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Tag Archives: Privacy

Tim Eyman says he’s worried about facial recognition. So why won’t he wear a mask?

Excerpt: Throwing on a face covering can help frustrate the very technology that Tim Eyman says is a danger to our personal liberty. But Eyman has likened mask wearing to tyranny.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Technology
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Zoom Video Conferencing is a privacy and security nightmare. Maybe soon, it won’t be.

Excerpt: Electronic meeting technology provider Zoom is coming under harsh and much needed scrutiny regarding its privacy and security practices.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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NPI’s Gael Tarleton kicks off campaign to become Washington’s next Secretary of State

Excerpt: Incumbent Republican Kim Wyman will have a tough, credible Democratic challenger in 2020.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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Documentary Review: “The Great Hack” shows how data insecurity impacts elections

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Great Hack, an essential, must-see film breaking down what happened to our democracy in the 2016 presidential election.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Elections, Technology, Views & Reviews
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U.S. Senate adjourns after failing to take any action to reform or renew the unPatriot Act

Excerpt: Well, that was real­ly some­thing. Just min­utes ago, the Unit­ed States Sen­ate adjourned for an extend­ed Memo­r­i­al Day week­end recess after hav­ing failed to pass any leg­is­la­tion to reform or renew expir­ing pro­vi­sions of the (un)Patriot Act — which means that the Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Agency and Fed­er­al Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion will need to start wind­ing […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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Roberts Court’s logic: Corporations are people, so they’re entitled to religious liberty

Excerpt: The Roberts Court has done it again. Deter­mined to make the ter­ri­ble impli­ca­tions of the Cor­po­ra­tions Unit­ed and McCutcheon deci­sions look tame by com­par­i­son, the Supreme Court ruled this morn­ing that because it believes cor­po­ra­tions to be peo­ple, an arti­fi­cial for-prof­it enti­ty like Hob­by Lob­by is enti­tled to reli­gious lib­er­ty, and so it does not […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Healthcare, Litigation, World Commmunity
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In landmark ruling, U.S. Supreme Court bars warrantless searches of mobile phones

Excerpt: Who says there’s no such thing as pri­va­cy in the dig­i­tal age? Not John Roberts’ Supreme Court, which today issued a much-need­ed deci­sion rul­ing that Amer­i­can police forces must gen­er­al­ly obtain a war­rant before they can legal­ly search the mobile phone of some­one they have arrest­ed. Roberts’ major­i­ty opin­ion was signed by every oth­er jus­tice, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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When are SSL and VPNs not secure? Why, when the NSA wants to spy on you, of course!

Excerpt: With each pass­ing week, it is becom­ing increas­ing­ly clear that for­mer NSA employ­ee Edward Snow­den’s doc­u­ment dump con­sti­tutes the largest and most impor­tant leak in the his­to­ry of the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca. While Snow­den remains in Rus­sia, news­pa­pers in the West con­tin­ue to sift through the doc­u­ments he leaked, using those as the basis […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, National Defense, Technology
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Republican Todd Akin’s offensive comments about rape draw widespread condemnation

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day, Mis­souri Repub­li­can Todd Akin, who cur­rent­ly serves in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and is the par­ty’s U.S. Sen­ate nom­i­nee this year, was inter­viewed by St. Louis’ local Fox affil­i­ate about his can­di­da­cy. Dur­ing the inter­view, Akin was asked if he believed that abor­tion should be avail­able to women who are raped. Akin gave […]
Written by:Lorrie Sullivan DeKay
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare
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Wanted: Women willing to run for office

Excerpt: At a time when women’s repro­duc­tive rights are under attack in state leg­is­la­tures across the coun­try, there might soon be no female Demo­c­ra­t­ic gov­er­nors to push back. The only two such gov­er­nors left in office — Washington’s Chris Gre­goire and North Carolina’s Bev Pur­due — are leav­ing office in 2013, and only one state, New […]
Written by:Kathleen Reynolds
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Healthcare
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What does Rob McKenna have against family planning?

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day, guber­na­to­r­i­al can­di­date Rob McKen­na post­ed on Cross­cut a vari­ety of state­ments on how to impair our state Med­ic­aid sys­tem, and chose to omit any sort of con­tent on how con­se­quences of those changes would affect our state. While blast­ing Med­ic­aid expansion(which, by the way, is in con­trast to how 67% of Amer­i­cans feel), Mr. […]
Written by:Patrick
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Elections
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Supreme Court says police can strip-search anyone they arrest without probable cause

Excerpt: Fed­er­al, state, and local author­i­ties may force any per­son they arrest to sub­mit to a strip-search, whether or not there is prob­a­ble cause for such an inva­sion of a sus­pec­t’s pri­va­cy, the Supreme Court ruled this morn­ing, set­ting a dan­ger­ous and unwel­come prece­dent that NPI strong­ly con­demns. In a five-to-four deci­sion, Jus­tices Antho­ny Kennedy, John […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Google+: Step right up if you want to help Google complete its profile of you

Excerpt: Ear­li­er this week, Google final­ly took the wrap­pings off of the Face­book clone it has been devel­op­ing, spark­ing a pro­longed media fren­zy about its efforts to catch up with Twit­ter and Face­book in the social net­work­ing are­na. By all accounts, Google+ rep­re­sents the com­pa­ny’s most sophis­ti­cat­ed attempt to build a social net­work. It is a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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Researchers’ discovery demonstrates that Apple users don’t really own their devices

Excerpt: Two secu­ri­ty researchers inves­ti­gat­ing visu­al uses for geolo­ca­tion data revealed today that gad­get giant Apple has been secret­ly ship­ping spy­ware inside of its mobile oper­at­ing sys­tem (iOS) that con­stant­ly records its cus­tomers’ where­abouts. The dis­cov­ery, which has ignit­ed a firestorm of crit­i­cism, was first made pub­lic at O’Reil­ly Radar by the researchers (Alas­dair Allan and […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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