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Twitter bug is a reminder that your data is vulnerable

This morning Twitter users opened their accounts to find a prompt asking them to change their password because of a bug in the system. Twitter Inc. is definitely not the only company to have a data protection incident this year, here are a few others.

Bill would ban ISPs in New York State from selling personal data

With President Trump’s final signature, last week’s repeal of the Obama administration’s internet privacy provisions became official.

Congress passes, Trump to sign Internet privacy rollback bill

Washington - The House of Representatives approved — and President Donald Trump signaled he will sign — a bill repealing Obama-era Internet privacy rules restricting Internet service providers' ability to track and sell users' online browsing data.

Op-Ed: Why my family got off Facebook

Two years ago, my family decided to delete our Facebook accounts and we have never been happier. Maybe it's time for more of us to do the same.

What comes after NSA bulk metadata collection?

The National Security Agency recently announced an end to its highly controversial—and according to a federal appeals court, illegal—bulk collection of metadata from Americans' domestic phone calls.

Twitter lawsuit seeks transparency in surveillance requests

San Francisco - Twitter has filed suit against the U.S Justice Department, claiming current laws restricting what the company can publicly disclose about national security requests is a violation of the First Amendment.

Op-Ed: Benefits of using a personal VPN

In a time of increased cybercrimes, online security breaches, and censorship tools to ban access or rights to certain websites, simply browsing the internet has become a danger, and hassle, in and of itself.

Internet privacy service Tor warns users of attack

Tor, the free Internet privacy network that aims to protect its users' anonymity, announced on Wednesday that many of those users may have been identified by government-funded researchers.

Files show NSA collects more data on U.S. citizens than targets

Newly released documents show that the communications of everyday Internet users were targeted by the National Security Agency (NSA) far more times than communications from legally targeted individuals.

Edward Snowden inspired anonymity software, OnionShare, launches

A recently released open-source software, created in response to the controversy surrounding Edward Snowden's release of classified NSA documents, claims to allow users to securely send large files over the internet with complete anonymity.

Op-Ed: With Facebook policies in mind, mobile messaging privacy matters

The mobile messaging market made headlines this week after Facebook agreed to acquire WhatsApp for a staggering $19 billion - however, there may be considerable privacy and security issues at stake.

Swedish website publishes criminal records

Stockholm - A controversial new site that lets Web users check out the criminal records of their friends and neighbours has caused outrage among privacy experts in Sweden who warn that it could breach privacy laws.

Privacy feature on Android phones removed by Google

San Francisco - Android users had a feature that allowed them to choose what personal information third-party apps could collect from them. Now the feature is no more.

Op-Ed: CISPA is coming back again in the US Senate

Washington - The National Security Agency director Keith Alexander is pushing for the introduction of a revised version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act to be introduced into the US Senate.

Op-Ed: What privacy rights do you have online?

Beginning November 11th, 2013, Google can use your user name, profile pictures, and “implied endorsement” in its display ads. Unless you are an actor looking for some exposure, this probably does not sit well with the average Google user.

Google wiretapping cases greenlit by federal judges

Two cases against Google were given a go-ahead by federal judges last week. Last Thursday Google failed in an attempt to stop a case against Gmail privacy intrusions and a similar attempt to stop a case against Street View privacy intrusions also failed.

Facebook to pay $20 million for sharing users’ details on ads

Facebook has been ordered to compensate more than 600,000 users for having shared their personal details in ads on the site without their consent. Each user will receive a $15 payout.

Google: No 'expectation of privacy' for Gmail users

Mountain View - Users who send or receive information via Google's Gmail should not expect their messages to remain private, the Internet giant argued in a court motion seeking the dismissal of a class-action lawsuit.

DHS cautions staff against reading The Washington Post online

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) staff could find themselves out of a job when they view The Washington Post’s July 10 Snowden leaks article, "The NSA slide you haven’t seen."

UK's GCHQ piggybacking on covert NSA Internet Operation Prism

Cheltenham - Reports today indicate that the UK's top secret GCHQ intelligence gathering operation was involved in the US' National Security Agency's Operation PRISM, gathering data from users' Internet habits.

Op-Ed: FBI believe they can search e-mails, and chats without warrants

Washington - The American Civil Liberties Union obtained government documents that show both the US Department of Justice and the FBI take the position that they do not need a search warrant when searching Americans' e-mails, Twitter messages, or Facebook chats.

Op-Ed: Six-strike plan imposed by Internet Service Providers

Washington - Beginning this week, major ISPs will start spying on US Internet users. With the new program, its a case of "six strikes and you are out" if they think you are pirating copyright-protected content.

Op-Ed: Threats to online privacy rise as CISPA to be reintroduced

Washington - Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan and Sen. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat from California, intend to reintroduce the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a bill that critics claim threatens Internet privacy.

Is the gov't spying? Alternative search engines protect privacy

When you use search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo, your activity is tracked. Your personal data -- location, political leanings, sexual orientation, and medical condition -- is collected, stored and can be used in ways that might surprise you.

Facebook announces facial recognition switch off in Europe

Dublin - More then a year after Facebook came under fire by an Austrian group and Irish and EU officials began to investigate possible privacy violations, Facebook announced it would stop using its facial recognition tool in Europe.

Op-Ed: Australia’s proposed Internet tracking laws won’t work

Sydney - The proposal to store the data of all Australian users for 2 years has drawn a storm of outrage. Now it’s starting to look like it can’t even do the job it’s supposed to do. There are some serious weaknesses from the point of view of law enforcement

Op-Ed: YouTube knows your name

YouTube has started prompting users who want to post a comment to use their real name. If a user has a gmail account connected to Google+, YouTube lets you choose to use your real name when you post. But you can also still use your YouTube name.

'Declaration of Internet Freedom' — to keep the Internet free

Many of the web giants and other organizations are joining together to sign a Declaration of Internet Freedom, to keep the internet free and open.

The International Trade Committee of EU Parliament rejects ACTA

Brussels - The INTA committee rejected the controversial legislation by 19 votes to 12 with no abstentions, and is the fourth and final committee to deliver its report on ACTA.

Microsoft & Yahoo selling personal info for political gain

Just when you thought that internet privacy was already at its worst, along comes Microsoft and Yahoo, selling your information to politicians for campaign targeting gains.
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