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NIST Plans to Drop SMS for Two-Factor Authentication

UPDATED–The move toward two-factor authentication and two-step verification for high-value services has been a positive one for user security, but many of those services use SMS as the channel for the second step in the authentication process, a method that the United States government is preparing to recommend against using. The National Institute of Standards and Technology […]

EFF and Others Tell FBI Access to Biometric Database is Vital

The EFF and several other civil liberties groups have sent comments to the FBI, saying it’s imperative that the bureau not be allowed to keep its massive biometric database out of reach of the Privacy Act. The huge collection of fingerprints, facial recognition data, palm prints, and other identifiers has been built up by the […]