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Facebook justifies its support for CISPA, a bad cyber security bill

UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation

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Exclusive: UK security agency GCHQ gaining information from world's biggest internet firms through US-run Prism programmeThe UK's electronic eavesdropping and security agency, GCHQ, has been secretly gathering intelligence from the world's biggest internet companies through a covertly run operation set up by America's top spy agency, documents obtained by the...
UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation
Google and other tech companies deny PRISM surveillance claims, NSA says claims 'inaccurate' and not used domestically

Google and Apple Outright Deny They're Helping the NSA Mine Data

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A seemingly incompatible perspective on the reports from the Washington Post and the Guardian today that the U.S. National Security Agency has for six years been operating a project called PRISM — for which Internet companies provide massive amounts of online user data crucial to intelligence operations — is that of...
Google and Apple Outright Deny They're Helping the NSA Mine Data

More mobile devices than people 'within five years'

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Mobile subsriptions set to rise from 6.2bn now to 9bn by 2017, according to report from EricssonThe number of devices connected to mobile phone networks will overtake the number people on earth within five years, according to technology group Ericsson.There will be 9bn mobile subscriptions by 2017, up from 6.2bn...
More mobile devices than people 'within five years'

Greater transparency around government requests

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Article 19 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights states that "everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." Written in 1948, the...
Greater transparency around government requests

Russia (Yes, The Country) Looking To Enter The Tablet Market

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The world of tablet computing is highly competitive and everyone's looking to get in on the action. The latest entrant has something going for it that its closest competitors can't touch: the weight of one the most powerful governments in the world. Russia, yes that Russia, is looking to produce...
Russia (Yes, The Country) Looking To Enter The Tablet Market

Tech Companies Deny Letting NSA Have Realtime Access To Their Servers, But Choose Their Words Carefully

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We've already talked about James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence choosing weasel words to pretend they're saying that they weren't spying on Americans when they really were, and now some are arguing that the tech companies are doing the same exact thing. All of the tech companies listed have...
Tech Companies Deny Letting NSA Have Realtime Access To Their Servers, But Choose Their Words Carefully

Welcome back, ‘Facebook phone’

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Along with an iPhone nano and an iPad mini, rumors of a “Facebook phone” have repeatedly piqued interest as they come and go. The first round of reports surfaced in 2010, but was shot down when Facebook denied that it was working on its own smartphone with hardware and...
Welcome back, ‘Facebook phone’
Microsoft clarifies new policy on users' personal information, says it won't target ads with it

Facebook users raise privacy concerns as company tweaks security settings

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Reports - and myths - about user privacy abound on Facebook. Is it time for the social network to be more open with users?In the weeks since Mark Zuckerberg trumpeted Facebook's growth to 1bn monthly users, there has been a lot of focus on the social network's struggle to convince...
Facebook users raise privacy concerns as company tweaks security settings

18.6% of apps still collecting address book data ahead of Apple's iOS 6 data isolation privacy initiative

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Although we are often skeptical of reports from security companies, a new report out today from BitDefender highlights just how important Apple’s new data isolation privacy initiative in iOS 6 is. Starting with the public release of iOS 6 this fall, users will now be prompted to allow access to...
18.6% of apps still collecting address book data ahead of Apple's iOS 6 data isolation privacy initiative
Path updates, anonymizes contact data to protect user privacy

Facebook's Stance On Protecting User Data Challenged In Oregon Murder Case

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Facebook has been cooperating with law-enforcement officials for some time when it comes to handing over user data as evidence in court cases. But the situation is less clear when those legal requests are made by others — a predicament being highlighted right now in a murder case in Oregon,...
Facebook's Stance On Protecting User Data Challenged In Oregon Murder Case

Leak implicates Microsoft, Google and others in NSA snooping -- but they deny it

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A classified training document, reported Thursday by the Washington Post and the Guardian, says a secret U.S. government program called PRISM has been accessing the servers of Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook and other tech giants for years to collect data including customer emails, audio and other documents as part...
Leak implicates Microsoft, Google and others in NSA snooping -- but they deny it

