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Unmanned drone smashes into Seattle home

A couple who lives in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood was making breakfast when they heard a loud crash and the sound of breaking glass. A drone had just smashed into …


Seattle compost rule thrown out by judge as unconstitutional

An environmental effort in Seattle to stop residents from tossing food scraps and other compost into the trash was ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday by a judge who said trash collectors …


Alabama city passes transgender bathroom ordinance

People in an Alabama city who use public restrooms intended for a gender other than what is listed on their birth certificate will be punished under an ordinance officials passed …


FBI says it won’t disclose how it accessed locked iPhone

The FBI said Wednesday that it will not publicly disclose the method that allowed it to access a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, saying it …


FBI still studying iPhone vulnerability, agency boss says

FBI Director James Comey says the FBI is still studying the software vulnerability that allowed the agency, with third party help, to access a locked iPhone used by one of …


U.S. to states: Make it easier for ex-prisoners to obtain IDs

States should make it easier for convicted felons to obtain state-issued identification after they get out of prison, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday in announcing a set of measures …


Rallies over North Carolina LGBT law begin as lawmakers return

A day of rallies at North Carolina’s statehouse began Monday with the delivery of petitions signed by 180,000 people seeking the repeal of a law that curtails protections for LGBT …


Microsoft sues federal government over secret demands for customer data

Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that allows authorities to examine customer emails or online files without the individual’s knowledge.


Personal data stolen from Olympia School District employees

Personal information of some current and former Olympia School District employees has been stolen by someone posing as the district’s superintendent.


South Carolina bill would ban transgender people from using bathrooms of their choosing

South Carolina would ban transgender people from using public bathrooms, showers or changing rooms of their choice under a bill introduced in the state Senate on Wednesday.


Gawker files motions seeking new trial in privacy case

A New York news website has filed motions in a Florida court seeking a new trial in the Hulk Hogan invasion of privacy case.


Inquiry into Washington state theft that risked data of millions yields few answers

Senate investigators indicated Monday they’ve received few answers from the Obama administration after a laptop and portable hard drives – likely containing names and Social Security numbers of millions – …


Hackers post data allegedly of 50 million Turks

Hackers have posted a database online that allegedly contains the personal information of nearly 50 million Turkish citizens in what is one of the largest public leaks of this scale.


FBI agrees to unlock iPhone of Arkansas teens in murder case

The FBI has agreed to help an Arkansas prosecutor unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to two teenagers accused of killing a couple.


Law enforcement investigators seek out private DNA databases

Investigators are broadening their DNA searches beyond government databases and demanding genetic information from companies that do ancestry research for their customers.


Britain’s online spying law faces test in Parliament

A proposed British law that gives police and spies unprecedented powers to look at the Internet browsing records of everyone in the country will be governed by “the strongest safeguards” …


Seattle mayor signs order to protect transgender rights

Seattle’s mayor has signed an executive order aimed at making public spaces safer for transgender and gender-diverse people.


Snapchat, Seagate among companies duped in tax-fraud scam

A major phishing scheme has tricked several major companies – among them, the messaging service Snapchat and disk-drive maker Seagate Technology – into relinquishing tax documents that exposed their workers’ …


Washington Legislature passes bill on police body cameras

The Legislature has passed a bill that seeks to keep police body-camera videos available to the public while limiting broad requests for the footage.


Erin Andrews’ verdict will reverberate for hotels and guests

The $55 million jury verdict over nude videos of sportscaster Erin Andrews taken through a hotel peephole will likely reverberate a long time for hotels and their guests, whether she …


French lawmakers vote bill to make tech firms unlock data

France’s lower house of Parliament has approved a measure aiming to give prison sentences to technology company executives who refuse to give data to investigators in terrorism-related cases.


Verizon fined $1.35M by FCC over ‘supercookie’

Verizon will pay a $1.35 million fine over its “supercookie” that followed phone customers on the Internet and the government says it’s required to get an explicit “yes” from customers …


Judge grants request to unseal Bobbi Kristina Brown autopsy

A judge in Atlanta has granted a television station’s request to unseal the autopsy report for Bobbi Kristina Brown.


FBI, Apple clash before Congress as encryption fight simmers

The U.S. government calls it a “vicious guard dog” that hurts national security. Apple says it’s critical to protecting consumer privacy against increasingly sophisticated hackers.


$1M Turing Award winners advocate for encryption

This year’s $1 million A.M. Turing Award goes to a pair of cryptographers whose ideas helped make Internet commerce possible, and who now argue that giving governments a “back door” …


1,500 pages of Clinton emails released by State Department

The State Department has released another batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails from her private server, including 88 documents that were upgraded to the lowest classification level.


IRS computer breach may have 700,000 victims, tax officials say

The IRS says the number of taxpayers whose tax information may have been stolen by computer hackers now exceeds 700,000 – more than double the agency’s previous estimate.


King County may install cameras on all buses for safety

The King County executive has proposed installing cameras on all Metro buses for driver safety.


Citizens can sometimes be stopped from recording police, judge rules

The American Civil Liberties Union plans to appeal a recent federal court ruling that citizens can sometimes be stopped from recording police officers on duty.


REAL ID compliance bill headed to Idaho House

An Idaho House panel has tentatively signed off on a proposal that would allow Idaho to comply with national proof-of-identity requirements.