privacy http://wnpr.org en The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work http://wnpr.org/post/challenge-keeping-tabs-nsas-secretive-work Here's a question with no easy answer: How do you hold the nation's spy agencies accountable — when they control the secrets?<p>Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden apparently thought the answer was to blow the lid off some of the NSA's highly classified programs. He took documents and shared them with journalists.<p>But what about Congress? It's supposed to oversee the NSA — and other spy agencies. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 David Welna 25747 at http://wnpr.org The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work Facebook Ad Targeting Will Use Even More Of Your Data http://wnpr.org/post/facebook-ad-targeting-will-use-even-more-your-data Facebook says it will pull from more user data, including browsing histories, to better target ads to consumers. As the changes roll out over the next few weeks, users will also have more control over their own data profiles, the ones that help determine which ads they see.<p>Ads on the site were already targeted to users based on individuals' activity on the site: for instance, what a person "liked" on Facebook. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:14:00 +0000 editor 23519 at http://wnpr.org Facebook Ad Targeting Will Use Even More Of Your Data Drones Approved: FAA Gives OK To First Commercial Use Over Land http://wnpr.org/post/drones-approved-faa-gives-ok-first-commercial-use-over-land The Federal Aviation Administration says it has issued the first permit in its history for an unmanned aircraft to fly over U.S. soil. Oil company BP will use a drone from the company AeroVironment to conduct surveys in Alaska.<p>The first drone flights under the recently issued waiver have already taken place, the FAA says.<p>From the agency's news release:<p><blockquote><p>"The FAA issued a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization to survey BP pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay, AK, the largest oilfield in the United States. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 23354 at http://wnpr.org Drones Approved: FAA Gives OK To First Commercial Use Over Land Call Center Worker on Leave for Access Health CT Data Breach http://wnpr.org/post/call-center-worker-leave-access-health-ct-data-breach <p>Connecticut's health insurance exchange said the owner of a backpack found on a Hartford street containing Social Security numbers and other data works for a call center vendor, and has been placed on administrative leave.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:16:28 +0000 Associated Press 23277 at http://wnpr.org Call Center Worker on Leave for Access Health CT Data Breach @CIA Tweets; Internet Explodes In Not-So-Covert Sarcasm http://wnpr.org/post/cia-tweets-internet-explodes-not-so-covert-sarcasm The CIA has <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/11/07/142111403/how-does-the-cia-use-social-media" target="_blank">probably been on Twitter before</a>, but this was the agency's first tweet (or the first it has publicly acknowledged):<p>Much of the response to the clever tweet from the covert agency was, as you might expect, dripping with overt sarcasm. Here's a selection:<p>The CIA has closely monitored social media worldwide as part of its intelligence gathering. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:17:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 23198 at http://wnpr.org @CIA Tweets; Internet Explodes In Not-So-Covert Sarcasm Company Says Health Care Exchange Contracts Are "Trade Secrets" http://wnpr.org/post/company-says-health-care-exchange-contracts-are-trade-secrets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company&nbsp;that got the multimillion-dollar contract to run the call centers for the health care exchange Access Health CT -- called&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maximus</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;-- is refusing to release invoices and contracts to show exactly how much they are paid by the state.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 13:17:19 +0000 Alan Yu 21411 at http://wnpr.org Company Says Health Care Exchange Contracts Are "Trade Secrets" Weighing The Risks Of Warrantless Phone Searches During Arrests http://wnpr.org/post/weighing-risks-warrantless-phone-searches-during-arrests The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in two cases testing whether police can search cellphones without a warrant at the time of an arrest, be it for a traffic violation or for a felony.<p>The Supreme Court has interpreted the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches to require that police obtain a search warrant from a neutral judge upon a showing that there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:14:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 20966 at http://wnpr.org Weighing The Risks Of Warrantless Phone Searches During Arrests Tech Giants Pony Up Cash To Help Prevent Another Heartbleed http://wnpr.org/post/tech-giants-pony-cash-help-prevent-another-heartbleed Google, Intel, Facebook and many other tech giants are pooling their money together — for the first time — to fix a glaring hole in cybersecurity. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:33:00 +0000 editor 20741 at http://wnpr.org Tech Giants Pony Up Cash To Help Prevent Another Heartbleed Supreme Court Gives Police New Power To Rely On Anonymous Tips http://wnpr.org/post/supreme-court-gives-police-new-power-rely-anonymous-tips The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip.