It s going to be a long summer for anyone trying to fly.If Disney were to take on the project, one imagines that it might be enticed to use some kind of RFID technology, like what s deployed in the Walt Disney World parks in Florida.The Disney Parks Magicband Disney Collecting information about how guests use Disney amusement parks could improve the company s ability to target advertisements at its guests, including children, Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey wrote at the time.Obviously nobody is getting in line at the airport expecting an entertaining experience and everybody is more or less trying to get to the same place: their particular gate.It s unclear how the private sector could actually fix any of these problems aside from throwing more money at it and opening more lines.Once you ve missed your flight after standing in line for three hours at least you could ride the Haunted Mansion.
Reuters - The Senate Homeland Security Committee's top Democrat sought information Thursday from global financial network SWIFT and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on steps being taken to bolster cyber security in the wake of the theft of $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh.Senator Tom Carper of Delaware requested that both answer questions and brief his staff by June 17 on how they were handling issues following the February heist, during which hackers wired money out of an account at the New York Fed held by Bank Bangladesh, as well as how they were safeguarding against other potential cyber threats."These cyber attacks raise important questions about the security of the SWIFT system and the ability of its members to prevent future attacks," Carper wrote in his letters.The inquiry comes as policymakers, regulators and financial institutions around the world increase scrutiny into the heist at Bank Bangladesh and a separate attempt to use fraudulent SWIFT messages to steal from a commercial bank in Vietnam.The Bank of England last month ordered British banks to provide documentation on SWIFT security measures.He requested similar information from the Federal Reserve, including steps it has taken to coordinate with SWIFT, Bangladesh Bank, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Treasury since the heist.
When the U.S. Supreme Court authorized changes to Rule 41 that would expand the government s hacking authority, Senator Ron Wyden immediately indicated that he would try to block the ruling.Now, Wyden and several other senators have introduced legislation to counter the Rule 41 changes and limit the hacking power extended to the government.In the past, Rule 41 has restricted magistrate judges from issuing search warrants beyond their own districts — which has prevented them from authorizing the Justice Department to hack computers located elsewhere.The change says it will allow judges to issue a warrant to use remote access to search electronic storage media and to seize or copy electronically stored information located within or outside that district, and will go into effect on December 1 if Congress does not try to block it.Wyden has partnered with Senators Rand Paul, Tammy Baldwin, Steve Daines, and Jon Tester on the Act which is amusingly abbreviated as the SMH Act .Such a substantive change with an enormous impact on Americans constitutional rights should be debated by Congress, not maneuvered through an obscure bureaucratic process, Wyden said in a statement announcing the bill.
Eric ConstantineauSen. Ron Wyden D-Ore. and other like-minded senators have come out forcefully against the pending change to federal judicial rules that would expand judges ability to authorize remote access hacking of criminal suspects devices.The entire bill is one sentence long: The proposed amendments to rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, which are set forth in the order entered by the Supreme Court of the United States on April 28, 2016, shall not take effect.For now, Rule 41 allows these junior judges to authorize electronic searches only within their own judicial district.He wrote:For law enforcement to conduct a remote electronic search, they generally need to plant malware in — i.e.To me, that s clearly a policy change that s outside the scope of an administrative change, and it is something that Congress should consider.For example, if agents are investigating criminals who are sexually exploiting children and uploading those videos for others to see—but concealing their location—agents will be able to go to court to obtain a warrant to discover where they are located.
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan agreement reached by House and Senate negotiators would set new safety standards for asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, including tens of thousands that have gone unregulated for decades.The bill, more than three years in the making, has won the backing of both industry officials and some of the Capitol's most liberal lawmakers, including Sens."This is a political Halley's Comet" that may not be seen again for many years, said Markey, a former opponent of the bill who signed onto it in recent weeks after changes were made to ensure that states that regulate chemicals closely can continue to do so.The proposal also would allow states to work on regulations while federal rules are being developed, a process that can take years."People believe when they go to the grocery store or the hardware store and get a product, that that product has been tested and it's been determined to be safe.Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said the spill "brought into my own home how the lack of knowledge of what's in your water supply can affect your health."
View photosFILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Alison Weber, left, instructs Peijun Guo on using the Oculus Rift VR headset at the Oculus booth at CES International in Las Vegas.Oculus has responded to Sen. Al Franken's questions about consumer privacy when using the Oculus Rift virtual reality system.AP Photo/John Locher, File MoreLOS ANGELES AP — The virtual reality company Oculus relies heavily on Facebook for security and shares information about its users with VR creators.Franken posted the response from the Facebook-owned company Thursday detailing how Oculus collects and stores user data.The company also said it relies on Facebook's data centers and technical infrastructure to host its VR platform, as well as over 200 security professionals from Facebook to help keep the data secure.HTC has a more detailed privacy policy for its HTC Vive, an $800 system similar to the Rift created in a partnership with video game creator Valve released April 5.
Still, Facebook said it couldn t rule out the possibility of isolated improper actions or unintentional bias by workers in how trending topics are selected.The Gizmodo report prompted Mr. Thune to send a letter to Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg asking how trending topics are selected.The company looked at more than 3,000 decisions to see if conservative or liberal topics were disproportionately boosted or suppressed by reviewers.It interviewed current and former reviewers.The day the conference wasn t included, Facebook said, was the day after the 2016 Super Tuesday primaries, when at least 15 other topics related to the Republican presidential campaign were accepted.They also used a list of 1,000 media publications known internally as the Media 1K to help write topic descriptions.
Remember the hoopla around Facebook s alleged Trending section news bias, something that arose from a report citing anonymous sources?Facebook has since published its editorial process concerning the section, and even talked with conservatives including Glenn Beck, who recently stated that he felt the social network was being honest.The matter can be put to rest, as the report hinged on very little and Facebook has gone to great lengths to shed light on the process.Be sure to check out the letter if you're interested in the full details, but they can be neatly summed up thusly:Our investigation has revealed no evidence of systematic political bias in the selection or prominence of stories included in the Trending Topics feature.We were also unable to substantiate any of the specific allegations of politically-motivated suppression of particular subjects or sources.In fact, we confirmed that most of the subjects mentioned in media reports were included as trending topics on multiple occasions.
In Senate testimony earlier this year, FBI Director James Comey said that a typo in a 1993 statute concerning electronic communications transaction records was leading some companies to resist providing the FBI with ordinary transaction records that we can get in most contexts with a non-court order .Photograph: Jose Luis Magana/APTwo US senators have warned that a new bill would vastly expand the FBI s warrantless access to Americans online records.Although the text of the 2017 intelligence authorization bill is not yet available to the public, two members of the Senate intelligence committee have said the bill could expand the remit of a nonjudicial subpoena called a National Security Letter NSLs to acquire Americans email records, chat or messaging accounts, account login records, browser histories and social-media service usage.Wyden s colleague on the panel, Democrat Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, said in a Thursday statement that the measure represents a massive expansion of government surveillance that lacks independent oversight and potentially gives the FBI access to Americans email and browser histories with little more than the approval of a manager in the field .Obscure before the 9/11 attacks, the FBI has come to rely significantly on NSLs, which come exclusively from the executive branch, and not with a judge s approval.The NSL served to Nicholas Merrill in 2004 included demands for cellular location information and any other information which you consider to be an electronic communication transactional record – an indication that the phraseology in the fiscal 2017 intelligence bill has direct NSL precedent.
Instead, the FBI would need just a National Security Letter, which would force companies to provide email access to the agency without alerting the person who s being investigated.DON T MISS: The iPhone 7 might actually be in troubleThe Senate Intelligence Committee approved the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Act on Tuesday, CNET reports.Burr and Feinstein recently proposed an encryption backdoor law that received plenty of criticism.Fortunately, not all the senators on the committee agree.This bill would mean more government surveillance of Americans, less due process and less independent oversight of US intelligence agencies.Worse, neither the intelligence agencies, nor the bill s sponsors have shown any evidence that these changes would do anything to make Americans more secure.
