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Supreme Court declines to hear Google's request in Street View lawsuit

The Supreme Court allows a class-action lawsuit against Google for Wi-Fi snooping to move forward.

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Facebook messed with users' emotions--for science!

A recently released research paper shows that the emotions others express on Facebook rub off on you—even with the absence of nonverbal social cues.

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Groups pressure US lawmakers with NSA surveillance scorecard

Dozens of lawmakers get F's for NSA reform in scorecard by EFF, Free Press and other groups

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Austrian court axes data retention law following EU high court ruling

Regulations to fight crime should be in line with human rights, Austria's Constitutional Court said

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Facebook tries to recover bulk user data seized by New York law enforcement

Facebook has filed an appeal for the return of the data and for a ruling on several legal points

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Trade group previews apps to give mobile users choice on ads

The Digital Advertising Alliance plans to release two apps this fall allowing users to opt out of behavioral ads.

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Google starts removing 'right to be forgotten' search results

European Google users may now see a warning when they search for a name

Facial recognition proposal lacks privacy protections, advocate says

A trade group's recommendations for best privacy practices run counter to US values, an ACLU lawyer says

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Microsoft's general counsel calls on Congress to do more to protect users' private data

Lamwakers need to address consumer privacy for data held by companies and for data gathered by spy agencies, he says

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Five questions to answer before paying for a VPN

VPNs are great for privacy and jumping regional restrictions, but not all VPNs are created equal. Knowing some of the key differences can save you time and hassle.

Even encrypted Web traffic can reveal highly sensitive information

Merely knowing what pages a person views on a website can hint at their personal life

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Disconnect's new browser plugin translates complex privacy policies into simple icons

The Privacy Icons browser add-on translates websites' privacy policies into nine easy-to-grasp categories

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Exposing hidden domain registrations could hurt innocent users more than criminals

Proxy services to hide details of domain registrants from the Whois database should be allowed, a researcher said

The EFF wants to improve your privacy by making your Wi-Fi public

Could allowing strangers to use your Wi-Fi actually protect your privacy? The EFF thinks so, and plans to make it easier with a new tool.

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House approves effort to limit NSA searches of U.S. data

The amendment to a defense spending bill would end a 'backdoor loophole' allowing warrantless searches