Privacy

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Uber, facing public backlash, will rethink privacy

The company is working with a DC law firm to assess its policies

Data exchange talks lag, jeopardizing US firms' ability to operate in Europe

Ongoing issues relating to US national security and spying imperil 'safe harbor' personal data pact


NSA director: No changes in telephone record collection coming

With the failure of an NSA reform bill in Congress, the agency will continue to operate its US phone records program, Rogers says

Activists release Detekt tool that finds surveillance malware

The tool is a joint project of multiple privacy groups who investigated malware used to target journalists and human rights activists

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Doxxing defense: Remove your personal info from data brokers

Don't want your home address or other personal info published to the world? This weekend, take an hour or two to make yourself a less visible target.

This is how Google is dealing with 'right to be forgotten' requests

We will hear next week what the EU data protection authorities think of Google's methods

BitTorrent dismisses security concerns raised about its Sync app

The cryptographic implementation is solid and cannot be compromsied through a remote server, the company said

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Top Tech Turkeys of 2014

This Thanksgiving, just be thankful you aren’t associated with any of these people.

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Surprise! TRUSTe Can't Always be Trusted, FTC Says

The FTC fined TRUSTe, a site that aims to validate online retailers' security safeguards, for failing to audit sites that previously earned its seal of approval.

US Senate fails to move forward on NSA reform bill

The vote on the USA Freedom Act could mean NSA reform is dead until next year

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Apple, Microsoft, Google and Others Join Push Against Government Spying

Ten top tech companies have signed onto an open letter backing legislation that would prevent the bulk collection of Internet metadata by government agencies.

Swedish ISP to let users shield Internet activity from police

A free VPN service from Bahnhof will keep web surfing and other online usage anonymous

Obama backs passing of NSA reform legislation by Senate

U.S. President Barack Obama wants to sign the bill this year

TRUSTe deceived consumers about recertification program, FTC says

The agency and privacy certification provider reach a settlement on its recertification promises

Senator demands answers about DOJ mobile phone surveillance planes

A program that reportedly tracks mobile phones from airplanes raises privacy concerns, Markey says

AT&T Kills the 'Permacookie,' Stops Tracking Customers' Internet Usage (For Now)

The mobile carrier says it was testing the tracking technology, but it didn't rule out reintroducing permacookies in the future.

Facebook: You post it, we can see it, and that's that

Facebook won't give users control over what information the company can keep

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Privacy is the New Killer App

Ello, Wiper, Anonabox and others prove that Apple, Facebook and the like can't rest on their laurels when it comes to security.

US putting fake cell towers in planes to spy on people, report says

The so-called "dirtboxes" are used to locate criminals

Facebook nudges users to take control with privacy makeover

Facebook wants its users to take control of their own privacy, and it's giving them new information to help them do just that.

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