Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

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.

Tech firms squirm over their role in Prism surveillance

The disclosures about the NSA's massive global surveillance by former tech worker Edward Snowden is hitting the U.S. tech industry hard as companies continue to try to explain their involvement in the data-collection program.

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Some privacy advocates question mobile apps agreement

A code of conduct approved this week isn't enforceable, critics say.

Tired of being pestered? Dodge data collectors with MaskMe's myriad tools

A new privacy tool called MaskMe may help people evade data harvesting efforts by websites and marketers.

BitTorrent Sync protects your files from Prism’s prying eyes

BitTorrent’s free file-syncing client is now open to the public with no caps on file size or sharing limits.

Reddit, Mozilla, WordPress, and others plan July 4 protest against NSA surveillance

A large coalition of civil rights and privacy groups and potentially thousands of websites will stage protests on the Fourth of July to protest surveillance programs at the U.S. National Security Agency.

Google doesn't plan to change its privacy policy for Glass

Glass may be a revolutionary device, but that doesn't mean Google plans to overhaul its unified privacy policy to better accommodate the gadget.

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U.S. senators demand to know extent and benefits of NSA spy program

A group of 26 U.S. senators, cutting across party lines, seek "public answers" on whether the National Security Agency collected in bulk other data in the U.S. besides phone records, such as credit card purchases and financial information.

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Malware-like program lets your Android phone spy on you

Researchers at Security Labs of Kindsight have developed a proof-of-concept program that can launch a spy program inside any Android app and monitor the user's actions through the phone.

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How we sabotage our own privacy for deals and ego

A study from consulting firm Infosys shows consumers globally are far more relaxed about sharing their private data than we knew and far more relaxed than they should be

Here's what an eavesdropper sees when you use an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot

Use unsecured public Wi-Fi hotspots much? You'll rethink that practice after we show you what can be captured from those connections.

Microsoft follows Google in legal fight to disclose government FISA requests

Microsoft is seeking permission to disclose "aggregate statistics" about the number of requests for data it receives under the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, following a similar move by Google earlier this month.