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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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WikiLeaks' methods questioned by whistleblower Edward Snowden

Former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, has censured WikiLeaks’ release of information without proper curation.

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Verizon's Yahoo deal creates tracking powerhouse, privacy groups warn

Verizon's planned US$4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo will create an international consumer tracking powerhouse that raises serious privacy concerns, some privacy advocates said.

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EU dual-use tech ban plan could classify smartphones as weapons

European Union plans to extend export licensing of so-called "dual-use" technologies to include cyber-surveillance tools could put the brakes on sales of smartphones.

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Edward Snowden has developed an iPhone case meant to kill surveillance

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has come up with a concept iPhone case that can help prevent the government from finding your location.

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Petition urges Apple not to release technology for jamming phone cameras

Over 11,000 people have signed a petition asking Apple not to deploy technology that would allow third parties like the police to use it to disable cameras on user phones under certain circumstances.

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Google says government requests for user data at all-time high

Google's semi-annual "Transparency Report" shows that in the second half of 2015, U.S. government agencies made more than 40,000 requests for access to user data.

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Telcos should only retain metadata to fight serious crime, EU judge says

Governments may order telcos to retain customer data, but only to fight serious crime, a top European Union judge has advised.

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Use Tor? Riffle promises to protect your privacy even better

Privacy-minded people have long relied on Tor for anonymity online, but a new system from MIT promises better protection and faster performance.

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Wearables could compromise corporate data

Smartwatches, fitness trackers and other wearable devices that are connected to corporate Wi-Fi networks could lead to serious privacy and security issues, experts say.

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Microsoft's overseas privacy battle may be far from over

Privacy advocates, especially those outside the U.S., can rest a little easier now. A federal court has rebuked the U.S. government’s attempt to access emails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland.

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A surge of Pokemon Go-related apps is out to steal your data

Since the Pokemon Go game launched last week, a throng of unofficial apps have tried to piggyback on the title’s success. And many of them are hungry for users’ private information.

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