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Ad group urges FTC to reject "right to be forgotten"

Enforcing the European regulation in the U.S. could open the door to other rules, the group is arguing.

Researchers improve de-anonymization attacks for sites hiding on Tor

Attackers controlling entry nodes on the Tor network could find the location of hidden services or unmask users visiting them.

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Google rejects French request to expand right to be forgotten

Google won't comply with an order from France's privacy watchdog group to apply the right to be forgotten to all its search results around the world.

Opponents focus on defeating CISA cyberthreat info-sharing bill

Opponents of a U.S. Senate bill intended to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats may have stalled a vote on the legislation.

FaxBigBrother to stop CISA cyber threat and cyber spying bill

#FaxBigBrother to bury Senate under mountains of paper and stop CISA cyber spying bill

Congress can't grasp modern tech, so Operation FaxBigBrother will turn your emails and hashtagged tweets into faxes -- tech they do understand -- and bury Senators under mountains of paper devoted to stopping the CISA cyber spying...

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Groups urge Obama to oppose cyberthreat sharing bills

A coalition of digital rights groups and security experts asked President Obama to oppose legislation intended to let businesses share cyberthreat information with each other and with government agencies.

Obama won't pardon Snowden, despite public support for the idea

President Barack Obama won't pardon NSA leaker Edward Snowden, despite strong public support for the move, the White House said Tuesday.


Privacy and the data toothpaste problem

Two court rulings basically maintain that we can’t expect privacy on the phone or on social media. George Orwell would be proud of the judges.


NSA will lose access to 'historical' phone surveillance data Nov. 29

The U.S. National Security Agency will lose access to the bulk telephone records data it has collected at the end of November, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said.

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Feds look to bolster security for mobile devices used in health care

Healthcare providers are increasingly using smartphones and tablets to access and transfer medical records and submit prescriptions, but these devices may not be secure enough to protect sensitive medical information from hackers.

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Don't count on websites to hide your account info

Companies often fail to hide that an email address is associated with an account on their websites, even if the nature of their business calls for this and users implicitly expect it.

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Microsoft follows Google to crack down on revenge porn

A special Web form will allow revenge porn victims to report content they want removed from Bing, OneDrive or Xbox Live

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N.Y. judge rules against Facebook in search warrant case

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that Facebook has no legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of search warrants served on its users, highlighting the limits to online companies' abilities to protect user privacy.

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Senators propose bill to tighten vehicle security, privacy standards

Two U.S. senators want the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Trade Commission to establish federal standards to secure cars and protect drivers’ privacy against cyber attacks.

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Silicon Valley wary of U.S. push for cyber security info sharing

Tech execs cite privacy, litigation concerns.

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Extramarital affairs may not have been secrets even before Ashley Madison hack

37 million married cheaters may be worried since Ashley Madison was breached and customer data may be released if the hackers' demands aren't met, but a security pro warned, “your affairs were never discrete” because “Ashley Madison...

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Reddit to crack down on objectionable content

Reddit, the self-appointed "front page of the Internet" and one of the Web's most popular sites, is planning to crack down on objectionable content -- at least in public areas of the site.

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UK surveillance helicopter police act like paparazzi, tweet then delete celebrity photo

Did the National Police Air Service abuse its surveillance authority by tweeting a picture of UK comedian Michael McIntyre? McIntyre was in public, but was it an invasion of privacy or a breach of data privacy laws?

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