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Facebook and Instagram finally ban people from using data for 'surveillance', after criticism of privacy policy

Facebook and Instagram have finally banned developers from using people's posts to spy on them.<p>Until now, the sites had given up public posts freely …

Trump, Congress complain about surveillance, yet may enable spying by Internet companies

President Trump and some of his supporters on Capitol Hill have recently been expressing anxiety over the possibility of politically motivated …

Some People's Brains Are Wired for Languages

Babies' ability to soak up language makes them the envy of adult learners everywhere. Still, some grown-ups can acquire new tongues with surprising …

The Brain

The 12 Worst Habits for Your Mental Health

Depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control—the death of a loved one, a job loss, or financial troubles. But the small choices you …

University College London

Censorship Is Free Speech? It Must Be the Class of 1984

Political correctness on campus has reached the stage of a perfect Orwellian inversion.<p>Higher education’s suppression of speech is well-publicized. But in an odder and less well-known twist, campuses are increasingly co-opting the language of free speech and using it to justify censorship. One …

Rights & Freedoms

Surveillance state? More than half of councils give body cameras to staff

More than half of UK councils have given body-worn cameras to their officials to snoop on minor offences such as littering, bad parking and …

Slack bug granted hackers full access to your account and messages

Security researchers have disclosed a concerning vulnerability in popular chat client Slack that allowed attackers to hijack your account and take control of your entire communication line.<p>The flaw, which was initially spotted and documented by Frans Rosén from cybersecurity firm Detectify, …

Councils use Ripa spying powers to perform covert surveillance on the public

Councils used listening devices, cameras and private detectives to spy on the public for more than 50,000 days over a five year period after …

Investigatory Powers Act goes into force, putting UK citizens under intense new spying regime

The UK's Investigatory Powers Act is now in effect, placing Britain under some of the widest-ranging spying powers ever seen.<p>The law – passed last …

Surveillance