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Group warns of human rights risks of countering online terror

Study warns of human rights risks from censoring online terror content

Internet companies should not be required to monitor third-party terrorist content that they host or transmit, nor should they face direct or indirect liability from governments for such content, according to a new study.

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The Queen signs off on UK internet surveillance law

Britons hoping that a quaint historical tradition might stop a Draconian internet surveillance law in its tracks were disappointed on Tuesday morning, when the Queen gave her approval to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

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Senators plan last-ditch push to curb US law-enforcement hacking power

Unless Congress takes 11th-hour action, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies will gain new authority this week to hack into remote computers during criminal investigations.

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Car buyers more willing to share data -- if they get something back

Nine out of 10 consumers recently surveyed said they are aware of privacy issues related to electronics in their vehicles and willing to share that data -- as long as they get something in return.

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With choice for CIA chief, Trump picks a foe of Silicon Valley's encryption stance

In his nomination of U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA, President-elect Donald Trump has picked a supporter of NSA surveillance programs and a critic of Silicon Valley's stance on encryption.

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Without tech industry guidance, U.S. may resort to weakening encryption

Apple may have refused to help the FBI unlock the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter, but the tech industry is still better off working with the U.S. government on encryption issues than ducking away, according to a former...

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Russia orders ISPs to block LinkedIn

LinkedIn's network just got a little smaller: Russia's communications regulator ordered Internet service providers to block access to the business networking company.

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Biggest hack of 2016: 412 million FriendFinder Networks accounts exposed

412,214,295 user accounts were exposed after Friend Finder Networks were hacked; the breach included 20 years of customer data from six compromised databases: Adultfriendfinder.com, Cams.com, Penthouse.com, Stripshow.com. iCams.com...

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412 million FriendFinder Network accounts said to be exposed in hack

Over 412 million accounts on dating and entertainment network FriendFinder Networks have been exposed, the second time that the network has been breached in two years, according to a popular breach notification website.

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The best messaging apps with end-to-end encryption

If you want to keep prying eyes away from your conversations, then these are the apps that you need to get.

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Tech groups push policy priorities for the Trump administration

Technology trade groups are already pushing out their policy priorities for President-elect Donald Trump's administration, even though his campaign rarely touched on IT issues.

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Worries, uncertainty cloud outlook for digital privacy under President Trump

When President-elect Donald Trump officially takes office, he’ll inherit a powerful U.S. surveillance apparatus, including the National Security Agency, that’s already been accused of trampling over privacy rights.

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China's vague cybersecurity law has foreign businesses guessing

The most disturbing thing for foreign businesses facing China's new cybersecurity law may just be how vague and broad it is.

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Facebook halts Whatsapp data sharing in the UK

Facebook has agreed to stop using WhatsApp data to target users with advertising in the U.K. and has been warned it could face legal action if it resumes the practice.

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5 things you need to know about virtual private networks

A VPN is a secure tunnel between two or more computers on the internet. In the past, VPNs were mainly used by companies to securely link remote branches together or connect roaming employees to the office network, but today they're an...

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What about the personal data on those millions of recalled Note7s?

The users of millions of faulty Samsung Galaxy Note7s face a another potential dilemma: The fate of their personal data on the devices.

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Mobile subscriber identity numbers can be exposed over Wi-Fi

Researchers have found that protocols used by operators to offload data connections and voice calls to Wi-Fi can be abused to track mobile subscribers by their unique identification numbers.

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A second Privacy Shield legal challenge increases threat to EU-US data flows

The Privacy Shield transatlantic data transfer deal is now caught in a pincer action: A week after it emerged that Irish digital rights activists had filed suit to annul the deal come reports that a French campaign group has begun its...

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