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Senators want warrant protections for U.S. email stored overseas

A new bill in Congress would require U.S. law enforcement agencies to obtain court-ordered warrants before demanding the emails of the country's residents when they are stored overseas.

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Celebrity hacker Guccifer's confession gives us all a lesson in security

A Romanian hacker known online as Guccifer pleaded guilty to hacking into 100 email and social media accounts belonging to American citizens, including former high-ranking government officials.

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New court request raises further doubts about transatlantic data transfers

Thousands of companies were turned into lawbreakers at a stroke the last time the High Court of Ireland referred a question about data protection to the Court of Justice of the European Union. And it may be about to do it again.

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Faception can allegedly tell if you're a terrorist just by analyzing your face

Faception claims it can spot if you are a terrorist, pedophile, genius or some other personality – judging a book by its cover with an 80% accuracy, by just analyzing your face. An unnamed homeland security inked a contract with the...

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US releases privacy 'best practices' for drone use

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration released a list of voluntary privacy best practices for commercial and non-commercial drone users in the wake of concerns that drones could encroach on individual privacy...

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Google challenges French 'right to be forgotten' fine

Google is appealing a fine from the French data protection authority for failing to implement the so-called right to be forgotten as ordered.

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Got privacy? If you use Twitter or a smartphone, maybe not so much

The notion of online privacy has been greatly diminished in recent years, and just this week two new studies confirm what to many minds is already a dismal picture.

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Face recognition app FindFace may make you want to take down all your online photos

FindFace has a 70% accuracy for identifying strangers and could be a game-changer for law enforcement.

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Does the iPhone need a ‘panic button’?

A new ‘panic mode’ for your iPhone might help keep your data more secure. And with the current legal decisions regarding Touch ID, this iOS feature is now vital.

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Senators will introduce a bill to limit government hacking warrants

A U.S. senator will introduce legislation to roll back new court rules allowing judges to give law enforcement agencies the authority to remotely hack computers.

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Privacy advocates want protections for U.S. residents in foreign surveillance law

The U.S. Congress should limit the ability of the FBI to search for information about the nation's residents in a database of foreign terrorism communications collected by the National Security Agency, some privacy advocates say.

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Google turns on HTTPS for all blogspot blogs

All blogs hosted on Google's blogspot.com domain can now be accessed over an encrypted HTTPS connection.

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Researchers nab millions of stolen credentials for Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, banking

A hacker handed over millions of stolen credentials for Google, Microsoft and Yahoo email accounts, as well as thousands for banking, manufacturing and retail, in exchange for researchers liking and voting up his social media page.

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Nadella explains why Microsoft sued the U.S. government

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explained in an interview that Microsoft is fighting what it sees as government overreach in the realm of digital privacy because he thinks that the U.S. can be a beacon to other countries.

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Supreme Court approves rule change that expands FBI computer search powers

The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to a rule to give judges the authority to issue warrants to remotely search computers whose locations are concealed using technology.

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House unanimously passes bill to protect email and cloud privacy

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to strengthen privacy protections for email and other data stored in the cloud.

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Opera browser bakes in free VPN

Opera Software today released a developer preview of its namesake browser that includes a full-featured VPN for free.

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Microsoft sues U.S. government over data gag orders

Microsoft wants a federal court to invalidate part of a 1986 law that it alleged has been abused by the government when authorities demand customers' data.

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