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Got big data? The Cloud Security Alliance offers up 100 best practices

Big data is best known for its volume, variety and velocity and all three of those traits make security elusive. Targeting companies grappling with that challenge, the Cloud Security Alliance released a report offering 100 best...

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Privacy Shield data-transfer agreement now covers 200 companies

There are now 200 companies standing behind Privacy Shield, the framework agreement allowing businesses to process the personal information of European Union citizens on servers in the U.S.

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Facebook will use Whatsapp users' personal data to target ads

Two years after its acquisition by Facebook, WhatsApp is changing its privacy policy to allow it to share more information about its mobile app users with its owner.

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Proposed ‘social media ID, please' law draws outrage

A plan by the U.S. government to require some foreign travelers to provide their social media IDs on key travel documents is drawing outrage from group who call it un-American.

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Groups oppose U.S. plan to collect social media info from visitors

Civil liberties and tech advocacy groups have opposed a move by the Department of Homeland Security to collect social media information from certain categories of visitors to the U.S.

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EFF condemns Windows 10 data collection

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is lambasting Microsoft over Windows 10's telemetry technology, and wants it to "come clean" with customers.

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Maker of web monitoring software can be sued, court says

The maker of so-called spyware program WebWatcher can be sued for violating state and federal wiretap laws, a U.S. appeals court has ruled.

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Cortana: The spy in Windows 10

Cortana, Windows 10’s built-in virtual assistant, is both really cool and really creepy.

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Disable WPAD now or have your accounts and private data compromised

Security researchers have recently highlighted serious risks introduced by the Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD), which is enabled by default on Windows and is supported by other operating systems as well.

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Box announces new 'zones' in Canada and Australia

Box has made no secret of its global ambitions, and on Wednesday it advanced them another step by announcing two new regional "zones" in Canada and Australia.

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There’s never a shortage of security holes

New reports last week highlighted some novel ways for information to get into the wrong hands.

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FTC seeks research help from DEF CON hackers

The Federal Trade Commission made an appeal at DEF CON in Las Vegas this past week in hopes of getting hackers to help them crack down on manufacturers and service providers that leave customers vulnerable.

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Illinois hospital chain to pay record $5.5M for exposing data about millions of patients

Advocate Health Care Network, which operates 12 hospitals and hundreds of satellite locations, was fined a record amount by the federal government under HIPAA privacy rules for lax security.

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Tinder swipes too much personal information, says EU lawmaker

Some mobile apps' terms of use breach European Union privacy laws, according to Marc Tarabella, a member of the European Parliament.

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Stealing payment card data and PINs from POS systems is easy

The communications between card readers and point-of-sale systems is not secure and attackers can tap them to steal payment card data and even PIN numbers.

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Privacy Shield certifications begin trickling in

The U.S. Department of Commerce is not just rubber-stamping applications to join the new Privacy Shield data protection program: 24 hours after companies began certifying their compliance, the administration's website still listed no...

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Whistleblower Edward Snowden questions WikiLeaks' methods

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has censured WikiLeaks’ release of information without proper curation.

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Density aims to end queueing for hospitals, homeless shelters, coffee shops and elsewhere

We hear a lot about the internet of things and its ability to offer huge amounts of actionable data to the world. Imagine the IoT making your next visit to the ER, Starbucks or elsewhere easier.

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