Privacy

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.

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.

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