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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 …


Privacy a prized possession

My favorite thing about J.D. Salinger wasn’t his seminal work – or his most famous character, Holden Caulfield – but how little I knew of him, thanks to his relentless …


Overused Fig Leaf Revealing In Itself

A quarter century has come and gone since states passed laws requiring the public’s governments to operate in public, where voters can watch. During that time, too many governments have …


Open Record Laws In Peril, Defenders Say

Special interest groups are trying to gut Idaho’s open record laws, defenders of the public’s right to information say. Secrecy legislation is flooding the capitol this legislative session, with at …


Act Opened The Door On Politics

State lawmakers adopted Washington’s Open Public Meetings Act in 1971. The act forced state and local governing bodies to hold most of their debates in public. Before, they only voted …


The Buck Stops Where? Closed-Door Meetings Keep Public In The Dark

Taxpayers never will know how much they’re paying to cover the Bonner County commissioners’ bungled elimination of the county building department. The commissioners spent days this year secretly negotiating with …


Girls Get Apology For Strip Search

After a week of conflicting accounts of the search of 30 middle school girls, police and administrators acknowledged some girls were told to drop their panties in the hunt for …


Oregon Strip-Search Case Turned Over To State Police Mcminnville Parents Angered Over Incident At Middle School

Amid an uproar from parents, Oregon State Police investigators began looking into allegations Tuesday that 30 Duniway Middle School girls were strip-searched. Police have denied there was a full strip …


You Need A President But Want A Saint

I have been following the “Clinton in Crisis” on television and just wanted to tell you a few things about it from a French point of view. For anyone French, …


Parents Protest Police Search At School

Carrying signs reading “Keep Our Kids’ Clothes On” and “Our Kids Have Rights Too,” parents picketed at a middle school Monday to protest what they say was a strip search …