Banks harvest callers' voiceprints to fight fraud
(AP)—The caller said her home had burned down and her husband had been badly hurt in the blaze. On the telephone with her bank, she pleaded for a replacement credit card at her new address.
UK govt seeks data retention law after EU verdict (Update)
Concerned after a European court ruled in favor of citizens' right to privacy, Britain's prime minister pledged Thursday to rush through emergency measures to force phone and Internet companies to store call ...
Forecasting future may one day become as practical as predicting weather, thanks to Big Data advances
(Phys.org) —It was standing room only in a crowd of computer engineers, artificial intelligence experts, philosophers, and virtual reality gurus—all gathered around to hear how forecasting the future ...
Big data brings new power to open-source intelligence
In November 2013, the New Yorker published a profile of Eliot Higgins – or Brown Moses as he is known to almost 17,000 Twitter followers. An unemployed finance and admin worker at the time, Higgins was ...
Outcry over French bill giving wider access to personal data
An association grouping web giants such as Google and Facebook on Wednesday slammed the adoption in France of a bill that gives intelligence agencies wider access to personal data without prior authorisation ...
EU lawmakers push leaders on data privacy
European Union lawmakers on Tuesday urged heads of state and government to endorse a proposal for beefed-up data privacy laws ahead of a summit in Brussels later this week.
US data collection opens doors to abuse: report
US law enforcement and intelligence agencies are collecting massive amounts of data on Americans and storing it for too long, creating a potential for abuse, a research report said Tuesday.
NSA chief open to storing phone data in 'repository'
The National Security Agency's director said Tuesday he is open to storing telephone records in a neutral "repository" to alleviate concerns about government snooping.
US court sides with Amazon on CIA cloud contract
A US federal judge has reinstated a CIA cloud computing contract with Amazon, rejecting a challenge from IBM, according to court documents released Tuesday.
US official admits testing US cellphone tracking
National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander revealed Wednesday that his spy agency once tested whether it could track Americans' cell phone locations, in addition to its practice of sweeping broad ...
Yahoo CEO fears defying NSA on data could mean prison
Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer on Wednesday said she feared winding up in prison for treason if she refused to comply with US spy demands for data.
Yahoo reports 29,000 data requests
Yahoo received some 29,000 government requests for data on its users this year, with almost half coming from the United States, according to the company's global transparency report released Friday.
'Black budget' shows massive bureaucracy, misplaced priorities, expert says
Classified budget figures and successes and failures by American intelligence agencies, exposed for the first time this week by The Washington Post, show a massive bureaucracy with misplaced priorities, according ...
New Zealand passes law allowing domestic spying
New Zealand passed legislation Wednesday allowing its main intelligence agency to spy on residents and citizens, despite opposition from rights groups, international technology giants and the legal fraternity.