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Cops to delete LPR data as 80GB hard drive 'keeps crashing'

The Oakland Police Department has decided to delete license plate data after six months instead of retaining it indefinitely. The reason isn't really to give residents more privacy but rather because a Windows XP computer's 80GB hard drive is full.

More Snowden revelations on AT&T and NSA collusion

Edward Snowden, the IT worker who fled to Russia over two years ago, has released another bombshell about how AT&T reportedly partnered with the National Security Agency to spy on the Internet for at least a decade.

Is the U.S. government under-reporting wiretapping data?

There exists a stark difference between the number of phone lines the United States government claims to have tapped last year, and the number of wiretaps reported by the four major telecommunication providers.

Facebook's facial recognition can recognise you without your face

Facebook's facial recognition has become so accurate that it is now able to identify you in a photo even if you have your back to the camera. The system is not available on Facebook's public site but should be coming soon for any photo that you upload.

Microsoft to encrypt all Bing search data by default

Microsoft has announced that it is going to begin encrypting all search data through Bing by default from this summer. The change is intended to help protect the personal data of its users but could impact websites reliant on analytics tools.

Report: 20 'Stingray' fake cell towers spy on London phone users

London - An investigation has found that there are more than 20 fake phone towers known as "Stingrays" operating throughout Britain's capital city, spying on phone users and indiscriminately collecting information from them. It is uncertain who owns them.

Obama urged to support encryption by Apple, Google & Microsoft

The largest and most influential technology companies including giants Apple, Google and Microsoft have formed a coalition to deliver a letter to President Obama, urging him to reject any proposal to deliberately weaken the security of smartphones.

Op-Ed: New study exposes a different kind of journalism war

Sydney - Journalism comes with risks new and old. The new risks are increasing intersections with dangers which didn’t exist in the past. Surveillance, hostage taking, murder, and criminal gangs are all part of the new, nasty, mix.

Germany must shed light on EU spy scandal: Juncker

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday he expected Berlin to get to the bottom of a Brussels spy scandal after Germany reportedly snooped on the EU and France at Washington's behest.

Germany spied on French and EU officials for US: Report

Berlin - German intelligence services spied on top French officials and the European Commission on behalf of the American spy agency NSA, according to an article to appear Thursday in Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

French MPs mull new spy laws in wake of attacks

Paris - More than three months after Islamist attacks in Paris that killed 17, French MPs on Monday began debating controversial new laws allowing spies to hoover up data from suspected jihadists.

U.S. police might be tracking cell phones with StingRay device

A new surveillance tool that goes by several names, including StingRay and KingFish, is being purchased by some police departments to snoop in phone conversations.

Wikipedia filing lawsuit to NSA challenging mass surveillance

Wikipedia is to take legal action against the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice that will challenge the government's program of mass surveillance of Internet traffic and suggest that this undermines democracy.

France needs to monitor 3,000 with jihadist links: PM

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday that the authorities have to monitor nearly 3,000 people involved in "terrorist networks", as he unveiled measures to combat jihadism after the Paris attacks.

Known jihadists slip through hands of overstretched French police

Paris - Having known ties to jihadist groups is no guarantee a person will be under constant surveillance, experts say, a clue as to how brothers suspected of carrying out the Charlie Hebdo magazine massacre slipped through the cracks.

Head of Twitter news staff lasts less than one year

San Francisco - The head of Twitter's news staff left the social media company Wednesday after less than a year at the helm of a revitalized operation.

Top spyware company hacked, government client list released

An estimated 40G of files from one of the world's top surveillance & monitoring technology manufacturers was posted on the Internet after being hacked earlier this week.

Philadelphia GameStop fingerprinting people who trade in games

Philadelphia - GameStop stores in Philadelphia will be required to fingerprint people who trade in used games as a way to assist local law enforcement.

U.S. gov't surveillance undermining journalists, lawyers

Though its official mission is to thwart terrorist threats, the massive U.S. surveillance program is having a chilling effect on journalists and their sources, and lawyers and their clients, according to a report issued Monday.

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.

Vodafone reveals surveillance across multiple countries

The massive mobile phone giant Vodafone has revealed the extent of Irish communications snooping and surveillance in many other countries.

Germany opens criminal probe over Merkel phone tapping

Berlin - Germany's federal prosecutors said they had opened an investigation over alleged snooping on Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone by the US National Security Agency in a case that has soured relations.

Germany opens criminal probe over Merkel phone tapping

Berlin - Germany's federal prosecutors said Wednesday they had opened an investigation over alleged snooping on Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone by the US National Security Agency (NSA) in a case that has soured relations.

Germany opens criminal probe over Merkel phone tapping

Berlin - Germany's federal prosecutor said Wednesday he had opened an investigation over alleged snooping by the US National Security Agency (NSA) on Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.

'Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case' looks at the human behind the artist Special

'Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case' is a new documentary tracing the Chinese artist’s life post-incarceration. Its filmmaker says you don’t have to love Ai’s art to appreciate the story of a human being facing incredible odds.

Obama meets Internet bosses on surveillance

Washington - US President Barack Obama met bosses from Facebook, Google and other Internet giants Friday to discuss plans to overhaul US spy agency surveillance practices which have infuriated the industry.Obama sat down with company chiefs including Google executi...

Obama meets Internet bosses on surveillance

Washington - US President Barack Obama meets Internet bosses on Friday to discuss his latest plans to overhaul US spy agency surveillance practices which have infuriated the industry.Obama was expected to meet company chiefs including Google executive chairman Eric...

Obama meets with U.S. tech executives on privacy, surveillance

Executives of several large U.S.

NY state official to withdraw AT&T resolution on government surveillance

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will withdraw a shareholder resolution at AT&T Inc after the telecommunications company released new details of government interest in its customers' information, his office said in a statement...

Unassuming aircraft a drawcard at Asia's arms bazaar

The star attraction at Asia's biggest arms and aerospace bazaar is an outwardly unassuming aircraft parked in a distant corner of the tarmac, past the sleek jet fighters and menacing attack heli...
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