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Technology Policy Reporter and Blogger — Washington Post

Covering tech policy for @WashingtonPost via @TheSwitch. Opinions here mine, but feel free to borrow them. Tips? andrea.peterson[at]washpost[dot]com

The Switchboard: Clinton’s private e-mail helped thwart FOIA requests — Over the next few weeks, we'll be switching things up with a new Switchboard feature we're calling "On Our Radar." If you hate it, tell us. 'FREAK' flaw undermines security for Apple and Google users, researchers discover.

Clinton may not have sent classified e-mail from her personal account. But that may not matter. — The State Department says that Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of her private e-mail account during her tenure as head of the agency did not include sending classified information. But what, if any, security measures Clinton may have used to protect the account remain unclear -- and unclassified e-mails could still contain sensitive information about U.S.

Obama is upset that China wants tech companies to undermine their own security — President Obama came out against back doors in encrypted communications -- if the Chinese government can access them. But the president has avoided taking a position on whether tech companies should build in ways for U.S. law enforcement to access secure communications, a policy endorsed by some high-ranking administration figures.

The FCC’s net neutrality decision could mean stronger privacy rules for Internet service providers — The Federal Communications Commission made history on Thursday, classifying Internet providers as public utilities for the first time. The landmark vote was aimed at ensuring "net neutrality" -- the principle that all online traffic be treated the same.

The White House’s draft of a consumer privacy bill is out - and even the FTC is worried — The White House on Friday released what it called a discussion draft of a bill aimed at giving consumers more control over how data about them is collected. But privacy advocates, including Democratic members of Congress, raised concerns that the legislation might actually make things worse.

President Obama: “I loved Spock.” — Leonard Nimoy struggled with how closely he was identified with his most famous role, Spock in Star Trek, during his life. And in death, Spock is still haunting him -- even in President Obama's statement on his passing: Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy.

Clinton is looking for a middle ground on encryption that experts say doesn’t exist

reddit is finally cracking down on revenge porn — The self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet" will finally ban nude or sexually explicit photos posted without the subject's consent. Link-sharing and discussion site reddit's announced an updated privacy policy including the ban Tuesday. The policy will go into affect on March 10. Here's the specific language about involuntary pornography: reddit is committed to your privacy.

Here’s how the clash between the NSA Director and a senior Yahoo executive went down. — In an unusual public exchange, the director of the National Security Agency and a senior Yahoo executive clashed over cyber-spying Monday, illustrating the growing chasm between Washington and Silicon Valley over whether intelligence officials should have broad access to the products being developed by the nation's top technology firms. For a normally staid Washington cyber-security summit, the tense back-and-forth had the packed audience of executives, senior policy makers, bureaucrats and journalists buzzing.

This is Snowden’s one regret — Edward Snowden has one regret about his decision to reveal the inner workings of National Security Agency spying programs: He wishes he did it sooner. Following Laura Poitras' best documentary win for " Citizenfour" at the Oscars, the filmmaker and Glenn Greenwald, a fellow co-founding editor at Pierre Omidyar-backed news site the Intercept, joined Snowden on reddit Monday to answer questions about the movie and the experience that inspired the film.
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Mar 03, 2015

@theinstantwin Agree that there's more discussion to be had vulnerability exploitation. Eager to write it :)

Mar 03, 2015

Clinton may not have sent classified e-mail from her personal account. But that may not matter.…

Mar 03, 2015

ICYMI: Obama is upset that China wants tech companies to undermine their own security…

Mar 03, 2015

Obama finally came out against encryption backdoors -- if China is asking for them.…

Mar 02, 2015

RT @jswatz: Hillary wouldn't have left important conversations to a private email account. That's what chatroulette is for.

Mar 02, 2015

Note to self: If made Secretary of State, conduct all official business via Snapchat. Or Yo.

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