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Groups urge Obama to oppose cyber threat sharing bills

They say the Senate's CISA cyber threat information sharing bill would allow businesses to share too much information

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How IT can spy on your smartphone

iOS and Android shield most data you care about from IT -- but users seem to care less about privacy these days

Reddit's new CEO tries to clean up the 'dark side' of the site

The online discussion website is struggling to curb offensive content and even cyberbullying

OPM director resigns after unprecedented data breach

Katherine Archuleta stands down a day after scale of the massive breach was made clear

FBI, DOJ want companies to back off end-to-end encryption

The agencies want tech vendors to retain access to encrypted data to comply with court-ordered warrants

Former attorney general calls Snowden deal possible

Eric Holder says the 'possibility exists' for a deal, but the DOJ's official position on the NSA leaker facing criminal charges hasn't changed

Privacy group files FTC complaint to push Google to extend 'right to be forgotten' to U.S.

Consumer Watchdog says Google engages in unfair business practices by not offering U.S. residents the service

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Good news! 3 mobile breakthroughs you may have missed

MobileIron, Samsung, and Apple have moved the needle for smartphones and tablets in ways that really count for business

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The most dangerous data breach ever known

If the federal government can't protect extraordinarily sensitive data on its own employees, should it be collecting data on the rest of us?

Two years after Snowden leaks, U.S. tech firms still feel the backlash

Continued pressure for data localization laws will hurt tech vendors, trade groups say

Tech industry redoubles efforts to fight US gov't encryption backdoors

Allowing encryption workarounds would give other governments cause to do the same, tech industry groups warned

US wants to collect bulk call records for six more months

The Department of Justice has filed for permission to the FISA court, to allow for 'an orderly transition period'

Trade treaty negotiations can remain secret, EU court rules

Leaks are becoming increasingly important to finding how trade negotiations will affect e-commerce, copyrights, and online privacy

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Don't fall for the USA 'Freedom' Act

The mainstream media has celebrated the USA Freedom Act as a victory for civil liberty. It couldn't be further from the truth

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Tim Cook takes shots at Google, NSA during speech on privacy and encryption

Apple's CEO is highly critical of companies that sell personal user data to advertisers. But is Cook throwing stones in Apple's glass house?

Here's how Android apps can track you without asking permission

Android phones can be tracked via Wi-Fi -- even if the Wi-Fi is turned off and apps are denied permission to track your location

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Feds vs. Silicon Valley: Who do you trust less?

Americans trust the feds more than tech companies to safeguard their data -- a sad truth that should put Silicon Valley on notice

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Surveillance reform is imperative for the U.S. tech industry

Protecting our security and our private information are different, but complementary goals. We can have both.

Reddit's new anti-harassment rules anger some users

Readers fear the changes will curtail free expression on the site, and questioned the company's motives

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