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California nonprofit sues San Diego Police Department over stingray documents

California nonprofit sues San Diego Police Department over stingray documents

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The First Amendment Coalition is suing the San Diego Police Department and the city of San Diego in an effort to get public records released on the force's stingray use.

Former employees sue Sony, theaters drop 'The Interview'

Former employees sue Sony, theaters drop 'The Interview'

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Four former Sony workers have filed two class-action suits claiming the company failed to plug security holes and protect their personal data.

Dutch DPA fine over privacy violations could cost Google $18.6M

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The DPA warned Google that by gathering personal information on internet users to personalize ads, it has violated a Dutch privacy act.

Microsoft appeal over customer email warrant draws support

Microsoft appeal over customer email warrant draws support

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Microsoft's early December appeal of the government's efforts to get customer email stored on a server in Ireland has garnered support of rivals and privacy groups.

Sony warns employees of potential fraud

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In a letter to employees, Sony warned against fraudsters and offered free identity theft protection.

House, in rush vote, passes Intelligence Authorization Act

House, in rush vote, passes Intelligence Authorization Act

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The Senate passed the Act on Wednesday after adding a controversial amendment and the House rushed to pass it with little room for debate.

Suit: Comcast public WiFi hotspot network uses home modems, drives up customer costs

Suit: Comcast public WiFi hotspot network uses home modems, drives up customer costs

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In a class-action suit filed in federal court, a father-daughter duo accuses Comcast of using their routers to create public Wi-Fi hotspots, increasing their electricity costs and leaving them vulnerable to security issues.

TD Bank agrees to $625K breach settlement in Mass.

TD Bank agrees to $625K breach settlement in Mass.

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The 2012 breach, which occurred when two unencrypted backup tapes went missing, affected 260,000 people nationwide.

Court hears oral arguments for appeal in Smith v. Obama

Court hears oral arguments for appeal in Smith v. Obama

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Peter Smith, the husband and lawyer of plaintiff Anna Smith, argued that her Fourth Amendment rights were violated in dragnet surveillance by the NSA.

Health billing co., former CEO settle with FTC over data collection

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PaymentsMD and its former CEO will have to destroy all information collected related to its Patient Health Report service.

Bebe confirms breach, says data exposed

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The women's clothing retailer said a November breach of its store payment system exposed account numbers and other payment card information.

Sony Pictures breach exposes Deloitte salary info, report reveals

Sony Pictures breach exposes Deloitte salary info, report reveals

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Salary information from 2005 on Deloitte employees now appears to be collateral damage in the Sony Pictures hack.

ACLU: Stingray use violated man's Fourth Amendment rights

ACLU: Stingray use violated man's Fourth Amendment rights

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The ACLU has filed a brief in support of a Baltimore man arrested after police spied on him and others without a warrant.

Microsoft begins answering 'right to be forgotten' requests

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Four months after its Bing removal request form went online, Microsoft has begun responding to users.

FIN4 group infiltrates email, to game stock market, report says

FIN4 group infiltrates email, to game stock market, report says

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FireEye researchers have uncovered a group, dubbed FIN4, that has targeted more than 100 companies to gain insider information.

Mobile spyware app creator fined $500,000

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Hammad Akbar, the CEO of companies that sold and advertised mobile spyware app StealthGenie, will pay the fine in what's considered a landmark criminal conviction.

Anonymous reportedly publishes KKK wizard's personal data

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Protesting the grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot Michael Brown, the hacktivists' post links to wizard's personal data on pastebin.

Canada Revenue Agency sends taxpayer info to CBC

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Tax and donation information was revealed on hundreds of Canadians, some of them prominent.

NSA civil liberties and privacy officer addresses concerns in virtual Q&A

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Rebecca Richards took to Tumblr to address concerns about the NSA's activities and Edward Snowden's leaks.

Malwarebytes forum hacked, users forced to change passwords

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In a message to members, Malwarebytes CEO Marcin Kleczynski said no personal data was stolen when a forum server was hacked.

Judge unseals documents related to police dept. stingray use

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A judge made public documents related to 529 requests by police in Charlotte, N.C. as part of their cellphone surveillance efforts.

EFF, others urge NIST to develop stronger encryption

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In a letter to NIST, privacy organizations and companies called for secure encryption standards.

International commission to create recommendations on internet governance

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The 29-member Global Commission of Internet Governance Innovation features political leaders, global academics and business leaders that will explore pressing topics in the digital world.

Swedish appeals court nixes Assange's plea

Swedish appeals court nixes Assange's plea

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Julian Assange remains holed up in Ecuador's U.K. embassy after a court refused to rescind a warrant for Assange's arrest, which could ultimately result in his extradition to the U.S.

ACLU requests info on gov't spy program using 'dirtboxes'

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Earlier this month, it was revealed that DOJ uses "dirtboxes" attached to aircrafts to spy on Americans' mobile devices.

WhatsApp begins rolling out end-to-end encryption

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The popular messaging app announced on Tuesday that it has already begun encrypting users' messages.

USA Freedom Act foiled by Senate Republicans

USA Freedom Act foiled by Senate Republicans

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The USA Freedom Act, aimed at NSA surveillance reform, failed to pick up enough votes to avoid a Republican filibuster.

Mozilla, Cisco and others sponsor certificate provider Let's Encrypt

Mozilla, Cisco and others sponsor certificate provider Let's Encrypt

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The Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) plans to launch its Let's Encrypt software in 2015 that will let anyone receive a free trusted certificate.

'Stingray' requirement approved in Washington

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Judges in Pierce County, Wash. approved a new requirement that would make law enforcement officials explicitly cite when they plan to use 'stingray' technology during an investigation.

Facebook offers privacy tips, updates

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Facebook unveiled its "Privacy Basics," guidelines that help users control and protect their information.

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