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Zix wins 5-vendor email encryption shootout

In this review, we looked at five email encryption products, four of which employ encryption gateways and one that’s end-to-end.

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Anything you post can and will be used against you

Sure, the CIA can hack your TV, but public posts on Facebook could really hurt you.

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After WikiLeaks' CIA dump, China tells U.S. to stop spying

China today asked the U.S. government to stop spying on it, its first reaction to WikiLeaks' disclosure this week of a trove of CIA documents.

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Assange: CIA had lost control of its cyberweapon documents

Information about purported CIA cyberattacks was "passed around" among members of the U.S. intelligence community and contractors before it was published by WikiLeaks this week, Julian Assange says.

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Senator probes into CloudPets smart toy hack

A U.S. senator is seeking answers about a data breach involving smart toys made by Spiral Toys, writing a letter to the company’s CEO asking about the company’s security practices.

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Senate resolution aims to roll back privacy rules for ISPs

A resolution introduced in the U.S. Senate aims to roll back privacy rules for broadband service providers that were approved by the Federal Communications Commission in October.

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Consumers are wary of smart homes that know too much

Nearly two-thirds of consumers are worried about home IoT devices listening in on their conversations, according to a Gartner survey released Monday.

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Consumer Reports to grade tech products on security, privacy

Consumer Reports, a major source for gadget reviews in the U.S., plans to start rating tech products on data security and privacy.

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U.S. surveillance law may see no new protections for foreign targets

Any reform of a controversial U.S. law allowing the National Security Agency to spy on people overseas will likely focus on its impact on U.S. residents, without curbing its use elsewhere.

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Google shifts on email encryption tool, leaving its fate unclear

Google is asking developers to take over its effort to make end-to-end email encryption more user friendly, raising questions over whether it will ever become an official feature in the company’s products.

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FCC puts the brakes on ISP privacy rules it passed in October

The new chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will seek a stay on privacy rules for broadband providers that the agency just passed in October.

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What to expect from the Trump administration on cybersecurity

Look for the Trump administration to push for increased cybersecurity spending in government, but also for increased digital surveillance and encryption workarounds.

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LinkedIn will help people in India train for semi-skilled jobs

Microsoft has launched Project Sangam, a cloud service integrated with LinkedIn that will help train and generate employment for middle and low-skilled workers.

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Verizon knocks $350M from Yahoo deal after breaches

Verizon Communications will pay $350 million less for Yahoo after two major data breaches reported by the struggling internet pioneer.

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Changes to Windows 10's data-gathering not enough to satisfy EU privacy watchdogs

European Union privacy watchdogs are still not happy with Windows 10's gathering of data about its users, over a year after they first wrote to Microsoft to complain.

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True privacy online is not viable

You can hide from casual observers, but a motivated person will see through your attempts at anonymization.

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Tech groups gear up for a big FISA surveillance fight

A controversial provision in U.S. law that gives the National Security Agency broad authority to spy on people overseas expires at the end of the year, and six major tech trade groups are gearing up for a fight over an extension.

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Legislation revived to curb warrantless geolocation tracking

U.S. legislators have reintroduced bills that would place curbs on warrantless access by the government to electronically generated geolocation information of Americans, including on the use of cell-site simulators that can capture...

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Privacy groups say FBI hacking operation went too far

Privacy advocates are claiming in court that an FBI hacking operation to take down a child pornography site was unconstitutional and violated international law.

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Android privacy assistant seeks to stop unwanted data collection

Not sure what your phone is collecting about you? A new Android app is promising to simplify the privacy settings on your smartphone, and stop any unwanted data collection.

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