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Facebook sets up shop on the Tor anonymity network

Facebook is also working on a mobile Tor site


Google project aims to preserve privacy when collecting software stats

RAPPOR has been released under an open-source license

Petition Targets Apple Over ‘Spyware’ in OS X Yosemite

Apple should remove “spyware” from its new Yosemite release of OS X, according to an online petition that has received 14,450 signatures as of early Thursday afternoon.

Germany backs plan to retain personal flight data across EU

Retaining flight data would violate fundamental rights, opponents said

Europe's top court to rule on whether IP addresses are personal data

If IP addresses are considered personal data, that could be a win for some privacy advocates

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Getting Chipped: Why I Will Live With an NFC Chip Implant for a Year

What will happen if you get an NFC chip implant? IDG Netherlands News Editor René Schoemaker is testing just that.

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Verizon is Tracking Mobile Users Online, Researcher Says

Verizon Wireless is using cookie-like tokens that let advertisers track customers on the Web so they can serve targeted ads, according to an Electronic Frontier Foundation researcher.

Secretive, Unblockable Verizon Perma-Cookies Kick Up Privacy Concerns

Verizon is messing with your web traffic sent via its wireless network, and that has security researchers troubled.

Retain private data for police use or face $685,000 fine, Swedish authority tells ISP

Swedish ISP Bahnhof will fight the order -- and says it has a mysterious Plan B up its sleeve

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Tracking and the Law

As courts continue to rule on what is and is not acceptable when it comes to tracking, a lot of what we do with our smartphones could become illegal.

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An Easy Way to Dramatically Improve iPhone (or Any Phone) Security

A password with letters and numbers is a much better way to protect your phone than a four-digit "simple passcode."

Senator wants Whisper to explain how it tracks users, shares their data

Reports saying the supposedly anonymous social media app is sharing user information leads to questions from Rockefeller

Facebook and Yahoo prevent use of recycled email addresses to hijack accounts

A new mechanism helps email servers determine if a message was intended for a recycled account's previous owner

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Amazon Launches German Cloud Region in Nod to Privacy Concerns

Amazon Web Services launched a new region of its cloud in Germany today, in part to serve customers who want to keep data within country’s borders.

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You Are Responsible for Your Own Internet Privacy

Stan Stahl knows about the shady world of high-tech security and false privacy. Stahl helped secure teleconferencing at the White house and the communications network controlling the country's nuclear weapons arsenal. CIO.com talks to...

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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

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