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UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 7:53 p.m.

The House just voted to wipe out the FCC’s landmark Internet privacy protections

House Republicans voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to repeal a set of landmark privacy protections for web users, issuing a sweeping rebuke of Internet policies enacted under the Obama administration.


WikiLeaks says CIA hacks on Apple devices can persist

New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple’s iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that couldn’t be disabled by resetting devices to factory conditions.


170,000 job-seekers compromised by hacking at Idaho Department of Labor

The Idaho Department of Labor says about 170,000 of the state’s 530,000 job-seeker accounts have been compromised by a hacking incident.


Google Maps already tracks you; now other people can, too

Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family via the app – the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to …


TSA warns police agencies about its new airport pat-downs

The Transportation Security Administration has declined to say exactly where-and how-employees will be touching air travelers as part of the more invasive physical pat-down procedure it recently ordered.


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 10:55 p.m.

Pence fought against releasing records as Indiana governor

Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly stonewalled media requests to view public records when he was Indiana’s governor, including emails about state business distributed from a private AOL account that was …


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers push to protect pot users’ information from U.S.

Oregon lawmakers worried about a nationwide crackdown on legal marijuana under President Donald Trump’s administration are rushing to protect the personal information of pot customers in case federal agents try …


Lottery-winner secrecy bill headed to Idaho House floor

Lottery winners in Idaho would be allowed to hide their identities under legislation headed to the House floor.


Credit card data of Pierce County ferry riders compromised

The credit card information of roughly 2,100 people who used Pierce County’s ferry system has been made public online.


Microsoft, feds spar in court over customer privacy

Microsoft and the Justice Department sparred in court in Seattle on Monday over whether the software company had the right to push back against law-enforcement searches of customers’ data.


Foreign government may have breached health data, officials say

A foreign government may have been behind a cyber breach of health insurance company Anthem Inc. that compromised the records of more than 78 million consumers, investigators said Friday. They …


No credit history, no problem: Lenders now look at phone data

Financial institutions, overcoming some initial trepidation about privacy, are increasingly gauging consumers’ creditworthiness by using phone-company data on mobile calling patterns and locations.


Judge orders FBI, CIA to disclose Occupy surveillance

A federal judge has ordered the FBI and other federal agencies to turn over any potential evidence they spied on Occupy Philadelphia protesters.


Psychiatric hospital investigated over photos of patient

Investigations have been launched at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital after unauthorized photos of a patient were found on an employee’s personal phone.


Pipeline protesters demonstrate through Facebook check-ins

By now, depending on your Facebook filter bubble, you’ve probably seen it: a Facebook friend “checking in” to Standing Rock, North Dakota, and then a separate post explaining the clever …


Amy Goodman: AT&T/Time Warner merger means death of privacy

The proposed merger – which still must pass regulatory scrutiny – poses significant threats to privacy and the basic freedom to communicate.


Contractor in NSA case had intelligence officers’ names, official says

Classified information stolen by a former National Security Agency contractor included the names of covert intelligence officers, according to a federal court filing on Thursday.


Internet providers must now get your OK to share your personal data

Federal regulators on Thursday approved tough new rules requiring high-speed internet service providers to get customer permission before using or sharing sensitive personal data, such as web browsing or app …


Lawyers concerned about collection of mental health data

Portland police have been collecting information about the mental state of arrestees since spring, but some lawyers say the practice raises privacy concerns.


Clinton campaign’s hacking worries prompt security warnings on even the bathrooms

Bathrooms in Hillary Clinton’s Brooklyn campaign headquarters feature some unusual decor: Reminders about good password hygiene. One sign hung above a urinal reads “You wouldn’t share your toothbrush, don’t share …


Report: Yahoo secretly scanned users’ email

Pressure on Yahoo soared Tuesday after publication of a report that it had collaborated with U.S. intelligence agencies to secretly scan hundreds of millions of its clients’ emails.


Why Apple can be forced to turn logs of your iMessage contacts over to police

When a user sends someone a message through Apple’s iMessage feature, Apple encrypts that message between Apple devices so that only the sender and recipient can read its contents. But …


Trump Hotels to pay New York $50,000 over data breaches

Trump Hotel Collection agreed to pay $50,000 in fines and strengthen security measures after data breaches exposed more than 70,000 credit-card numbers and other personal information, New York Attorney General …


In Yahoo breach, foreign hackers may be playing ‘long game’

If a foreign government is behind the massive computer attack that compromised a half billion user accounts at Yahoo, as the company believes, the breach could be part of a …


Britain exploring national internet filter, official says

The head of Britain’s newly formed cybersecurity agency says authorities are exploring the creation of a national internet filter to block malicious software and rogue websites, a proposal that has …


Unindicted co-conspirators in George Washington Bridge case can stay private, court rules

A list of unindicted co-conspirators in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case should not be released before trial, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.


Media challenging ruling keeping Bundy case documents secret

Media organizations are challenging a federal magistrate judge’s order that keeps many documents secret in the Nevada criminal case involving rancher Cliven Bundy and a 2014 armed standoff with government …


Lewiston firm Presnell Gage notifying clients of information hacks

Lewiston-based accounting firm Presnell Gage is in the process of notifying about 100 individuals or companies that their information may have been hacked during a data breach in the past …


School asks high court to hear transgender bathroom case

A Virginia school board is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be allowed to use the boys’ bathroom at his high school.


Sports Authority customer data sold to Dick’s, but customers can opt out

As Sports Authority was holding going out-of-business sales and auctioning off store leases, it also sold its customers’ data to rival Dick’s Sporting Goods.