Privacy

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Microsoft reveals what data Windows 10 collects from you

In an effort to be more transparent, Microsoft revealed more about what data Windows 10 Creators Update will collect from users' PCs and clarified what the privacy settings mean.

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Facebook loses appeal over New York search warrants

Facebook’s appeal against 381 warrants for information from the accounts of its users was rejected by a New York court on the grounds that earlier orders refusing to quash the warrants issued in a criminal proceeding could not be...

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After Congress revokes Internet privacy rules, downloads double of VPN-equipped Opera browser

Opera Software today boasted that the number of new U.S. users of its namesake browser more than doubled after Congress voted to repeal online privacy protections.

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Politicians' web browsing history targeted after privacy vote

Two GoFundMe campaigns have raised more than $290,000 in an effort to buy the web browsing histories of U.S. politicians after Congress voted to allow broadband providers to sell customers' personal information without their...

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You are not very incognito in incognito mode

Browsers offer an incognito or private browsing mode for their users. If you are concerned about online privacy, you should know what incognito mode does and doesn't do to protect it.

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WikiLeaks’ Assange gets relief from left victory in Ecuador

The win in Ecuador’s presidential elections of leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno will likely provide relief to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, who had been threatened with eviction from the country’s embassy in London by...

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Triple your privacy with a Chromebook and two VPNs

In response to privacy invasions by internet service providers, a Chromebook and two VPNs should offer great security, privacy and anonymity.

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Top 5 VPN services for personal privacy and security

If you regularly travel or work remotely, you need to use a VPN or you're putting yourself — and your data — at risk. Here's a look at the options and price plans for some of the top VPNs.

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Broadband privacy: What happened, what it means and what you can do

When Congress revoked FCC's broadband privacy rules, ISPs relaxed and privacy advocates cried foul. This collection of Computerworld articles explains the issues.

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In mining user data, ISPs have to weigh cash vs. privacy

U.S. internet service providers are about to face temptation. Now that the broadband privacy rule repeal is almost certain, will they sell their customers' data to marketers, or will they keep it private?

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Privacy activist wants to unveil lawmakers' browser histories

When members of Congress approved a resolution that would toss out significant online privacy protections, one Internet user decided to do something about it.

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Congress to US citizens: Want online privacy? Pay up!

A congressional vote to repeal U.S. restrictions on broadband providers doesn’t mean that online privacy isn’t dead. U.S. consumers will just have to pay for it.

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Privacy advocates plan to fight Congress' repeal of ISP privacy rules

Privacy advocates haven't given up the fight after Congress voted to allow ISPs to sell customers' browsing histories and other personal information without their permission.

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Three privacy tools that block your Internet provider from tracking you

The government may soon allow your ISP to sell your browsing data. Here's how to fight back.

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House votes to undo broadband privacy rules

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to repeal privacy rules that can prevent broadband providers from selling customers’ internet-browsing histories and other data without their permission.

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Internet privacy? Who needs that?

Senate Republicans think it’s fine and dandy for your ISP to sell your private data.

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Saks self-leaked customer data unencrypted, violating multiple rules

With so many retailers being impacted by cyber attacks, it’s easy to conclude that thieves are necessary for data breaches. Not necessarily. Saks last week made clear that it can breach itself quite efficiently.

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UK official wants police access to WhatsApp messages

A senior U.K. official is asking that law enforcement be given access to encrypted messages on WhatsApp and similar services, a demand that is likely to fuel a debate over whether companies should create backdoors into their...

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Senate votes to kill FCC's broadband privacy rules

The U.S. Senate has voted to kill broadband provider privacy regulations prohibiting them from selling customers' web-browsing histories and other data without permission.

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U.S. lawmakers question police use of facial recognition tech

U.S. lawmakers plan to introduce legislation to limit the FBI's and other law enforcement use of facial recognition technology after concerns about the mass collection of photographs in police databases.

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