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A year after terrorist attacks, phone privacy laws unchanged – but watch out for Trump

Although the perpetrators of the San Bernardino mass shooting were killed in a gun battle with law enforcement within hours of the attack, the FBI’s interest in one terrorist’s iPhone precipitated a public standoff with Apple that...

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Implantable medical devices can be hacked to harm patients

It's possible to transmit life-threatening signals to implanted medical devices with no prior knowledge of how the devices work, researchers in Belgium and the U.K. have demonstrated.

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Senators fail to stop new rules allowing US law-enforcement hacking

Three senators' efforts to stop a major expansion of U.S. law enforcement agencies' hacking powers has failed for now.

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How privacy and personalization intersect in our data-filled world

For many this can seem like a catch-22, while consumers demand privacy, it's not likely they'll become long-term customers without some type of personalization.

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Study warns of human rights risks from censoring online terror content

Internet companies should not be required to monitor third-party terrorist content that they host or transmit, nor should they face direct or indirect liability from governments for such content, according to a new study.

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UK's internet surveillance law receives royal approval

Britons hoping that a quaint historical tradition might stop a Draconian internet surveillance law in its tracks were disappointed on Tuesday morning, when the Queen gave her approval to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

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Senators plan last-ditch push to curb US law-enforcement hacking power

Unless Congress takes 11th-hour action, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies will gain new authority this week to hack into remote computers during criminal investigations.

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Car buyers more willing to share data -- if they get something back

Nine out of 10 consumers recently surveyed said they are aware of privacy issues related to electronics in their vehicles and willing to share that data -- as long as they get something in return.

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UK mobile operator loses phones following data breach

In a twist, thieves in the U.K. hacked personal data to steal high-end smartphones, rather than hacking phones to steal personal data.

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Without tech industry guidance, U.S. may resort to weakening encryption

Apple may have refused to help the FBI unlock the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter, but the tech industry is still better off working with the U.S. government on encryption issues than ducking away, according to a former...

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ISPs ordered to block LinkedIn in Russia

LinkedIn's network just got a little smaller: Russia's communications regulator ordered ISPs to block access to the business networking company on Thursday.

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How voice recognition will affect privacy in the Internet of Things

An Internet of Things (IoT) device using voice recognition requires the collection and interpretation of sounds. These sounds may extend far beyond the voice commands being given and cannot avoid being captured. How sound is captured...

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412 million FriendFinder Network accounts said to be exposed in hack

Over 412 million accounts on dating and entertainment network FriendFinder Networks have been exposed, the second time that the network has been breached in two years, according to a popular breach notification website.

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Worries and uncertainty cloud outlook for digital privacy under President Trump

When President-elect Donald Trump officially takes office, he’ll inherit a powerful U.S. surveillance apparatus, including the National Security Agency, that’s already been accused of trampling over privacy rights.

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French plan for biometric database of 60 million people sparks outcry

When the French government quietly announced, in the middle of a holiday weekend, the merging of two files to create a megadatabase holding the biometrics of almost 60 million French citizens, it was clearly hoping to avoid an outcry....

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China's vague cybersecurity law has foreign businesses guessing

The most disturbing thing for foreign businesses facing China's new cybersecurity law may just be how vague and broad it is.

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Facebook halts Whatsapp data sharing in the UK

Facebook has agreed to stop using WhatsApp data to target users with advertising in the U.K. and has been warned it could face legal action if it resumes the practice.

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5 things you need to know about virtual private networks

A VPN is a secure tunnel between two or more computers on the internet. In the past, VPNs were mainly used by companies to securely link remote branches together or connect roaming employees to the office network, but today they're an...

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