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Confidential Business Data at Risk at the Border

U.S. agents can search and seize the laptops of international travelers at the border, so take precautions to protect confidential business information.

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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.

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Today's Security Hacks Are After More Than Bank Info

Customers cringe every time they hear about a bank, retail or healthcare hack that puts personal or financial data at risk. Today's hackers are after much more that credit card numbers, though -- and most firms are powerless to stop...

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Fitness Trackers are Changing Online Privacy — and It's Time to Pay Attention

Wearable devices such as fitness trackers are all the rage. In the rush to get them to market, though, manufacturers haven't always paid attention to security and privacy — and in the rush to get moving, neither have consumers.

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How to Read (and Actually Understand) a Wearable Tech Privacy Policy

Three privacy experts share tips on how to read a wearable-tech privacy policy, and they highlight a set of red flags consumers should look out for.

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4 Small Business Security Lessons From Real-Life Hacks

Recent cases of social engineering, DDoS attacks and domain-name theft have made headlines. Some stories had happy endings, but others didn't. Here are four tips for preventing these types of hacks from ruining your business.

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Nothing Is Secure, Your Calls Aren't Private and Your Car Could Kill You

BlackBerry's enterprise security briefing in New York intended to highlight the firm's acquisition of Secusmart – but the speakers discussing leaks of confidential diplomatic phone calls and easy hacks of driverless cars stole the...

Top Techs the CIA Thinks Are Hot

Through its investment firm called In-Q-Tel, the CIA funds companies, mostly start-ups, to push forward technologies deemed useful to government intelligence agencies. Here are the latest picks to get undisclosed amounts of IQT...

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Microsoft Urges Partners to Court Public-Sector Customers

At its annual Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft outlines a vision of a cloud-first company, touts the opportunities in government, education and healthcare, and aims to reassure partners that it's keeping customer data safe.

The Danger of Google's Development Cadence

Instead of updating products every six weeks, as Google promised at the I/O developer conference, the company might want to slow down and make sure its products and services actually represent what its customers want.

Supreme Court Cellphone Ruling a Big Win for Digital Privacy

Rights groups call decision a landmark victory for Fourth Amendment in the digital age.

Warrants Needed for Cellphone Searches, Supreme Court Rules

Police cannot generally search cellphones without a warrant when they are arresting someone, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision Wednesday that weighs heavily in favor of Fourth Amendment and privacy rights.

Microsoft's General Counsel Calls on Congress to do More to Protect Users' Private Data

Congress needs to do more to protect private data of U.S. citizens from government surveillance and the misuse of technology by companies, a top Microsoft executive said Tuesday.

As iPhone Thefts Drop, Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches on Smartphones

Responding to more than a year of pressure, Google and Microsoft will follow Apple in adding an anti-theft "kill switch" to their smartphone operating systems, U.S. law enforcement officials will announce later Thursday.

Bill to Require Warrant for Email Searches Gains Ground in House

A far-reaching bill that would require the government to obtain a warrant to search through people's emails and other online communications now has majority support in the U.S. House of Representatives.

House Approves Effort to Limit NSA Searches of US Data

The amendment to a defense spending bill would end a 'backdoor loophole' allowing warrantless searches

Will Full Encryption Sideline Google's Targeted Ads?

Mining personal data to deliver targeted ads is the lifeblood of Google's business -- and of many other online firms. But what if that data dries up at the source?Google released an early version of a new tool recently that will...

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