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Germany proposes legislation for 'black boxes' on cars using autopilot

Germany proposes legislation for 'black boxes' on cars using autopilot

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Self-driving cars in Germany may soon be required to carry a black box to help determine fault.

BlackBerry CEO calls helping law enforcement 'civic duty,' takes swipe at Apple

BlackBerry CEO calls helping law enforcement 'civic duty,' takes swipe at Apple

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Cooperating with law enforcement is "our basic civic responsibility," BlackBerry CEO John Chen told reporters at a media Q&A at the BlackBerry Security Summit in New York.

Google recieved record number of data requests: 4,677 in latest transparency report

Google recieved record number of data requests: 4,677 in latest transparency report

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Google's latest transparency report displays a continued increase in data requests the company received from government authorities.

Tor used to secure IoT

Tor used to secure IoT

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The Guardian Project has integrated Tor security into the Internet of Things (IoT), creating a Tor Onion Service Configuration for the Home Assistant open source platform.

Brazil's Supreme Court nixes lower court's WhatsApp ban

Brazil's Supreme Court nixes lower court's WhatsApp ban

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The Supreme Court in Brazil nixed a ban on WhatsApp imposed by a lower court judge earlier today.

Twitter rolls out online application process for account verification

Twitter rolls out online application process for account verification

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Twitter said Tuesday it had created an online application process so that Twitter accounts could receive verified status.

Brazilian judge orders telecom companies to block WhatsApp

Brazilian judge orders telecom companies to block WhatsApp

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Brazilian Judge Daniel Barbosa's order threatened telecommunications companies Oi, Nextel, TIM and Vivo e Claro with fines of about $15,000 daily if they didn't block WhatsApp, which is used by 93 percent of Brazilians.

Tor provides access as social media blocked during attempted military coup in Turkey

Tor provides access as social media blocked during attempted military coup in Turkey

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As the Turkish government allegedly blocked access to social media during what was reported as a military coup, The Tor Project said Friday that people can use the Tor browser to reach Facebook, Twitter and the free Internet.

Guccifer 2.0 leaks docs on 11K donors, tries to draw attention back to DNC hacks

Guccifer 2.0 leaks docs on 11K donors, tries to draw attention back to DNC hacks

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Guccifer 2.0 leaked additional documents purportedly pilfered from the Democratic National Committee and which included donor information and a file on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, according to The Hill.

Second Circuit rules in favor of Microsoft, gov't can't force access to email on Irish server

Second Circuit rules in favor of Microsoft, gov't can't force access to email on Irish server

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Privacy advocates hailed the Second Circuit's ruling as a victory for Microsoft and, if it holds, will likely inspire confidence among privacy advocates and European privacy regulators about the fortitude of the U.S.'s privacy posture.

Crypto student accuses WhatsApp of blocking calls to Saudi numbers

Crypto student accuses WhatsApp of blocking calls to Saudi numbers

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A cryptography Ph.D. student has accused WhatsApp of blocking calls to Saudi Arabia phone numbers and deceiving users

Ultrasound theft results in data breach at health care company Kaiser Permanente

Ultrasound theft results in data breach at health care company Kaiser Permanente

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Health care consortium Kaiser Permanente's Northern California division has publicly disclosed a data breach after two of its employees allegedly stole an unspecified number of ultrasound machines containing protected health information.

Rep. Speier introduces federal revenge porn bill today

Rep. Speier introduces federal revenge porn bill today

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Rep. Jackie Speier(D-Calif.) today introduced the Intimate Privacy Protection Act, or revenge porn bill, that will make it a crime to knowingly distribute sexually explicit images of someone without their consent.

Malware on Omni Hotel POS systems scarfed payment card info

Malware on Omni Hotel POS systems scarfed payment card info

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Omni Hotels & Resorts said guests had to physically present payment cards at one of its affected POS systems to be affected by malware stealing payment card information during a six-month period.

