Privacy

privacy news, analysis, research, how-to, opinion, and video.

chain security stock
privacy shield microsoft

hpsureview

HP's new privacy protecting laptop screen thwarts would-be spies

HP's new SureView feature is supposed to make it easier to keep your private information private while in public.

Facebook gambles $16 billion on WhatsApp

Facebook will use Whatsapp users' personal data to target ads

Two years after its acquisition by Facebook, WhatsApp is changing its privacy policy to allow it to share more information about its mobile app users with its owner.

social media profile user chat twitter conversation

Proposed ‘social media ID, please' law draws outrage

A plan by the U.S. government to require some foreign travelers to provide their social media IDs on key travel documents is drawing outrage from group who call it un-American.

6 social media

Groups oppose US plan to collect social media info from visitors

Civil liberties and tech advocacy groups have opposed a move by the Department of Homeland Security to collect social media information from certain categories of visitors to the U.S.

privacy eye look

EFF condemns Windows 10 data collection

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is lambasting Microsoft over Windows 10's telemetry technology, and wants it to "come clean" with customers.

Twitter iOS App

How to turn on Twitter's quality filters and silence trolls

Twitter has a solution for stopping trolls: A new timeline quality filter that discards nasty tweets in your notifications

students college lecture

Start up your privacy awareness program: Events

Holding events can be a effective cornerstone of any good awareness program. To keep privacy top-of-mind between annual trainings, awareness programs use informal, unscheduled mechanisms to remind your staff about protecting personal...

security hacker privacy

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.

malware spyware

Cortana: The spy in Windows 10

Cortana, Windows 10’s built-in virtual assistant, is both really cool and really creepy.

Paul Stone Alex Chapman DEFCON WPAD

Disable WPAD now or have your accounts and private data compromised

Security researchers have recently highlighted serious risks introduced by the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD), which is enabled by default on Windows and is supported by other operating systems as well.

facebook logo mobile devices

Facebook joins battle to kill ad blockers

Facebook just made a symbolic overture to advertisers by expressing support for the industry in its fight against ad blockers.

Box Zones

Box extends its global push with new Zones in Canada and Australia

Box has made no secret of its global ambitions, and on Wednesday it advanced them another step by announcing two new regional "Zones" in Canada and Australia.

whack it

There’s never a shortage of security holes

New reports last week highlighted some novel ways for information to get into the wrong hands.

international flags / global business discussion

Global IT challenges: Privacy, standardization, transformation top the list

In days gone by, global tech rollouts used to give IT practitioners the jitters because of scale and complexity. These days, new challenges are keeping IT leaders up at night.

GCHQ

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.

healthcare security

Illinois hospital chain to pay record $5.5M for exposing data about millions of patients

Advocate Health Care Network, which operates 12 hospitals and hundreds of satellite locations, was fined a record amount by the federal government under HIPAA privacy rules for lax security.

terms and conditions mobile app privacy

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.

Broadband

Comcast proposes cheaper broadband, in exchange for your privacy

Comcast tells the FCC that it would be happy to lower your broadband costs, as long as you turn over more of your data.

Load More