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Facebook's new face recognition policy astonishes German privacy regulator

A German privacy regulator is astonished that Facebook has added facial recognition to a proposed new privacy policy it published on Thursday.

Facebook’s data policy changes put your face front and center

The social network clarifies its data use policies in the wake of a class-action lawsuit settlement.

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Google patents 'scroogling,' but it's not all about ads

Mere months after Microsoft launched a blistering ad campaign ripping apart Google's targeted ads, the US Patent Office awards Google a patent for just that.

Usage for Tor doubles in wake of secure email shutdowns, arrival of the PirateBrowser

The prying eyes of the U.S. government is good for the Tor anonymity network, which has seen its usage double in recent weeks.

Is Windows 8 a Trojan horse for the NSA? The German Government thinks so

The German Government is now deeply suspicious that the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology built into a growing number of Windows 8 PCs and tablets is creating a gigantic back door for NSA surveillance, leaked documents have suggested.

In China, 'defaming cultural icons' online can land you in jail

Chinese police have detained two Internet users for allegedly starting online rumors that tried to defame government groups and a cultural icon in the nation.

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NSA-dodging mail service explains why email can never truly be private and secure

Silent Circle explains the technicalities behind its decision to fall on its sword before the government came a-knockin'.

Gmail's 'Users can't expect privacy' furor: Much ado about nothing new

Did Google just say that users can't legitimately expect privacy when using Gmail? Sort of, but not really.

Meet Darknet, the hidden, anonymous underbelly of the searchable Web

Learn what lurks beneath the Internet you use every day—a place where free speech, and illicit activity, can flourish.

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Adware runs rampant in Google Play, researchers say

One or more antivirus vendors flagged 22 percent of 8000 popular apps as having issues

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Google Chrome policy exposes user passwords on purpose: Here's how to prevent it

Google's browser displays user passwords in plain text in its settings, and it isn't the only one.

Tor Project: Stop using Windows, disable JavaScript to protect your anonymity

The Tor Project is advising that people stop using Windows after the discovery of a startling vulnerability in Firefox that undermined the main advantages of the privacy-centered network.

Do cops need a warrant to search your smart phone?

Cell phone security varies significantly among jurisdictions. Here are the current rules and some of the concerns.

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Viral story of Google searches prompting a raid from the authorities is not exactly true

The authorities are probably not watching every Google search as they happen, but your data can still draw attention in other ways.