Apr 232014

Luke Funk reports: A tiny new spy device aims to automatically transcribe and Tweet overheard conversations. It’s called Conversnitch. Brian House and Kyle McDonald are behind the eavesdropping device. They say it bridges the gap between (presumed) private physical space and public space online. One of the creators, Kyle McDonald, released a video of the device [...]

Apr 232014

Tim Pugmire reports: The Minnesota Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring police to obtain a warrant in order to track a person’s location by their cell phone or other electronic devices. The vote today was 56 -1. Under the bill, law enforcement must show probable cause of a crime. There’s also a requirement for [...]

Apr 212014

Jo Napolitano reports: The technology nonprofit inBloom, created to build a massive cloud-based student data system, announced Monday it will close — just weeks after New York ordered it to delete state student records. In an open letter posted to the group’s website, inBloom chief executive Iwan Streichenberger said the Atlanta-based organization had become “a [...]

Apr 182014

Lawrence Hurley of Reuters reports: Two members of the U.S. Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities. The two justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made the comments during a public event at the National Press Club in Washington. [...]

Apr 152014

Mike McAndrew reports: New York will award $550,270 to police departments throughout the state to help them buy license plate readers, a controversial technology that enables agencies to photograph and track thousands of vehicles per day. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the grants to buy 27 license plate readers today as part of $976,790 the state [...]