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Does privacy exist anymore? Just barely.

The sphere of privacy continues to shrink.

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French surveillance law is unconstitutional after all, highest court says

The French Constitutional Council has taken another look at a new security law it waved through in July 2015, and found it wanting.


Better safe than sorry: 5 apps for encrypting and shredding files

If you want to protect sensitive data -- especially if you’re sending it via email or via an online service -- one of these five encryption programs can help.

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WikiLeaks says it doesn’t collaborate with states

WikiLeaks claims to have many thousands of sources but does not collaborate with states in the publication of documents, its editorial board said Sunday.

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Privacy groups target kids advertising disguised as YouTube content

Marketing companies are targeting children worldwide on YouTube with advertising disguised as other content, an "unfair and deceptive" business practice, three privacy groups said in a complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

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Yahoo asks US for clarity on email scanning controversy

Yahoo is asking that the U.S. government set the record straight on requests for user data, following reports saying the internet company has secretly scanned customer emails for terrorism-related information.

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How businesses address death, privacy and data quality

I recently received a reminder from a social network to reach out to a friend who died several years ago. The reminder got me to thinking about how we, as a business community, should consider treating personal information when we...

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Microsoft’s Nadella takes on privacy fears about LinkedIn, Cortana

One Gartner analyst called Cortana "Big Brother" combined with productivity, and asked some pointed questions about Microsoft's intentions.

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Half of US adults are profiled in police facial recognition databases

Photographs of nearly half of all U.S. adults -- 117 million people -- are collected in police facial recognition databases across the country with little regulation over how the networks are searched and used, according to a new...

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Asylum of WikiLeaks’ Assange not in question

The asylum granted to WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange by the government of Ecuador is not in question, despite what appear to be differences of opinion between the two on the release of controversial documents by the whistleblowing...

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To unlock phones, feds demand all occupants surrender fingerprints

U.S. investigators are exercising a broad legal authority to force suspects to unlock their smartphones. In a recent case, they demanded that anyone found inside a California residence give up their fingerprints.

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UK spy agencies illegally collected data for years, court rules

The U.K.'s spy agencies breached the European Convention on Human Rights for years by secretly collecting almost everything about British citizens' communications except their content, a U.K. court has ruled.

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Lawmakers question DOJ's appeal of Microsoft Irish data case

Four U.S. lawmakers are questioning a Department of Justice decision to appeal a July court decision quashing a search warrant that would have required Microsoft to disclose contents of emails stored on a server in Ireland.

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US lawmakers want answers on Yahoo email surveillance

A bipartisan group of 48 U.S. lawmakers wants two government agencies to explain a surveillance program in which Yahoo reportedly scanned all the messages of its email users on behalf of the FBI.

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Thousands of online shops compromised for credit card theft

Almost 6,000 online shops have been compromised by hackers who added specially crafted code that intercepts and steals payment card details.


Facebook, Twitter cut access to monitoring tool used by police

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter were handing over data to a monitoring tool that law enforcement agencies were using to track protesters, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Encrypted communications could have an undetectable backdoor

Researchers warn that many 1024-bit keys used to secure communications on the Internet today might be based on prime numbers that have been intentionally backdoored in an undetectable way.

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Yahoo Mail suspends automatic mail forwarding as privacy controversies swirl

After two major controversies Yahoo turns off automatic email forwarding.

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