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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.


TV game show ‘Jeopardy’ says rules preventing Canadian contestants

Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, a famous Canadian, apparently won’t be seeing many of his countrymen on the popular game show for the foreseeable future.


U.S. accuses Apple of ‘repudiating’ order on phone access

The Justice Department is firing back at Apple for refusing to help unlock a phone used by one of the gunmen in the San Bernardino attack.


Fight over San Bernardino gunman’s locked iPhone could have big impact

An extraordinary legal fight is brewing with major privacy implications for millions of cellphone users after a federal magistrate ordered Apple Inc. to help the FBI hack into an iPhone …


House approves public records exemption bill

The Idaho House has approved a bill that would allow public utilities to keep blueprints and other documents secret from the public.


NYPD has used cell-tracking technology 1,000 times since ’08

The New York Police Department has used secretive cellphone tracking technology more than 1,000 times since 2008, according to data released Thursday by the New York Civil Liberties Union.


Privacy at risk in hunt for data on voters

When presidential candidates turn to data crunchers at Rocket Fuel in Silicon Valley for help finding voters who want tougher immigration enforcement, the firm comes up with a surprisingly specific …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 9, 2015, 5:29 p.m.

US boosts privacy protection on health insurance website

Responding to criticism from civil liberties advocates, the Obama administration said Friday it has strengthened consumer privacy protections on the government’s health insurance website as a new sign-up season nears.


Body camera use abuts privacy issues

The seemingly simple idea of outfitting police officers with body cameras to capture interactions with citizens has raised concerns across cities in Washington about individual privacy and the scope of …


Sandpoint-based Kochava tracks app downloads, usage for advertisers

Companies around the globe are creating apps that allow users to shop, play games, connect, manage bank accounts, share photos or watch videos on their mobile devices. Kochava, a Sandpoint …


Amid fear, HHS pledges privacy for Idaho exchange

BOISE — Federal officials insist people who enroll in Idaho’s Internet health insurance marketplace starting Tuesday shouldn’t fear for their personal-data privacy.


Report: NSA spying broke privacy rules many times

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008.


Is Big Data turning government into ’Big Brother?’

SAN FRANCISCO — With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking …


School apology, policy sought for Facebook search

EVERETT – The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Everett School District to apologize to a student because a supervisor pressured her to make her Facebook page available during …


Some push secret lottery wins, but not lotteries

PHOENIX — When two winning tickets for a record $588 million Powerball jackpot were claimed from the Nov. 28 drawing, the world focused on the winners. A Missouri couple appeared …


Excerpt from Google Drive terms of use

Google’s terms of service includes a reference to users giving Google rights to materials they upload. Some have interpreted that to mean that all content stored in the new Google …


Google Drive sparks intellectual property concern

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is facing suspicion and confusion as it tries to persuade people to entrust personal documents, photos and other content to the company’s new online storage service. …


Google gets more personal with search results

Google is sifting through the photos and commentary on its blossoming social network so its Internet search results can include more personal information.


Concerns raised over stealthy cellphone software

Technology bloggers are asking if our cellphones are spying on us after a security researcher said a piece of software hidden on millions of phones was recording virtually everything people …


West Side anti-bullying plan includes cell phone search

Oak Harbor school principals may start looking through cell phones as a way to crack down on cyber-bullying, but some students and their parents in the Island County school district …


Workplace privacy limited

WASHINGTON – In its first ruling on the rights of employees who send messages on the job, the Supreme Court rejected a broad right of privacy for workers Thursday and …


Facebook at center of privacy concerns

SAN FRANCISCO – Lawmakers and privacy watchdogs are asking Facebook Inc. to roll back a new feature that they say invades the privacy of the popular online social network’s more …