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It’s been difficult for some residents to get in-person appointments with the state’s motor vehicles department, so scams have played into that backdrop.

After the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, many states issued emergency declarations allowing driver’s licenses to remain valid past expiration dates, but those extensions mostly have ended and scammers are exploiting the need to make sure licenses are renewed. Read more»

It’s a simple question, one that we ask candidates, campaigns and political committees all the time: “What evidence do you have?” It’s a question that needs to be asked more often by TV news anchors, as NBC’s Lester Holt did in his interview with Donald Trump. Read more»

The latest revelations from documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden showed that the American spy agency has secretly been collecting millions of email and chat contact lists around the world. Read more»

Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland

There have been a lot of news stories about NSA surveillance programs following the leaks of secret documents by Edward Snowden. But it seems the more we read, the less clear things are. We've put together a detailed snapshot of what's known and what's been reported where. Read more»

Daniel Kaplan speaking on digital privacy in 2010

The U.S. government isn't allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI, to snoop on the digital trails you create every day. Read more» 1

The penis mightier than the sword. If you'll pardon the pun. Read more»

Comparing the texts of various Obama fundraising emails. See https://www.propublica.org/special/message-machine-you-probably-dont-know-janet for an interactive look.

How different are a campaign's emails to different voters? President Obama's re-election campaign tried at least six different messages sent on behalf of campaign deputy manager Julianna Smoot in an email blast last week. Read more»

The Better Business Bureau is issuing an urgent scam alert cautioning businesses and consumers about an email that is purporting to be from a bbb.org email address about a recently filed complaint. The email contains a dangerous attachment. Read more»

It's a newsmaker interview with Guy Gelbart, Weintraub Israel Center Director at Tucson's Jewish Community Center. Plus, comet discoverer David Levy. Read more»

The Pima County IT department is warning about spam sent from county servers after a computer attack Wednesday. Recipients of county emails that offer a prize or request personal info should delete them immediately. Read more»

There's a reason they call chain e-mails "viral" — their transmission is swift, extensive and very hard to stop. They tend to contain indignant, outraged messages that are nearly always false and often malicious. Read more»