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Dustin Volz

Dustin Volz
Dustin Volz is a staff correspondent for National Journal covering tech policy. His work has previously appeared in The Washington Post, The Center for Public Integrity, and The Arizona Republic. Dustin is a graduate of Arizona State University and a publisher of Downtown Devil, a hyper-local news site serving the downtown Phoenix community. Before arriving at National Journal, Dustin spent nine months teaching English at a high school in Indonesia through a Fulbright scholarship.
CIO Briefing

European Court Opinion Threatens NSA Spying Overseas

A nonbinding decision Wednesday deemed “invalid” the pact under which Europe and the U.S. share data.

CIO Briefing

Is Germany Building the Next NSA?

Berlin is fast becoming a center for European digital-privacy experts. Next year, it will also become the home of Germany’s top spy agency.

CIO Briefing

Federal Court Overturns Ruling Against NSA Mass-Surveillance Program

The bulk-collection program was reined in earlier this summer when Congress passed the USA Freedom Act.

Data

Google Goes to Court in Europe

Google’s bellicose response to Europe’s antitrust charges belie the uphill battle the search giant faces.

Emerging Tech

Google Sternly Rebukes Europe’s Antitrust Charges

Europe’s case against the search giant is “wrong as a matter of fact, law and economics,” Google wrote.

CIO Briefing

White House Nixes Edward Snowden Pardon Request

“Mr. Snowden's dangerous decision to steal and disclose classified information had severe consequences for the security of our country and the people who work day in and day out to protect it.”

Cybersecurity

DOJ Refuses to Release Secret Cybersecurity Memo

Sen. Ron Wyden says the memo is crucial to the Senate's upcoming cybersecurity debate.

CIO Briefing

NSA to Purge Database of Phone Records Collected Under Mass Surveillance

“As soon as possible, NSA will destroy the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata upon expiration of its litigation preservation obligations.”

Cybersecurity

Carmaker Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles Over Hacking Fears

Fiat Chrysler is pulling late-model Dodge Rams, Dodge Chargers and Jeep Cherokees.

CIO Briefing

How Much Damage Can OPM Hackers Do With a Million Fingerprints?

The pilfering of 1.1 million fingerprints is “probably the biggest counterintelligence threat in my lifetime,” one former NSA official said.

CIO Briefing

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta Quits

Congressional support eroded after announcement than 21 million Social Security numbers were compromised.

Cybersecurity

OPM Announces More Than 21 Million Affected by Second Data Breach

The federal personnel agency will announce Thursday that a breach of OPM data revealed the information of 21.5 million federal employees and their families.

Cybersecurity

Hillary Clinton: Cyber Legislation in Congress Is 'Not Enough' to Stop Foreign Hackers

"It's not only the Chinese. We know that other governments—Russia, North Korea, Iran—have either directly or indirectly sponsored hacking."

CIO Briefing

Eric Holder: The 'Possibility Exists' Edward Snowden Could Come Home

“I certainly think there could be a basis for a resolution that everybody could ultimately be satisfied with,” the former attorney general said.

Cybersecurity

FBI Director James Comey Says He’s ‘Not a Maniac’ About Encryption

Previewing a round of testimony before Congress later this week, James Comey warned that too-tough-to-crack encryption allows bad actors to “communicate with impunity.”

Cybersecurity

OPM May Announce Size of Second Data Breach Next Week

The embattled federal agency is planning to reveal details about a breach of security-clearance information as soon as early next week, according to Hill sources.

Cybersecurity

House Oversight Chair Accuses OPM Director of Lying About Cyberattack

“It was misleading, it was a lie, and it wasn’t true,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz said.

Cybersecurity

Jeb Bush: Obama Should Fire His ‘Political Hack’ OPM Director

The presidential candidate joins a handful of lawmakers in calling for the resignation of Katherine Archuleta because of her handling of a massive data breach.

Cybersecurity

John Oliver Slams Revenge Porn As Federal Legislation Nears

“The Internet is an incredible tool,” the HBO host said said. “But like most tools, it can be used as a weapon.”