Privacy

Canadian telecom co. Telus unveils first transparency report

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The company received more than 100,000 government requests for customer data last year.

Apple cannot comply with search warrants on iOS 8 devices

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The new operating system protects the device's personal information with a passcode that Apple will not be able to bypass.

Google reveals 150 percent jump in gov't requests for user data

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Google indicated in its most recent transparency report that it also saw a 15 percent jump in government requests for user data since the end of last year.

WikiLeaks makes FinFisher surveillance software available to public

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Copies of controversial surveillance software, called "FinFisher," were made available for public scrutiny by WikiLeaks.

Dropbox releases biannual transparency report

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Dropbox issued its transparency report that shares the company had received 268 government requests for users' information, and in some cases, account files.

FBI facial recognition system ready for use

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced that it is prepared to roll out its new fully operational facial recognition system.

Researchers in China work on facial recognition payment app

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The app is expected to be launched next year.

Microsoft held in contempt, moves closer to appeal over customer email warrant

Microsoft held in contempt, moves closer to appeal over customer email warrant

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Microsoft continues to fight an order requesting it to turn over customer emails stored in a data center in Ireland.

Privacy groups urge Senate leaders to pass USA Freedom Act

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More than 40 civil liberties groups are urging Senate leaders to pass legislation that would put a halt to the NSA's data collection practices.

FTC orders Google to refund $19M for in-app purchases

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The FTC said Google must refund parents whose children made in-app purchases without their permission.

CMS says no consumer data exposed in Healthcare.gov test server hack

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A server used to test new code was hacked in July to drop malware intended for DDoS attacks.

Judge lifts stay but Microsoft won't hand over emails during appeal

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A judge has lifted a suspension of a previous order compelling Microsoft to hand over customer emails stored on a server in Ireland.

FTC asks court to shut down debt relief scam

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Claiming funding from the federal government and an endorsement by President Obama, a debt relief program coerced private data from consumers.

Hack exposes Secret app confessions

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Anonymous confessions posted on a popular app, called "Secret," were susceptible to being exposed via a hack.

Medical transcription provider settles data security charges

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GMR Transcription Services in California agreed to settle FTC charges related to its security practices.

AOL announces that it does not follow 'Do Not Track' requests

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Eight months after the enactment of a new California privacy law, AOL clarified that it does not respond to web browsers' "Do Not Track" requests.

ACLU, NYCLU court filing backs Facebook challenge to Manhattan DA

ACLU, NYCLU court filing backs Facebook challenge to Manhattan DA

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The civil liberties groups contend in a brief filed in New York Supreme Court, that warrants and a gag order issued in the case were unconstitutional.

FCC creates task force to scrutinize illegal stingray use

FCC creates task force to scrutinize illegal stingray use

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The task force will examine the use of the technology by foreign intelligence agencies and criminals targeting Americans.

Black Hat: Yahoo to implement end-to-end mail encryption by next year

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Yahoo will implement end-to-end mail encryption for its users by next year, according to an announcement made by its CISO.

Google tips off Texas police, leading to arrest of sex offender

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John Henry Skillern was arrested this past week after Google found an explicit image of an underage girl in his email.

China's gov't nixes Symantec, Kaspersky, favors domestic brands

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China has removed Kaspersky and Symantec from its list of approved security vendors and approves five domestic antivirus brands.

Microsoft must give gov't customer records on foreign server

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A federal judge has upheld a lower court ruling compelling Microsoft to turn over customer records located in Ireland to the U.S. government.

Google hands litany of 'right to be forgotten' woes to EU regulators

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Google provided additional details on how it has attempted to comply with the "right to be forgotten" ruling and the problems it has encountered.

Apple hit with privacy class-action over iPhone location service

Apple hit with privacy class-action over iPhone location service

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A woman claims she did not realize the company was using location services to track her and accuses the company of giving the data to third parties.

Leahy bill would end bulk data collection, introduce reforms

Leahy bill would end bulk data collection, introduce reforms

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Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced an NSA reform bill that would update the USA Freedom Act.

OTI report exposes economic costs of NSA spying

OTI report exposes economic costs of NSA spying

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A report from New America OTI found that the NSA surveillance program has had a chilling effect on U.S. commerce and foreign policy.

EFF asks court to find NSA internet spying a violation of Fourth Amendment

EFF asks court to find NSA internet spying a violation of Fourth Amendment

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Complete with a colorful graphic, the EFF showed a federal court how the NSA essentially runs a digital dragnet that can pick up innocent Americans.

Senator Leahy prepares bill to tackle NSA snooping

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The bill is set to be introduced on Tuesday.

EFF intros wireless router software to boost industry standard

EFF intros wireless router software to boost industry standard

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This weekend, the digital rights group released a "hacker alpha" version of its Open Wireless Router software.

Pair jailed for Apple-themed phishing scams, racket supported criminal transport

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A man and a woman were sentenced to 14 years for conspiring to steal money in a phishing scheme that was then used to transport criminals into the U.K.

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