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ICYMI.
In over three decades, the FISA Court has only rejected 12 requests.
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And amazingly, no-one in the GOVERNMENT thinks that's at all odd or unbalanced.   #WTF  
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The proposed Burr-Feinstein anti-encryption bill would put every American at risk of being spied on by foreign nations, hackers, or even the next US president.
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Obtaining a company's source code would make it radically easier to find security flaws and vulnerabilities for surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations.
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Apple said the government's arguments are "like throwing pasta against a wall." 
Apple's chief lawyer said the Justice Dept.'s latest filing "cheapens the debate," and "tries to mask the real and serious issues."
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Run any supported version of Windows? You'd better read this. 
Microsoft said the set of vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to remotely run malware if a user opens specially crafted media content that's hosted on a website.
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One lawmaker said Apple faces a "very substantial threat" if it's forced to comply with the court order by becoming a target of domestic or foreign intelligence agencies and criminals.
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The UK government wants to know about the next iPhone before anyone else -- seriously.
The government will force companies operating in the UK to declare "products and services in advance of their launch" to ensure police can still intercept data.
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In case you missed it:
Making a good smartphone choice could be the difference between being hacked and keeping your data safe.
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"We had access to sysadmins boxes, big machines with sensitive data. There is no security at all," said the hacker.
Badly configured software used on thousands of machines can let hackers into X-ray scanners, industrial control systems, doctor's servers storing medical records, and more.
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It was a move to thrust the long-standing debate over encryption between tech companies and law enforcement into the public eye -- one that the government reportedly ended up regretting.

The Justice Dept. was poised to launch a public relations campaign in an effort to pull at the public heartstrings of those who suffered as a result of the San Bernardino shootings.
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New, by me.
Apple's internet and services chief warns that "security will end" if the FBI prevails in its legal action against the iPhone maker.
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New, by me. 
Experts argue that while some tech firms could be driven overseas, smaller companies face weakening their own product's security to comply with "backdoor" demands for data.
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Is it that hard for a manufacturer to create a device that the manufacturer cannot break into? Apple came close this go-round but they allowed iOS updates without sign in. Somebody will get it right. 
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Zack Whittaker is a writer-editor for CBS Interactive in New York.

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    Criminology, 2007 - 2012
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U.K. Home Secretary to ignore O'Dwyer extradition petition
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The U.K. Home Office has said the Home Secretary, with powers to block extraditions, will not intervene in the Richard O'Dwyer case, who fac

How much data is consumed every minute? | ZDNet
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6.46 million LinkedIn passwords leaked online | ZDNet
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More than 6.4 million LinkedIn passwords have leaked to the Web after an apparent hack. Though some login details are encrypted, users are a

Student faces U.S. extradition over 'pirate-TV link' website | ZDNet
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UK-US extradition policy is again under scrutiny, after a UK student with a pirate link-only website could face trial in the U.S., even thou

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Dropbox and Microsoft’s SkyDrive allows you to retain your copyright and IP rights to the work you upload to the service. Google Drive, howe

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