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Is your IP address really yours? EU court to decide the question

If IP addresses are considered personal data, that could be a win for some privacy advocates.

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Retain private data for police use or face $685,000 fine, Swedish authority tells ISP

Swedish ISP Bahnhof will fight the order -- and says it has a mysterious Plan B up its sleeve

Rogue Tor 'exit node' server added malware to legitimate downloads

The server used a technique to append malware to legitimate code.

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Senator wants anonymous app Whisper to explain how it tracks users, shares their data

Reports saying the supposedly anonymous social media app is sharing user information leads to questions from Senator Rockefeller.

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After uproar, Adobe begins encrypting user data collected from Digital Editions app

The company was criticized for sending data about content to its servers in plain text

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Transparency's needed to avoid smart device privacy rules, says former US official

Connected devices raise new concerns about personal data.

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China attacks lead Apple to alert users on iCloud threats

China has allegedly staged the attack, according to an anti-censorship group.

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FTC appoints privacy researcher Soltani as chief technologist

Soltani has assisted newspapers with investigations of government surveillance and online privacy.

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Apple says Yosemite’s Spotlight Suggestions don’t violate your privacy

The company stands by its new feature, which doesn’t share your search results with third parties.

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Candidates for EU's data protection job heard by the European Parliament

Europe is set to choose a new data protection supervisor after much delay

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Apple's Yosemite OS shares Spotlight search terms by default

An engineer who's studied the new OS criticized its privacy settings

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Apple's iCloud targeted in man-in-the-middle attack in China

Yahoo has also been facing a similar attack in China, according to security researchers concerned that the government was eavesdropping.

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Tor-based anonymizing router gets pulled from Kickstarter for rules violations

Kickstarter alleges that the Anonabox project's creator misled contributors, thus breaking the crowdfunding service's rules.

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Anonymous app Whisper allegedly tracks user location, shares data with government

The app is accused by The Guardian of tracking users' locations.

FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

Apple and Google should also rethink their plans to enable smartphone encryption by default, he says.