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NEW YORK (AP) — "The Interview" was put back into theaters Tuesday when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited Christmas Day theatrical release for the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its cancelled release.
Question: With all of the breaches at major retailers, is it actually safer to shop online these days?
PHOENIX -- Arizonans are not entitled to details of exactly how police departments can track cell phones -- and their owners -- a judge has concluded.
Ria Cheruvu is on the precipice of completing a major milestone in life, as she’s very, very close to receiving her high school diploma. What makes her story a little less common than the average high school graduate is the time of life when she’s graduating; the Arizona Connections Academy student is at an age when many students are picking up the basics of algebra.
Question: Why are so many big name retail chains being hacked all of the sudden?
Only about one in four sexual assaults committed in Arizona is ever solved by police. One attack that hasn’t been solved by police is the brazen and savage attack by an unknown assailant on a 91-year-old woman in one of Tempe’s better neighborhoods.
The word watermark doesn’t tend to come up in casual conversation. Yet consciously or unconsciously, watermarks are a big part of daily life and faith. Here are a few examples. High-quality stationery has long been associated with watermarks. I can still remember my mom’s special bond-quality writing paper, with the curious watermark on every page. We all handle money regularly, but if you work in retail, banking, or any profession that deals with money frequently, then you’ll be more than familiar with the watermarks used in paper currency to help stop counterfeiting. The same is also true of those who work in airport security checking passports for the safety of all travelers. If you’re in any kind of construction work, home or building repair specialist, then watermarks have a whole different meaning, especially if you’re called in to deal with the aftermath of a flood or some other type of water damage. Then there’s digital watermarking used in audio or image data for copyright purposes. Other types of digital watermarks protect data integrity and computer security. Last, but not least, from a spiritual perspective, the word watermark reminds us of our baptism.
Saying Tucson has been “uncooperative and evasive,” the American Civil Liberties Union wants a judge to immediately order it to turn over documents about use of a device by the police department that allows it to track cell phone users without their knowledge.
PHOENIX -- Saying Tucson has been "uncooperative and evasive,'' the American Civil Liberties Union wants a judge to immediately order it to turn over documents about use of a device by the Police Department that allows it to track cell phone users without their knowledge.
In legal filings in Pima County Superior Court, attorney Dan Pochoda pointed out to Judge Douglas Metcalf that he had ordered city to provide the ACLU with a list of each document it believes it does not have to disclose "with enough information to make it identifiable.'' Metcalf also directed the city to explain why it is being withheld.
What the ACLU got, Pochoda said, was a list of documents the city already said it had given to Metcalf for him to review in chambers along with "vague, speculative, and conclusory rationales for withholding the requested items.''
Pochoda said the request, submitted by investigative reporter Beau Hodai, was very specific about wanting data about the purchase and use of device, sold by Harris Co. originally as the StingRay and later as Hailstorm, along with what appears to be a new non-disclosure agreement between the Tucson Police Department and the FBI about what it would and would not make public.
"Defendant simply chose not to address this request in its submission (to the court) and failed to submit any factual or legal reason to the court why the requested records should not be provided,'' Pochoda wrote.
He said the Police Department "simply ignores'' a subsequent request for information on requests for search warrants to use the equipment.
If nothing else, Pochoda said Arizona case law states if a document falls within the scope of the public record statute, then there is a "presumption favoring disclosure.'' He said that means Tucson must "prove specifically how the best interest of the state outweighs the public right to disclosure,'' something he said the city did not do.
"A purported speculative interest does not outweigh the presumption favoring disclosure,'' Pochoda wrote.
There was no immediate response from the city.
At issue is equipment the Police Department admits it bought in 2011 and has used at least five times.
The device tricks cell phones into believing it is just another cell phone tower operated by the owner's carrier. That causes the phone to report its individual identifying information and essentially allow police to use the mobile device to find its location.
Hodai, an investigative reporter, made three separate requests for the information. The case wound up in court, with Hodai represented by the ACLU, when the department failed to produce all the documents. On Aug. 18, Metcalf said the way to resolve this is for Tucson to produce a list of what it won't produce and why.
But Pochoda said what the city produced last month does not comply with the judge's order. So now he wants Metcalf to produce the records themselves.
In his own filing at the time, City Attorney Michael Rankin told the judge he believes the items not produced are exempt from Arizona's public records laws.
There is a catch-all category dealing with what is in the "best interests of the state.'' And in this case, Rankin argued, releasing the information would "compromise sensitive law enforcement techniques and national security interests by making the technology available to criminals.''
Rankin said the city also does not want to release "equipment worksheet'' and PowerPoint presentation to familiarize those working with the equipment with how it operates, arguing it would "compromise the effectiveness and use of this technology by both local and federal law enforcement agencies.''
In his filing with the court, Pochoda said Tucson does not dispute that records pertaining to the Counter Narcotics Alliance, of which the Police Department is a member, are public. The same is true, he said, of any communications between the department and the FBI.
"Defendant misleads the court concerning the scope of plaintiff's requests and ignores the applicable law concerning the duty to release public records,'' Pochoda told Metcalf.
Pochoda said the city's argument about the narcotics alliance records is that producing them would "easily produce thousands of pages of materials that is in no way related to the use of Harris technology.'' But he said that does not mean the records do not have to be poroduced.
"Public officials do not have the right to ignore or limit the scope of a record request based on their belief the request is too broad,'' Pochoda wrote.
Similarly, he said the city is somehow suggesting that the request for communications between the Police Department and the FBI also is overly broad. But Pochoda said the request covers less than a 12-month period.
"Despite defendant's claims that there could be 'tens of thousands of documents' responsive to plaintiff's request, defendant failed to provide plaintiff with a single responsive record,'' Pochoda argued.
Q: I’m a little nervous about all this talk about turning my smartphone into my wallet; isn’t it just going to create another major area to get breached?
An independent study by a home-security company based on FBI statistics ranked the town of Gilbert as the fifth-safest city in Arizona.
Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape.
NEW YORK — Travelers, prepare to pay more for your flight.
With the upcoming Tempe City Council election I asked the five council hopefuls and two incumbents two questions about crime and policing costs.
The head of the organization offering to fund a study on medical marijuana at the University of Arizona said he will pull the cash unless the school restores fired doctor and researcher Sue Sisley to the staff and the project.
Question: How can I tell if my computer has been infected by the Blackshades malware ring that the FBI just broke up?
While the average citizen struggles to save for retirement, some “public servants” will be making millions from “public service.” Fifty individuals walked away with a cash payout of hundreds of thousands of dollars, got a second retirement plan, and then started making over $100,000 in yearly pensions. What do you get?
Question: We’ve got a new college graduate with lots of stuff to be backed up off her computer. Should we use cloud or external hard drive?
Rebuffing a bid to add new last-minute string to funding, state senators gave preliminary approval Wednesday to creating a new Department of Child Safety and providing what is now $63 million in new cash to get it started.
Question: My bank is recommending that I use Trusteer Rapport along with Sophos for protection for my Mac. Do you agree? — Lynne