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DoJ sought administrative penalties for whistleblowers

DoJ sought administrative penalties for whistleblowers

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Documents declassified on Tuesday reveal that the Justice Department aggressively sought to impose administrative penalties on whistleblowers, rather than pursue criminal penalties.

Appeals court reinstates lawsuit against Gannett for sharing mobile app user data

Appeals court reinstates lawsuit against Gannett for sharing mobile app user data

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The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a district court's dismissal of a class-action lawsuit accusing publishing company Gannett of violating the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) by sharing mobile app data with a third-party firm.

Schumer calls the FTC to investigate spying billboards

Schumer calls the FTC to investigate spying billboards

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Citing privacy issues Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate companies installing that can track individuals as they pass by the outdoor advertisements.

WhatsApp shut down in Brazil affecting 100M

WhatsApp shut down in Brazil affecting 100M

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A judge in Brazil ordered mobile phone operators to shutter the WhatsApp chat service for three days.

Court decisions erode Privacy Shield support

Court decisions erode Privacy Shield support

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The long-besieged Privacy Shield agreement proposed by U.S. and European officials faces a new round of challenges following recent decisions by the U.S. Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court and the Supreme Court.

Chaffetz, Cummings ask SSA for complete OIG report, pen test results

Chaffetz, Cummings ask SSA for complete OIG report, pen test results

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House Oversight Committee asked SSA Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin to hand over the unredacted version of a penetration testing recently done at the agency.

Judge compels woman to provide fingerprint to open Apple iPhone

Judge compels woman to provide fingerprint to open Apple iPhone

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The FBI recently pressed for a 29-year-old Los Angeles woman to provide her fingerprint to open her phone after she was sentenced in an identity theft case.

NHS sharing unfiltered medical data on 1.6M patients with Google AI company

NHS sharing unfiltered medical data on 1.6M patients with Google AI company

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As part of a joint venture to develop groundbreaking healthcare apps, the UK's National Health Service (NHS) has agreed to share new and historical healthcare data on 1.6 million patients with Google's AI company DeepMind.

Bernie Sanders drops DNC suit after probe confirms campaign's claims

Bernie Sanders drops DNC suit after probe confirms campaign's claims

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After an investigation confirmed that data was exported during a December breach of the DNC voter file system but cleared the Sanders campaign of wrongdoing, the presidential hopeful withdrew a lawsuit it had filed against the DNC.

Government surveillance from Caesar to Nixon

Government surveillance from Caesar to Nixon

Government surveillance is, however, not new, says Patrick O'Kane, barrister and compliance counsel.

First Choice Credit Union files class-action suit against Wendy's over breach

First Choice Credit Union files class-action suit against Wendy's over breach

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Claiming that Wendy's didn't properly protect data, First Choice Credit Union filed a class action lawsuit against the retailer over a breach experienced last year.

Top NFL prospect Tunsil free falls in draft after apparent hacker posts damaging video, texts

Top NFL prospect Tunsil free falls in draft after apparent hacker posts damaging video, texts

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Minutes before the NFL Draft commenced on Thursday night, an apparent hacker accessed the Twitter account of top prospect Laremy Tunsil and posted an old video of the Ole Miss player smoking from a bong, damaging his value.

Filipino authorities arrest second man in hack that revealed data on 55M voters

Filipino authorities arrest second man in hack that revealed data on 55M voters

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The 23-year-old mastermind behind the hack of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) website, which led to the exposure of 55 million voter records, was arrested by the Cybercrime Division of the National Bureau of Investigation in the Philippines Friday.

Unclassified: Hackers steal Gumtree Australia customer data in breach of classifieds website

Unclassified: Hackers steal Gumtree Australia customer data in breach of classifieds website

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The online classified website Gumtree Australia alerted customers on Friday of a data breach after hackers stole their personally identifiable information last weekend.

PCI DSS version 3.2 release extends multifactor authentication requirement

PCI DSS version 3.2 release extends multifactor authentication requirement

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The PCI Data Security Standard version 3.2 released Thursday not only includes new requirements to safeguard payment data, including multifactor authentication.

