The Switchboard: U.S. to examine ways to prevent spying on spying

January 28

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

U.S. looks at ways to prevent spying on NSA spying. "As the Obama administration considers ending the storage of millions of phone records by the National Security Agency, the government is quietly funding research to prevent eavesdroppers from seeing whom the U.S. is spying on, The Associated Press has learned."

Lavabit to have its day in federal appeals court. "Lavabit, the private email service that shut down last year after a court order called for its private SSL (secure socket layer) keys, will make its case Tuesday before a U.S. federal appeals court," according to Computerworld.

Darrell Issa: James Clapper lied to Congress about the NSA and should be fired. "A group of congressmen led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is pushing for President Obama to fire James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, who they say misled Congress about the extent of the NSA's surveillance activity," I wrote yesterday.

Google Glass to be covered by vision care provider VSP. "Google and VSP, the nation’s biggest optical health insurance provider, have struck a deal to offer subsidized frames and prescription lenses for Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear," according to The New York Times.

Prince sues 22 fans for $1 million each for linking to bootlegs. "What sort of musician, in this day and age, thinks it makes sense to sue nearly two dozen fans for sharing bootlegs of their music on the internet -- an action that tends to be both the pinnacle of fandom, combined with almost certainly no actual loss of revenue," asks Techdirt. "Fans interested in bootlegs tend to be the kinds of fans who buy everything and spend tons of money on live shows as well."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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