Jul 312015
 July 31, 2015  Posted by  Govt, Online, Surveillance

Amber Corrin reports:

While data travels from point A to point B on the Internet, exactly where it goes in between is not really clear. A consequence of this mysterious routing is that the point at which an adversary might attach malicious code is hard to identify.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is trying to bring more clarity to the path data takes with THEIA, a program named for the Greek goddess of shining light. The $4.2 million effort, awarded by DARPA and the Air Force Research Laboratory to the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Computing, involves illustrating exactly where and how data moves when routed between Internet hosts.

Read more on Federal Times.

Jul 312015
 July 31, 2015  Posted by  Laws, U.S., Youth & Schools

Nick Balatsos reports:

Wyoming lawmakers this week killed a controversial proposal that would have made all college student emails private.

The law would have made Wyoming the first state in the country to block access to all student emails, regardless of content.

But after hearing concerns this week from members of the Wyoming Press Association at a two-day meeting in Sheridan, lawmakers voted Tuesday to scrap the bill, said Sen. Chris Rothfuss, D-Laramie.

Read more on Casper Star-Tribune.

Jul 312015
 July 31, 2015  Posted by  Online, Surveillance

Justin Lee reports:

Security researchers have developed a Chrome browser extension that is designed to outwit websites which use keyboard behaviour biometrics to authorize the identities of users, in an effort to raise awareness about the behavioural biometric technology and its potential privacy risks, according to a report by Tripwire.


KeyboardPrivacy is a proof-of-concept Chrome extension which enables users to disguise their typing to make it appear as though it is someone else’s to protect their privacy.

Read more on BiometricUpdate.com.

Jul 312015
 July 31, 2015  Posted by  Court, U.S.

Kate Groetzinger reports:

…. Unfortunately for [Sandra Bland] —and for anyone else who is pulled over and asked to step out of their car—her rights are murky. Even though the Fourth Amendment guarantees citizens will not be subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures, it hasn’t been able to protect drivers from this particular invasion of privacy since 1977.

Two major Supreme Court decisions in the past half-century have eroded the Fourth Amendment’s power in an effort to protect police in the line of duty.

Read more on Quartz, where Groetzinger describes the impact of the Terry and Mimms rulings.