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FTC targets operator of revenge-porn site

Federal regulators are clamping down on a website whose operator allegedly deceived women into sending intimate photos of themselves and then charged them to have the images removed.

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'Parks And Recreation,' Facebook and The New Privacy

Tuesday's episode of Parks And Recreation raises an important question about Facebook and privacy.

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Cyberthreat sharing should include privacy protections, advocates say

U.S. lawmakers are being urged to put strict privacy controls in legislation that would encourage companies to share cyberthreat information with government agencies and each other.

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EU air passenger database about to take flight, but critics want it grounded

The European Commission is reportedly revving up the engines on a controversial plan to retain passenger flight data across the EU, although a prior attempt got its wings clipped due to privacy concerns.

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Blackphone super-secure communications app had serious flaw

The SilentText secure messaging application bundled with Blackphone had a serious vulnerability that would have allowed attackers to decrypt messages, read contact information, gather location data and even execute malicious code on...

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Old arguments may hinder U.S. data breach notification efforts

A drive in Congress to require companies with data breaches to notify affected customers may get bogged down in old arguments.

FTC wants IoT vendors to safeguard privacy

The FTC wants companies developing Internet-of-Things products should adopt best practices to protect the privacy and security of consumers.

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Mass surveillance seen as a danger to fundamental human rights

Mass Internet surveillance endangers fundamental human rights and has not helped to prevent terrorist attacks, a European human rights body concluded.

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Link between NSA and Regin cyberespionage malware becomes clearer

Keylogging malware that may have been used by the NSA shares signficant portions of code with a component of Regin, a sophisticated platform that has been used to spy on businesses, government institutions and private individuals for...

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DEA cameras track hundreds of millions of car journeys across the US

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program to keep tabs on cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies in their hunt for suspects.

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Wikileaks staffers are SHOCKED that FBI read their Gmail

Wikileaks really needs your donation -- to purchase an email server. Three Wikileaks staffers, working for an organization hated by the US government, led by a man critical of the both the US and Google, decided to use Google's Gmail...

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Facebook, take note!

Those copyright notices that people are posting on their Facebook pages don’t mean a thing legally, but that doesn’t mean Facebook, or the media, should ignore them.

HealthCare.gov sends personal data to Twitter, Yahoo and Google

Information entered into the U.S. government's health insurance website is being passed to companies such as Twitter, Yahoo and Google.

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People are increasingly worried about privacy and lax legal protections

Internet users in the U.S., France Germany and other nations are increasingly worried about the impact technology has on privacy, and feel legal protections are insufficient. In 11 of the 12 countries surveyed as part of a...

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iPhone users: How your government spies on you

New Edward Snowden revelations tell us more about iPhone spies.

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How to shield yourself from Verizon's mobile tracking

The Electronic Frontier Foundation published a list of tools that can block online advertising companies from collecting web browsing data.

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Cleared your browser cookies? It won't stop ad company using Verizon tracking header

A company that correlates data about users across different websites to share with marketers is using unique IDs inserted by Verizon into mobile Web traffic to recreate tracking cookies that have been deleted by users.

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75% of writers in free countries self-censor due to fears of mass surveillance

There’s a worldwide war on free speech. Despite 1.5 million who marched under the banner of free expression in France, 54 people have been arrested for online comments. The UK wants encryption outlawed and backdoors in apps to be...

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