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5 things you need to know about legally transferring data out of Europe

The U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement on transatlantic data transfers is dead. What now?

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Reddit to honor 'Do Not Track' requests from visitors to its website

Reddit has decided to honor 'Do Not Track,' a feature that will ensure that it does not download third-party analytics on to browsers that enable the option to access its online discussion website and other services.

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New IBM tech lets apps authenticate you without personal data

Back in January, IBM announced Identity Mixer, a new technology for protecting users' personal data during authentication. Now it announced that the technology is available to developers on its Bluemix cloud platform.

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ISIL/ISIS/Daesh says no need for encryption -- but Telegram caves to pressure

ISIS use of Telegram is the latest bogeyman in the breathless demonization of encryption. But it turns out the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant -- aka Daesh -- used barely-encrypted SMS to communicate in Paris...

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How tech led to the death of France's public enemy No. 1

The suspected mastermind of last week's terror attacks in Paris, Abdel Hamid Abaaoud, has died in a police raid. Investigators were led to him by wiretaps and an abandoned telephone.

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Could cool smart mirror in futuristic fitting room lead to creepy data tracking?

Ralph Lauren will use Oak Labs' futuristic fitting rooms with interactive smart mirrors; the mirrors are cool, but from a privacy perspective it could lead to potentially creepy data collection.

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How Cisco is trying to keep NSA spies out of its gear

Cisco is working to build the confidence of prospective customers in its products, two years after the NSA spying disclosures seeded doubt, particularly in China.

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In wake of Paris attacks, legislation aims to extend NSA program

A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation that would delay the end of the bulk collection of phone metadata by the National Security Agency to Jan. 31, 2017, in the wake of renewed security concerns after the terror attacks last...

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Officially designated 'expert' IT person joins the staff at this law firm, and promptly sends a group email to more than 1,500 clients -- all of them listed on the cc: line.

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A tale of two women: same birthday, same Social Security number, same big-data mess

Two Florida women were born on the same day in the same state and given almost the same name. Though no one realized it at the time, it turns out they were also given the same Social Security number.

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Google's About Me page helps users control personal info

The About Me page, tailored for each user and editable, contains information including work history, contact information, educational background and places the user has lived, along with gender and birthday.

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Facebook to appeal Belgian court ban on tracking of people that aren't logged in

Facebook plans to appeal an order by a court in Belgium that banned it from tracking people who are not signed onto the social networking website.

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Supreme Court rejects appeal in cellphone location privacy case

The U.S. Supreme Court won't rule on whether the government needs a warrant to collect cellphone location information, dealing a setback to data privacy advocates.

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7 ways hackers can use Wi-Fi against you

Wi-Fi — oh so convenient, yet oh so dangerous. Here are seven ways you could be giving away your identity through a Wi-Fi connection and what to do instead.

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EMC, hospital to pay $90,000 over stolen laptop with medical data

EMC and Hartford Hospital have agreed to pay $90,000 to Connecticut for the loss in 2012 of an unencrypted laptop containing patient information of 8,883 residents of the state, according to the state's attorney general.

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FCC won't force websites to honor 'Do Not Track'

The FCC has dismissed a petition that would have required some of Web's largest firms to honor "Do Not Track" signals from consumers' browsers.

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E.U. tells U.S. it must make next move on new Safe Harbor deal

The European Union put the onus firmly on the U.S. to make the next move in negotiating a replacement for the now-defunct Safe Harbor Agreement on privacy protection for transatlantic personal data transfers.

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Firefox 42’s privacy fix: Does anyone still care about Mozilla?

Firefox now has “Tracking Protection” built into its Private Browsing mode. Mozilla argues that all the other browsers leak information in their Incognito, InPrivate or (ahem) pr0n modes...

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