The Switchboard: Independent review board says NSA data collection should end

January 23

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Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read.

Independent review board says NSA phone data program is illegal and should end. "In a strongly worded report to be issued Thursday," the Post's own Ellen Nakashima reports, "the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) said that the statute upon which the program was based, Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, 'does not provide an adequate basis to support this program.'"

Netflix's secret weapon in the net neutrality fight. "People generally think of Netflix as a potential loser in the recent court decision overturning government network neutrality regulations," I write. "But on Wednesday, the company flexed its muscles in an unmistakable show of power meant for Internet providers."

Microsoft to shield foreign users’ data. "Microsoft will allow foreign customers to have their personal data stored on servers outside the U.S.," according to the Financial Times, "breaking ranks with other big technology groups that until now have shown a united front in response to the American surveillance scandal."

Judge sighs at 'whack-a-mole' lawsuits as Apple deals blow to Samsung. "Judge Lucy Koh has issued a trio of summary judgments that uphold one Apple claim, deny a second, and strike down a motion by Samsung ahead of the companies' formal trial over handheld gadget technology this spring," The Register reports.

Snapchat's new verification already hacked. "In about the time it takes to order of one of those vile pizza replicas from Domino's, one security researcher has proven how Snapchat's new verification system can be hacked," according to CNET.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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