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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...

Europe's Top Court to Review Personal Data Exchange Between EU and US

The review was prompted by Europe-v-Facebook's legal challenge of the Irish DPC's refusal to investigate Facebook's export of data to the US

British Spies Are Allowed to Intercept Google and Facebook Traffic, Official Says

It is the first time a U.K. official has commented on the government's "vague surveillance legal framework", Privacy International said

5 Innovations That Make Video Surveillance More Effective

Criminals get a little more sophisticated every day. Fortunately, so does video surveillance technology. Here are five options to consider for your business, no matter the size.

Judge Orders DOJ to Turn Over FISA Surveillance Documents

A federal judge's order on Friday could force the U.S. government to reveal more information about its widespread collection of citizens' phone records.

Facebook Will Gather More User Information, but Offer More Control Over Ads

Activities on and off the site will influence ad selection, but users will be given more tools for blocking ads

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