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  • Lawmakers look to regulate drone use with handful of bills

    April 26, 2016 9:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are making a bipartisan push to regulate drones, an area where developing technology meets privacy concerns. A number of proposals under consideration would criminalize drone trespassing, outline surveillance and privacy laws and establish registration and licensing guidelines. Baton Rouge Sen. Dan Claitor, a Republican, has... more »
  • Brooklyn case takes front seat in Apple encryption fight

    April 8, 2016 1:36 PM

    NEW YORK - The Justice Department says it will continue trying to force Apple to reveal a phone's data in a New York drug case. The government told a Brooklyn judge Friday it still wants an order requiring Apple's cooperation even though it no longer needs the company's help with... more »
  • Bill aimed to stop peeping Toms using drones Play Video

    April 1, 2016 7:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The increasing popularity of unmanned flying drones equipped with cameras has raised privacy concerns. State Representative Marcus Hunter wants to expand Louisiana's video voyeurism law to include these remote controlled devices. "What we want to do is create the crime where someone uses the drone to be... more »
  • Should lottery winners' names be secret? States debate issue

    January 15, 2016 11:10 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Even a jackpot isn't enough to buy anonymity for many lottery winners, whose names are often made public by state law. But now it's becoming increasingly possible for big winners to hide their identity, and lottery executives are trying to strike a balance between ensuring... more »
  • Concerns arise over body camera footage review

    December 9, 2015 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The debate over body cameras for police continues in Baton Rouge. City leaders are discussing the pros and cons of the cameras. The metro council approved a 10-month pilot program earlier this year. One of the biggest issues officials are looking at is whether officers would be allowed... more »
  • Privacy concerns raised over police body cameras

    October 7, 2015 7:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police body camera recordings will be public record - including video recorded inside a private residence, a committee learned while discussing the issue at city hall Wednesday. The group was organized by Metro Council. Members will watch the progress of a pilot program where Baton Rouge... more »
  • Snowden on video at NYC forum to promote privacy treaty

    September 24, 2015 2:33 PM

    NEW YORK - Edward Snowden appeared in New York via video to launch a campaign promoting an international treaty to protect privacy. The former National Security Agency systems analyst appeared from Moscow via a video link Thursday at a forum in Manhattan on the so-called "Snowden Treaty." Advocates say the... more »
  • Harvard student loses Facebook gig for app that shows flaws

    August 13, 2015 10:58 AM

    BOSTON- A Harvard University student says he lost his internship at Facebook after he launched a browser application that exploited privacy flaws on its mobile messenger. Aran Khanna's app showed that users of Facebook Messenger could pinpoint the exact locations of people they were talking to. Khanna posted the app... more »
  • New Louisiana public school student ID system developed

    May 5, 2015 5:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Public school students will soon be assigned new student identification numbers. The state education department says the Louisiana Secure Student ID system required under state law has been developed. Agency spokesman Barry Landry says the department is working with school districts to test the new system and regional... more »
  • Privacy advocates seek more openness on NSA surveillance

    April 22, 2015 3:57 AM

    WASHINGTON- As Congress considers whether to extend a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates fear there are still too many unknowns about government surveillance to allow for a comprehensive public understanding. The government has released reams of once-classified documents following the 2013 disclosures of the National Security... more »
  • Anonymous credit card data isn't that anonymous, study shows

    January 29, 2015 1:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new study says credit card data isn't quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included - and this is after companies wiped... more »
  • New privacy concerns over government's health care website

    January 20, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers. But a little-known side to the government's own health insurance website has prompted renewed privacy concerns. When you apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, dozens of data companies may be able to tell that you are on... more »
  • Obama to call for laws on data hacking, student privacy

    January 12, 2015 2:03 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus. A White House official said Obama would announce the proposed... more »
  • Crowley police can ban audio, video recording

    November 13, 2014 3:14 PM

    CROWLEY, La. - A Louisiana attorney general's office opinion says Police Chief K.P. Gibson can prohibit audio or video recording at the Crowley police station. KATC-TV reports Gibson asked for a ruling after a resident complained about the policy, which bans audio or video recording in the station's lobby and... more »
  • Court: Warrantless cell tracking unconstitutional

    June 11, 2014 6:25 PM

    MIAMI - A federal appeals court has ruled that investigators must obtain a search warrant to collect records from cellphone towers that are often used to track suspects' movements. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Wednesday with the American Civil Liberties Union that the... more »
  • Volume of encrypted email rising amid spying fears

    June 3, 2014 3:14 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops. Google automatically encrypts all email, but that doesn't ensure confidentiality unless the recipients' email... more »
  • House to debate secrecy for Capitol security video

    May 28, 2014 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Security surveillance video from the Louisiana Capitol complex would be off-limits to the public, under a bill heading to the full House for debate. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced the proposal without objection Wednesday after a heavy rewrite that narrowed its scope. As passed by... more »
  • Jindal signs bill seeking personal online privacy

    May 23, 2014 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Employers and schools in Louisiana will be prohibited from demanding access to personal email, social media and other types of online accounts. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Friday that the governor has signed into law the bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James, which is called the... more »
  • Abortion clinic denies Vitter allegations Play Video

    May 21, 2014 5:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge abortion clinic responded Wednesday to allegations by U. S. Senator David Vitter that they violated patients' privacy rights. Delta Clinic Coordinator Sylvia Ann Cochran said they were unaware of any violations alleged by Vitter, and questioned the timing of his statements which coincided... more »
  • Public records exemptions advance in Legislature

    May 14, 2014 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators are pushing new exemptions to Louisiana's public records law that would hide jury questionnaires and state building security footage from the public. The jury questionnaire secrecy bill, by Shreveport Sen. Barrow Peacock, is further along. It's been approved by the Senate and was advanced to... more »
  • House votes in favor of online account privacy bill

    May 13, 2014 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislation aimed at prohibiting employers and schools from demanding access to personal email, social media and other types of online accounts is headed to the governor's desk after gaining full support from the House. The bill introduced by Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, will prohibit employers... more »
  • Anti-drone bill killed by La. House committee

    May 6, 2014 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have grounded a Senate-backed bill seeking to restrict the use of drones on private property in Louisiana. The House criminal justice committee voted 7-6 Tuesday to reject the proposal from Republican Sen. Dan Claitor, of Baton Rouge, after hearing opposition from environmental and... more »
  • NSA says it investigates its violations of privacy rules

    August 16, 2013 1:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House isn't commenting on the latest revelations about surveillance of Americans and foreigners by the National Security Agency. According to documents that were leaked by Edward Snowden, and published today in The Washington Post, the agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands... more »
  • Obama defends broad phone, Internet spy programs

    June 8, 2013 10:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is urging Americans to "make some choices" in balancing privacy and security. Obama is defending once-secret surveillance programs that sweep up an estimated 3 billion phone calls a day and amass Internet data from U.S. providers in an attempt to thwart terror attacks. The president... more »

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