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Obama won't pardon Snowden, despite petition

The NSA leaker should return to the US and face charges, an Obama advisor says

Darkode cybercrime forum might be making a comeback

The forum's last administrator has plans to restore the site, with better protections against law enforcement investigations


EU privacy watchdog weighs in on data protection reform, shares concerns

He also released an app that allows legislators and citizens to compare the proposed texts of the upcoming data protection regulation

Google tells its publisher partners to comply with EU cookie directive

The company detailed the requirement in its new EU User Consent Policy

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Privacy and the data toothpaste problem

Two court rulings basically maintain that we can’t expect privacy on the phone or on social media. George Orwell would be proud of the judges.

NSA will lose access to 'historical' phone surveillence data Nov. 29

After Nov. 29, data requests must be made on an as-needed basis to the FISA Court

Even without breaches, don't count on websites to hide that you have an account with them

Online dating websites Adult Friend Finder and Ashley Madison were exposed to account enumeration attacks, researcher finds

French surveillance law is constitutional, highest court says

The French Patriot Act has passed its last legislative hurdle

US court says 'pocket-dialed' calls are not private

People who don't take basic steps against pocket dialing haven't shown they have an expectation of privacy

New York judge rules against Facebook in search warrant case

Facebook had appealed a move to collect data about its users tied to a fraud investigation

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Senators propose bill to tighten vehicle security, privacy standards

Two U.S. senators want the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Trade Commission to establish federal standards to secure cars and protect drivers’ privacy against cyber attacks.

Encrypted Web and Wi-Fi at risk as RC4 attacks become more practical

Researchers show they can recover sensitive cookies from RC4-encrypted TLS connections in 75 hours

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Electronic Frontier Foundation celebrates 25 years of defending online privacy

While cops and firefighters are often ready to retire after 25 years on the job protecting citizens, this privacy watchdog organization has a full agenda for the future as it celebrates its 25th anniversary today

EU air passenger data retention system ready for take-off, says Parliament

Passengers flying into or out of the EU could have their personal data stored in law enforcement databases for up to five years

Oracle fixes zero-day Java flaw and over 190 other vulnerabilities

Users should update Java as soon as possible because attackers are already taking advantage of at least one vulnerability

BYOD users worry employers can’t keep private data safe

Workplace smartphone and tablet users worry a lot about their personal information remaining private from their employers – and only a slim majority trusts their employer to keep that data safe, according to a Harris Poll survey...

Most Google de-listing requests are from everyday folk, leaked data shows

Few requests are from politicians and other high-profile people

Vietnamese man gets 13 years for massive ID theft scheme

Ngo was connected to a 200-million record data breach at a credit monitoring firm

ACLU asks court to immediately kill NSA phone snooping

A court that already found the program illegal should shut it down, instead of allowing it to be phased out, the ACLU says

US to begin talks on drone privacy standards

But it's unclear if privacy and consumer groups will come to the table after leaving earlier privacy discussions

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