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GoDaddy revokes nearly 9,000 SSL certificates issued without proper validation

GoDaddy, one of the world's largest domain registrars and certificate authorities, revoked almost 9,000 SSL certificates this week after it learned that its domain validation system has had a serious bug for the past five months.

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Trump's CIA nominee grilled on his advocacy of surveillance database

President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA wants to create a massive surveillance database by resurrecting a U.S. telephone records collection program, but some senators questioned what limits he would accept.

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EFF warily applauds Windows 10's data collection changes

Recent concessions by Microsoft in the data its Windows 10 "phones home" to company servers won cautious praise from one critic this week.

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IBM Watson, FDA to explore blockchain for secure patient data exchange

IBM's Watson Health division and the FDA are teaming up to explore using blockchain technology for secure, efficient and scalable exchange of health data, which could lead to enormous advances in research.

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Microsoft makes minor concessions on Windows 10 data collection

Microsoft on Tuesday promised that it will dial back diagnostic data collection from Windows 10 devices when users select the "Basic" setting for the controversial harvesting.

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Privacy legislation reintroduced for email older than 180 days

A bill has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives that would require law enforcement agencies to get a warrant before they poke around users’ emails and other communications in the cloud that are older than 180 days.

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Uber to provide anonymized data to city officials

Uber Technologies is offering data from trips on its ride-hailing platform to city officials, planners and policymakers to help them better understand traffic patterns and invest in infrastructure.

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Get 72% off NordVPN Virtual Private Network Service For a Limited Time - Deal Alert

NordVPN has discounted their popular VPN software 72% for the holidays. Use our link and see the discount applied when you click "buy now".

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Changing other people's flight bookings is too easy

The travel booking systems used by millions of people every day lack modern authentication methods and allow attackers to easily modify other people's reservations, researchers warn.

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U.S. collects social media handles from select visitors

Visitors to the U.S. under a visa waiver program are being asked by the Department of Homeland Security for information about their social media accounts, a plan that has drawn criticism from civil rights groups for its potential...

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Encrypted messaging app Signal uses Google to bypass censorship

Developers of the popular Signal secure messaging app have started to use Google's domain as a front to hide traffic to their service and to sidestep blocking attempts.

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Silicon Valley's Trump rebellion now has EFF calling for more encryption

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is advising the tech sector to use end-to-end encryption for every transaction by default, and to scrub logs.

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No more bulk communications data retention, top EU court tells U.K.

European governments must not oblige network operators to indiscriminately retain bulk customer communications data, the European Union's top court reaffirmed on Wednesday.

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Tech companies like Privacy Shield but worry about legal challenges

Privacy Shield, the new international framework allowing companies to transfer customer data between the EU and the U.S., is getting good reviews so far, but some companies aren't betting on it for the long term.

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Google sued by employee for confidentiality policies that 'muzzle' staff

A product manager at Google has sued the company over its allegedly illegal confidentiality rules, which, among other things, prohibit employees from speaking even internally about illegal conduct and dangerous product defects for...

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Congressional report sides with Apple on encryption debate

The U.S. is better off supporting strong encryption than trying to weaken it, according to a congressional report that stands at odds with the FBI’s push to install backdoors into tech products.

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Facebook 'misled' EU regulators over its takeover of WhatsApp

Facebook could be fined up to 1 percent of worldwide revenue for ‘misleading’ EU regulators about its 2014 takeover of Whatsapp.

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Privacy groups complain to FTC over Google’s 'deceptive' policy change

Privacy groups have complained to the Federal Trade Commission that Google is encroaching on user privacy through a policy change in June that allows it to combine personally identifiable information with browsing data collected by...

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