Triangulating On Truth - The Totalitarian State

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The Guardian breaks a big story yesterday – a court document authorizing the FBI and NSA to secretly collect customer phone records. All of them, for all Verizon customers. Then today the Washington Post breaks an even bigger story – a leaked presentation stating that the NSA is “tapping directly...
Triangulating On Truth - The Totalitarian State

Facebook's Email Scanning Isn't A Privacy Issue, It's A Credibility Issue

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Facebook confirmed on Thursday that it scans private messages for links and records them as likes, according to the Wall Street Journal and other news outlets. The revelation undermines not only Facebook's commitment to remove phony links but the company's very credibility. Facebook has not kept secret its scanning of private...
Facebook's Email Scanning Isn't A Privacy Issue, It's A Credibility Issue
House passes CISPA despite veto threats and a sea of angry Internet protesters

Mr. Page goes to Washington: Google lobbying triples in Q1

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If its lobbying spend is any indication, Google is trying to woo the government to its side. The search giant spent triple what it did a year ago on lobbying efforts in Washington, according to The Hill. Google’s spending in Washington, D.C. has increased as government agencies increasingly scrutinize...
Mr. Page goes to Washington: Google lobbying triples in Q1

Gowalla Adds Real-time Feeds and Activity Streams For Maximum Mashup Action

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Location based social network Gowalla quietly released a big new feature today: real-time PubSubHubbub feeds for check-ins by people and at locations. Hello, mashups and 3rd party apps of the future! In addition to being real-time and easy to access, Gowalla's new feeds are also marked-up with the beginnings of...
Gowalla Adds Real-time Feeds and Activity Streams For Maximum Mashup Action

Is the New Facebook a Deal With the Devil?

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Facebook blew peoples' minds today at its F8 developer conference but one sentiment that keeps coming up is: this is scary. The company unveiled simple, powerful plans to offer instant personalization on sites all over the web, it kicked off meaningful adoption of the Semantic Web with the snap of...
Is the New Facebook a Deal With the Devil?

Researcher Uncovers (Another) Major Facebook Security Exploit

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For all the credit Facebook has received for its privacy controls and user safety, the site still falls prey to an unsettling number of security issues and potential data breaches. Last month a botched code push accidentally revealed private user email addresses, and before that Facebook accidentally sent private messages...
Researcher Uncovers (Another) Major Facebook Security Exploit

The Cybersecurity Act of 2012

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The US Senate plans to vote on their version of a cybersecurity bill this coming week. This is the Senate's response to the CISPA bill in the House. I have yet to hear a compelling reason why we need Cybersecurity legislation and am of the opinion that the perfect answer...
The Cybersecurity Act of 2012

It's Easy To Say Internet Spying Is Wrong Until You're The One Letting Terrorists Kill People Or Not

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Last night, the Washington Post published a story that said that, thanks to partnerships with nine Internet companies, the NSA is able to "literally can watch your ideas form as you type." The Post said it had leaked documents that showed Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple all...
It's Easy To Say Internet Spying Is Wrong Until You're The One Letting Terrorists Kill People Or Not
Instagram Photo Maps flaw temporarily exposed private pics

Report: NSA Collects Data Directly From Servers Of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook And More

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The Washington Post is reporting a top-secret National Security Administration data-mining program that taps directly into the Google, Facebook, Microsoft and YouTube servers. ”The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection...
Report: NSA Collects Data Directly From Servers Of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook And More
Flawed sign-in services from Google and Facebook imperil user accounts

Senator asks FTC to investigate Apple, Google over user data uploading

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The Federal Trade Commission is once again being asked to investigate Apple and Google, this time over the ability of third parties to gather and upload photos and address book contacts without the user's consent. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is urging the FTC to look into the two companies'...
Senator asks FTC to investigate Apple, Google over user data uploading
Path will protect private user data with 'hashing' in next release
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