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Why the world's top computing experts are worrying about your data

World experts in computer science and mathematics spent an afternoon at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany Tuesday trying to figure out how the widespread collection of data about consumers can be prevented from causing harm.

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Twitter shutdown of apps for deleted tweets could give politicians new control

By effectively shutting down apps that showed politicians' deleted tweets, Twitter is giving politicians more control over public speech, and at the cost of transparency, some digital media experts said.

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Spotify CEO hints why the music service's privacy policy gets all up in your business

Spotify recently changed its privacy policy. Now the CEO is hinting why.

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Google ordered to remove links to stories about 'right to be forgotten' request

Google has been ordered to remove links to news articles reporting on the company's earlier removal of links in response to a "right to be forgotten" request in Europe.

Internet company hit by credit card breach

Hackers breached the computer systems of Internet services provider Group and stole credit card information of 93,000 customers.

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Fears of Microsoft scanning your Windows 10 PC for pirated games are overblown

Microsoft may be scanning your PC, but for usage data, not counterfeit software.

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AT&T a closer partner of NSA than previously known, Snowden docs show

A new analysis of documents leaked by Edward Snowden highlights massive surveillance efforts with special help from AT&T.

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Mozilla tests a true stealth mode for Firefox

Sick of having that one ad follow you around the Internet for weeks? A new tool in pre-beta builds of Firefox could help block browser tracking across sites.

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Windows 10 search bar phones home to Microsoft, even with Bing disabled

Microsoft says it’s not collecting query or search usage data, but that doesn’t mean those searches are truly happening offline.

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DOJ calls for encryption balance that includes law enforcement needs

Companies encrypting customer data should weigh the benefits to cybersecurity against needs of law enforcement, officials say

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How Japan's Privacy Visor fools face-recognition cameras

The privacy visor angles overhead light into cameras, confusing computer vision systems.


EFF's tracker-smashing Privacy Badger exits beta

After more than a year in beta, the EFF's Privacy Badger privacy-protecting add-on for Chrome and Firefox is available in its first stable version.

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Carly Fiorina calls on Apple, Google to provide greater access for FBI

Republican candidate says public and private sector should share more information

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Tech industry objects to terrorist activity reporting section in US legislation

Industry groups have asked the Senate to delete the section which requires them to report vaguely-defined terrorist activity

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Senate delays vote on CISA cyberthreat info sharing bill

Lawmakers plan to take up the controversial bill after a month-long recess