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Simple Steps to Protect Yourself on Public Wi-Fi

Accessing the internet isn't normally a problem when you're inside the confines of your own home—it's secure, it's easy to connect to, and it's …

Wi-Fi

Privacy activists to launch tracking-free rival to Facebook

Privacy activists are launching a tracking-free and advertising-free rival to Facebook, aiming to win over disgruntled users from the social media giant following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.<p>In a crowdfunded campaign, the new website, called Openbook, will be set up to change what social media …

Russia introduces not-so-secret mass surveillance

In Russia, anti-terror laws requiring telecoms companies to store users’ communications came into effect on Sunday. Defenders of civil liberties are …

Is It Legal For Cops To Search Your Mobile Phone?

LDProd/iStock<p>Consider the following scenarios: A police officer stops you on the street and asks you to empty your pockets. A police officer stops …

Hacking back: is it a good idea?

Malicious hackers constantly attack our IT systems. Spiralling streams of malevolent code are sent down the highways, byways and intersections of the …

11 Free Computer Forensics Training Resources For IT Pros

Computer Forensics Training Resources for IT Pros<p>Credit: Shutterstock<p>Although lots of free information security training is readily available, the …

California's New Privacy Bill Raises Questions For Ad Industry

Late last week, California passed a sweeping privacy bill that gives consumers the right to learn what personal information about them is held by …

Cookies And Consent: How GDPR Impacts Online Tracking

As we outlined earlier this week, organizations that collect personal data from European data subjects need to start paying attention to how GDPR …

Europe is using smartphone data as a weapon to deport refugees

Smartphones have helped tens of thousands of migrants travel to Europe. A phone means you can stay in touch with your family – or with people …

Here's why the NSA just deleted all of the calls and texts it collected since 2015

After some unauthorized files made their way into the NSA's possession, it had to purge a massive collection of records to remain compliant with …

The UK is creating a database of citizens’ DNA and other biometrics

<b>BIG BROTHER, UK EDITION.</b> Four years ago, the United Kingdom’s Home Office (the department responsible for immigration, security, and law enforcement) …

Websites and online advertisers test limits of European privacy law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Businesses engaged in online advertising are taking divergent approaches to a new European data protection law, with some shutting services to ensure compliance while others test the limits of what regulators will allow, a Reuters review shows.<p>Some major websites continue …

Privacy

NSA deleting more than 685 million call records due to 'technical irregularities'

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency is deleting more than 685 million call records the government obtained since 2015 from telecommunication …

Google, Facebook Tricking Users to Not Use Privacy Rights, Says Report

The popups from Facebook, Google and Windows 10 have a design, symbols and wording that nudge users away from the privacy-friendly choices, said the …

Sweeping Privacy Laws Are Here, But What Does Privacy Really Mean?

At the heart of GDPR and California’s Consumer Right to Privacy Act 2018 (a GDPR-like law that the state’s voters will consider in November) is a …

3 Ways To Secure An SSH Server On Linux

SSH is awesome, as it allows us to gain terminal access to other Linux PCs and servers over the network, or even the internet! Still, for as amazing …

Preparing for Transport Layer Security 1.3

The long-awaited encryption standard update is almost here. Get ready while you can to ensure security, interoperability, and performance.

'We Look Forward to Improvements.' Big Tech Plans to Fight Back Against California's Sweeping New Data Privacy Law

Last week, the California state legislature passed a law that introduces almost European-grade privacy rules regarding the protection of people’s …

Juggalos figured out how to beat facial recognition

Welcome to a world where Juggalo makeup is your best shot at avoiding involuntary surveillance.<p>Last September, the world welcomed Juggalos (or …

Machine Learning

Here are 5 key details in California’s new privacy law

The law–which applies to companies well beyond the tech sector–is groundbreaking but also laden with confusing language that frustrates both critics and backers.<p>Working under a tight deadline, California state legislators cobbled together and passed a sweeping privacy law in just 3 months, with …

Suspect Can Be Compelled to Decrypt Devices If Government Proves He Has The Ability To Do So, Court Rules

Regular readers know my longstanding interest in the correct Fifth Amendment standard for compelling a suspect to decrypt an encrypted device. The …

Privacy

8 Ways Hackers Monetize Stolen Data

Hackers are craftier than ever, pilfering PII piecemeal so bad actors can combine data to set up schemes to defraud medical practices, steal military …

The Web of Profit: A look at the cybercrime economy

Last April, I started a conversation with cybersecurity company Bromium. The company was keen to uncover where the streams of revenue generated by cybercrime eventually go and whether this money is ultimately supporting other areas of crime. Over the past 10 months, I have been examining this …

Cybersecurity

Unencrypted data being transmitted over HTTP increases the risk of hacking says Kaspersky Labs- Technology News, Firstpost

As the Facebook data scandal refuses to die down, researchers at Russia-based <b>Kaspersky Labs</b> have revealed that unencrypted user data transmitted over …

Information Security

Telecom standards group puts new technology on hold in wake of U.S. probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A telecommunications standards organization - GSMA - said on Saturday it is delaying implementation of a new cellphone technology due to a U.S. government probe of alleged coordination between the group, AT&T Inc (T.N) and Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) to hinder consumers …

U.S. Department of Justice

Surveillance companies are harvesting Facebook photos to create a huge facial recognition database: Report- Technology News, Firstpost

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered all the questions that were posed to him by the Senate and House committees over ten hours. He also <b>promised a</b> …

Obama bureaucracy left our private data more vulnerable than ever

Without your knowledge or permission, the Obama administration collected and warehoused your most private bank records and continued to sweep them up …

Personal Information

Russia's Telegram ban 'failing'

Russia’s attempt to block popular messaging app Telegram has so far been unsuccessful.<p>The authorities want access to the encrypted messages, but Telegram has refused, and worked around measures taken to stop users accessing it. But Moscow's ambition to control social media is far from over.<p><i>Video</i> …

Russia

Peter Thiel’s Company Is Using War on Terror Tools to Track Americans

Bloomberg writes that the scary thing is Palantir is desperate for new customers.<p>When used by a company, Palantir, the data-mining company, gathers …

Peter Thiel

Palantir Knows Everything About You

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