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US searches of phones, laptops at airports rising, suit says

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. government searches of travelers’ cellphones and laptops at airports and border crossings nearly quadrupled since 2015 and were being done for reasons beyond customs and immigration enforcement, according to papers filed Tuesday in a federal lawsuit that claims scouring the electronic devices without a warrant is …

The next privacy worry is Ring doorbells and Nest security cameras. Here’s what you can do about it. – The Washington Post

Police want to register — and even subsidize — private security cameras. That’s just the start of the ethical challenges ahead. Ding-dong, your doorbell is looking a bit creepy. Ring video doorbells, Nest Hello and other connected security cameras are the fastest-growing home improvement gadgets since garage-door openers. These cameras, often built into …

New Zealand’s ‘digital strip searches’: Give border agents your passwords or risk a $5,000 fine – The Washington Post

Travelers who refuse to surrender passwords, codes, encryption keys and other information enabling access to electronic devices could be fined up to $5,000 in New Zealand (about US$3,300), according to new customs rules that went into effect Monday. Border agents were already able to seize digital equipment, but the Customs and …

How to Stop Google From Tracking Your Location | WIRED

IF, LIKE MOST people, you thought Google stopped tracking your location once you turned off Location History in your account settings, you were wrong. According to an AP investigation published Monday, even if you disable Location History, the search giant still tracks you every time you open Google Maps, get certain automatic weather …