As part of its continuing push for ever greater surveillance powers, the FBI is hoping that a new bill, known as the 2017 Intelligence Authorization Act, will be enacted into law, as the proposed legislation makes it possible for the agency to read emails without a warrant.It s already been given Senate Intelligence Committee approval and will next be considered by the Senate as a whole.The threat of terrorism remains high, so it s vital that we provide intelligence agencies with all the resources they need to prevent attacks both at home and abroad, said the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, echoing the FBI s reasoning behind the bill.This bill takes a hatchet to important protections for Americans liberty, he said via CNet .This bill would mean more government surveillance of Americans, less due process, and less independent oversight of U.S. intelligence agencies.It recently halted a lawsuit against Apple after the Cupertino company refused to weaken security features on one of its iPhones, even though it was the device used by the San Bernardino attacker.
US senators' bill won't make it to the floor of CongressA once thriving bill now out of oxygen ... Photo source: ShutterstockA proposed piece of US legislation that would have required American tech companies to cripple the encryption in their products is dead in the water.The daft bill was championed by Senators Richard Burr R‑NC and Dianne Feinstein D‑CA in February following an increasingly rancorous debate over encryption, and at one point it looked likely to make it into law.Just last month, Senator Ron Wyden said he was planning to filibuster it.But this week, it became clear that the proposed law – which would, essentially, require engineers to make their encryption reversible for investigators – will not make it to the Senate floor.But then came a decision against its use of the 1789 All Writs Act by a New York magistrate, a tech sector that largely rallied behind Apple, and suddenly the FBI was faced with the prospect of losing its universal legal precedent in the form of the All Writs Act – something that it wants intact to be able to use in all sorts of other cases in future.Both the FBI and Apple have agreed that with such a significant issue as access to billions of people's data on the table, a few extreme lawsuits is not the best way to find a workable compromise.
Donald Trump is being relentlessly mocked on Twitter for backing out of a debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders I-Vt. .The ChickenTrump hashtag started trending soon after the billionaire businessman revealed he wouldn t be discussing policy issues with the Democratic presidential candidate.The presumptive GOP presidential nominee is depicted as farmyard foul in many of the hilarious images, gifs and short video clips that are going viral.Here are some of the best:Once again, the world sees ChickenTrump s true colors...weird orange with a little fluffy yellow belly.pic.twitter.com/zrQEAH4rXN— Half Koala @GreenMyHouz May 28, 2016Editor s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
The two pieces of proposed legislation would each significantly expand use of National Security Letters to include "Electronic Communication Transactional Records"—better known as metadata.The letters demand personal information, and they don't need a judge's signature, much less a showing of probable cause.The provision would allow NSLs to target "account number, login history, length of service including start date …Internet Protocol address…routing, or transmission information…" and more.This amendment is authored by Sen. John Cornyn R-Texas , and it's being tacked on to a pending Senate bill.In the past ten years, the FBI has issued over 300,000 NSLs, a vast majority of which included gag orders that prevented companies from disclosing that they received a request for information.In addition, the IG found that data collected pursuant to NSLs was stored indefinitely, used to gain access to private information in cases that were not relevant to an FBI investigation, and that NSLs were used to conduct bulk collection of tens of thousands of records at a time.
U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley asked four federal agencies to look at the visa status of more than 140 foreign workers on a construction project at Tesla's Fremont factory, in response to an investigation by this newspaper.The senator praised the Department of Labor for its work, but singled out the other agencies.Tesla and Eisenmann announced last month they would investigate the matter.Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company "actually paid $55/hr," and also said "less and less" of the story appeared "to be true."Follow him at Twitter.com/HansenLouis.These are some of the questions from his letter:-- How many business visas or B visas were issued to Vuzem workers for the Tesla construction project?
