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In wake of Paris attacks, legislation aims to extend NSA program

A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation that would delay the end of the bulk collection of phone metadata by the National Security Agency to Jan. 31, 2017, in the wake of renewed security concerns after the terror attacks last...

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What to do for privacy after Safe Harbor? Syncplicity has an idea

Cloud storage and collaboration company Syncplicity will help customers make sure European data stays in Europe with a new set of features.

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Supreme Court won't hear appeal on privacy of cellphone location data

The U.S. Supreme Court won't rule on whether the government needs a warrant to collect cellphone location information, dealing a setback to data privacy advocates.

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Need for cyber-insurance heats up, but the market remains immature

CIOs are scrambling to purchase cyber-insurance, but the need may be outpacing a market that continues to evolve in the face of significant cyberattacks.

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7 ways hackers can use Wi-Fi against you

Wi-Fi — oh so convenient, yet oh so dangerous. Here are seven ways you could be giving away your identity through a Wi-Fi connection and what to do instead.

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EU tells US it must make next move on new Safe Harbor deal

The European Union put the onus firmly on the U.S. to make the next move in negotiating a replacement for the now-defunct Safe Harbor Agreement on privacy protection for transatlantic personal data transfers.

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Encyrption ban banished from draft UK surveillance bill

Britons could soon have their web surfing recorded for later police consultation, but the government has reportedly backed off plans to order companies like Apple to unlock encrypted phones and messages

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TalkTalk breach investigation leads to fourth arrest

As the company scales back its estimate of the number of customers affected, the police dragnet is spreading -- and Members of Parliament are now taking a close interest in the case.

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Don’t throw out that old phone — turn it into a privacy device

An idea aimed at consumers just might work for enterprises that want to safeguard communications too.

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Split between EU privacy watchdogs on Safe Harbor worries business lobby

A decision by German data protection authorities to break ranks with their counterparts in other European Union countries on alternatives to Safe Harbor has business lobbyists worried.

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CISA sails through Senate despite tech opposition

The U.S. Senate approved a controversial cybersecurity bill on Tuesday, despite opposition from major tech companies and privacy advocates who fear it will result in more of citizens' private information going to the government.

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Senate to battle Tuesday on controversial CISA cybersecurity bill

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to consider early Tuesday the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, a controversial bill that is intended to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats with the government by...

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Microsoft doesn't see Windows 10's mandatory data collection as a privacy risk

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore says the telemetry data that its new operating system collects is so important to the health of the Windows ecosystem that the company has to take it.

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Judicial Redress Act heads for senate, making new Safe Harbor agreement more likely

In passing the Judicial Redress Act, U.S. legislators have extended to European citizens in the U.S. the same rights to judicial redress as U.S. citizens have in the case of data privacy violations by the police, removing one of the...

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Irish privacy watchdog to investigate Facebook over spying allegations

Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner has agreed to investigate a complaint alleging that Facebook gave U.S. intelligence agencies bulk access to its users' personal data.


Cyber insurers could help drive IoT standards

Cyber insurance premiums could prove a big driver of Internet of Things standards as insurers look for strong, widely used tools to protect against data breaches, IoT experts say.

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Google, Facebook and peers criticize CISA bill ahead of Senate consideration

A trade group representing Facebook, Google, Yahoo and other tech and communications companies has come down heavily against the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a controversial bill in the U.S. that is intended to encourage...

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US proposal aims to regulate car privacy, make hacks illegal

A subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives has proposed requiring vehicle manufacturers to state their privacy policies besides providing for civil penalties of up to US$100,000 for the hacking of vehicles.

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