Internet Privacy

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Android apps exploit permissions to access personal info, researchers find

One Android app in three accesses users' locations, and two in three track users' identities, a study found


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Your cell phone number: To give or not to give

More and more companies assume your phone is your second-factor authentication, raising potential for abuse

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Moving past the illusion of data democracy

Americans want the power to dictate exactly how our personal data is collected and used, but pervasive data gathering and analytical techniques are rendering true data democracy obsolete.

Microsoft: Feds' bid to seize Irish emails threatens US citizens' privacy

The US government would not allow another country to seize data stored on US soil in the same way, Microsoft says in a court filing

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The 5 worst big data privacy risks (and how to guard against them)

There are enormous benefits from big data analytics, but also massive potential for exposure. Here's how to protect yourself and your employees

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A shadowy consortium opposes your Internet privacy

A cabal of communications companies wants to kill a new Internet standard that will make your Web experience faster and safer

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Wickr brings its self-destructing messages to Windows, Mac, and Linux

Wickr's new desktop apps sends messages that vanish without a trace -- with one important.caveat

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The catastrophic state of security in 2014

Can a mega security disaster be avoided? Not if we continue to accept the poor security practices and consequences that persist today

UN committee calls on countries to protect right to privacy

Germany and Brazil are the main sponsors of the resolution on privacy in the digital age

Citadel malware now targets password management applications

A new Citadel configuration steals the master keys for two password managers and a secure authentication program

This is how Google is dealing with 'right to be forgotten' requests

EU data protection authorities will say next week what they think of Google's methods

AT&T kills the 'permacookie,' stops tracking customers' Internet usage (for now)

The mobile carrier says it was testing the tracking technology, but it didn't rule out reintroducing permacookies in the future

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Privacy breaches: Bad for business, good for jobs

As major companies spend billions to shore up privacy, demand is rising for IT professionals with the right skills

How the Republican Senate will impact tech

Expect to see a much higher cap on H-1B visas, no progress on Net Neutrality, and a decent chance at patent reform.

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The canary in the data mine is dead

You already know that gobs of data about you are strewn across the Internet. The scary part is when they put it all together

Facebook reports a 24 percent rise in government requests for user data

The majority of requests targeted users in the U.S.

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You've been permacookied and don't even know it

Every advertiser on the Internet wants to know where you're going, what you're doing, but permacookies go too far

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Unlikely hero emerges amid dark times for privacy, security

In a world awash with cyber crime and corporate doublespeak, recent FCC actions are a small cause to celebrate

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Verizon tracks mobile users online, researcher says

Verizon Wireless uses cookie-like tokens that let advertisers track customers on the Web so they can serve targeted ads, according to EEF

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