privacy http://kut.org en Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize http://kut.org/post/edward-snowden-nominated-nobel-peace-prize Saying Edward Snowden has "contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order" by exposing U.S. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:29:19 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 9673 at http://kut.org Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize Target Hack A Tipping Point In Moving Away From Magnetic Stripes http://kut.org/post/target-hack-tipping-point-moving-away-magnetic-stripes The credit and debit card data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus compromised more than 70 million American consumers, and analysts say <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/01/17/263375116/analysts-credit-card-hacking-goes-much-further-than-target">even more of us are at risk</a>. That's because the technology we use to swipe for our purchases — magnetic stripes on the backs of cards — isn't hard for a skilled fraudster to hack.<p>"It's totally unprotected and it's static, so it's the same data that's read every single time. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:00:30 +0000 Elise Hu 9624 at http://kut.org Target Hack A Tipping Point In Moving Away From Magnetic Stripes Snowden Says Allegations He Received Russian Help Are 'Absurd' http://kut.org/post/snowden-says-allegations-he-received-russian-help-are-absurd Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden says that when he leaked classified documents about some of the United States' most sensitive surveillance programs, he did so alone and without any help.<p><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/01/snowden-calls-russian-spy-story-absurd.html">In an interview with <em>The New Yorker</em></a>, Snowden called whispers that he received help from Russia's security service "absurd."<p>He told the magazine that he "clearly and unambiguously acted alone, with no assistance from anyone, much less a government." He continued, "It won't stick. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:10:30 +0000 9614 at http://kut.org Snowden Says Allegations He Received Russian Help Are 'Absurd' Breach At Target Stores May Affect 40 Million Card Accounts http://kut.org/post/breach-target-stores-may-affect-40-million-card-accounts Target Corp. <a href="http://pressroom.target.com/news/target-confirms-unauthorized-access-to-payment-card-data-in-u-s-stores" target="_blank">acknowledged early Thursday</a> that there was a massive security breach of its customers' credit and debit card accounts starting the day before Thanksgiving and extending at least to Dec. 15 — the heart of the holiday shopping season.<p>"Approximately 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been impacted," the retailer said. The hacking involved not only Target-issued cards but those from other issuers as well. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:53:20 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 9406 at http://kut.org Breach At Target Stores May Affect 40 Million Card Accounts Intelligence Panel Recommends Limits On NSA Surveillance http://kut.org/post/intelligence-panel-recommends-limits-nsa-surveillance <em>(This post was updated at 6:30 p.m. ET)</em><p>A panel looking into U.S. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:47:17 +0000 Scott Neuman 9403 at http://kut.org Intelligence Panel Recommends Limits On NSA Surveillance Federal Judge Rules NSA Bulk Phone Record Collection Unconstitutional http://kut.org/post/federal-judge-rules-nsa-bulk-phone-record-collection-unconstitutional A federal judge in Washington says the National Security Agency's program for bulk phone record collection violates Americans' reasonable expectation of privacy.<p><a href="http://legaltimes.typepad.com/files/obamansa.pdf">The ruling</a> (pdf), however, has been stayed pending a likely appeal.<p>Judge Richard Leon says the sweeping NSA collection of U.S. phone metadata constitutes an unreasonable search or seizure under the Fourth Amendment.<p>The judge says the <a href="http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=442&invol=735">Smith v. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 20:33:30 +0000 Carrie Johnson, NPR 9380 at http://kut.org Can Texas' Supreme Court Force Google to Unmask Anonymous Bloggers? http://kut.org/post/can-texas-supreme-court-force-google-unmask-anonymous-bloggers <p>Let's say you're angry with your boss. &nbsp;You go online and vent in an anonymous post. It's therapeutic,&nbsp;sure. But now your boss wants to sue for defamation. &nbsp;</p><p>In Texas, courts haven't settled on guidelines for online defamation. But a little-discussed case before the Texas Supreme Court could help determine if the state can force companies like Google to identify anonymous bloggers.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:38:25 +0000 David Brown 9097 at http://kut.org Can Texas' Supreme Court Force Google to Unmask Anonymous Bloggers? 'Profound Questions About Privacy' Follow Latest Revelations http://kut.org/post/profound-questions-about-privacy-follow-latest-revelations Fresh reports about the massive amount of electronic data that the nation's spy agencies are collecting "raise profound questions about privacy" because of what they say about how such information will be collected in the future, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/07/189430578/intelligence-community-interested-in-phone-records-internet-data" target="_blank">said Friday on<em> Morning Edition</em></a>.<p>And Glenn Greenwald, the activist/blogger/journalist who has been breaking stories this week in <a href="http://www.guardiannews.com/" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian Fri, 07 Jun 2013 13:09:49 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 8036 at http://kut.org 'Profound Questions About Privacy' Follow Latest Revelations Making Permanent Digital Records Not So Permanent http://kut.org/post/making-your-permanent-digital-records-not-so-permanent The Internet is forever — and so are texts, tweets and Facebook updates — but a startup has big ambitions to bring privacy and impermanence to online communication. The company, called <a href="https://www.mywickr.com/en/index.php">Wickr</a>, lets users decide how long a message lives.<p>The people behind Wickr found inspiration in 1960s-era TV and messages that self-destructed. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 17:00:27 +0000 5817 at http://kut.org Making Permanent Digital Records Not So Permanent UT Asks For Permission To Wreak Mobile Havoc. Then Promises It Won't. http://kut.org/post/ut-asks-permission-wreak-mobile-havoc-then-promises-it-wont <p></p><p>Over the weekend, some University of Texas email users that read their mail on certain mobile devices received a puzzling pop-up notification. Users on Google Android tablets, or&nbsp;iPads&nbsp;with an older&nbsp;iOS, were asked to sacrifice some privacy features.</p><p>When users opened their email app they were not allowed to read their mail until they gave permission for UT to erase data at will, disable cameras, set storage encryption, lock the screen, and monitor log-in attempts. The message looked like this:</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 19:03:18 +0000 Kelly Connelly 5234 at http://kut.org UT Asks For Permission To Wreak Mobile Havoc. Then Promises It Won't. The Panopticon Shot Bar: SceneTap Uses Cameras to Survey Nightlife http://kut.org/post/panopticon-shot-bar-scenetap-uses-cameras-survey-nightlife <p>So this is the way we live now: a new mobile application is coming to Austin that rates bars. But instead of relying on user-submitted data like <a href="http://www.yelp.com/austin">Yelp</a>, it has a network of cameras in participating nightclubs feeding real time information on a club&rsquo;s capacity and demographics.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the idea behind <a href="http://www.scenetap.com/">SceneTap</a>, launching across several Austin bars this Friday. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 22:50:38 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3460 at http://kut.org The Panopticon Shot Bar: SceneTap Uses Cameras to Survey Nightlife