August 27, 2013
Re “NSA has flashbacks to Watergate,” Aug. 25 Maybe it is a generational phenomenon. The country is in an uproar over the expectation of privacy in telecommunications. When the telephone was in its early days, connections were made by operators. Obviously the operator knew who was talking to whom and very often what they were saying. We also had party lines. There was an etiquette for using the phone - but everyone knew someone could listen in. The country is in a tizzy over a situation that may have never existed.
August 22, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Teens may be ahead of the curve when it comes to protecting privacy on mobile apps and devices. And the younger they are, the more cautious they are about their personal information online. That's according to a new survey from Pew Research Center's Internet project. It found that more than half of American teens have downloaded an app to a mobile phone or tablet computer, but more than half of those teens have avoided an app over privacy concerns. And 26% of teen apps users have uninstalled an app after learning it was collecting personal information they did not want to share.
August 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency improperly collected the emails of tens of thousands of Americans for three years before acknowledging the problem in 2011 and bringing it to the attention of the secret intelligence court, which ordered the program overhauled. Officials disclosed the history of that unlawful surveillance Wednesday, releasing three partially redacted opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that detailed the judges' concerns about how the NSA had been siphoning data from the Internet in an effort to collect foreign intelligence.
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August 20, 2013 |
Federal officials have suspended volunteer visitation programs at three immigrant detention facilities in Southern California, sparking outcry from civil liberties groups who say the move further isolates detainees held out of sight, far from their families and often without access to legal assistance. Volunteers who meet regularly with detainees at two facilities in Orange County and one in San Bernardino County say they were notified by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials July 24 that the programs were being suspended.
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August 20, 2013 |
The family of Lee Thompson Young is asking for privacy after the actor was found dead in his North Hollywood home Monday morning. Authorities responded to the home in the 5400 block of Tujunga Avenue shortly after 8 a.m. and discovered the body of the 29-year-old actor, LAPD spokeswoman Rosie Herrera said. The Los Angeles County coroner is investigating the death. A law enforcement source told The Times that the death was being investigated as a possible suicide.
August 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Leaked documents showing the National Security Agency overstepped its legal authority thousands of times since 2011 have spurred new calls to restrict surveillance on Americans and threatened to further erode trust in the powerful spy agency. In an attempt to contain the damage Friday, intelligence officials rushed to brief congressional staffers and the White House issued a statement of support for the NSA, which critics say has violated Americans' privacy and civil liberties in its efforts to track terrorists and foreign agents.
August 15, 2013 |
Since February, CVS Caremark has been pushing its pharmacists to enroll customers in a prescription-drug rewards program. The benefit to customers is the opportunity to earn up to $50 a year in store credits that can be used to buy shampoo, toothpaste or other products. The benefit to CVS is persuading pharmacy customers, through questionable means, to give up federal privacy safeguards for their medical information and permitting the company to share people's drug purchases with others.
August 15, 2013 |
How many times will Google have to defend Gmail's business model? This week, longtime Google critic Consumer Watchdog sparked a new outcry about Gmail privacy by highlighting a lawyerly argument the company made in a motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit. The complaint, brought by four Gmail users and five other plaintiffs who have sent emails to Gmail accounts, accuses Google of violating various federal and state communications privacy laws. The company's offense? Scanning incoming email messages for keywords in order to serve advertisements that might be relevant to the mail recipient.
August 11, 2013 |
On a recent afternoon, Homer Gaines hiked with girlfriend Tami Stillwell to the gusty peak of Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay, bent down on one knee and slipped a topaz and white-sapphire ring on her finger, capturing the entire marriage proposal on a computerized device that he was wearing like a pair of glasses. Gaines, a 41-year-old Web developer from Fort Myers, Fla., is one of 10,000 "explorers" testing Glass, the much talked about hands-free wearable computing device from Google that lets users take photos and videos, make phone calls, send and receive text messages, search the Internet and get turn-by-turn directions.
July 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After weeks of mounting controversy and doubts in Congress, the Obama administration made its most detailed effort yet to reassure the public about the National Security Agency's massive collection of Americans' telephone records, releasing previously classified documents in an effort to save a program that appears increasingly endangered. But the documents, which included a secret order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that was once so highly classified that only those with a "need to know" could see it, appeared to do little to quiet the calls in Congress to rein in the NSA's authority.