Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

BitTorrent Chat promises messaging free from prying eyes -- including the NSA's

The company that best known for its file-sharing protocol offers some more insight into how its unlaunched chat service works.

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Ban carriers from sharing phone records, privacy groups ask FCC

The phone records provided to the government are not really anonymous, the groups said in a petition to the FCC

Internet companies dismayed by French law allowing warrantless access to live user data

The French senate passed a law allowing police and government officials warrantless access to user data from ISPs and online services

Hackers target banking apps on Apple and Google platforms

A new study shows that mobile banking apps are primary targets for hackers.

NSA caught with its hand in Google's (browser) cookie jar

The NSA is using browser cookies to track the online activities of specific targets, according to the latest Edward Snowden leak.

Clean up your public Internet profile

Maggs2378 found personal information "on one of those 'people search' web sites" and wants to know how to get it removed

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NSA spies on Italians from roof of US Embassy in Rome, magazine reports

The allegations are based on documents the magazine says were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden

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Rogue flashlight app shines a light on the importance of Android app permissions

An Android flashlight app downloaded more than 50 million times has been sharing your location and phone ID with advertisers, even when you asked it not to.

Encryption, lawyers, and openness: Microsoft acts on NSA's 'persistent threat'

"We all want to live in a world that is safe and secure, but we also want to live in a country that is protected by the Constitution."

NSA infected 50,000 networks with specialized malware

The U.S. National Security Agency reportedly hacked into over 50,000 computer networks around the world as part of its global intelligence gathering efforts, and also taps into large fiber optic cables that transport Internet traffic between continents at 20 different major points.

Customer-tracking tactics move to brick and mortar

The ongoing battle over privacy is not confined to online. Besides security cameras and smart cars, cellphones are enabling retailers to track shoppers in stores.

Human rights groups urge UN to discourage mass digital surveillance

Five human rights groups urged the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to adopt a new resolution against indiscriminate mass surveillance.

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'Encrypt everything:' Google's answer to government surveillance is catching on

And the Giants of the Web seems to agree in the wake of recent NSA spying revelations. Lock it all down!

Microsoft Store now selling snarky anti-Google 'Scroogled' mugs and T-shirts

"Keep calm while we steal your data!" the gear cries, below a Chrome logo. Keep it classy, Microsoft.