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Yahoo reportedly to confirm massive data breach

Some users have already been asked to change passwords, after a data breach that affects hundreds of millions of accounts

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Google, Apple, Twitter, and others back Microsoft over gag orders

Civil rights groups and tech companies have filed briefs to back Microsoft's fight over the use of gag orders accompanying data requests by government

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Proposed 'social media ID, please' law draws outrage

President Obama's proposal for foreign travelers is so bad, say critics, it must have been hatched by Donald Trump

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EFF condemns Windows 10 data collection

Advocacy group tells Microsoft to 'come clean' over telemetry, and offer 'meaningful opt-outs'

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FCC won't back down on broadband users' privacy

Broadband providers argue they have consumers' interests at heart as they continue their fight against regulation as common carriers

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Privacy Shield certifications begin trickling in

Although several companies say they have self-certified under the Privacy Shield framework, the U.S. Department of Commerce did not immediately list their compliance

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Verizon's Yahoo deal creates tracking powerhouse, privacy groups warn

Verizon's recent acquisitions help it track consumers online and on their mobile devices

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Edward Snowden has developed an iPhone case meant to kill surveillance

The concept device is designed to protect journalists from governments spying on their locations

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Petition urges Apple not to release technology for jamming phone cameras

Apple recently got a patent for infrared technology that petitioners fear could be used to censor political dissidents, activists, and citizens who are recording police brutality

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Google says government requests for user data at all-time high

In the second half of 2015, U.S. government agencies made more than 40,000 requests for access to user data

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Microsoft wins appeal over US government access to emails held overseas

The decision has broad implications for tech companies and consumer privacy

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Goodbye, firstborn children: This study shows how wordy terms of service hurt users

Even surrendering their first born won't stop people from signing up for a new social network

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EU prepares to raise Privacy Shield over data transfers to US

US has given written assurance that it has ruled out indiscriminate mass surveillance of European citizens' data

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Can Apple block my iPhone camera?

Apple might be developing technology to remotely block your iPhone camera at concerts. But could this technology be used for evil purposes?

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11 essential data security tips for travelers

Your data and privacy are never more at risk than when you travel; here's how to protect them

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Run, don't walk, from China's Big Brother law

Web and cloud companies are especially targeted by a law that gives the government access to and control over user and business data

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Hacker puts 9.3M U.S. patient records up for sale

The hacker who stole databases from three U.S. healthcare organizations claims to have already sold $100,000 worth of records

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How iOS 10 will collect and use your data

Apple believes there shouldn’t be a tradeoff between intelligent software and privacy. iOS 10 is the first to incorporate machine learning and artificial intelligence without sacrificing privacy.

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