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Privacy groups call for action to stop Facebook's off site user tracking plans

Authorities should act immediately to stop this new vast expansion of Facebook's data collection and user profiling, privacy groups said

Dutch spy agencies can receive NSA data, court rules

Because raw data is shared in bulk, less stringent privacy safeguards apply, the court said


Tor Project working to fix weakness that can unmask users

The anonymity software's developers believe they've identified the problem

US court says warrant for access to all content of email account is justified

The government was granted a warrant to obtain emails and other information from a Gmail account

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden plans to work on easy-to-use privacy tools

Edward Snowden has some plans for the future and they include making privacy and encryption tools easier to use

Net neutrality a key battleground in growing fight over encryption, activists say

Both carriers and government now have an interest in how users keep their online lives private

BC Health Ministry hacked

It appears that the British Columbia has suffered a privacy breach involving their PhamaNet system.

Chaos Computer Club bolsters NSA spying complaint with Tor snooping evidence

The Chaos Computer Club wants new evidence to prompt an investigation into mass surveillance of German citizens

EA dismisses claim its Origin software spies on users

A screenshot posted on Reddit does not represent information collected by Origin, an EA spokeswoman said

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Wearables: Are we handing more tools to Big Brother?

The growth of wearables, especially fitness trackers, is explosive - users love the convenience of tracking not only their workouts but their sleep patterns and other health-related information. But privacy experts warn that the...

There's still a security disconnect on BYOD

Companies are implementing BYOD security policies, but surveys find that many workers aren't following them

NSA defends collecting data from U.S. residents not suspected of terrorist activities

Spokeswoman says spy agency has long said some of the data it intercepts belonging to non-suspects

Blue Shield leaks social security numbers

The whoops factor has reared its ugly head again.

TSA: Power up your mobile or lose it

TSA to travellers, need to power on their mobile devices before being permitted to board their flight

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U.S. surveillance disclosure mostly useless to business

Businesses will find very little value in the government's first annual report on surveillance activities, experts say.

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Butler University data breach impacts 163,000

Indianapolis-based Butler University has warned more than 160,000 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and past applicants that their personal information was exposed during a data breach in 2013.

Groups fear bill would allow free flow of data between private sector and NSA

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 is a big threat to individual privacy, say privacy groups

Google's move into home automation means even less privacy

Plans by subsidiary Nest to share info with the search giant is the tip of the iceberg

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PayPal error shows how NOT to use two-factor authentication

A PayPal error made it possible to bypass two-factor authentication on a user account, demonstrating what can go wrong in deploying a tricky security mechanism.

Exposing hidden domain registrations could hurt innocent users more than criminals

Proxy services to hide details of domain registrants from the Whois database should be allowed, a researcher said

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