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Apple marks Data Privacy Week with in-store privacy training, more

Apple is celebrating Data Privacy Week by helping iPhone users learn how to use the privacy protection tools they already have in hand.

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The top 12 tech stories of 2022

The year highlighted how vulnerable the technology sector is to the vagaries of geopolitics and the macroeconomy, as IT giants laid off workers, regulators cracked down on tech rule-breakers, nations negotiated data security...

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Microsoft’s EU data boundary plan to take effect Jan. 1

The plan, which covers Microsoft products and services such as Azure, Power BI, Dynamics 365 and Office 365, will allow customers to store and process their customer data within the EU.

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European Commission takes step toward approving EU-US data privacy pact

The EU-US Data Privacy Framework—drafted to allow the flow of data between the US and the European Union—has cleared the first hurdle on its way to approval in the EU, but criticism of the pact makes it far from a done deal.

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Apple finally adds encryption to iCloud backups

Apple has rolled out a number of security features that will now offer end-to-end encryption to protect data, including backups, contacts, notes, photos, and wallet passes. The company also announced hardware Security Keys for Apple...

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A compliance fight in Germany could hurt Microsoft customers

A compliance fight between Microsoft and German regulatory authorities has gotten white hot, though it looks as though any penalties might bypass the company and take aim at its customers.

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Google execs knew 'Incognito mode' failed to protect privacy, suit claims

A lawsuit alleging Google misled users to believe their privacy was protected in "Incognito mode" says internal corporate emails prove executives knew it did anything but. The suit seeks at least $5 billion from Google.

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Would a US digital dollar let the government track you?

As lawmakers push to create a digital form of the US dollar, some are concerned it could give the federal government access to what consumers and businesses do through electronic transactions.

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EU-US data sharing agreement: Is it a done deal?

With both Privacy Shield and Safe Harbor having been previously struck down by legal challenges, experts question whether US President Biden’s executive order implementing the new Trans-Atlantic Data Policy Framework will stand up to...

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Coming soon — a resume-validating blockchain network for job seekers

A foundation that includes several big-name software vendors and tech services has launched a self-sovereign identity service where workers can store verified credentials to use when applying for jobs. In turn, employers get instant...

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Banks face a WhatsApp reckoning as regulators clamp down on messaging apps

Financial institutions are being hit with millions of dollars in fines from regulators concerned about the use of messaging apps. That's forcing the financial firms to shift gears to deal with the issue.

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How to stay smart about Android app permissions

Android app permissions aren't as easy to identify as they once were, but that doesn't mean you have to be uninformed.

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Drop, crack, d'oh! My broken Android phone epiphany

Just because your phone is broken doesn't mean your data's out of reach.

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Europe puts Apple’s CSAM plans back in the spotlight

The European Commission intends to force messaging services to begin monitoring for such material, just as Apple now does.

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Google responds to EU data rulings with new Workspace controls

Google is boosting its data protection controls for European Workspace users.

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Think the video call mute button keeps you safe? Think again

Have you recently been on a video call, muted and then said something nasty about a client — or maybe even the boss? Were you confident the mute button was protecting your secret? You shouldn't have been.

When it comes to data, resist your inner packrat

Hanging onto information after it's no longer needed carries all kinds of risks. Businesses need rules for when and how to throw stuff away.

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Duckduckgo launches privacy browser beta for macOS

The company said its browser will act like any other in its simplicity, but won't collect information about users and will not install cookies or tracking codes on devices. It can also block “hidden trackers” before they load.

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