The US Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has called on the nation's cable and satellite providers to testify about their customer service failings.Senators Claire McCaskill D-MO and Rob Portman R-OH said that they have requested that executives from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, DirecTV and Dish come to Washington, DC, and explain the consistently poor reviews their organizations receive every year from customers.Though the hearing will focus on TV service, the testimony will also almost certainly touch on internet service as well, as many of the companies bundle their ISP services with TV and phone service.The committee has been investigating the customer service problems for more than a year.The hearings will take place on Capitol Hill on June 23rd and testimony from the companies will be streamed live.Earlier this week, the New York State Attorney General sent an open letter to Time Warner Cable, taking the telco to task for failing to deliver on the services it advertises and telling the cable giant that it has "earned the miserable reputation it enjoys among consumers."
Sponsors of the email warrant bill pull it after a senator pushes to include expansion of an FBI surveillance programThe U.S. Capitol in Washington.Credit: Elizabeth HeichlerA bill to give email and other documents stored in the cloud new protections from government searches may be dead in the U.S. Senate over a proposed amendment to expand the FBI's surveillance powers.Under U.S. law, police need warrants to get their hands on paper files in a suspect's home or office and on electronic files stored on his computer or in the cloud for less than 180 days.But sponsors of the Senate bill, Senators Mike Lee and Patrick Leahy, pulled the bill from consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week after another committee member insisted on pushing forward with an amendment that would expand the FBI's controversial National Security Letter NSL surveillance program.The amendment from Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, would allow the FBI to use the administrative subpoena NSL program to obtain electronic data from communications providers.Under the amendment, the FBI, through NSLs, would not need court-ordered warrants to obtain IP addresses, routing and transmission information, session data, a person's browsing history, email metadata, location information, and the exact date and time a person signs in or out of a particular online account.
The rules are intended to give broadband customers data about actual speeds, compared to advertised speeds, and potentially controversial congestion management practices.The Senate bill, the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act, would still ensure "meaningful transparency for consumers" because older FCC rules requiring some disclosure of network management practices remain in place, said Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican and committee chairman.Congress has the power to weaken or kill the rules, however.It's unclear whether President Barack Obama, a strong supporter of the net neutrality rules, would veto the legislation."The transparency rules help ensure a level playing field for small businesses to compete in the online marketplace -- which is why so many small businesses asked the FCC to create these rules in the first place."None so far has succeeded.
Adobe Flash Player v10.1 or above is required for you to watch this video.Democratic US Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut is filibustering on the Senate floor right now to push for legislation that would prevent terror suspects like the Orlando shooter from buying guns.And thanks to the wonders of livestreaming, you too can experience what it s like to sit through hours upon hours of senators trying to talk nonstop.Just in case you don t have several hours to spare, here s the highlights:The Senate is set to vote on a spending bill today, but Senate Democrats are trying to force a vote on an amendment that would prevent terror suspects from obtaining guns.I Made an Untraceable AR-15 Ghost Gun In My Office I think when there is not a collective condemnation with policy change from what is supposedly the world s greatest deliberative body that there are very quiet cues that are picked up by people who are contemplating the unthinkable in their mind.I've had Enough— Chris Murphy @ChrisMurphyCT June 15, 2016
The head of a Senate committee is pressing Facebook to provide lawmakers with all of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen s activity on the social-media website, noting that the suspect apparently posted several alarming statements on the night of the attack.Sen. Ron Johnson R., Wis. , chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, that Mr. Mateen may have used as many as five different Facebook accounts and made a number of posts on the night of the attack, including a declaration of support for the leader of the terror group Islamic State.The letter said committee staff learned of the posts during their examination of the attacks, but didn t say how.In the month before the attack, Mr. Mateen conducted internet searches showing his growing interest in a domestic terror attack, the letter said, including a search about the December terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., and a speech by the leader of Islamic State.In the letter, Sen. Johnson asked the company to provide all Facebook data on Mr. Mateen s activities on his account and any affiliated Facebook accounts, including but not limited to activity logs, Facebook timeline information, Facebook messages, photos and posts.Mr. Johnson said he wants Facebook to produce the material by June 29.
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