Privacy

Contempt order against Lavabit still stands, appeals court rules

Contempt order against Lavabit still stands, appeals court rules

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A federal appeals court backed an earlier ruling penalizing the email service.

Google tweaks its terms of service for clarity on Gmail scanning

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The company is currently dealing with a lawsuit that challenges its email scanning practices.

Feds to roll out face recognition database by summer

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The Next Generation Identification database currently has more than 16 million face images, and is expected to house more than 52 million images by next year.

New Wisconsin law restricts employer access to personal accounts

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The law, Wis. Stat. Section 995.55, was enacted last week.

Heartbleed bug not leveraged for surveillance, NSA says

Heartbleed bug not leveraged for surveillance, NSA says

After a Bloomberg article reported that unnamed sources indicated that the NSA knew of the major flaw and utilized it for surveillance purposes, the agency denied the claims.

'Heartbleed bug' leads Canada Revenue Agency to suspend tax efiling

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The Heartbleed Bug is a critical OpenSSL flaw said to leave online information, including payment card data, vulnerable to being exposed.

Facebook ups privacy measures, tests new user settings

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On Tuesday, the company unveiled the coming changes.

Judge denies Wyndham motion challenging FTC authority

Judge denies Wyndham motion challenging FTC authority

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The court battle began when the FTC filed a 2012 complaint against hotelier Wyndham, accusing it of deceptive and unfair practices against consumers following data breaches.

Google pays $1 million fine for Street View privacy violations

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Google paid more than $1 million to Italy after a regulator found the company's Street View cars violated citizens' privacy by taking photos without their knowledge and permission.

Yahoo enhances data security through encryption efforts

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On Wednesday, Yahoo's CISO Alex Stamos announced the security measures.

Google wants Supreme Court to rule on Street View privacy case

Google wants Supreme Court to rule on Street View privacy case

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Google continues to fight a court ruling that its interception of Wi-Fi traffic, using Street View, may have been unlawful.

Debate: Should Edward Snowden be granted amnesty?

In this month's debate, experts discuss whether whistleblower Edward Snowden should be granted amnesty.

Privacy: Who cares?

Privacy: Who cares?

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Following the recent headline-making breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, as well as the secrets exposed by Edward Snowden, the question is: Who cares?

Gov't snooping drives companies away from cloud adoption, study finds

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Of the respondents participating in a just released survey, 33 percent indicated that they are less likely to adopt the cloud due to fears of government surveillance.

French consumer watchdog sues tech giants over data privacy

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One of the top consumer watchdogs in France has sued social media giants Twitter, Facebook and Google over their data-collection policies.

Study examines erosion of PII as massive breaches persist

Study examines erosion of PII as massive breaches persist

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A report investigates how static, or hard to change personal data, like SSNs or dates of birth, are impacted by repeated breaches.

President to propose legislation to halt bulk collection of phone data

President to propose legislation to halt bulk collection of phone data

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Along with the White House's legislative proposal, the House Intelligence Committee also introduces its own bill tackling the NSA surveillance practice.

Researchers demo drone that intercepts smartphone data

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Experts have developed a flying drone that secretly siphons smartphone data.

FTC and Calif. AG dispute Facebook's stance on teen privacy

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and California Attorney General Kamala Harris have each filed amicus briefs with a court of appeals disputing the interpretation of child privacy law in a federal case involving Facebook.

NSA hacks system admins to gain access through gatekeepers, leaks reveal

NSA hacks system admins to gain access through gatekeepers, leaks reveal

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Snowden leaks detail the agency's practice of going after the gatekeepers of networks to gather intel.

Plaintiffs denied class-action status in Gmail scanning lawsuit

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In the case, plaintiffs accused Google of illegally scanning the contents of Gmail users' emails for targeted advertising purposes.

Twitter drops project to encrypt direct messages

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Twitter has scrapped its plans to encrypt its users' direct messages in light of heavy government surveillance, a project previously reported on by the New York Times.

The true cost of metadata

The true cost of metadata

A lack of transparency from the "powers that be" is forcing businesses to quickly rebuild their strategies around privacy and trust to protect their intellectual property and ensure that employees act responsibly.

IBM to clients: No data, source code handed over to NSA

IBM to clients: No data, source code handed over to NSA

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The software and IT services giant published an open letter to its clients on Friday.

Understanding encryption and key management

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In this video, Richard Moulds, VP strategy with Thales e-Security, speaks with SC Magazine reporter Adam Greenberg on how encryption works and how to improve key management.

Protecting customer privacy through email encryption

Protecting customer privacy through email encryption

From a consumer's point of view, offering electronic document delivery services while eschewing responsibility for data safety is akin to playing Russian roulette with their personal information.

NSA request to retain data over five years denied by FISA court

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The NSA had requested that the court extend the retention period for phone records obtained through its controversial surveillance program.

TrustyCon: Privacy advocates challenge government's sweeping data access

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Privacy experts held a candid talk on government methods for obtaining citizen information, and on how the industry can help buffer unfettered data collection.

RSA 2014: Bruce Schneier champions encryption in 'golden age' of government surveillance

Cryptography expert Bruce Schneier, now CTO of Co3 Systems, continued his criticism of the National Security Agency's surveillance during his well-attended talk at the RSA Conference in San Francisco today.

RSA 2014: Coviello discusses NSA controversy in keynote address

RSA 2014: Coviello discusses NSA controversy in keynote address

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In his keynote address at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, Art Coviello discussed the NSA allegations and also outlined four principles that would serve as a set of standards when it comes to cyber warfare.

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