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China requires the use of real names during instant messaging

Everyone including companies, celebrities and citizens now has to sign an agreement before using instant messaging systems. Users must agree to "obey the law and uphold the socialist system,” while using this technology and use their real names.

Russian criminals stole 1.2 billion user names, passwords

Hackers based in Russia reportedly stole information from more than 420,000 websites. They allegedly now have a collection of stolen info, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.

NSA foreign data sweep legal, valuable: Panel

Washington - The National Security Agency's vast data collection program targeting foreign nationals is a largely legal, valuable tool in fighting terrorism, a watchdog panel said.

Google Glass app lets you charge friends to watch your actions

A new app for Google Glass available today allows users to charge their friend and family members to watch them living their life through the Glass headset.

Op-Ed: Invasion of the mind — A machine that can scan dreams?

Berkeley - Could it be that the “surveillance society” has gone a bit further overboard than anyone realizes? A new machine is claimed to be able to scan dreams. It can in fact reconstruct faces, if people think of them.

Google could take weeks handling 'right to be forgotten' requests

Google has said in a public statement that it could take weeks before they will be able to properly comply with 'right to be forgotten' requests.

Google already receiving 'right to be forgotten' requests

A Google source is reputed to have told Reuters that the company is already receiving "right to be forgotten" requests from consumers after the European parliament ruled that people in member countries should "have the right to be forgotten."

Tech giants unite to tell you when government requests your data

Tech giants Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have announced that they are updating their privacy policies so that it is possible to inform you when governments request data on you.

Creepy website exposes your Facebook profile

A great deal of buzz is emerging about a new website that mines Facebook data and creates a disturbingly detailed portrait of a person and their life.

Turkey may leave World Wide Web says Communication Minister

Turkey's Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Lüfti Elvan says Turkey may establish a national 'ttt' protocol instead of the regularly used 'www'.

Op-Ed: Google vs. privacy? New Gmail terms say ‘we analyze your emails’

Sydney - Google claimed in a recent court hearing that a case against the company shouldn’t be heard because their terms of use gave implied consent to scanning of emails. The court didn’t agree. Now Google’s put it in writing.

Canadians' mental health records shared with FBI, border patrol

Toronto - Canadian police departments have been sharing mental health information of Canadians by uploading it to a database that the FBI and U.S. Customs has access to, which has been used to deny entry by border control agents.

US warns Facebook on privacy in WhatsApp mega deal

Washington - US regulators warned Facebook Thursday about making changes to the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the smartphone messaging service set to be acquired by the social network for a whopping $19 billion.

EU court rules that data collection rules violate privacy rights

On Tuesday, a data communications collection requirement was struck down in the European Union and declared invalid, on the grounds that it infringed on basic privacy rights.

On mounting privacy concerns, WhatsApp CEO defends acquisition

As the FTC begins reviewing the results of Facebook's proposed WhatsApp acquisition, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum claimed privacy concerns in the resulting acquisition are "inaccurate and careless."

French group files privacy suit against social networks

Paris - France's leading consumer rights group said on Tuesday it had filed suit against Twitter, Facebook and Google accusing the Internet giants of breaching privacy laws.UFC-Que Choisir said it had filed suit in the Paris high court for "abusive" and "illeg...

Why Microsoft execs read content from a private Hotmail account

Microsoft has admitted it read the Hotmail inbox of a blogger while pursuing a software leak investigation. The admission has created intense blowback, with users of Microsoft's email service worried about their privacy.

Op-Ed: The time bomb in your wallet

Every once in a while, those reminders of the march of time arrive. Before turning 50, it was invitations to join AARP. Now, approaching 65, it is the incessant mail about Medicare supplement programs.

Groups seek privacy review of Facebook-WhatsApp tie-up

Washington - Two privacy activist groups asked US regulators Thursday to put on hold the Facebook acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp to ensure against misuse of user data.An administrative complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission calls on the agency...

New video pokes fun at online privacy issues Promoted

With the advent of Edward Snowden's revelations on the inner workings of the NSA, many people are concerned — and rightfully so — about how much privacy we can expect online.

New surveillance technology can watch a large area for hours

Dayton - New camera surveillance technology from Persistent Surveillance Systems can spy for hours on a single large area, as tested in Dayton, Ohio.

Canada privacy czar warns against spies trawling social media

Ottawa - Canada's interim privacy commissioner on Tuesday urged lawmakers to crack down on government spies who trawl without cause on social media websites to gather people's personal data.

US privacy board rules NSA spying illegal

The US government’s National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program is illegal and should end, according to a federal privacy watchdog.

Tech leaders at Davos warn of US snooping fallout

Davos Platz - Hi-tech bosses on Wednesday demanded that authorities change their murky ways in the wake of revelations of vast snooping by the United States and other governments that have raised concerns over privacy.

Google privacy case can be heard in UK, court rules

London - Britain's High Court ruled on Thursday that a group of Internet users can sue US tech giant Google over an alleged breach of privacy legislation.

Google appeals French fine as data privacy row continues

Paris - Google said Wednesday it had appealed a decision by France's data protection watchdog to fine the US giant 150,000 euros ($204,000) -- the maximum possible -- for failing to comply with its privacy guidelines.

Gmail: You no longer need someone's address to send them an email

Google is about to make it a whole lot easier for strangers to send you an email. Likewise, you will soon be able to send an email to someone, even if you don't have their address.

Op-Ed: NSA building powerful quantum computers to end all privacy

New York - In its bid to secure America from online and other perceived threats, the US National Security Agency (NSA) is reportedly racing against time to build a quantum computer capable of breaking every imaginable encryption code known to humans.

German journalists advised to steer clear of Google and Yahoo

The German Federation of Journalists has recommended to its members that they avoid using Google and Yahoo for searches and email services, to prevent snooping by US and British intelligence.

New California law gives minors right to 'erase' Internet data

Los Angeles - California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a new law into effect that will give children under 18 expanded privacy rights to remove all of their postings from website and mobile application providers.
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A cartoon poking fun at the CISPA bill
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Photographs from the Leveson Inquiry at the Royal Courts of Justice.
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Persistent Surveillance Systems Sample Camera Image.
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Privacy expert and author Frank M. Ahearn has written a new book called, "How to Disappear From Big Brother."
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Photographs from the Leveson Inquiry at the Royal Courts of Justice.
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Lady author JK Rowling being sworn in at the Leveson Inquiry  November 24  2011.
Lady author JK Rowling being sworn in at the Leveson Inquiry, November 24, 2011.
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Author JK Rowling testifies to the Leveson Inquiry  November 24  2011.
Author JK Rowling testifies to the Leveson Inquiry, November 24, 2011.
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Lady author JK Rowling testifies to the Leveson Inquiry  November 24  2011.
Lady author JK Rowling testifies to the Leveson Inquiry, November 24, 2011.
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Photographs from the Leveson Inquiry at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Photographs from the Leveson Inquiry at the Royal Courts of Justice.
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Photographs from the Leveson Inquiry at the Royal Courts of Justice.
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Representative Edward J. Markey
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