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How Facebook undermines privacy protections for its 2 billion WhatsApp users

Since paying $22 billion to buy WhatsApp in 2014, Facebook has been trying to figure out how to generate profits from a service that doesn’t charge its users, and despite assurances to users that no one can see their messages, the company has an extensive monitoring operation. ... Read more»

Arizona edges to front of states eyeing blockchain technology

Arizona is one of a half-dozen states to embrace blockchain legislation, and lawmakers here hope it will bring new business to the state.... Read more»

State election officials confident voter rolls secure after hack attempt

Arizona election officials said that “at no point” was voter registration information “accessed or manipulated” after an attempted hack into the state’s database over the summer.... Read more»

Five things you should know about proposed FCC privacy rules

It stops Verizon’s zombie cookie in its tracks, but allows AT&T to keep charging customers extra if they want privacy. ... Read more»

Apple win in NY case spells trouble for feds pushing to unlock killer's iPhone

Far away from a similar fight over the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, a federal magistrate refused Monday to make Apple unlock a suspected drug trafficker's phone in an unrelated narcotics case.... Read more»

What’s really at stake in the Apple encryption debate

In effect, the FBI is asking for Apple to write software that will provide something the government has sought without success for more than a decade: A “backdoor” that cracks the increasingly sophisticated encryption on consumers’ phones. ... Read more»

Maricopa Co. Attorney stops issuing iPhones after Apple/FBI conflict

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday it will stop distributing iPhones to employees in the wake of a national legal battle between Apple and the FBI.... Read more»

Your smart home may know a little too much about you

As the trend toward networked “smart homes” and “connected cars” continues, security precautions are more important than ever.... Read more»

6 tips to protect your digital communications from prying eyes

In an age of ubiquitous surveillance, there are still some things you can do to keep your communications private—and not all of it is high-tech. ... Read more»

House committee puts NSA on notice over encryption standards

An amendment would remove requirement that the National Institute of Standards and Technology consult with the NSA on encryption standards .... Read more»

Gov't standards agency 'strongly' suggests dropping its own encryption standard

Following revelations about the NSA’s covert influence on computer security standards, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, announced earlier this week it is revisiting some of its encryption standards.... Read more»