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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.

Apple must face suit over iMessages, judge says

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A federal judge has said Apple must face a lawsuit that claims it didn't reveal that text messages would be blocked when iPhone users switched to Androids.

Automakers pen 'privacy principles' for in-car technology

Automakers pen 'privacy principles' for in-car technology

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers created "baseline privacy commitments" for the industry.

Debt sellers exposed personal info of 70K consumers, draws FTC action

Debt sellers exposed personal info of 70K consumers, draws FTC action

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Two debt sellers allegedly posted the people's personal information on unencrypted, publicly accessible spreadsheets that were post online.

Study: 9 in 10 Americans agree control over personal information is lost

Study: 9 in 10 Americans agree control over personal information is lost

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A new Pew Research study on Americans' privacy perceptions after the Edward Snowden leaks shows that most people assume their personal data isn't kept private online.

Arrest uncovers stolen Amex cardholder data

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In a notification letter to customers, Amex said law enforcement has arrested an individual possessing stolen personal and account information.

Federal data breach legislation advances as provincial lapse nears

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A Canadian federal bill that would force companies to notify individuals of breaches moved a step closer to being law in October.

RCMP record keeping needs work, says Privacy Commissioner

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Canada's RCMP cannot tell whether it complies with federal privacy law when gathering information about citizens without a warrant, according to a report.

Mozilla teams with Tor Project, CDT, on internet privacy

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Mozilla is heeding user desire for internet privacy by collaborating with the Tor Project and the Center for Democracy & Technology.

USIS attack went undetected for months

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The Associated Press reported that a hack, similar to past intrusions by Chinese hackers, went unnoticed by USIS for months.

Gov't AIDS websites left user data unencrypted

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The government has begun encrypting user data on two websites providing AIDS-related information.

EU restricts spyware exports

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New European restrictions will require spyware manufacturers to get the EU's permission before exporting their product.

Requests for Facebook user data increased in first half of 2014

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The social media company reported that governments made 34,946 requests for user data, which represented a 24 percent increase since the last half of 2013.

Facebook creates onion address for Tor users

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The social media site launched its Tor-friendly version to accommodate users who might want to keep their identities anonymous.

A balancing act: Apple technology

A balancing act: Apple technology

Apple's iPhone 6 and iOS 8 offer encryption for mobile users, but a focus on consumers can create security conundrums, reports Lee Sustar.

HackingTeam spying manuals posted online

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The Italian spyware company had its manuals posted online that detail how thoroughly an infected user's actions can be monitored.

FBI uncovers second person leaking government documents

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The unnamed leaker's house was searched and a criminal case was opened after documents about the U.S. government's terrorist watch list were published.

EFF files brief in response to Jewel v. NSA opposition

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a new brief after the government released its own opposition.

FCC fines telecom companies $10 million

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The Federal Communications Commission fined Terracom, Inc. and YourTel America, Inc. $10 million for their failure to protect users' personal information.

Chinese MitM attack targets iCloud users

Chinese MitM attack targets iCloud users

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The attack used a false certificate to trick iCloud users into handing over personal data and login credentials. With an attack of this size, some experts and researchers believe the Chinese government could be to blame.

EPIC: driver data shared via V2V technology needs protection

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The groups shared comments on V2V communications with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Woman charged with using spyware on former cop

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Kristin Nyunt of Monterey, Calif., is charged with two counts of illegal wiretapping and possession of illegal interception devices and faces a sentence of up to five years in prison.

Google implements Security Key two-factor authentication

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Security Key plugs into a user's USB port and can now be used as a primary method for account login verification.

Florida Supreme Court rules warrants a must for real-time cell location tracking

Florida Supreme Court rules warrants a must for real-time cell location tracking

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The Florida Supreme Court put the kibosh on warrantless real-time tracking using location data obtained from cell phone providers.

JPMorgan Chase hackers missed fed gov't employee accounts

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Information on half a million federal workers in the government's SmartBuy program went undetected by Chase hackers.

President signs Executive Order to improve payment security

President signs Executive Order to improve payment security

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President Obama signed an Executive Order at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau calling for enhanced security measures, including microchips and PINs.

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