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Lawmakers Question FAA on Privacy Protections Around Drone Use

Two senior lawmakers this week sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration demanding information on how the agency will ensure that privacy rights are protected when it issues drone licenses to government, law enforcement and private organizations.

Anonymous Offers Alternative to Pastebin.com

The Anonymous hacking collective has launched a new site that it claims will allow users to post material without fear of being tracked down.

White House's Online Privacy Plan Gets Mixed Reaction

Advocacy groups want stronger rules but the industry prefers to retain its current self-regulation.

Global Payments Breach Raises Questions

Questions remain over a computer intrusion at Global Payments Inc. that exposed data on at least 1.5 million credit and debit card holders.

Most 2011 Cyberattacks Called 'Avoidable'

Default or simple passwords, ineffective or nonexistent firewalls offered easy targets for security breaches, a Verizon report finds.

University of Tampa Data Breach: Student Info Exposed for 8 Months

An in-class project on advanced search techniques led to the discovery of a major data breach at the University of Tampa in Florida last week.

18 Firms Sued for Using Privacy-invading Mobile Apps

Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Yelp and 14 other companies have been hit with a lawsuit accusing them of distributing privacy-invading mobile applications...

Anonymous Defaces Police Equipment Supplier Site, Releases Symantec Code

For the second time this week, hackers associated with the Anonymous hacking collective have taken down a website in retaliation for the arrests of several members of its hacking collective.

Vatican Site Hit by Hackers Claiming to be Anonymous

A website claiming to be the official blog of Anonymous took credit for Wednesday's attack, blaming church policies.

Anonymous Takes Down Security Firm's Website, Vows to Fight on After Arrests

Hackers claiming to belong to the Anonymous hacking collective early Wednesday defaced Panda Security's PandaLabs website in apparent response to arrests.

Researcher: Internet Voting Systems are Too Insecure

Internet voting systems are inherently insecure and should not be allowed in the upcoming general elections, a noted security researcher said at the RSA Conference 2012 being held here this week.

States Challenge Google Privacy Policy Change

Attorneys General from 36 U.S. states are blasting Google for its modified privacy policy, especially for users of Android phones.

Privacy Tussle Brews Over Social Media Monitoring

A major tussle is emerging in the debate over how government agencies can gather and use information posted publicly on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

FBI Says Social Media Monitoring Won't Infringe Privacy Rights

The FBI said its proposed plans to monitor social media sites to improve real-time situation awareness will be fully vetted by the agency's Privacy and Civil...

FDA Defends Monitoring Whistleblowers' Email

The FDA says it monitored the private email accounts of nine agency whistleblowers starting in 2010 to determine whether any of them leaked confidential information to the public.