Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

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.

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Swedish police, service providers on collision course over direct access to user data

Saving the data is mandatory for service providers, but automating the process to hand over data is voluntary. Large service providers aren't on board with the proposal.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to review NSA phone spying case

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the Electronic Privacy Information Center's petition for it to review a National Security Agency (NSA) phone record data collection program.

Skype, Microsoft cleared in Luxembourg NSA investigation

Luxembourg's data protection authority cleared Microsoft and its subsidiary Skype of data protection violations related to the U.S. National Security Agency's Prism spying program, the agency said Monday.

British spies monitor hotel bookings of diplomats around the world

The U.K.'s intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has reportedly built an automated system to track the hotel bookings of foreign diplomats when travelling abroad for international summits or work meetings.

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Google slams U.S. government in latest transparency report

Google's numbers show the U.S. government is the nosiest in the world, but it's the data that Google can't disclose that has the company lawyering up.

Report: CIA pays AT&T for international call data

AT&T supplies information on international calls that travel over its network, including ones that start or end in the U.S., under a voluntary contract with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, The New York Times reported Thursday.

"We have to make surveillance expensive again" says Bruce Schneier

The ongoing revelations of governmental electronic spying point to a problem larger than NSA malfeasance.

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Dutch civil society groups sue government over NSA data sharing

A coalition of defense lawyers, privacy advocates and journalists has sued the Dutch government over its collaboration and exchange of data with the U.S. National Security Agency and other foreign intelligence services.

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Trade some privacy for a special offer? Consumers aren't sure

Consumers are getting more aware that they can be tracked while they walk around stores but plenty still feel uncomfortable about it, according to a new survey.