Is Your Phone Secretly Sending Data to China?

A serious, and potentially frightening, security vulnerability involving some Android smartphones came to light Tuesday.

Phones made by Blu, a U.S. company, were transmitting their owners’ personal data to a computer server in China. It’s not clear how the data was being used, though security experts say it could have been accessible by the Chinese government.

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FBI calls for new wiretap law covering social media

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Encrypted social networking tools are hindering the FBI’s ability to track terrorists and recruiters who are appealing to young people in the U.S., an FBI official told lawmakers. The FBI wants access to stored or ongoing Internet communications after it shows evidence of criminal or terrorist activity and gets a court order, he said. The FBI needs help from Congress and from communications providers to make that happen, Steinbach said.

“We understand privacy,” he said. “Privacy above all other things, including safety and freedom from terrorism, is not where we want to go.”

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