<p>The 5-4 decision split the court's two most conservative justices, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing for the majority and Justice Antonin Scalia penning the dissent.<p>In August 2008, an anonymous 911 caller in California phoned in a report that a pickup truck had run her off the road. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:35:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg & Katie Barlow 20612 at http://wnpr.org Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says http://wnpr.org/post/boston-bombing-defendant-can-see-victims-autopsy-photos-judge-says A federal judge said Wednesday that Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may see autopsy photos of the three people who died after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/177378595/boston-marathon-explosions" target="_blank">explosions near the finish line of last year's race</a>.<p>District Judge George O'Toole "rejected a claim by the government that Tsarnaev should not see the photos because it would disturb the families of the victims," <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/boston-bombing-anniversary/tsarnaev-can-view-victim-autopsy-photos-judge-n81996" target="_blank">NBC Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:42:02 +0000 Mark Memmott 20251 at http://wnpr.org Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says NSA Denies It Knew About Heartbleed Bug Before It Was Made Public http://wnpr.org/post/nsa-denies-it-knew-about-heartbleed-bug-it-was-made-public The National Security Agency says it did not know about a critical security bug until it <a href="http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/critical-crypto-bug-in-openssl-opens-two-thirds-of-the-web-to-eavesdropping/">became public earlier this month</a>.<p>The NSA was responding to <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-11/nsa-said-to-have-used-heartbleed-bug-exposing-consumers.html">a report from Bloomberg</a> that the agency had known about the vulnerability known as "Heartbleed" for two years and instead of alerting the tech community, it exploited the bug to "gather critical intelli Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:32:00 +0000 editor 20031 at http://wnpr.org NSA Denies It Knew About Heartbleed Bug Before It Was Made Public Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Still Has Limited Access to Records http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-advisory-commission-still-has-limited-access-records <p>This week, <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/03/17/140317fa_fact_solomon?currentPage=all" target="_blank"><em>The New Yorker</em> published an article by Andrew Solomon featuring an extended interview with Peter Lanza</a>, the father of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza.</p><p>A member of Governor Dannel Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission said the interview does provide more information on the killer's medical and psychological background, but the commission has had limited access to other information while putting together its report.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:01:48 +0000 Tucker Ives 18317 at http://wnpr.org Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Still Has Limited Access to Records Feinstein's CIA Outrage Splits Senate http://wnpr.org/post/feinsteins-cia-outrage-splits-senate The Senate was a chamber divided in reaction to Democrat Sen. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:41:00 +0000 Frank James 18277 at http://wnpr.org Feinstein's CIA Outrage Splits Senate Holder Speaks Out On Snowden, Drone Policy, Softening Sentences http://wnpr.org/post/holder-speaks-out-snowden-drone-policy-softening-sentences Virtually any time a major event ripples across Washington, the Justice Department is positioned near the center of it.<p>From the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner that carried three Americans on board to the fate of voting rights for millions of people, the attorney general has an enormous portfolio. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 18200 at http://wnpr.org Holder Speaks Out On Snowden, Drone Policy, Softening Sentences Lawmakers Consider Legislation to Restrict Public Information After Sandy Hook http://wnpr.org/post/lawmakers-consider-legislation-restrict-public-information-after-sandy-hook <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two legislative committees met at the same time on Monday to discuss two very similar bills that would limit access to public documents. The bills are part of the state's response to the 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:15:59 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18172 at http://wnpr.org Lawmakers Consider Legislation to Restrict Public Information After Sandy Hook Government Administration and Elections Committee Meets to Weigh Recommendations http://wnpr.org/post/government-administration-and-elections-committee-meets-weigh-recommendations <p>T<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">he Connecticut legislature's Government Administration and Elections Committee met Monday to</span><a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/JUDdata/pha/2014PHA00310-R001300JUD-PHA.htm" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank">&nbsp;discuss an act that would implement the recommendations</a><a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/S/2014SB-00388-R00-SB.htm" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;" target="_blank">&nbsp;of the Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know.