Privacy

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US, EU reach agreement on Safe Harbor alternative

The agreement on the new Privacy Shield framework will make it easier for companies to transfer data between Europe and the U.S.

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A tech policy agenda for an uncertain political future

The top tech priorities for Congress and President Obama this year should be fostering data-driven innovation and the Internet of Things, increasing digital trade and passing the TPP, fighting patent litigation abuse and patent...

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No agreement as deadline to replace Safe Harbor nears

EU and U.S. negotiators are struggling to reach agreement on a new transatlantic data-transfer agreement ahead of a Jan. 31 deadline set by privacy watchdogs

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Why we must stand with Microsoft on data privacy

The U.S. government dangerously seeks access to cloud data anywhere. There's a better way that business should support instead

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No matter who wins in US vs. Microsoft, we all lose

As the U.S. government and Microsoft battle over access to cloud data, major implications await both users and corporations

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Accidental sharing -- the plague of the always-connected era

In the age of social media, it’s not necessarily in a company’s best interests to provide clear and concise controls over information access

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Brave is the name, ad-blocking the game of new browser

Former Mozilla CEO announces browser that will replace targeted ads on sites with its own 'anonymous' ads, and share revenue with content makers

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Congress eyes commission to tackle encryption debate

Bipartisan bill would create a national commission on security and technology to address the growing debate over privacy and security

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Watch what you do with that big data, FTC warns businesses

'We need systems for auditing the proprietary algorithms,' an ACLU attorney says

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Microsoft walks a thin line between Windows 10 telemetry and snooping

Whether you think of Win10 data collection as innocent telemetry or damning espionage, the key question is trust

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HP tackles 'visual hacking' with privacy filters in laptop, tablet screens

HP wants to prevent Peeping Toms from stealing data with new privacy filters integrated in laptops

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Top 10 tech stories 2015: Transformation and transition

Cloud and mobile computing have created an imperative for the tech world: Change or fail. Here, are the IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 tech stories of 2015

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How computer security changed in 2015

We made progress, suffered setbacks, added complexity, and did little to deter the onslaught of cyber crime

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Apple CEO defends privacy, encryption amidst terrorist concerns

Smartphone users should have both privacy and security, Tim Cook says in interview

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Tor hires former EFF chief as executive director

The widely used anonymity tool that frequently comes up in debates over encryption and privacy

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Final cyber security bill paves way for the surveillance state

Closed-door negotiations in Congress threaten to strip out privacy provisions from final version of the merged cyber security bill

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Advertisers vs. ad blockers: The race to Internet armageddon

Publishers need advertising dollars, but obnoxious ads have spawned a boom in revenue-killing ad blockers

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Surprise! Mozilla just launched an ad blocker for iOS

Focus, a new content blocker for the iPhone and iPad, lets users control how they're tracked

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