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The Department of Justice's U.S. Marshals Service division has reportedly been employing fake cellphone towers on planes in an effort to stay one step ahead of criminals such as drug dealers and terrorist organizations operating in the United States. Unfortunately for law abiding citizens and privacy advocates at... Read more...
Governments around the world are increasingly interested in what their citizens are doing on Facebook. According to the social network's third Government Requests Report, which provides information about the number of government data and content removal requests received during the first half of 2014, combined... Read more...
We've talked a lot in the past about the rather large number of security risks that have existed on Android, and Google's Play Store in particular. While part of the reason that so much bad can happen on Android is due to its openness, something I appreciate a lot, Google still takes security and privacy on its platform extremely seriously.... Read more...
For the second time in less than a year, AT&T is left with egg on its face after discovering that one of its employees is responsible for a data breach. In this latest instance, an insider sidestepped AT&T's "strict privacy and security guidelines" and was able to view confidential information of around 1,600 AT&T customers. AT&T sent a Read more...
Many people have finally become truly fed-up with the likes of Facebook. All the ads, all the tracking, all the rules. Last month, the world's most popular social network found itself in hot water after it forced some drag performers to use their real names, and while it's not hard to understand Facebook's reasoning... Read more...
There's a fine line between privacy and safety, and the question we face as a nation is how much information should government agencies be allowed to access? Privacy advocates would argue that the U.S. government is stepping way over the line with the level of spying it's capable of, and in the aftermath of that all... Read more...
Events of the past year or so have really highlighted the importance of both our security and privacy, but the sad fact of the matter is, the majority of people don't take simple precautions to vastly improve either of those things. Take two-step authentication, for example. It's widely available, but not widely used... Read more...
Among all the different things Google is introducing in Android L, the next major version of Android, the one that will be of most interest to anyone concerned about privacy is the default setting for encryption. It will be the first version of Android to enable the setting by default, which means that a password will... Read more...
Not even three weeks removed from a rather controversial iCloud hacking incident in which hackers were able to obtain nude photos of celebrities and post them online, Apple is championing itself as the protector of user privacy. Not many companies have the marketing mojo to go from one extreme end of the spectrum to... Read more...
When the EU began forcing Google to abide by its "Right to be forgotten" laws, it caused a major stink all over the world. For those unaware, these laws allow anyone within the EU to submit a link removal request to Google if the link happens to involve their personal information, or can be deemed irrelevant. In... Read more...
Privacy is becoming quite the profitable enterprise for those who can offer it. That includes Les Goldsmith, Chief Executive Officer of ESD America, maker of the CryptoPhone 500. What's special about the CrytpoPhone 500 is that it it sports a Samsung Galaxy S III body with a "hardened" version of Android that's had... Read more...
Late this week, Facebook announced that it's begun rolling out a new mobile feature to a small number of users that greatly enhances the service's search capabilities. Anyone who's ever used Facebook's search on mobile or the desktop are probably well-aware that it's not exactly the greatest tool out there - sometimes... Read more...
Over the course of the past month, Apple and China have shared headlines for two different reasons. First, we learned that the country's media deemed the iPhone to be a threat to national security, and mere weeks later, rumors surfaced that the country would begin banning Apple's products. Really, this is all very... Read more...
A lot has sure changed in the past year, especially since the time before Edward Snowden, who we talked about yesterday, came forth with his NSA revelations. Anyone who cared about hiding their identity pre-Snowden were generally considered privacy nuts. But post-Snowden, the desire to keep private online suddenly... Read more...
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