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Edward Snowden has developed an iPhone case meant to kill surveillance

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has come up with a concept iPhone case that can help prevent the government from finding your location.

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Petition urges Apple not to release technology for jamming phone cameras

Over 11,000 people have signed a petition asking Apple not to deploy technology that would allow third parties like the police to use it to disable cameras on user phones under certain circumstances.

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Google says government requests for user data at all-time high

Google's semi-annual "Transparency Report" shows that in the second half of 2015, U.S. government agencies made more than 40,000 requests for access to user data.

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Telcos should only retain metadata to fight serious crime, EU judge says

Governments may order telcos to retain customer data, but only to fight serious crime, a top European Union judge has advised.

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Use Tor? Riffle promises to protect your privacy even better

Privacy-minded people have long relied on Tor for anonymity online, but a new system from MIT promises better protection and faster performance.

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Wearables could compromise corporate data

Smartwatches, fitness trackers and other wearable devices that are connected to corporate Wi-Fi networks could lead to serious privacy and security issues, experts say.

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Microsoft's overseas privacy battle may be far from over

Privacy advocates, especially those outside the U.S., can rest a little easier now. A federal court has rebuked the U.S. government’s attempt to access emails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland.

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A surge of Pokemon Go-related apps is out to steal your data

Since the Pokemon Go game launched last week, a throng of unofficial apps have tried to piggyback on the title’s success. And many of them are hungry for users’ private information.

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Pokémon Go’s data collection provokes privacy concerns by US Senator

U.S. Senator Al Franken, a strong privacy advocate, has raised the inevitable question about the privacy of the extensive data the game collects from its users, including children, and whether the data is used for other purposes.

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EU prepares to raise Privacy Shield over data transfers to U.S.

European Union officials are set to give final approval to a new EU-U.S. data transfer agreement early next week, after member states gave their approval to an updated text on Friday.

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Court decision raises issues about sharing passwords

An appeals court has ruled that a former employee of a company, whose computer access credentials were revoked, had acted “without authorization” in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, when he and other former employees...

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Can Apple block my iPhone camera?

Apple might be developing technology to remotely block your iPhone camera at concerts. But could this technology be used for evil purposes?

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Hackers are coming for your healthcare records -- here’s why

Because patient information can be so lucrative, healthcare organizations and insurance companies are being targeted by hackers and should expect to eventually suffer a security breach.

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Time is short to stop expansion of FBI hacking, senator says

The U.S. Congress has a small window of time to stop proposed changes in federal court rules that will expand the FBI's authority to hack into computers during criminal investigations, a senator said Thursday.

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Senator stalls intelligence funding bill over surveillance concerns

A U.S. senator has stalled an intelligence budget bill over concerns that it would expand surveillance while limiting oversight of it.

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How iOS 10 will collect and use your data

Apple believes there shouldn’t be a tradeoff between intelligent software and privacy. iOS 10 is the first to incorporate machine learning and artificial intelligence without sacrificing privacy.

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Resold hard drives on eBay, Craigslist are often still ripe with leftover data

Before you throw away that old hard drive, make sure you purge the memory clean. A new study has found that most users are accidentally giving up photos, social security numbers and financial data, by failing to properly delete the...

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FBI expansion of surveillance powers meets obstacle

A move in the Senate to provide enhanced surveillance powers to the FBI through the use of National Security Letters met a hurdle Monday after Senator Ron Wyden placed a hold on the 2017 Intelligence Authorization bill over the...

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