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  • GenCyber camps for kids across US teach how to hack and intercept wireless communications
  • Now 2 years old, there are 43 camps total with approx 1400 students; NSA plans to have 200 camps in all states by 2020
  • NSA wants to help kids "better prepare for careers in the surveillance state"
  • US government databank breach follows an earlier breach affecting job application data of 4.2 million people
  • Anyone who underwent a security clearance background investigation via the Office of Personnel Management in 2000 or afterwards is likely affected
  • Data breaches at the U.S. government's personnel management agency involves millions more people than previously estimated.
  • Data stolen from the OPM computer networks included Social Security numbers and other sensitive information.
  • "Considered one of the most damaging on record because of its scale and, more importantly, the sensitivity of the material taken."
  • Parliament voted for a bill forcing online search engines to remove search results about a specific person at that person's request
  • Under this law, a person can request that search engines remove the search results of their name if the information about them is "no longer relevant''
  • Yandex, Russia's biggest search engine, argues that the bill impedes people's access to information
  • National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) has held 12 meetings since Feb 2014
  • They want companies to agree on opt-in consent (having people agree to use their face to name them)
  • Privacy groups are now dropping out of NTIA meetings, as industry stakeholders were unable to agree on any regulations
  • Pew Research Center found 71% of millenials adjust their privacy settings online to make sure that only certain people can and can't view their information
  • Only 30% worry about companies selling their information; given the option between safety and privacy online, millennials prefer giving up information to feel more protected
  • This is the first time Congress has restrained surveillance powers in years
  • It's meant to replace the PATRIOT Act with stricter rules for the collection of telephone and electronic metadata by the National Security Agency (NSA)
  • It doesn't end mass metadata collection entirely, but it requires more selective search terms for records
  • "You might like these so-called free services but we don’t think they’re worth having your email, your search history and now even your family photos data mined and sold off for god knows what advertising purpose."
  • "We believe that people have a fundamental right to privacy. The American people demand it, the constitution demands it, morality demands it.”
  • The device mimics a cellphone tower to force phones within its range to connect
  • Baltimore police testified to using a Hailstorm cell site simulator 4,300 times since 2007
  • Federal government has been using the devices since 1995 but largely unknown to the public
  • Landmark decision ruled the bulk collection of telephone metadata is unlawful
  • This overturned an earlier ruling revealed by Edward Snowden that the controversial surveillance practice could not be subjected to judicial review
  • Judges also decided not to end domestic bulk collection while Congress decides whether to reauthorize a provision in the Patriot Act
  • The government says it wants to bring modern surveillance techniques within the law rather than outside control
  • A new board will oversee the intelligence services, which will have broader powers to look at classified material and handle public complaints
  • Civil liberties groups, NGOs, journalists and major internet providers worry about mass and limitless intrusion of privacy
  • Consumers' digital metadata isn't actually anonymous
  • It takes 1-2 pieces of information to turn seemingly anonymous metadata into specific information about individuals
  • Stories of taxi metadata being turned into individual-specific information demonstrate how data can be collected and used
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