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7 ways MDM threatens employee privacy

To understand the extent to which MDM solutions could monitor and control BYOD devices, the Bitglass research team installed MDM software on several employees’ personal mobile devices with their permission. The outcome? Complete...

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US legislation revived to curb warrantless geolocation tracking

U.S. legislators have reintroduced bills that would place curbs on warrantless access by the government to electronically generated geolocation information of Americans, including on the use of cell-site simulators that can capture...

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Browser privacy extension Ghostery is moving to Germany

Cliqz, the German developer of the privacy-focused browser of the same name, has acquired the tracker-blocking browser extension Ghostery and its development team from its creator, Evidon. Partly owned by Mozilla, Cliqz will...

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Privacy groups claim FBI hacking operation went too far

Privacy advocates are claiming in court that an FBI hacking operation to take down a child pornography site was unconstitutional and violated international law.

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Apple's iCloud saved deleted browser records, security company finds

Apple’s iCloud appears to have been holding on to users’ deleted internet browsing histories, including records over a year old.

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Android privacy assistant seeks to stop unwanted data collection

Not sure what your phone is collecting about you? A new Android app is promising to simplify the privacy settings on your smartphone, and stop any unwanted data collection.

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Microsoft lawsuit against indefinite gag orders can proceed

Microsoft’s lawsuit against the US Department of Justice over indefinite gag orders attached to search warrants can proceed, following a federal judge’s ruling on Thursday.

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US idea to collect travelers' passwords alarms privacy experts

To better vet foreign travelers, the U.S. might demand that some visa applicants hand over the passwords to their social media accounts, a proposal that’s alarming privacy experts.

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Irish court hears case challenging transatlantic data transfers

Max Schrems' 2013 complaint to the Irish data protection commissioner over Facebook's handling of his personal information put him in an unusual position on Tuesday: He's a co-defendant, alongside Facebook, in a case before the High...

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Dead men may tell no tales, but IoT devices do

Real privacy laws are needed in the U.S., and now more than ever with the advent of the IoT.

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How to protect your privacy with a VPN on Android

You don't necessarily have to spend money, but free VPN apps come with some drawbacks.

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US House approves new privacy protections for email and the cloud

The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Monday the Email Privacy Act, which would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants to search email and other data stored with third parties for longer than six months....

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TV maker Vizio pays $2.2M to settle complaint that it spied on users

Popular smart TV maker Vizio will pay $2.2 million to settle complaints that it violated customers' privacy by continuously monitoring their viewing habits without their knowledge.

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Google ordered by US court to produce emails stored abroad

Google has been ordered by a federal court in Pennsylvania to comply with search warrants and produce emails stored abroad, in a decision that is in sharp contrast to that of an appeals court in a similar case involving Microsoft.

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Why the 'smart' employee trend should worry us

Smart wearable technology continues to pervade every aspect of life, giving new opportunities, and dangers, for employers to abuse their workers.

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5 shocking new threats to your personal data

The internet and smartphones have come up with five new and surprising ways to steal or expose our personal data. These trends make panic sound like a good idea.

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WhatsApp reduces spam, despite end-to-end encryption

Can a spam filter work even without reading the content of your messages? WhatsApp thinks so. Since last April, the messenger app has been successfully fighting spam abuse, even as it’s being using end-to-end encryption.

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If you want privacy you need to run Linux

Windows is unsafe by design, and macOS isn’t a lot better. But even Linux distros that have joined the mainstream by becoming less scary are much safer.

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