Tonya Riley

Tonya Riley covers privacy, surveillance and cryptocurrency for CyberScoop News. She previously wrote the Cybersecurity 202 newsletter for The Washington Post and before that worked as a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. Her work has appeared in Wired, CNBC, Esquire and other outlets. She recieved a BA in history from Brown University.

You can reach Tonya with sensitive tips on Signal at 202-643-0931. PR pitches to Signal will be ignored and should be sent via email.

Policy

People search websites create privacy nightmares for abortion rights advocates

by Tonya Riley

Many abortion rights advocates say the ease of finding their personal information online from data brokers puts them at risk.

Government

Privacy advocates want the FTC to take on invasive daycare apps

by Tonya Riley

Researchers have found some daycare apps share information such as the number of diaper changes with third-parties without disclosing it.

Policy

Agencies don't know what sensitive data new IT systems collect on Americans, GAO report finds

by Tonya Riley

A rise in federal agency breaches involving personal data highlights the ongoing challenge the U.S. government faces in protecting privacy.

Geopolitics

Alternative payment apps such as AliPay a boon for cybercriminals, experts tell Congress

by Tonya Riley

They pointed to the use of apps such as China-based Alipay and Russia-based Qiwi as a growing problem and a national security threat.

Government

Congressional inquiry reveals secret Customs and Border Protection database of U.S. phone records

by Tonya Riley

CBP is conducting warrantless phone searches of up to 10,000 Americans annually and storing details in a government database.

Government

Twitter couldn't detect foreign agents on its own, whistleblower testifies

by Tonya Riley

Whistleblower Peiter "Mudge" Zatko said that "if you're not placing foreign agents into Twitter … you're most likely not doing your job."

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