Ford for information on its in-car data collection practices, citing recent boasts by a marketing executive at the automaker that it can monitor drivers via integrated navigation system.
In a boost for civil rights advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision that requires U.S. border agents to have at least some cause for searching electronic devices belonging to travelers at the nation's borders.
The Obama Administration is set to fire CGI Federal as prime IT contractor of the problem-plagued Healthcare.gov website, a report says.
Target's acknowledgement Friday that personal data of 70 million people, not 40 million as previously thought, may have been exposed to hackers in a recent data breach raises new questions about the incident and how it could affect victims.
RSA may have earned much of the criticism being heaped upon it for allegedly enabling a backdoor in one of its encryption technologies under a contract with the National Security Agency. But singling out the company for reproach deflects attention from the role that other technology vendors may have had in enabling the NSA's data collection activities.
Two California lawmakers this week introduced a bill that would prohibit state agencies and corporations from providing material support to the National Security Agency.
An analysis of the NSA's controversial bulk telephone records collection initiative suggests that the cost of running and maintaining the effort may far outweigh any benefits.
A U.S. appeals court has once again rejected Google's argument that it did not break federal wiretap laws when collecting user data from unencrypted wireless networks for its Street View program.
The leaking of classified documents detailing the data collection activities of the U.S. National Security Agency earlier this year reignited some long-standing concerns about the vulnerability of enterprise data stored in the cloud.
The techniques used by hackers to access credit and debit card data from target shoppers suggests that the cyber crooks have found a troubling new way to stay ahead of the latest fraud detection processes.
Though details of the massive data breach at Target are still emerging, it's already clear that, before the dust settles, the retailer will likely have to pay tens of millions of dollars in remediation and notification costs, fines, legal fees and settlements.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon's ruling in a case challenging the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records sets up what's likely to be a contentious legal fight over government surveillance in the U.S.
In a potential blow to government surveillance efforts, a federal judge today ruled that the NSA's practice of collecting phone metadata records on millions of Americans may be unconstitutional.