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Verizon scans customers accounts for child porn

by: William Neilson JrAugust 14, 2014
Verizon admits to scanning accounts for child pornography.
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Ghostery wants more web browsing transparency, will release browser later this year

by: Joe HindyJuly 29, 2014
Ghostery is an add on that helps you browse the web with more transparency. Check out what they have to say about online privacy and their upcoming browser.
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Authorities must get a warrant to track a person’s cell phone location

by: William Neilson JrJune 12, 2014
Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled that a warrant is required for cell phone location tracking since someone's cell phone location data is included as part of a person's reasonable expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment.
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‘SSL added and removed here’ – Google mocks NSA in crypto code easter egg

by: J. Angelo RacomaJune 7, 2014


It’s an open secret that the NSA is keeping tabs on Internet users through various means. Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations suggest that the agency does not even have to take an active role in eavesdropping, as it’s the Internet and tech companies that do this for them. Case in point: Vodafone recently published a transparency report, indicating the means and methods through which governments are spying through telecom networks.

Google is actually one of the companies that have been used by spy agencies in their data mining efforts. In particular, the movement of information between datacenters can be the chink in the armor [...]

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Developer who sold data on millions of users gets away with a slap on the wrist

by: Gary SimsApril 15, 2014
FTC tells developer of Brightest Flashlight app to stop being a naughty boy and to cease selling user geolocation data, but it doesn't issue a fine or ask for the app to be removed from Google Play.
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Smartphone users are unwitting participants to widespread surveillance effort, says security expert

by: J. Angelo RacomaApril 11, 2014

The ubiquity of mobile devices has prompted government agencies to piggyback on corporate efforts to collect our information all in the name of marketing, says security expert Bruce Schneier.

Depending on which study you reference, smartphone penetration in the US reportedly ranges from 62 percent to 71 percent, according to analytics firms like comScore and NPD. Regardless of the actual figures, one thing is for sure: smartphones, tablets and wearable devices like smartwatches and smart glasses are gaining ground among consumers.

The convenient fact is that these devices offer an unprecedented level of connectedness among users, that we are plugged into the [...]

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FreedomPop unveiling new Galaxy S2 based Privacy Phone, also accepting Bitcoin as payment

by: Rob TriggsMarch 5, 2014
FreedomPop is set to announce its “privacy phone,” a Samsung Galaxy S2 modified to offer 128-bit encryption for both voice communication and text messages.
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Silent Circle and Geeksphone’s new Blackphone is now available for pre-order

by: Gary SimsFebruary 24, 2014
The Blackphone, which places “privacy and control directly in the hands of its users”, has been officially announced at MWC 2014 and is now available for pre-order at $629.
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Facebook releases Conceal, an efficient library for encrypted storage on Android

by: Gary SimsFebruary 6, 2014
Facebook Engineering has released a new open source encryption library, Conceal, for Android which is designed to encrypt data quickly without using too much system memory or processor power.
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Chainfire’s new Pri-Fy app protects you from Wi-Fi based tracking

by: Bogdan PetrovanFebruary 3, 2014
Chainfire, the developer behind apps like SuperSU and Mobile ODIN, addresses one specific privacy concern with his latest app – Wi-Fi-based location tracking. Dubbed Pri-Fy, Chainfire’s app protects you from entities that monitor your device’s MAC address.
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