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Apple's Yosemite OS shares Spotlight search terms by default

An engineer who's studied the new OS criticized its privacy settings

Anonymous sharing app Whisper under a cloud over user location data

The app is accused by The Guardian of tracking users' locations


FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

Apple and Google should also rethink their plans to enable smartphone encryption by default, he says

Hillary Clinton: Social media is no match for real-world interactions

The former U.S. Secretary of State said face-to-face meetings are more valuable when it comes to solving society's greatest problems

Dropbox dismisses claims of hack affecting 7 million accounts

The credentials leaked by an alleged hacker online were likely stolen from other services, the company said

Kmart hacked, exposing customers' card numbers

There is no evidence that personal information or debit-card PIN numbers were stolen, the company says

IT industry group slams burdens imposed by proposed EU privacy policy

A proposal by EU justice ministers to relax data protection rules for low-risk personal data doesn't go far enough, industry lobbyists say

Judges spar with attorneys on national security data requests

A federal appeals court will rule on the constitutionality of National Security Letters

Jitters over US surveillance could break the Internet, tech leaders warn

Loss of trust in Internet companies could lead to protectionism and a splintered Internet, they say

Almost half of Android devices still have a vulnerable browser installed

The percentage is much higher in some countries and lower in the U.S, security firm Lookout estimates

Twitter sues for right to reveal more about national security requests

Current laws violate Twitter's First Amendment rights, the company says

NSA internal watchdog defends agency's privacy practices

The agency's collection of U.S. communications has privacy controls in place, a report says

EU's likely next digital chief takes a swipe at US over data protection

It is time for the US to show it can be trusted, Andrus Ansip said

Microsoft and other firms take pledge to protect student privacy

Fourteen companies have promised not to sell student data or use it for advertising

European Commission told to publish UK mass Internet surveillance docs

So far the documents remain under wraps because they cover ongoing investigations into the alleged breach of EU citizens' rights

Syme, a social network that promised Ello-like privacy, has gone dark

The social network disappeared off the Web in the past few months

Artificial intelligence system can predict data theft by scanning email

The UBIC system searches for signs of disgruntled or cash-strapped workers

Hacked celebrities 'dumb', says proposed EU digital commissioner

Legislation can't protect people from their own stupidity, Günther Oettinger told the European Parliament during his confirmation hearing

Facebook's new ad sales plan raises hackles in Germany

Facebook users who really want to avoid being targeted by ads should get an ad blocker, German consumer organizations said

Facebook appeal allowed in New York privacy dispute

Microsoft, Google and some other tech companies are backing Facebook

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