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The FBI is mad because it keeps getting into locked iPhones without Apple’s help

Riana Pfefferkorn Contributor Share on Twitter Riana Pfefferkorn is the associate director of Surveillance and Cybersecurity at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. The debate over encryption continues to drag on without end. In recent months, the discourse has largely swung away from encrypted smartphones to focus instead on […]

A passwordless server run by NSO Group sparks contact-tracing privacy concerns

As countries work to reopen after weeks of lockdown, contact-tracing apps help to understand the spread of the deadly coronavirus strain, COVID-19. While most governments lean toward privacy-focused apps that use Bluetooth signals to create an anonymous profile of a person’s whereabouts, others, like Israel, use location and cell phone […]

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COVID-19 could have its own PATRIOT Act, but we need privacy guarantees

Heather Federman Contributor Share on Twitter Heather Federman is a privacy lawyer and VP of Privacy and Policy at BigID, a New York-based company that uses AI to help organizations be better privacy stewards for their customers by accurately tracking personal data, governing access to sensitive information and complying with […]

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Divesting from one facial recognition startup, Microsoft ends outside investments in the tech

Microsoft is pulling out of an investment in an Israeli facial recognition technology developer as part of a broader policy shift to halt any minority investments in facial recognition startups, the company announced late last week. The decision to withdraw its investment from AnyVision, an Israeli company developing facial recognition […]