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Tech companies ask Senate to pass NSA reform bill

The USA Freedom Act was earlier passed by the House of Representatives

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Hard-coded credentials placing dental offices at risk

One researcher says that customers using Henry Schein's Dentrix software have been unknowingly exposed to risk after the latest version shipped with a flaw that was supposed to have been patched two years ago. This was reported to...

Apple, Google urge Obama to reject encryption back doors

The firms signed a group letter calling on the president to resist security workarounds demanded by law enforcement

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Survey finds most US residents want changes to Patriot Act surveillance

An ACLU study concluded there's broad concern about government surveillance among U.S. residents

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Lawmakers move to end warrantless surveillance of US residents

A new bill would require law enforcement agencies to get warrants before searching NSA databases for U.S. communications

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US reviews use of cellphone spying technology

The Department of Justice aims to disclose more about the use of the cell-site simulators

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Enterprises overlook legal issues in breach preparedness

Companies preparing for data breaches and cyber security incidents too often focus on the technology and overlook the legal aspects

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Security BSides San Francisco, 2015 conference review

The annual security conference, Bsides San Francisco, was held on April 19 and 20. It was an exciting and action-packed event with talks from some of the best up-and-coming industry speakers. This is a general review of the event as...

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How the top social networks compare on privacy -- in one handy chart

Not all privacy settings are created equal. Here’s an in-depth look at what Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ offer users.

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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

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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

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Whistleblowers at risk when using US government websites

More than two dozen U.S. government websites should be urgently upgraded to use encryption, as whistleblowers are potentially at risk, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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AT&T's data breach settlement called a 'slap on the wrist'

The punishment AT&T received this week from the U.S. government for its sloppy protection of customer data is peanuts and won't scare other companies into taking stronger security measures, some cybersecurity experts said.

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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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Edward Snowden: Don't censor your d**k pics

HBO's John Oliver grilled Snowden during a sit-down interview in Russia

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Lost in the clouds: Your private data has been indexed by Google

Each day millions of people across the globe create backups of their files. These backups are supposed to offer a measure of assurance that their files are safe and easily recovered if needed. But that's not entirely true.

Lost in the clouds: 7 examples of compromised personal information

While having instant access to your information via the cloud is a major bonus to productivity and convenience, there's a risk that the security trade-off will be too high.

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Microsoft rolls back commitment to Do Not Track

Microsoft today rolled back its commitment to the nearly-dead "Do Not Track" standard, saying it would no longer automatically switch on the signal in its browsers.

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