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May 7, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Patriotic duty: The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Patriot Act was never written to authorize the sweeping surveillance the NSA interpreted it to allow. The judges said bulk collection of Americans’ phone metadata wasn’t authorized, as the intelligence community has argued. The ruling doesn’t immediately halt the domestic phone records surveillance program, but if it’s not overturned, it could force...

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May 1, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Bad diagnosis: Partners HealthCare said hackers might have gained access to the medical and personal information of about 3,300 patients. The breach occurred when some employees responded to phishing emails, which allowed access to email accounts. Some emails had private patient information, including Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and notes on treatments and insurance. Those affected include...

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April 30, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Keep private phone private: Government agencies are becoming more hesitant about having staffers use their own devices in the workplace, says Forrester Research, citing concerns about security and liability. Last year, 11 percent of officials who make technology decisions considered implementing the device policy “critical,” down from 17 percent in 2013, according to the Forrester survey. Many government officials...

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