&nbsp;</a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some legislators acknowledged they're struggling over whether to support the proposed legislation, which would limit public access to 911 audio tapes, additional types of crime scene photos, and law enforcement audio recordings.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:15:29 +0000 Heather Brandon 18161 at http://wnpr.org Government Administration and Elections Committee Meets to Weigh Recommendations Judiciary Committee Meets, Considers Privacy Task Force Recommendations http://wnpr.org/post/judiciary-committee-meets-considers-privacy-task-force-recommendations <p>The Connecticut legislature's Judiciary Committee met on Monday to <a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/S/2014SB-00388-R00-SB.htm" target="_blank">discuss an act that would implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know</a>.<a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/S/2014SB-00388-R00-SB.htm" target="_blank"> </a></p><p></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:03:38 +0000 Heather Brandon 18160 at http://wnpr.org Judiciary Committee Meets, Considers Privacy Task Force Recommendations Edward Snowden Tells SXSW He'd Leak Those Secrets Again http://wnpr.org/post/live-edward-snowden-speaks-sxsw <a href="http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=Two-Way+%22Edward+Snowden%22" target="_blank">Edward Snowden</a>, the former National Security Agency contractor who has leaked large amounts of classified information about the agency's electronic surveillance programs, spoke via video to a sympathetic audience at South By Southwest Interactive on Monday.<p>Snowden, who is wanted for prosecution in the U.S., was in Russia, where he's been given temporary asylum. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:39:04 +0000 Mark Memmott 18155 at http://wnpr.org SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing http://wnpr.org/post/sxsw-snowden-speech-has-conference-buzzing-congressman-stewing Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden <a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive/news/2014/monday-march-10-edward-snowden-speak-sxsw-interactive-videoconference">will speak via videoconference</a> to the attendees of South by Southwest Interactive later this morning, and you can bet a much wider audience than just those here in Austin will be watching.<p>Snowden will be speaking from Russia, which is still offering him asylum as he faces felony charges of espionage here in the U.S. The man behind leaks that revealed U.S. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Elise Hu 18132 at http://wnpr.org SXSW: Snowden Speech Has Conference Buzzing, Congressman Stewing Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Limiting Drone Use By Police http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-lawmakers-consider-limiting-drone-use-police <p>State lawmakers heard public testimony Monday afternoon&nbsp;on a bill concerning drones. Next year, the FAA is expected to widely deregulate drone usage, which is leaving many states scrambling to control the technology.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:32:22 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17475 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Limiting Drone Use By Police Drone Use Among Many Topics at Judiciary Committee Public Hearing http://wnpr.org/post/drone-use-among-many-topics-judiciary-committee-public-hearing <p>A <a href="http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/journalist-is-suing-the-police-who-grounded-his-drone" target="_blank">lawsuit brought against the Hartford Police Department</a> has piqued interest in private drone use in Connecticut. The <a href="http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-first-drone-bill-20140222,0,5364876.story" target="_blank">state legislature's Judiciary Committee is expected to address</a> the topic, <a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/JUDdata/pha/2014PHA00224-R001000JUD-PHA.htm" target="_blank">among others,</a> during a meeting on Monday.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:03:27 +0000 Heather Brandon 17452 at http://wnpr.org Drone Use Among Many Topics at Judiciary Committee Public Hearing Johnson and Johnson to Share Massive Amounts of Clinical Trial Data http://wnpr.org/post/johnson-and-johnson-share-massive-amounts-clinical-trial-data <p>Drug companies like operating in the shadows, but a recent move by Johnson and Johnson may change all that. In collaboration with Yale University's <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Open Data Access Project (YODA), the pharmaceutical giant will now share its clinical trial data with researchers.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 16995 at http://wnpr.org Johnson and Johnson to Share Massive Amounts of Clinical Trial Data Yahoo Says Email Accounts Were Hacked But Not How Many http://wnpr.org/post/yahoo-says-email-accounts-were-hacked-not-how-many Yahoo has become the latest target of hackers, with usernames and passwords stolen from some of its estimated 273 million email customers.<p>"Recently, we identified a coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts," the company <a href="http://yahoo.tumblr.com/post/75083532312/important-security-update-for-yahoo-mail-users">said in a blog post</a> Thursday. