Government : US

Governments increasingly rely on IT to become more efficient.

Featured Stories

Articles about Government : US

Comparison chart: NAS devices

Comparison chart: NAS devices

Selecting a NAS and configuring it for your company's needs requires careful evaluation and planning. This comparison chart will help you target the most important details. More about NAS selection:...

from Tech Pro Research

US intelligence agencies have violated surveillance laws hundreds of times

US intelligence agencies have violated federal surveillance laws hundreds of times over the past decade. This is according to analysis of declassified reviews and documents by the Open Tech Institute. Violations include over-collecting data, violating attorney-client privilege, and conducting unlawful surveillance of Americans. The research is the first comprehensive list of violations of section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). FISA is designed to collect data on foreign persons overseas, but also incidentally collects on Americans. The statute is the legal basis for the PRISM program and the tapping of global undersea fiber optic cables. According to the data, the majority of violations occurred in 2014 and 2015 and were inadvertent or unintentional. Still, they represent systemic problems that result from the scope and complexity of the surveillance program. One of the most egregious cases of unlawful surveillance was revealed in a declassified ruling by the FISA Court. The lead at the Open Technology Institute said, "It took over five years for the NSA to figure out that it had been searching for Americans' communications in upstream collection, which it wasn't allowed to do." This is when the NSA collects data, which merely mentions a target of surveillance, as it enters and leaves the US via telecom partners like AT&T. Several members of Congress have vowed to fight the reauthorization of the section 702 statute until they learn how many Americans are swept up in surveillance.

October 25, 2017 by

Federal judge: FBI doesn't have to reveal details of iPhone hacking tool

The FBI will not be forced to reveal details of a specific hacking tool. This tool was used to break into the San Bernadino terrorist's iPhone. The case sparked months of legal hostilities between Apple and the US government. Apple had refused to help unlock the phone, so the FBI obtained a hacking tool. It allowed federal agents to access the phone's contents. Vice News, USA Today, and the Associated Press then filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit. They wanted the government to reveal the name of the hacking tool's vendor and its price. The tool is said to have only been able to access a "narrow slice" of devices. But a federal judge said that naming the tool's vendor would amount to putting a target on its back. The news organizations will not be allowed to appeal the case.

October 24, 2017 by

Worried AI will take your job? Google wants to help you out

Google's philanthropic arm,, wants to prep tomorrow’s workforce. *** It's committing $50 million to help people prepare for the “changing nature of work.” *** Specifically in jobs, industries, and opportunities that are emerging. *** Technological, social, and economic shifts will disrupt the workforce in the coming decades. *** But this is being driven in part by Google itself, which has an “AI-first" approach. *** Google’s philanthropic efforts are now focusing on three areas where nonprofits could help: *** Skills training, connecting job-seekers with positions, and supporting low-wage workers. *** is initially funding groups and programs across the US and Europe. *** It’s backing Code for America, which helps people use government services to find jobs. *** It’s backing France’s Bayes Impact, which uses machine learning to offer tips to job seekers. *** And it’s supporting Alia, which lets domestic workers pool their money as a sort of insurance. *** promised to spread out its grant over two years.

September 1, 2017 by

The FBI can now keep secret who's in its biometrics database

The FBI has obtained a legal exemption from federal privacy laws, thanks to a final rule published by the DOJ. *** The agency can now keep secret whose data it has stored in its vast biometrics database. *** The database has fingerprints, photos for facial recognition, iris patterns, and voice and gait recognition datasets. *** The FBI has long fought to keep who's stored in its biometrics database a secret. *** It argues not doing so "could compromise ongoing, authorized law enforcement and national security efforts." *** The database includes information of individuals who apply for citizenship or must get a background check. *** The Electronic Frontier Foundation said it contained 71 million criminal records and 39 million civil records in 2015. *** Now, it can bypass key protections in the Privacy Act, which allow for judicial redress and opting out of the database. *** Individuals will also no longer be able to get information about what data the government stores on them. *** This could prevent them from taking action if they feel they are being unfairly targeted for political purposes. *** The ACLU said the FBI's decision to "exempt this database from basic privacy protections invites abuse." *** The new rule will go into effect on August 31, 2017.

August 24, 2017 by

Most Popular