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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.


WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook

Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted …


Social Security rolls back security measures on website

The Social Security Administration has rolled back extra security measures on the agency’s website after getting complaints from people who had trouble accessing their accounts.


Cheating site Ashley Madison had inadequate security, privacy officials say

Privacy officials in Canada and Australia have found that cheating website Ashley Madison had inadequate security safeguards and policies despite marketing itself as a discreet and secure service


IRS urges tax preparers to protect against identity theft

The Internal Revenue Service is urging tax preparers to protect against the theft of their clients’ data.


Lewiston police restrict media access under new policy

The Lewiston Police Department will no longer allow its officers to speak to reporters over the weekend under a newly implemented policy.


Feds sue Seattle to block disclosures about FBI surveillance

The Justice Department is suing the city of Seattle to block the release of information that it says could jeopardize ongoing FBI investigations.


Sex offender charged with trying to film child in Wrigley Field bathroom

Authorities charged a man after he tried to use a camera to record a child inside a bathroom at Wrigley Field Saturday afternoon, police said.


No need to obey Obama’s transgender student policy, Georgia education leader says

Georgia’s top education official says state school districts don’t have to comply with the Obama administration’s recent guidance that transgender students at public schools be allowed to use bathrooms and …


North Carolina LGBT legal feud won’t hold up federal money

The Obama administration made clear Thursday it won’t withhold money for North Carolina while a legal fight plays out over the state’s law on bathroom use by transgender people.