Privacy

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Smartphone encryption – What does it mean to you?

Why are legislators considering going to Congress for access to our cell phones?

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After this judge's ruling, do you finally see value in passwords?

Judge rules authorities can use your fingerprint to unlock your smartphone. What that means for authentication and the future of passwords.

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FTC chair wants clearer disclosures to protect privacy

Many consumers are in the dark on how their data is used, the regulator said

12 surprising ways personal technology betrays your privacy

It's not just your boss or the government that's spying on you, it's also the devices and technologies you embrace.

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Schools keep track of students' online behavior, but do parents even know?

While schools have always collected data on students, the digital era has expanded it to the point where privacy experts say it is now out of control - and many parents are not even aware of it.

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Adobe's e-reader software collects less data now, EFF says

Digital Editions 4.0.1 doesn't send data on e-books without DRM and uses encryption

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Petition targets Apple over ‘spyware’ in OS X Yosemite

Apple should remove “spyware” from its new Yosemite release of OS X, according to an online petition that has received 14,450 signatures as of early Thursday afternoon.

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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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Industry can head off IoT privacy rules, former US official says

Connected devices raise new concerns about personal data

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China attacks lead Apple to alert users on iCloud threats

China has allegedly staged the attack, according to an anti-censorship group.

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Apple's Yosemite OS shares Spotlight search terms by default

An engineer who's studied the new OS criticized its privacy settings

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Six browser plug-ins that protect your privacy

Privacy is a real concern for users these days. We review six browser plug-ins that offer privacy protection -- and a way to avoid ads.

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Whisper executive says tracking happens, but the data isn't exact

On Thursday, the Guardian published a story on how the anonymous secret sharing application, Whisper, was actually tracking users despite claims to the contrary.

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HTTPA: New tech transforms transparency into privacy

Privacy by obscurity is dead; long live privacy by transparency

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Microsoft and other firms take pledge to protect student privacy

Fourteen companies have promised not to sell student data or use it for advertising

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Yahoo reports a drop in government data requests

There were 18,000 requests in the first six months of this year, down from 29,000 a year ago

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New ad-free social network Ello is pro-privacy, but with caveats

The site still gathers certain types of data about users

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Here are the limits of Apple's iOS 8 privacy features

The privacy improvements in the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system provide necessary, but limited, protection to customers, experts say.

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