The state of privacy in America

Right or wrong, Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA surveillance have focused attention on the Fourth Amendment and national security in ways that our founding father’s never could have imagined.

After the June 2013 leaks by Edward Snowden about NSA surveillance of Americans’ communications, Pew Research Center began an in-depth exploration of people’s views and behaviors related to privacy. Here’s what we learned.

Source: The state of privacy in America | Pew Research Center

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No such thing as absolute privacy

“There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America; there is no place outside of judicial reach,” Comey said at a Boston College conference on cybersecurity. He made the remark as he discussed the rise of encryption since 2013 disclosures by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed sensitive US spy practices.
“Even our communications with our spouses, with our clergy members, with our attorneys are not absolutely private in America,” Comey added. “In appropriate circumstances, a judge can compel any one of us to testify in court about those very private communications.”
 But, he also said Americans “have a reasonable expectation of privacy in our homes, in our cars, in our devices.
“It is a vital part of being an American. The government cannot invade our privacy without good reason, reviewable in court,” Comey continued.
The privacy conversation continues in 2017 as the White House sends mixed messages.  And new threats to computing devices and TVs remind us to be vigilent and not assume that we are protected from surveillance, hacking, and cyber crime.

FBI Chief Comey on Privacy

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FBI might have a way to unlock shooter’s iPhone without Apple’s help

“The government asked a judge to delay deciding whether Apple must build an iPhone backdoor while the FBI tests its own backdoor.

But in a surprising move yesterday, the DOJ filed a motion to delay the court hearing until 5 April, in order to give the FBI more time to test a newly discovered method for unlocking the iPhone.

In the DOJ’s motion, the government said that an unnamed third party came forward on Sunday (20 March) to demonstrate for the FBI a “possible method” for unlocking the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, who was killed in a gun fight with police after the attack.

Farook’s passcode-protected iPhone has iOS 9, which includes a security feature that erases all data on the device after 10 failed pass code guesses.

However, if the method revealed to the FBI can get around the pass code protection in iOS 9 without erasing the iPhone’s data, it would “eliminate the need for assistance from Apple,” “

Source: FBI might have a way to unlock shooter’s iPhone without Apple’s help

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The FBI Used the Web’s Favorite Hacking Tool to Unmask Tor Users

The openness of the Internet and the collaboration and cooperation among Internet users, some genuinely honest and other patently dishonest continues to provide an environment for solving problems that both benefit and also harm us.  So I guess we shouldn’t disparage open source development or resist the financial support of commercial technology companies who al

The FBI Used the Web’s Favorite Hacking Tool to Unmask Tor Users | WIRED.

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