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Yahoo reportedly to confirm massive data breach

Yahoo is reportedly preparing to confirm a data breach that affects hundreds of millions of accounts.

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Plan now for the EU's privacy regulation revolution, says HPE exec

The cost of complying with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation might seem like something best deferred until it enters force in 2018 -- but working on compliance could boost profit, not reduce it, say some vendors....

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UK police listened in to 9 percent more calls last year

The U.K. government has published a report on the staggering scale of surveillance in the country last year.

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Security an afterthought in connected home, wearable devices

In a survey of publicly reported vulnerabilities for consumer connected-home and wearable technology products between November 2015 and July 2016, the nonprofit Online Trust Alliance found that all of potential problems could have...

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Canada-EU counter-terror data exchange is illegal, says top EU judge

An agreement to send Canadian authorities passenger name record (PNR) data for flights from the European Union cannot be entered into in its current form, a top European Union judge has said.

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Microsoft’s tin ear for privacy

The company keeps defending data-gathering features that some people don’t want instead of just making them optional.

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Suspect arrested in 5-year-old kernel.org breach

Five years after a security breach forced the Linux Foundation to take kernel.org offline and to rebuild several of its servers, police have arrested a suspect in the case.

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Keezel's wireless device protects hotel Wi-Fi , home IoT connections

In cryptography, the "man in the middle" is usually an attacker -- but when Keezel wants to get between you and the Wi-Fi connection in your hotel or your home, it's for your own good.

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Privacy groups complain to FTC about WhatsApp policy changes

Privacy groups in the U.S. have complained to the Federal Trade Commission that changes last week in WhatsApp’s terms and privacy policy break its previous promise that user data collected would not be used or disclosed for marketing...

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Got big data? Check out these 100 best practices for keeping it secure

Big data is best known for its volume, variety and velocity -- collectively referred to as the "3 Vs" -- and all three of those traits make security an elusive goal. Targeting companies grappling with that challenge, the Cloud...

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Groups oppose US plan to collect social media info from visitors

Civil liberties and tech advocacy groups have opposed a move by the Department of Homeland Security to collect social media information from certain categories of visitors to the U.S.

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Maker of web monitoring software can be sued, says court

The maker of so-called spyware program WebWatcher can be sued for violating state and federal wiretap laws, a U.S. appeals court has ruled.

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Cortana: The spy in Windows 10

Cortana, Windows 10’s built-in virtual assistant, is both really cool and really creepy.

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Disable WPAD now or have your accounts and private data compromised

Security researchers have recently highlighted serious risks introduced by the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD), which is enabled by default on Windows and is supported by other operating systems as well.

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UK government hit with new complaint about hacking abroad

A group of privacy advocates and internet providers has filed a new challenge to the UK government's use of bulk hacking abroad.

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Illinois hospital chain to pay record $5.5M for exposing data about millions of patients

Advocate Health Care Network, which operates 12 hospitals and hundreds of satellite locations, was fined a record amount by the federal government under HIPAA privacy rules for lax security.

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Tinder swipes too much personal information, says EU lawmaker

Some mobile apps' terms of use breach European Union privacy laws, according to Marc Tarabella, a member of the European Parliament.

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Stealing payment card data and PINs from POS systems is dead easy

The communications between card readers and point-of-sale systems is not secure and attackers can tap them to steal payment card data and even PIN numbers.

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