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Sony cancels 'The Interview' release after threats following cyberattack

The studio said it was the victim of an 'unprecedented criminal assault'

Obama pushes for net neutrality, opposes data localization in trade pact

A leaked documents shows the Obama administration pushing tech issues in a secretive trade-in-services deal


Dutch regulator asks Facebook to hold off on privacy update, is rebuffed

Facebook said it won't wait

US Senator Al Franken unhappy with Uber answers on user data

Franken asked about Uber's so-called 'God View' tool and how widely it's used

Want to Stay Anonymous? Don't Wear a Camera

Next time you strap on a GoPro or other wearable camera, keep in mind that your movement pattern could be identified like a fingerprint.

Microsoft gets allies to help tell US to back off on Irish search warrant

Allies file 10 briefs supporting the company in its fight against a search warrant for email on an Irish server

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After the Snowden Leaks, 700M Move to Avoid NSA Spying

Nearly 700 million people worldwide have taken steps to ensure their privacy from NSA surveillance, according to an international survey on Internet security and trust.

Android apps exploit permissions granted, French researchers find

One app in three accesses location, and two in three track users' identities, a study by CNIL and INRIA found

Dutch authority to Google: change privacy policy or else

Google has to change its ways or start paying hefty penalties, the Dutch privacy regulator said

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Do You Know the Laws that Govern Personal Information in the Cloud?

Keep your eyes open to data privacy regimes and cross-border communication.

Schmidt: NSA revelations forced Google to lock down data

Google's chairman defended the company's efforts to secure data, but some question its own collection practices

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Sony Scandal Highlights Why We Need to Rethink Email

Email isn’t as secure as it once was -- and it was never that secure to begin with. The recent Sony scandal proves that you need to remind employees that email isn’t private and it could become public accidentally or on purpose.

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Intelligence Community Must Get its Own House in Order

If governments want private-sector cooperation for their lawful investigations, they should first examine their own operations, goals and assumptions.

Feds' bid to seize Irish emails threatens US citizen's privacy, Microsoft says

The US government would not allow another country to seize data stored on US soil in the same way, Microsoft said in a court filing

US court extends NSA surveillance rules in current form

A reform bill, USA Freedom Act, ran into difficulties in the Senate

China reminds Apple on need to support privacy, security in its products

A Chinese official secures a privacy pledge from Apple's Tim Cook during a company visit, according to Xinhua

UK court to review legality of fast-tracked surveillance law

Although the law might be illegal, the UK government is looking to expand its web snooping capabilities

Vodafone blocks Chaos Computer Club site, fueling 'Net censorship concerns in UK

Over-blocking is a common issue with Internet filters run by ISPs in the U.K., digital rights group says

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The 5 Worst Big Data Privacy Risks (and How to Guard Against Them)

There are enormous benefits from Big Data analytics, but also massive potential for exposure that could result in anything from embarrassment to outright discrimination. Here's what to look out for - and how to protect yourself and...

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Data From Wearable Devices Could Soon Land You in Jail

Data from a Fitbit wristband is being used in an insurance civil litigation case, but the ramifications of the legal fight are clear: A judge can subpoena data from a wearable device.

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