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Privacy Shield data transfer agreement now shelters 200 companies

There are now 200 companies standing behind Privacy Shield, the framework agreement allowing businesses to process the personal information of European Union citizens on servers in the U.S.

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U.S. convicts Russian hacker in credit card theft scheme

A U.S. federal court has convicted a Russian hacker of stealing and selling over 2 million credit card numbers.

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Maker of web monitoring software can be sued, says court

The maker of so-called spyware program WebWatcher can be sued for violating state and federal wiretap laws, a U.S. appeals court has ruled.

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FCC urged to crack down on Baltimore police for using phone trackers

Three civil rights groups have filed a complaint against Baltimore City police for using cell site simulator technology to investigate potential crimes.

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Pakistan cybercrime law scares by its vagueness

Pakistan’s National Assembly has passed a cybercrime bill that provides for censorship of the internet and could also be misused by the vagueness of some of its definitions.

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Ecuador says Swedes will question Assange at its UK embassy

Ecuador has granted a request from Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange at its embassy in London, where he has been holed up for over four years.

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Twitter is not liable for ISIS activity on its service, judge rules

Twitter is not liable for providing material support to the Islamic State group, also referred to as the ISIS, by allowing its members to sign up and use accounts on its site, a federal judge in California ruled Wednesday.

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City-funded broadband just lost a big fight in court

Some city-funded broadband networks may be in trouble after a U.S. appeals court struck down Federal Communications Commission rules that prohibited states from restricting those projects.

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Oracle says it didn’t ask employee to cook cloud accounts

Oracle has denied in a California federal court charges leveled by a former manager that she was sacked after she refused to cook accounts in the company’s cloud business and threatened to blow the whistle on the accounting practices....

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UK government hit with new complaint about hacking abroad

A group of privacy advocates and internet providers has filed a new challenge to the UK government's use of bulk hacking abroad.

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Will Supreme Court settle network neutrality issue?

Critics of FCC's controversial open internet order file appeal for lower court to rehear the case, but see the Supreme Court as perhaps the best hope of reining in new online regulation.

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Tinder swipes too much personal information, says EU lawmaker

Some mobile apps' terms of use breach European Union privacy laws, according to Marc Tarabella, a member of the European Parliament.

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Privacy Shield certifications begin trickling in

The U.S. Department of Commerce is not just rubber-stamping applications to join the new Privacy Shield data protection program: 24 hours after companies began certifying their compliance, the administration's website still listed no...

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Pokémon Go developer sued over gamers seeking to enter private property

A lawsuit in a federal court raises the ticklish issue of whether a company can be hauled to court because its augmented reality game places coveted fantasy creatures and in-game benefits in private property without permission.

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Google fires back at age discrimination lawsuit

Google, in a new federal court filing, is rebutting claims of age discrimination and its handling of two older job applicants who were rejected for jobs.

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Interpol arrests Nigerian email scammer who swindled $60 million

Interpol has arrested a top Nigerian email scammer who stole more than $60 million by tricking businesses into handing over funds.

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ISP groups appeal net neutrality court defeat

Trade groups representing many U.S. ISPs have filed an appeal challenging a court ruling that upheld the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules.

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Qualcomm agrees to pay $19.5M to settle charges of bias against women

Qualcomm has agreed to pay US$19.5 million to settle a gender discrimination class action lawsuit that alleged that women at the company get lower pay and have lesser chances of promotion under its current programs.

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