Privacy

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network monitoring

FTC complains retail tracking firm didn't notify customers

Nomi falsely told customers they could opt out of tracking, the agency says

Senate leader introduces bill to extend Patriot Act surveillance

The new legislation would extend the telephone records collection section of the law for five years

Crypto gurus: The government's key escrow plan won't work

World renowned cryptographers highlighted various reasons why creating a master decryption key for the government to use is not practical

Congress moves forward on cyberthreat sharing bill despite privacy concerns

The House may vote this week on a bill that would allow shared cybertheat information to be passed to the NSA and law enforcement agencies

White House

Americans view government's online services and public data sharing as a resounding ‘meh’

Despite large-scale efforts over past decade by officials at every level to bring more government information and services online, Americans’ attitudes toward “e-Gov” services are still decidedly mixed, according to the results of a...

smartphone security

Developments in call monitoring technology surge

Huawei and Ericsson appear to be the main players for securing handsets, judging by recent patent filings.

Google's push to encrypt ads will improve security, but won't kill malvertising

The move might encourage more websites to deploy HTTPS

Twitter accounts outside of the US now fall under EU data protection rules

Twitter's International headquarters will be in Dublin

Why 'designed for security' is a dubious designation

Recent events suggest that pushing enhanced privacy- and security wares brings risks with few rewards

RadioShack presses ahead plan for sale of customer data

The sale of the personal data was withdrawn from a previous auction

New cyberthreat information sharing bill may be more friendly to privacy

The new bill still allows companies to share some unnecessary personal information with government agencies, a critic says

ancient phone

Second-hand devices – cheaper but risky

Second-hand smartphones and tablets can be a great financial deal for those who don't mind last year's technology that still functions perfectly well. The problem - to both individuals and the enterprise - is that it can be very...

Q&A

Schneier on ‘really bad’ IoT security: ‘It’s going to come crashing down’

Security expert Bruce Schneier says the Internet of Things will mean insecure devices attached to networks will become attack points and there’s nothing to be done about stopping the problem.

UK government's spying practices challenged at European human rights court

Disclosing secret policies that govern mass surveillance practices is not enough to make them legal, human rights groups said

Google ordered by German authority to change privacy practices

Google loses yet another round in its regulatory fight over privacy policy changes in Europe

US drug enforcement amassed bulk phone records for decades

The bulk collection of phone records by the DEA preceded the NSA's own program

Russian hackers accessed White House email, report says

Non-public details of President Obama's schedule were accessed, CNN reported

privacy please

Welcome to the Internet of Things. Please check your privacy at the door.

Several things can happen to your IoT data, and most of them are bad. Here are the biggest things you need to worry about.

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