Judge says NSA program is likely unconstitutional
In the first ruling of its kind, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records is likely to violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on unreasonable ...
Nearly half of distracted drivers are texting, study finds (w/ Video)
In Washington state's first study to examine driver use of electronic devices, UW investigators saw that more than 8 percent of drivers were engaging with such devices behind the wheel, higher than previously ...
Microsoft reports 37,000 legal requests in six months
Microsoft said Friday it received more than 37,000 government requests for information in the first half of 2013—excluding any national security requests.
Engineers discover unique fingerprint for cell phones
Emerging ethical dilemmas in science and technology
As a new year approaches, the University of Notre Dame's John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values has released its annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and ...
Researchers show that how fast you drive might reveal exactly where you are going
(Phys.org) —In our constantly connected, information-rich society, some drivers are jumping at the chance to let auto insurance companies monitor their driving habits in return for a handsome discount on ...
Morningstar: Client credit card data may be leaked
Morningstar Inc. says it discovered an illegal intrusion into its systems that may have compromised some of its clients' personal information, including email addresses, passwords, and credit card numbers.
Florida mulls drone war on the mosquito
Law enforcement personnel using see-through radar tech
Facial-recognition technology proves its mettle
(Phys.org) —In a study that evaluated some of the latest in automatic facial recognition technology, researchers at Michigan State University were able to quickly identify one of the Boston Marathon bombing ...
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.
Push for US Internet 'wiretap' law faces tough road
The FBI is stepping up its effort to get broader authority to put "wiretaps" on the Internet to catch criminals and terrorists. But the move is drawing fire from civil liberties groups, technology firms and others who claim ...
Prosecutors welcome app to track down child predators
With more than half of all Americans now using smartphones to stay in touch, federal authorities are venturing into new territory in a bid to enlist the public's help to track down child predators.
Computer model anticipates crime hot spots
(Phys.org) —A unique collaboration between a University of California, Riverside sociologist and the Indio Police Department has produced a computer model that predicts, by census block group, where burglaries ...