FBI Overstated Number of Encrypted Devices it Could Not Access Last Year

According to the Washington Post, the FBI “provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public” about the number of encrypted cellphones inaccessible to law enforcement. The FBI stated it was locked out of 7,800 devices, but a subsequent review suggested the actual number is…

EPIC Urges Congress to Regulate the Internet of Things

In advance of a hearing on the Internet of Things (IoT), EPIC wrote to Congress on the need for privacy and security regulations for IoT consumer products. EPIC explained that regulation is necessary “because neither the manufacturers nor the owners of those devices have incentive…

FBI Admits It Inflated Number of Supposedly Unhackable Devices

We’ve learned that the FBI has been misinforming Congress and the public as part of its call for backdoor access to encrypted devices. For months, the Bureau has claimed that encryption prevented it from legally searching the contents of nearly 7,800 devices in 2017, but…

The Secure Data Act Would Stop Backdoors

A new bill introduced in Congress gets encryption right. The bipartisan Secure Data Act would stop any government agency or court order from forcing a company to build backdoors into encrypted devices and communications. This welcome piece of legislation reflects much of what the community…

Cisco catches thousands of hidden threats on a massive public network

The GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, is the largest exhibition for a mobile industry.  This year, Mobile World Congress attracted more than 107,000 attendees. But high profile, public… VISIT THE SOURCE ARTICLE Cisco catches thousands of hidden threats on a massive public network

How artificial intelligence can detect – and create – fake news

… told Congress Facebook would use artificial intelligence to detect fake news posted … made easily refuted claims. Human intelligence is the real key The … VISIT THE SOURCE ARTICLE How artificial intelligence can detect – and create – fake news

EPIC Tells Congress to Consider Census Privacy Risks

In advance of a hearing on the Census Bureau, EPIC told Congress to consider the privacy issues arising from potential misuse of Census data. After the Department of Commerce announced that the 2020 Census will include a question on citizenship status, many have expressed concerns…

Congressmembers Raise Doubts About the “Going Dark” Problem

In the wake of a damning report by the DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIG), Congress is asking questions about the FBI’s handling of the locked iPhone in the San Bernardino case and its repeated claims that widespread encryption is leading to a “Going Dark”…

Despite What Zuckerberg’s Testimony May Imply, AI Cannot Save Us

Yesterday and today, Mark Zuckerberg finally testified before the Senate and House, facing Congress for the first time to discuss data privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. As we predicted, Congress didn’t stick to Cambridge Analytica. Congress also grilled Zuckerberg on content moderation—i.e.,…

Help California Secure Net Neutrality Protections: Support S.B 822

Despite the huge outcry from the public, 2017 saw the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality. While Congress can still, and should, act to save net neutrality and ISP privacy on a national scale, the federal protections do not exist today. In response, states should…