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:49:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 16271 at http://wnpr.org Yahoo Says Email Accounts Were Hacked But Not How Many Spy Chief Says Classified Leaks 'Pose Critical Threat' To U.S. http://wnpr.org/post/spy-chief-says-classified-leaks-pose-critical-threat-us In his <a href="http://www.dni.gov/files/documents/Intelligence%20Reports/2014%20WWTA%20%20SFR_SSCI_29_Jan.pdf">yearly report</a> (pdf) to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the country's spy chief says one of the top threats facing the United States is the unauthorized leak of classified information.<p>In his threat assessment report, James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, listed "insider threats," alongside cyber attacks and terrorism.<p>"Trusted insiders with the intent to do harm can exploit their access to compromise vast amounts of sensitive and classified inform Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:36:00 +0000 editor 16163 at http://wnpr.org Spy Chief Says Classified Leaks 'Pose Critical Threat' To U.S. Victim Privacy Task Force Meets to Discuss Final Report http://wnpr.org/post/victim-privacy-task-force-meets-discuss-final-report <p>The state's Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know met on Friday <a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/gae/VPTF/docs/Task Force Proposed Final Report.pdf" target="_blank">to consider approval of its final report</a>, which passed by a 15-2 vote and now heads to the General&nbsp;Assembly.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:10:31 +0000 Heather Brandon & Ray Hardman 15909 at http://wnpr.org Victim Privacy Task Force Meets to Discuss Final Report Congress Vows To Step Up To Surveillance Policy Challenge http://wnpr.org/post/congress-vows-step-surveillance-policy-challenge If there was a consensus emanating from Congress Friday after President Obama's NSA reform speech, it was — not surprisingly — that Congress itself has a major role to play in the ultimate fix.<p>Whether from strong NSA supporters or agency critics, the reactions sounded similar: Congress intends to do much of the steering in the drive to overhaul the NSA's gathering of certain non-public information, especially consumer phone records, in the nation's counterterrorism efforts.<p>Even so, if you listened closely, you could hear the sound of politics in some of the reaction.<p>For instance, Spea Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Frank James 15624 at http://wnpr.org Congress Vows To Step Up To Surveillance Policy Challenge Obama Calls For Limits On NSA's Collection Of Phone Data http://wnpr.org/post/happening-now-obama-outlines-nsa-changes <strong>(This post was most recently updated at 1:30 p.m. ET.)</strong><p>Saying that "critics are right to point out that without proper safeguards, this type of program could be used to yield more information about our private lives," President Obama said Friday that he wants the National Security Agency to stop holding on to massive amounts of "metadata" about the phone calls and electronic communications of millions of people around the world.<p>Obama said he's ordered a plan to be drafted that would shift that data to some other entity. The information could then only be "queried ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:49:20 +0000 Mark Memmott 15592 at http://wnpr.org Obama Calls For Limits On NSA's Collection Of Phone Data Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold 'Metadata' http://wnpr.org/post/obama-expected-say-nsa-should-not-hold-metadata President Obama is expected to announce Friday morning that he is "ordering a transition that will significantly change the handling of what is known as the telephone 'metadata' " that the National Security Agency collects, officials are <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/17/us-usa-security-obama-idUSBREA0G0JI20140117" target="_blank">telling Reuters</a> and NPR.<p>The wire service, which broke the story, writes that:<p><blockquote><p>"In a nod to privacy advocates, Obama will say he has decided that the government should not hold the bulk telephone metadata, a decision that could Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15582 at http://wnpr.org Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold 'Metadata' 5 Changes To The NSA You Might Hear In Obama's Speech http://wnpr.org/post/five-changes-nsa-you-might-hear-obamas-speech A committee tasked by the White House with reviewing U.S. electronic surveillance has come up with <a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/929267/review-group-exec-summary-and-recs.pdf">46 proposed changes</a> to National Security Agency spying practices. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:11:09 +0000 Scott Neuman 15581 at http://wnpr.org 5 Changes To The NSA You Might Hear In Obama's Speech Senators Note Possible New Train Procedures; Sen. Murphy Looks to Lower College Costs http://wnpr.org/post/senators-note-possible-new-train-procedures-sen-murphy-looks-lower-college-costs <p>U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal&nbsp;and Charles Schumer&nbsp;said over the weekend they had been informed by the Federal Railroad Administration that it would begin procedures this year to establish a rule regarding installation of video cameras on trains.</p><p>The devices could be installed in train cars to record unsafe behavior by drivers. Outward-facing cameras would scan the tracks. The National Transportation Safety Board has been urging the railroad administration to increase the use of safety cameras for several years.</p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:48:03 +0000 Teri McCready 15391 at http://wnpr.org Senators Note Possible New Train Procedures; Sen. Murphy Looks to Lower College Costs