Cybersecurity

Justice, Senators Propose Initiatives to Combat Online Sex Exploitation

The department’s voluntary principles and new legislation leave encryption in question. 

Cybersecurity

End-to-End Encryption and Law Enforcement Access to Data Can Coexist, Justice Official Says

The official pointed to Australian and U.K. laws as models for the U.S. and an emerging “international consensus” on the issue. 

Cybersecurity

House Subcommittee Knocking at Amazon’s Door Over Ring Data

The chairman of a House Oversight panel wants a briefing with Amazon officials about the consumer security tool.

Cybersecurity

FBI Director Argues Private Companies Shouldn’t Decide Encryption Debate 

A key lawmaker questioned whether the Justice Department’s position is at odds with the Defense Department’s.

Emerging Tech

States Sue Trump Administration Over 3D-Printed Gun Regulations

The state attorneys general say they fear making online designs to create “ghost guns” more accessible will lead to violence.

Emerging Tech

Senator Demands Answers on Facial Recognition Tool that Could Pose ‘Chilling’ Privacy Risks

Sen. Ed Markey said he’s particularly troubled about law enforcement officials’ access to the app.

Emerging Tech

One State May Become the First to Ban Law Enforcement Use of Genealogy Databases

A Utah state representative said he believes lawmakers are prepared to continue their “strong record of protecting individual privacy.”

Ideas

5 Ways Technology Will Revolutionize Government in the 2020s

As we enter a new decade, these technological advancements will redefine what it means to be a citizen of the United States and the world. 

IT Modernization

FBI Unites Traditional Techniques with Tech-Driven Applications to Solve Today’s Crimes

A top official recently reflected on how insiders are transforming old-school approaches to tackle advanced cyber crimes.

Emerging Tech

Lawmakers Propose Bill Limiting Government's Use of Facial Recognition

The legislation would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before conducting facial recognition surveillance.

Emerging Tech

Did Body Cameras Backfire?

Body cameras were supposed to fix a broken system. What happened?

Emerging Tech

The Endless Aerial Surveillance of the Border

New reports suggest that drone activity at the southern border is spreading to nearby cities, erasing the line between police procedures and immigration enforcement.

Cybersecurity

DOJ Makes Another Plea for Encryption Backdoors

While officials have long framed end-to-end encryption as an impediment to fighting terrorism, the department is now focusing on its impacts on child sex abuse.

Cybersecurity

Attorney General, DHS Secretary Call on Facebook to Build Encryption Backdoors

“Security enhancements to the virtual world should not make us more vulnerable in the physical world,” they said in a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

IT Modernization

Legacy Systems Held DHS' Biometrics Programs Back. Not Anymore.

The cloud-based HART system, which will house data on hundreds of millions of people, promises to significantly expand the department’s use of facial recognition and other biometric software, as well as its partnerships with external agencies.