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Trump launches programme to expand drone operations

Trump launches programme to expand drone operations

Written by on October 26, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump launched a program on Wednesday to expand testing of drones to include flights over people, nighttime operations and flights out of sight of the operator, the White House said. The pilot program aims to speed up the integration of unmanned aerial vehicles into the national airspace system and test […]

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News highlights – 8 October 2017

News highlights – 8 October 2017

Written by on October 9, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

News highlights for 8 October 2017 U.S. Treasury investigates illegal surveillance allegations: watchdog WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An internal watchdog at the U.S. Treasury said on Friday it is investigating allegations the department illegally looked at financial records of U.S. citizens. Read more… Drug chains tumble on reports Amazon eyeing their pie (Reuters) – Shares of […]

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Technology companies steering clear of political privacy battle

Technology companies steering clear of political privacy battle

Written by on July 21, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google, Apple Inc and other major technology firms are largely absent from a debate over the renewal of a broad U.S. internet surveillance law, weakening prospects for privacy reforms that would further protect customer data, according to sources familiar with the matter. While tech companies often lobby Washington […]

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A blow to privacy, FBI can still issue secret surveillance orders

A blow to privacy, FBI can still issue secret surveillance orders

Written by on July 18, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday upheld nondisclosure rules that allow the FBI to secretly issue surveillance orders for customer data to communications firms, a ruling that dealt a blow to privacy advocates. A unanimous three-judge panel on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco sided with a […]

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Did the FBI overstep legal guidelines when they demanded internet data?

Did the FBI overstep legal guidelines when they demanded internet data?

Written by on January 30, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI appeared to go beyond the scope of existing legal guidance in seeking certain kinds of internet records from Twitter as recently as last year, legal experts said, citing two warrantless surveillance orders the social media company published on Friday. Twitter said its disclosures were the first time the company had […]

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Trump election strikes fear in hearts of tech and civil liberties quarters

Trump election strikes fear in hearts of tech and civil liberties quarters

Written by on November 10, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s surprise election victory has alarmed technology companies and civil libertarians fearful that a self-described ‘law and order’ president will attempt to expand surveillance programs and rejoin a long-running battle over government access to encrypted information. Trump’s campaign featured numerous broadsides against the tech sector, including calls for closing off […]

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Tech firms angry over EU plans to curb surveillance software exports

Tech firms angry over EU plans to curb surveillance software exports

Written by on October 3, 2016 in Features with 0 Comments

EU companies are about to get hit with a controversial new export control law that faced a wave of criticism this summer from technology firms that fear that it will destroy their business abroad. The European Commission proposed changes on 28 September to a seven-year-old law requiring special export controls for so-called dual-use items that can be used […]

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US Senate votes down increased surveillance proposals

US Senate votes down increased surveillance proposals

Written by on June 23, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted down a Republican-backed proposal to expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s secretive surveillance powers after the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub last week. The measure followed the Senate’s rejection on Monday of four measures that would have restricted gun sales. During Wednesday’s vote, Senate […]

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Not one request for surveillance rejected by US spy court in 2015

Not one request for surveillance rejected by US spy court in 2015

Written by on May 3, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The secretive U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court did not deny a single government request in 2015 for electronic surveillance orders granted for foreign intelligence purposes, continuing a longstanding trend, a Justice Department document showed. The court received 1,457 requests last year on behalf of the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau […]

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Lawmakers say UK surveillance bill too strict

Lawmakers say UK surveillance bill too strict

Written by on February 11, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government has significant work to do to justify its plans to allow the authorities to spy on the public’s internet use, a powerful committee of lawmakers said on Thursday, calling for changes to the far-reaching surveillance bill. Last November, the government unveiled its plans for sweeping new surveillance powers, a […]

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