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Two U.S. Senators Are Calling For an Investigation Into Google’s Tracking of Android Phones

May 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At a time of increased scrutiny of companies that collect masses of user data, two U.S. senators are calling on federal regulators to investigate a Google product called Location History. Quartz first reported in January about the sly and confusing ways Google cajoles Android users to opt into Location History,...

Judge Rules Commerce Cannot Charge Exorbitant Fees to Access Immigration Data

April 3, 2018 Above the forwarded email I sent to my editor in March 2015 were the following remarks: “FYI, FOIAing two databases because they charge $13,000 a piece per year to access them.” Three years later, a federal district court judge says I’m entitled to that data—the only near-comprehensive records of people...

If You’re Using an Android Phone, Google May Be Tracking Every Move You Make

January 24, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Biking? Google probably knows you are. Up a mountain? It probably knows that, too. The Alphabet subsidiary’s location-hungry tentacles are quietly lurking behind some of the most innovative features of its Android mobile operating system. Once those tentacles latch on, phones using Android begin silently transmitting data back to the...

Edward Snowden Created an App to Catch Hackers

December 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rather than fill your home with cameras, or motion sensors, or trip wires or booby traps, Edward Snowden has a new way to figure out if your home or laptop has been violated. All it takes is an extra Android phone. The Freedom of the Press Foundation, which counts the...

Airlines Are Price Gouging in the Path of Hurricane Irma—And Algorithms Are to Blame

September 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Travelers trying to evacuate in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, are complaining of unusually high airline ticket prices in cities along the storm’s trajectory. Shame on you @delta. Jacking from $547 to over $3200 for people trying to evacute responsibly? #IrmaHurricane pic.twitter.com/O2nfPHQUAh...

Government Emails Show USCIS Was Caught Off Guard and Unprepared by the Muslim Ban

August 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just a week into president Donald Trump’s term he tried to make good on one of his signature campaign promises: banning Muslims from entering the US. After Trump signed an executive order banning US travel from a number of Muslim-majority countries, chaos at the borders followed, with people being turned...

50% of U.S. Coal Jobs Are in These 25 Counties

May 1, 2017 In the drive to reduce coal use because of the harm that carbon emissions cause, it’s easy to dismiss the the pain of coal miners—especially when the US coal industry directly employs a relatively small number of people. But while the industry as a whole isn’t that large, job losses...

Laptops and Tablets Are Now Banned from Use on 56 Routes to the US

March 21, 2017 The United States will prohibit passengers traveling on several routes to the US from the Middle East and North Africa from bringing electronics larger than a smartphone on board with them. The Department of Homeland Security will publicly announce the rule as early as today (March 21), according to senior...

Laptops and Tablets Have Been Banned From Being Used on 56 Routes to the US

March 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States will prohibit passengers traveling on several routes to the US from the Middle East and North Africa from bringing electronics larger than a smartphone on board with them. The Department of Homeland Security will publicly announce the rule as early as today (March 21), according to senior...

Laptops and Tablets Have Been Banned from Being Used on 56 Routes to the U.S.

March 21, 2017 The United States will prohibit passengers traveling on several routes to the US from the Middle East and North Africa from bringing electronics larger than a smartphone on board with them. The Department of Homeland Security will publicly announce the rule as early as today (March 21), according to senior...