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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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Vietnamese man gets 13 years for massive ID theft scheme

A Vietnamese man linked to a data breach of 200 million personal records at a subsidiary of credit monitoring firm Experian has been sentenced to 13 years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

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ACLU asks court to immediately end NSA phone snooping

A U.S. appeals court should immediately shut down the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic telephone records because the practice is illegal, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

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U.S. to begin talks on drone privacy standards

But it's unclear if privacy and consumer groups will come to the table after leaving earlier privacy discussions.

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FBI, DOJ want companies to back off end-to-end encryption

U.S. tech companies should retain access to the encrypted information of their customers, instead of providing end-to-end encryption, in order to give police the tools they need to investigate crimes and terrorist activity, two senior...

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Former A.G. Eric Holder says Snowden deal is possible

The "possibility exists" for the Department of Justice to cut a deal that would allow surveillance leaker Edward Snowden to return to the U.S., according to former Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Hacktivist group may have compromised hundreds of websites

A hacker group known as Team GhostShell is publishing snippets of sensitive data allegedly stolen from the databases of hundreds of compromised websites.

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ACLU to fight FISA court's OK to NSA bulk data collection

Thought that bulk metadata collection had been quashed? Think again: FISC instructs NSA to carry on regardless. IN FRENCH. But the ACLU ain't impressed...

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Surveillance court extends NSA's phone records collection

The program was extended for five months as it winds down.

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Is facial recognition a threat on Facebook and Google?

Photo recognition is so good on Facebook and Google that they don't even need to see your face to ID you. Now what?

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New e-commerce model: Where everybody knows your name — and everything else about you

Some former Amazon managers are fine-tuning an app that, in effect, becomes shoppers' personal CRM profiles. Today, shoppers interact with specific retail sites and, maybe, develop a profile with that retailer. But every time that...

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