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Privacy jitters derail controversial K-12 big data initiative

Unrelenting privacy concerns finally derailed a controversial big data initiative that promised to deliver more individualized instruction to public school students in the U.S.
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Search and rescue group sues FAA over drone use

A battle for rights to U.S. airspace is brewing between the Federal Aviation Administration and organizations looking to operate small, unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for commercial and other purposes.

U.S. commercial drone industry struggles to take off

The U.S. commercial drone industry is still struggling to get off the ground more than two years after President Obama signed into law a bill that permits the civilian use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) over the country's airspace.

This Netcraft tool flags sites affected by Heartbleed

Worried about how the Heartbleed vulnerability may affect your personal accounts? A new tool may be of help.

Two more states eye drone use limits

Louisiana and Pennsylvania could become the latest states to impose restrictions on the use of commercial drone aircraft over their airspace.

Lavaboom creates an encrypted webmail service that fends off snooping

A new webmail service called Lavaboom promises to provide easy-to-use email encryption without ever learning its users' private encryption keys or message contents.

Google updates terms of service, includes word of user email scans

Google has updated its terms of service to reflect that it analyzes user content including emails to provide users tailored advertising, customized search results and other features.

NSA secretly exploited devastating Heartbleed bug for years, report says

You had to see this one coming.

Nine charged with distributing Zeus malware

The U.S. Department of Justice has brought charges against nine alleged members of a criminal organization that distributed the Zeus Trojan used to steal millions of dollars from bank accounts nationwide.

Website admins will be busy dealing with Heartbleed

Website and server administrators will have to spend considerable time, effort and money to mitigate all the security risks associated with Heartbleed, one of the most severe vulnerabilities to endanger encrypted SSL communications in recent years.

Privacy In Depth

Thornton May: Your privacy map is probably wrong

The privacy maps being created today are primarily designed to avoid lawsuits.

3 privacy violations you shouldn't worry about

There are many major threats to our privacy that we should be up in arms about, but iBeacons, Gmail scanning and Google Glass are not among them, says Mike Elgan.

Evan Schuman: Social media endangers corporate secrets

Employees can unintentionally share more than their employers want anyone to know.

Ad tracking: Is anything being done?

Online tracking is on the rise, but efforts to create a practical Do Not Track policy have slowed to a crawl. Meanwhile, users and browser companies are taking matters into their own hands.

The paranoid's survival guide, part 3: Opting out, and how to protect your personal data offline

We've rounded up a bunch of experts' tips about how to retain your privacy.

Ron Miller: NSA can track every email, but it can't find a plane

When a world that's characterized by ubiquitous data collection and surveillance can lose sight of a jumbo jet, you start to question the worth of all that spying on us.

The paranoid's survival guide, part 2: Protect your privacy on social, mobile and more

We've rounded up a bunch of experts' tips about how to retain your privacy when messaging and using apps, and while on social media.

Evan Schuman: Is MasterCard's fraud program just another data grab?

It offers slightly greater payment convenience, but at what cost?

Trust issue looms large for tech companies capitalizing on personal data

As tech companies increasingly rely on analyzing and selling user data to boost revenue, trust is emerging as one of the defining issues of the year for the IT sector.

Evan Schuman: Mobile IT Roach Motel: Data checks in, but it won't check out

Even if a company were willing to expunge personal data that it had been authorized to collect, the realities of IT systems mean it probably could never completely do that.

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