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What you need to know about the Gmail password compromise

Five million hacked passwords dumped on Russian cybercrime forums

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Yahoo faced $250K in daily fines for defying U.S. surveillance requests

The U.S. government once threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it failed to assist with its surveillance efforts, Yahoo said Thursday.

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Hackers compromised nearly 5M Gmail passwords

Security experts are urging Gmail users to change their passwords after hackers gained access to the credentials of 5 million users of the free email service.

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Tech industry groups ask Senate to 'swiftly pass' NSA curbs

Tech industry groups have written a letter to U.S. Senate leaders, asking them to swiftly pass the USA Freedom Act, legislation that is expected to end the collection of bulk domestic phone data by the National Security Agency.

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Tech groups press Congress to pass USA Freedom Act

As Congress returned from summer recess Monday, several technology and civil rights groups quickly renewed their push for a bill that seeks to put curbs on the bulk collection of phone records and Internet data by the government.

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Google convenes first 'right-to-be-forgotten' meeting

Google has received more than 100,000 "right-to-be-forgotten" requests from people who want information about them removed from the search engine, it said Tuesday at a meeting in Madrid. Loek Essers/IDG News Service Google...

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Google looks for public input on right to be forgotten

Google is planning a series of seven public meetings across Europe to discuss balancing people's right to be forgotten with the public's right to information.

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Popular Android apps fail basic security tests, putting privacy at risk

Instagram, Grindr, OkCupid and many other Android apps fail to take basic precautions to protect their users' data, putting their privacy at risk, according to new study.

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The Fappening: iCloud users, beware!

The event dubbed by the internet as “the Fappening” is the largest celebrity nude photo leak in history. But don't blame Apple for the breach.

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Crisis comm expert applauds Apple's Cook for stepping up, talking about photo scandal

Apple's CEO yesterday took the unusual step of publicly commenting on the theft of hundreds of intimate photographs from celebrities' iPhones.

Verizon settles FCC consumer privacy investigation

Verizon Communications will pay $7.4 million to settle U.S. Federal Communications Commission allegations that the company failed to notify millions of customers that they could opt out of having their personal information used in...

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Facebook tries to quell Messenger rumors

Facebook is going on the offensive, trying to do damage control for its Messenger app.

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Hillary Clinton wants a global pact on surveillance and data collection

US companies are being unfairly tarred for perceived cooperation with the government, she said

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Evan Schuman: Google eyes the preteen set

No marketer wants to leave a potential market untapped, and Google hates to disappoint marketers. That could explain why Google is going to start offering Gmail, YouTube and other accounts to kids younger than 13.

NSA built 'Google-like' search engine for metadata

The National Security Agency built a "Google-like" search engine to give domestic and international government agencies access to details of billions of calls, texts and instant messages sent by millions of people, according to The...

Report: NSA built 'Google-like' search engine for metadata

The National Security Agency built a "Google-like" search engine to give domestic and international government agencies access to details of billions of calls, texts and instant messages sent by millions of people.

Twitter to remove images of deceased upon request

Twitter said late Tuesday it will remove images and videos of deceased people upon the request of family members, but it put conditions on the policy.

Healthcare organizations still too lax on security

The data breach at Community Health Systems that exposed the personal information on more than 4.5 million people is a symptom of the chronic lack of attention to patient data security and privacy within the healthcare industry.

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