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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

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Will full encryption sideline Google's targeted ads?

Mining personal data to deliver targeted ads is the lifeblood of Google's business -- and of many other online firms. But what if that data dries up at the source?

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Europe's top court to review personal data exchange between EU and US

The review was prompted by Europe-v-Facebook's legal challenge of the Irish DPC's refusal to investigate Facebook's export of data to the US

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British spies are allowed to intercept Google and Facebook traffic, official says

It is the first time a U.K. official has commented on the government's "vague surveillance legal framework", Privacy International said

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You've fallen for a scam! Now what?

We all make mistakes. Here's what you need to do after realizing that you have been had, and keep those mistakes from costing you.

Judge orders DOJ to turn over FISA surveillance documents

The agency failed to justify keeping the 66 pages of documents secret, a federal judge ruled.