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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

FBI director concerned about encryption on smartphones

The agency has talked to Apple and Google about concerns that new security will help criminals, the director says


Facebook appeal allowed in New York privacy dispute

Microsoft, Google and some other tech companies are backing Facebook

New ad-free social network Ello is pro-privacy, but with caveats

The site still gathers certain types of data about users

Yahoo reports a drop in government data requests

There were 18,000 requests in the first six months of this year, down from 29,000 a year ago

New organization sets out to make secure communication tools more user-friendly

Simply Secure will identify usability problems in open-source privacy tools and will work with developers to address them

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Here Are the Limits of Apple's iOS 8 Privacy Features

The privacy improvements in the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system provide necessary, but limited, protection to customers, experts say.

New US Senate bill aims to limit access to emails stored abroad

The legislation follows Microsoft's refusal to turn in emails in Ireland to U.S. law enforcement

FTC Fines Tech Giants for Violating Kids' Privacy

Yelp is the latest tech heavy to admit that it violated federal policy by not screening kids when they register for the site, but it's hardly the only company with questionable privacy practices related to children.

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Apple Lays Out Its Social Media Aspirations

Apple tried to make it in social media years ago, and it doesn’t plan to revive that fantasy any time soon, says CEO Tim Cook. Cook does, however, offer his thoughts on Google, Facebook and Twitter – and he doesn't hold back when it...

Right-to-be-forgotten 'dashboard' to help EU's data protection authorities

The complaints should be dealt with in a common way, the authorities said

BitTorrent opens Bleep peer-to-peer encrypted chat program to public testing

The application is available for Windows, Mac and Android and a supports voice calls and instant messaging

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Once Your Car's Connected to the Internet, Who Guards Your Privacy?

As more mobile devices connect to in-car infotainment and diagnostic systems -- and cars wirelessly connect to other vehicles, automated homes and roadways -- where you are and what you’re doing in your car could suddenly become very...

Apple updates privacy policy, sets up site to guide users

Apple said it believes a great customer experience shouldn't come at the expense of user privacy

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Rogue Cell Towers Discovered in Washington, D.C.

After initially discovering more than a dozen rogue cell towers in the U.S., ESD America and IntegriCell discovered more questionable towers in the nation's capitol, 15 of them to be exact. Ownership remains unknown, but Tuesday's...

Yelp settles US FTC charges of violating child privacy

The company's in-app registration did not have a functional age-screen, FTC said

NSA reform bill stalled with Congress headed toward fall recess

Members of Congress are set to leave Washington for an extended fall recess in a few days

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New NSA-Funded Programming Language Could Close Long-Standing Security Holes

Wyvern securely rolls five programming languages into one.

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Apple Watch Under Scrutiny for Privacy by Connecticut Attorney General

Attorney General George Jepsen is particularly concerned about the protection of health information collected by the new wearable device

Yahoo slams new 'digital will' law, says users have privacy when they die

Yahoo says legislation giving estate attorneys broad data access violates its terms

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