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NSA authority to collect bulk phone data extended to June 1

A U.S. secret court has extended until June 1 the bulk collection of private phone records of Americans by the National Security Agency.

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Breach exposes personal data on 50,000 Uber drivers

The names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers were compromised in a security breach last year.

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White House privacy proposal aims to give consumers control over data

U.S. businesses that collect personal data would be required to describe their privacy and security practices and give consumers control over their personal information under a proposed privacy bill of rights released Friday by the...

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EPIC files FTC complaint about Samsung's Smart TV 'surveillance'

A complaint filed by a privacy group to the FTC argues that Samsung's Smart TVs intercept and record private communications of consumers in their homes, violating a number of rules including the Children's Online Privacy Protection...


Sen. Nelson questions use of StingRays for phone surveillance

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is asking the FCC about the certification process for a device law enforcement is using to track suspects without first getting a court order.

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Anthem now says 78.8M were affected by breach

The Anthem data breach may have exposed 78.8 million records, according to a more finely tuned estimate by the health insurance company, which is still investigating.

Reddit bans nude photos, adult videos posted without consent

Reddit is going against its laissez-faire philosophy and moving to restrict an abusive form of sexual content.

Google to curb sharing of adult content on Blogger

Google will restrict from next month the public sharing of adult content on its Blogger platform.


NSA director wants gov't access to encrypted communications

It probably comes as no surprise that the director of the National Security Agency wants access to encrypted data on computers and other devices. The U.S. should be able to craft a policy that allows the NSA and law enforcement...

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'Secure' advertising tool PrivDog compromises HTTPS security

New cases of insecure HTTPS traffic interception are coming to light as researchers investigate software programs for implementations that could enable malicious attacks. The latest software to open a man-in-the-middle hole on users'...

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Tech toys train tots for a troubling tomorrow

Toys always reflect the larger culture -- its biases, fears and, most of all, its technology. New York's Toy Fair 2015 happened this week, and the latest round of new tech toys is bringing some of the most disturbing tech trends to...

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With $15 in Radio Shack parts, 14-year-old hacks a car

A 14-year-old boy taking part in a cyber-hacking challenge -- after just one night with $15 worth of Radio Shack parts -- was able to communicate wirelessly with a vehicle's internal bus and control some mechanical functions.


Update: Spy agencies hacked SIM card maker's encryption

U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies reportedly hacked into the computer network of giant SIM card maker Gemalto and took smartphone encryption keys potentially used by customers of hundreds of mobile phone carriers worldwide.

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Google worried US could use amended warrant rule to search computers abroad

Google has opposed moves by the U.S. Department of Justice to extend the warrant-issuing authority of magistrate judges to searches of computers in districts other than their own.

Revenge porn site operator faces at least two years in prison

Hunter Moore, the website creator who published nude photos pilfered from their email accounts, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two counts in federal court.

Long-awaited Blackphone tablet may emerge at MWC

Paranoid tablet users, rejoice. The first units of the secure Blackphone tablet will be demonstrated at the upcoming Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona early next month.

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Samsung smart TVs don't encrypt the voice data they collect

Samsung does not encrypt voice recordings that are collected and transmitted by its smart TVs to a third party service, even though the company has claimed that it uses encryption to secure consumers' personal information.

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Mall security guards allegedly misuse CCTV to stalk women and share 'sleaze file' photos

Security guards in Australia's Westfield Sydney shopping center are accused of stalking women via the mall's CCTV before tagging, saving and sharing secret 'sleaze file' photos.

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There's no way of knowing if the NSA's spyware is on your hard drive

Russian security software maker Kaspersky Lab published a report all but accusing the NSA of hiding spyware on hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers. And there’s no way to know if it’s on...

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