FBI hiring outside firm to help with spying tool reform

  • The FBI is hiring a private company to help change its politics surrounding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a controversial tool used to spy on Americans.
  • The move is prompting concern about the seriousness of the reforms and raises questions about the FBI’s past ability to check its work for mistakes.
  • A Democratic congressional source told Insider the bureau’s problems policing itself stem from an attitude of ‘We’re the FBI. Trust us.’
  • The FBI faces questions about whether its sensitive data will be exposed as it works with an outside contractor, but the bureau insists the firm it picks will just be focused on developing new policies.
  • “Although the FBI’s repeated abuses deserve greater scrutiny, including routine auditing, these changes do not go nearly far enough,” said an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.
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The FBI is hiring a private contractor to

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Corona-fied: Employers are now spying on remote workers in their homes

The future of work is here, ushered in by a global pandemic. But is it turning employment into a Worker’s Paradise of working at home? Or more of a Big Brother panopticon?

Disturbing increases in the use of digital surveillance technologies by employers to monitor their remote workers are raising alarm bells. With the number of remote workers surging as a result of the pandemic—42 percent of U.S. workers are now doing their jobs from their kitchens, living rooms, and home offices—a number of employers have begun requiring their workers to download spying software to their laptops and smartphones. The goal is for businesses to monitor what their remote employees do all day, to track job performance and productivity, and to reduce so-called “cyber-slacking.”

Business software products from Hubstaff, which tracks a worker’s mouse movements, keyboard strokes, webpages visited, email, file transfers and applications used, are surging in sales. So

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