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A privacy standard for Internet of Things suppliers

Setting up a common privacy standard now will earn user trust.

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BlackBerry quits Pakistan over government surveillance demands

BlackBerry has decided not to operate in Pakistan after Dec. 30, rather than let the local government intercept communications on its enterprise services.

Hackers target toy maker VTech, make off with customer data

Hackers made their way into VTech's Learning Lodge app store customer database, according to the company. As many as 4.8 million parents—and 200,000 kids–may have been affected.

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VPN bug poses privacy threat to BitTorrent downloaders

A bug affecting some VPN services can be used to figure out a computer's real IP addresses, including those of BitTorrent users, which could pose a huge privacy and possibly a legal risk.

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Connected cars gather too much data about their drivers, say motorists associations

Car drivers may imagine they have greater privacy than public transport users, but that isn't necessarily the case in modern, connected cars, European motoring organizations warn.

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US spy court appoints lawyers to panel of advisers

A secret U.S. spy court has appointed a five-member panel of advisers as part of the reform of the surveillance of the National Security Agency.

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The Tor Project seeks broader public support through a crowdfunding drive

Details were sparse, but the Tor Project's funding drive will likely help improve its technology and make important anonymity tools easier to use and more widely available.

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Police arrest blackmail suspect in TalkTalk data breach case

Police believe they may have found the person who tried to blackmail the CEO of TalkTalk, the U.K. telecommunications company that was the target of a data breach.

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Microsoft's November Windows 10 update screwed up some users' privacy settings

Microsoft revealed Tuesday that an update to Windows 10 changed some users' privacy settings accidentally.

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5 things you need to know about legally transferring data out of Europe

The U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement on transatlantic data transfers is dead. What now?

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Austrian supreme court to decide whether Facebook privacy class action can go ahead

Max Schrems is suing Facebook in Vienna for breach of EU privacy laws -- and is seeking permission from the Austrian supreme court to turn his case into a class action

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Reddit to honor 'Do Not Track' requests from visitors to its website

Reddit has decided to honor 'Do Not Track,' a feature that will ensure that it does not download third-party analytics on to browsers that enable the option to access its online discussion website and other services.

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New IBM tech lets apps authenticate you without personal data

Back in January IBM announced Identity Mixer, a new technology for protecting users' personal data during authentication. On Friday, it announced that the technology is now available to developers on its Bluemix cloud platform.

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New EFF website highlights content that social networks don't want you to see

We all know there are restrictions on what kind of content you can put on social networks, but how far do the restrictions go?

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FTC allows 'selfies' for parental consent under COPPA

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, after a long debate, has allowed the use of a new method involving phone or webcam photographs of parents to verify that the person providing consent for a child to use an online service is in fact...


Tech trade group objects to weakening smartphone encryption

The Information Technology Industry Council on Thursday decried efforts to weaken encryption on smartphones, even though some officials in Washington favor doing so.

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Intel exec pushes geotagging to address Euro privacy laws

An Intel executive has proposed geotagging as a way to ensure compliance with European data privacy laws.

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Microsoft’s revised privacy policy curbs Windows 10 fears with more specificity

Microsoft's revised privacy policy addresses some extreme fears about Windows 10 data collection.

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