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RadioShack presses ahead with plan to sell customer data

Sale of the personal data was withdrawn from a previous auction.

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Lawyers smell blood in electronic medical records

While EMRs may be crucial to modernizing medical care by enabling data exchange and new analytics, electronic records are also a potential source for lawsuits against tech vendors.

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New cyberthreat information-sharing bill may be more friendly to privacy

A new bill designed to encourage businesses and government agencies to share information about cyberthreats with each other may go farther in protecting the privacy of Internet users than other recent legislation in Congress.


The FTC is worried about algorithmic transparency, and you should be too

It's no secret that algorithms power much of the technology we interact with every day, whether it's to search for information on Google or to browse through a Facebook news feed. What's less widely known is that algorithms also play...

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Google yanks Chrome add-on that scraped data from 1.2M users

Google has removed a data-scraping Chrome extension from its browser mart after security firms reported that the add-on was transferring data about more than a million users.

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Google ordered by German authority to change privacy practices

A German data protection authority has ordered Google to change how it handles users' private data in the country by the end of the year.


DEA sued for snooping on international phone calls

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's logging of international phone calls made from the U.S. was illegal, advocacy group Human Rights Watch has alleged in a lawsuit filed late Tuesday.


The DEA collected bulk phone records for decades

The U.S. in 1992 began keeping records of international phone calls made by Americans under a joint program of the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration.


Edward Snowden: Don't censor your pics

People shouldn't hold back on sending racy photos of themselves online for fear the images might be scooped up by government spies, said former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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Want to secure your social info? Facebook shows you how

Facebook today launched 11 interactive guides and how-tos to help users secure their social information.

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Microsoft rolls back commitment to Do Not Track

Microsoft today rolled back its commitment to the nearly-dead "Do Not Track" standard, saying it would no longer automatically switch on the signal in its browsers.

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Snapchat got 375 government data requests in four months

Snapchat, for the first time, has disclosed the number of requests for user information it has received from governments in the U.S. and in other countries.

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Texas wants RadioShack to specify what customer data is for sale

The state of Texas has objected to the sale of Radio Shack's customer data, citing both in-store and online privacy policies of the consumer electronics retailer.


EPIC asks court for FAA drone privacy rules

The Electronic Privacy Information Center asked an appeals court on Tuesday to force the FAA to come up with privacy rules concerning drones.

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Facebook tracks all site visitors, violating EU law, report says

Facebook tracks everyone who visits its site, including people who don't have an account, and continues to track users and non-users who have opted out of targeted ads, researchers at two Belgian universities have found.


Congress moves quickly on cyberthreat information sharing

Congress is moving forward quickly with legislation that would encourage private companies to share cyberthreat information with government agencies, despite concerns that two leading bills weaken consumer privacy...

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Safari users in the U.K. can sue Google over alleged privacy violations

The ruling from an appeals court could lead to claims from millions of British users.

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UN to appoint watchdog to focus on privacy in digital age

A 'special rapporteur' is to be appointed for a period of three years.

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