37% of Brits share personal login details with friends or partners

37% of Brits share personal login details with friends or partners

Over 10 percent of the UK population has pretended to be someone else online by snooping or sending messages through someone else's social media or email accounts without their permission.

Uniting pro-ISIS hacking groups still unsophisticated, but sharpening skills, report says

Uniting pro-ISIS hacking groups still unsophisticated, but sharpening skills, report says

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Pro-ISIS hacking groups joining forces behind a super-hacker team, the United Cyber Caliphate, are sharpening their skills and showing a willingness to coordinate and amp up cyberattacks, a new report revealed.

House passes EPA in unanimous vote

House passes EPA in unanimous vote

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The House Wednesday passed the Email Privacy Act (EPA) 419-0, a reformation of the aging Electronics Privacy Act (ECPA) and drew immediate praise from rights groups.

FBI won't reveal method used to crack iPhone, alerts Apple to iPhone, Mac flaws

FBI won't reveal method used to crack iPhone, alerts Apple to iPhone, Mac flaws

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation won't share the method that was used to unlock an iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters because the mechanism belongs to the third party who cracked the phone.

UK public approve of Investigatory Powers Bill 'in spirit'

UK public approve of Investigatory Powers Bill 'in spirit'

Though deeply unpopular in some circles, a new YouGov poll has shown broad approval for the enumeration of government surveillance powers in the Investigatory Powers Bill.

Retailers believe breach detection is sufficient, but gap yawns wide

Retailers believe breach detection is sufficient, but gap yawns wide

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Retailers believe they can detect a data breach in a week or less, a new survey commissioned by Tripwire revealed, while another report by Arbor Network showed it takes them on average 197 days to spot advanced threats.

Info on 1.2M BeautifulPeople.com users sold on dark web after breach

Info on 1.2M BeautifulPeople.com users sold on dark web after breach

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The personal information of 1.2 million members of the "exclusive" dating site BeautifulPeople.com is being sold on the dark web.

Defense to judge: Make feds disclose hacking technique in child porn case or dismiss charges

Defense to judge: Make feds disclose hacking technique in child porn case or dismiss charges

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More than two months after a federal judge ruled the U.S. must privately disclose the hacking technique the FBI used to identify patrons of the child porn site Playpen, lawyers have filed a motion urging the case be dismissed if the government does not comply or drop the charges.

Clapper unhappy that Snowden sped up encryption by 7 years

Clapper unhappy that Snowden sped up encryption by 7 years

James Clapper, director of national intelligence has blamed the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for making it harder for the US to monitor and arrest terrorists by advancing the development of more advanced and widely available encryption.

Campaign apps putting user data at risk, study

Campaign apps putting user data at risk, study

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App users logging in over unsecured ​​Wi-Fi hotspots may be exposing their personal information to data miners.

Clapper: U.S. mulling ways to disclose info on Americans caught up in gov't spy net

Clapper: U.S. mulling ways to disclose info on Americans caught up in gov't spy net

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The U.S. government is mulling ways it might disclose the number of Americans who have been caught up in government surveillance under the Prism program, set to expire in 2017.

Was Spotify breached? Account info shows up on Pastebin

Was Spotify breached? Account info shows up on Pastebin

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Spotify may have experienced a security breach based on a list of customer account credentials discovered on Pastebin.

Odd 'phantom trips' taken a year after Uber log-in credentials surface on dark web

Odd 'phantom trips' taken a year after Uber log-in credentials surface on dark web

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Odd "phantom trips' taken nearly a year after Uber log-in credentials surfaced on the dark web.

A million-plus accessed Facebook via Tor last month

A million-plus accessed Facebook via Tor last month

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Just-released figure doubles the number from less than a year ago of Facebook users accessing the site via Tor.

Justice drops case against Apple after cracking iPhone in Brooklyn investigation

Justice drops case against Apple after cracking iPhone in Brooklyn investigation

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The Justice Department told a federal court that it was dropping its case against the tech giant after it received a passcode for the device from an unnamed source.

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