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Lawmakers Want FTC Probe of Website Tracking Files

Two House lawmakers are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the use of so-called supercookies on websites, files that users do not know are on their computers. Reps. Joe Barton (R-Tx.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), co-chairmen of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, sent a letter Monday to FTC Chairman …

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TSA Buying New Imaging Machines, Says Privacy Protected

The Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday it is spending $44.8 million to purchase new imaging machines it claims will eliminate passenger-specific images and enhance privacy. TSA ordered 300 of the millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology machines for deployment at airports across the country. TSA said it began installing software on …

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IRS E-Help Desk Not Always Protecting Taxpayer Privacy, IG Finds

Assistors at the Internal Revenue Service’s e-help desk are not always taking the required steps to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information, a Treasury Department audit found. In a report dated July 28 and posted Monday, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found managers do not always hold employees …

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Proposed Law Would Criminalize ‘Misuse’ of Full-body Scanner Images

Two Democratic senators have proposed a law that would make it a federal crime to “misuse images” recorded by the Transportation Security Administration’s full-body scanners. Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) offered the legislation as an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration’s reauthorization bill currently before the …

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FTC Floats Idea of ‘Do Not Track’ Option for Web Browsing

In a report yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission issued a framework for developing a do-not-track option for online browsing, which would seek to limit the ability of online advertisers to track Internet users’ viewing preferences. “Technological and business ingenuity have spawned a whole new online culture and vocabulary,” said FTC …

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How Nosy Can Feds Be? High Court Hears Contractor-Privacy Case

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case that brings into question the government’s authority to conduct background checks on private government contractors. The case, NASA v. Nelson, involves 28 Caltech scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles who sued after NASA sought to implement …

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DARPA Releases New Privacy Principles

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy last week announced the federal research agency responsible for maintaining the technological superiority of the U.S. military has released a set of Privacy Principle to address the issue of balancing access to information with the need to respect personal privacy. Expanding …

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