The Switchboard: New TSA rule means you’ll have to charge your phone before boarding

A TSA arm patch is seen at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on February 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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

Enhanced security measures at certain airports overseas In a press release, the Transportation Security Administration said that it will no longer allow U.S.-bound passengers to board flights at certain overseas airports with uncharged electronic devices. "During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening," the agency's release said.

In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are "Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks," according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post's Barton Gellman, Julie Tate and Ashkan Soltani. "Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else."

YouTube, following Netflix, is now publicly shaming Internet providers for slow video Quartz's Zachary M. Seward and Herman Wong report that Google has started calling out Internet service providers for slow loading on video by showing some users a message that reads "Experiencing interruptions?"  "Clicking 'find out why' brings you to Google’s new website where it displays video playback quality for internet service providers (ISPs) in various countries. It’s like a report card for your delinquent ISP," the report said. "Small businesses are the usual targets."

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will "Beneath its slick interface and crystal clear GPS-enabled vision of the world, Google Maps roils with local rivalries, score-settling, and deception. Maps are dotted with thousands of spam business listings for nonexistent locksmiths and plumbers. Legitimate businesses sometimes see their listings hijacked by competitors or cloned into a duplicate with a different phone number or website," reports Wired's Kevin Poulson. "

Google reverses decision to delete British newspaper links "Google Inc on Thursday reversed its decision to remove several links to stories in Britain's Guardian newspaper, underscoring the difficulty the search engine is having implementing Europe's 'right to be forgotten' ruling," Reuters' Alexei Oreskovic and Aurindom Mukherjee reported. "The Guardian protested the removal of its stories describing how a soccer referee lied about reversing a penalty decision. It was unclear who asked Google to remove the stories."

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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