Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

RadioShack still plans to sell customer personal data despite state objections

The sale of the personal data was withdrawn from a previous auction.

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New cyberthreat information sharing bill may be more friendly to privacy

The new bill still allows companies to share some unnecessary personal information with government agencies, a critic says

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UK government's spying practices challenged at European human rights court

Disclosing secret policies that govern mass surveillance practices is not enough to make them legal, human rights groups said

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AT&T's data breach settlement called a 'slap on the wrist'

Some cybersecurity experts question whether the FCC's settlement will help change behaviors

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Google ordered by German authority to change privacy practices

Google loses yet another round in its regulatory fight over privacy policy changes in Europe

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US drug enforcement amassed bulk phone records for decades

The bulk collection of phone records by the DEA preceded the NSA's own program

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Researchers show that IoT devices are not designed with security in mind

Lack of encryption and other security issues found in home automation hubs could facilitate burglary, stalking and spying

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Turkey blocks Twitter, YouTube over hostage photo

Turkey's prime minster reportedly called the sites tools of propaganda

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Microsoft gives up, turns off Do Not Track by default

Microsoft today rolled back its commitment to the nearly-dead "Do Not Track" standard, saying it would no longer automatically switch on the signal in its browsers.

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Texas wants RadioShack to specify what customer information would be for sale

Texas said RadioShack has only temporarily removed the customer data from the sale

RadioShack update: User data is safe for now, while Sprint co-branding is in the works

The user data could still be sold someday, though, and the union of two troubled companies may or may not pay off. Stay tuned as the drama unfolds!

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Facebook tracks all site vistors, violating EU law, report says

Facebook slammed the report, claiming it contains factual inaccuracies.

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Congress moves quickly on cyberthreat information sharing

A House committee approves a second bill, despite concerns about consumer privacy

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Safari users in the UK can sue Google over alleged privacy violations

The ruling from an appeals court could lead to claims from millions of British users

UN to appoint watchdog to focus on privacy in digital age

A 'special rapporteur' is to be appointed for a period of three years