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Snapchat, Whisper Promise Privacy but Fail (Miserably) to Deliver

Privacy and anonymity in the era of social media are promises left unfulfilled. The events of recent months make this abundantly clear, yet Snapchat and Whisper, two companies at the center of controversy, place the blame on users.

China attacks lead Apple to alert users on iCloud threats

China has allegedly staged the attack, according to an anti-censorship group.

Industry can head off IoT privacy rules, former US official says

Connected devices raise new concerns about personal data

FTC appoints privacy researcher Soltani as chief technologist

Soltani has assisted newspapers with investigations of government surveillance and online privacy

Candidates for EU's data protection job heard by the European Parliament

Europe is set to choose a new data protection supervisor after much delay

Apple's Yosemite OS shares Spotlight search terms by default

An engineer who's studied the new OS criticized its privacy settings

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Why You Really Shouldn't Worry About In-Store Beacons

In-store beacons push advertisements and other content to your phone using Bluetooth — but only if you let them. Beacons don't automatically track your location or movement, but they do communicate with apps that could collect...

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Once the FBI Has a Backdoor Into Your Smartphone, Everyone Does

FBI director James Comey believes tech companies should be forced to insert back doors to bypass encryption on smartphones. But experts say once that happen,s security is moot and anyone can breach your privacy.

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6 Browser Plug-ins That Protect Your Privacy

Privacy is a real concern for users these days. We review six browser plug-ins that offer privacy protection -- and a way to avoid ads.

Anonymous sharing app Whisper under a cloud over user location data

The app is accused by The Guardian of tracking users' locations

FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

Apple and Google should also rethink their plans to enable smartphone encryption by default, he says

New Tech Transforms Transparency Into Privacy

Privacy by obscurity is dead; long live privacy by transparency

Hillary Clinton: Social media is no match for real-world interactions

The former U.S. Secretary of State said face-to-face meetings are more valuable when it comes to solving society's greatest problems

Dropbox dismisses claims of hack affecting 7 million accounts

The credentials leaked by an alleged hacker online were likely stolen from other services, the company said

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Tiny Anonabox to Offer Online Anonymity Through Tor

A Kickstarter project for a wireless router that automatically encrypts data and sends it through the Tor network is approaching 10 times its fundraising goal after just one day.

Kmart hacked, exposing customers' card numbers

There is no evidence that personal information or debit-card PIN numbers were stolen, the company says

IT industry group slams burdens imposed by proposed EU privacy policy

A proposal by EU justice ministers to relax data protection rules for low-risk personal data doesn't go far enough, industry lobbyists say

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Snapchat Denies it Was Hacked

After Snapchat accounts were used for spam and hackers said they'd stolen thousands of photos and videos, the photo messaging site released a statement saying the incident was due to user credentials found on other sites.

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