After Tor exploit, researchers develop new anonymity network

After Tor exploit, researchers develop new anonymity network

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A team of researchers have created a created an anonymity network methodology that they believe is more efficient and more secure than existing anonymous networks such as Tor.

At last, Privacy Shield is official

At last, Privacy Shield is official

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The European Commission approved the EU-US Privacy Shield pact that will provide the framework for the protection of data as it flows across the Atlantic from Europe to the U.S.

Ninth Circuit ruling upholds password-sharing risk

Ninth Circuit ruling upholds password-sharing risk

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Computer users sharing their password could suddenly find themselves at risk for arrest.

Clapper won't deny Clinton intel briefings, GOP lawmakers ask U.S. attorney to investigate perjury charges

Clapper won't deny Clinton intel briefings, GOP lawmakers ask U.S. attorney to investigate perjury charges

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DNI James Clapper said in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan that he won't keep any "eligible" presidential candidate "officially nominated," from receiving intelligence briefings.

Privacy Shield gets nod from EU, ripe for judicial challenge

Privacy Shield gets nod from EU, ripe for judicial challenge

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With the approval of the 28 members of the EU, the EU-US Privacy Shield is closer to implementation but also to adjudication going forward.

Facebook testing 'Secret Conversations' end-to-end encryption feature for Messenger

Facebook testing 'Secret Conversations' end-to-end encryption feature for Messenger

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A Secret Conversations feature in Facebook Messenger will offer end-to-end encryption based on the Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems.

Telecoms companies aid oppression in Belarus, says Amnesty International

Telecoms companies aid oppression in Belarus, says Amnesty International

Amnesty International has not been shy in condemning telecommunications companies operating in Belarus, described as 'Europe's last dictatorship', for complying with oppressive surveillance laws.

D.C. Court of Appeals FOIA ruling hailed as win for open gov't

D.C. Court of Appeals FOIA ruling hailed as win for open gov't

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Public files are not exempt from Freedom of Information Act disclosures simply because they are stored on a government official's private email account, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled.

Comey faces House committee over recommendation not to prosecute Clinton

Comey faces House committee over recommendation not to prosecute Clinton

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FBI Director James Comey told House committee that he didn't recommend bringing criminal charges against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton because she didn't knowingly send and receive classified information via email.

Parents don't see children at risk from online marketing, study says

Parents don't see children at risk from online marketing, study says

Across Europe, children do not receive an equal level of protection from the adverse effects of online marketing due to different marketing regulations to children between countries and parents' different models of oversight of their kids' online activities.

Ryan to Clapper: Deny Clinton access to confidential info after DNC convention

Ryan to Clapper: Deny Clinton access to confidential info after DNC convention

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After FBI Director James Comey rebuked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for being "extremely careless," House Speaker Paul Ryan asked James Clapper to deny her access to confidential information.

 That '70s show: Sexual harassment

That '70s show: Sexual harassment

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Sadly, what's old is new again when it comes to sexual harassment, both in the job marketplace and online, but new legislation and evolving corporate policies are fighting back against online harassment,

Lynch accepts FBI recommendation, won't prosecute Clinton over email

Lynch accepts FBI recommendation, won't prosecute Clinton over email

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Justice Department would not bring criminal charges against former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.

Johnson presses Comey for details as FBI director prepares to testify before House committee

Johnson presses Comey for details as FBI director prepares to testify before House committee

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey requesting additional information on the Clinton email investigation.

Hackers moon NASA Kepler Twitter followers

Hackers moon NASA Kepler Twitter followers

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NASA Kepler's Twitter account was compromised Wednesday and an image of a woman's scantily clad backside as well as a link to a porn site were tweeted out.

BT patrons complain - locked out of email for over a week by passwords flaw

BT patrons complain - locked out of email for over a week by passwords flaw

BT customers are complaining about chronic authentication issues that are blocking access to email and billing accounts. To expedite things, the help desk is asking for clients' full passwords, according to two customers.

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