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Data protection authorities find privacy lapses in majority of mobile apps

One in three applications request excessive permissions, and privacy information is inadequate in 85 percent of them, a study found

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What you need to know about the Gmail password compromise

Five million hacked passwords dumped on Russian cybercrime forums

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Five million Gmail addresses and passwords dumped online

The data was not likely stolen from Google, but from other websites, researchers said

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Grindr vulnerability places men in harm's way

Grindr, a dating application that caters to gay and bisexual men, could be placing them at risk; and in at least one case, has helped authorities enforce anti-gay agendas by taking advantage of the service's geo-location...

LinkedIn beefs up account security with session management, detailed alerts

LinkedIn now allows users to see and terminate their authenticated sessions from multiple devices

Home Depot investigates possible payment data breach

The retailer is working with law enforcement and banking partners to investigate

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JPMorgan breach likely impacts UCard users – again

The story is nearly identical to one from nearly a year ago. It starts with JPMorgan Chase disclosing that they've suffered a data breach. The bank says that an unknown number of records have been compromised, but it's certain that...

Your expectation of privacy on Facebook is a fantasy

Another day, another person burned by the assumption of privacy on social media

Mozilla reports user data leak from Bugzilla project

It's the second database exposure incident reported by the organization in a month

Report: NSA built 'Google-like' search engine for metadata

ICReach sought to provide easy access to billions of pieces of communications metadata

27 million South Koreans affected by data breach

South Korean authorities have revealed details surrounding massive data breach that impacts 27 million people aged 15-65. Moreover, local media is reporting that 16 people involved with the scheme were arrested, and that the full...

Healthcare organizations still too lax on security

Data breach at Community Health is symptom of broader problem, security experts say

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Stolen data allegedly used by Irish credit unions to find debtors

Private investigators, said to be working on behalf of credit unions in Ireland, didn't need to be social engineering experts in order to convince staff at the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and other government agencies to...

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Senator questions airlines' data privacy practices

Jay Rockefeller raises concerns about airlines collecting and sharing personal information

Messenger app users worry how Facebook uses a device's phone, camera

Facebook ignited a flood of criticism last week when it began requiring mobile users to load its Messenger app for Android and iOS separate from its basic Facebook app

China's Xiaomi faces privacy hurdles ahead of international expansion

Xiaomi apologized on Sunday for causing privacy concerns related to its phones

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Why your online identity can never really be erased

A ruling by a European Court may make it more difficult to find certain information that people claim is 'inadequate ... irrelevant ... or excessive,' but that doesn't mean it will disappear. Some critics, who call the ruling...

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Nothing is secure, your calls aren't private and your car could kill you

BlackBerry's enterprise security briefing in New York intended to highlight the firm's acquisition of Secusmart – but the speakers discussing leaks of confidential diplomatic phone calls and easy hacks of driverless cars stole the...

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