Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

How to use the Tor Browser to surf the web anonymously

Want to stay private online? Tor's browser and a few easy rules of the road can help you do just that.

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New organization sets out to make secure communication tools more user-friendly

Simply Secure will identify usability problems in open-source privacy tools and will work with developers to address them

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New US Senate bill aims to limit access to emails stored abroad

The legislation follows Microsoft's refusal to turn in emails in Ireland to U.S. law enforcement

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Right-to-be-forgotten 'dashboard' to help EU's data protection authorities

The complaints should be dealt with in a common way, the authorities said

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NSA reform bill stalled with Congress headed toward fall recess

Members of Congress are set to leave Washington for an extended fall recess in a few days

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Open-source project promises easy-to-use encryption for email, instant messaging and more

Pretty Easy Privacy system aims to make encryption of written online communication accessible to masses

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India's biometric ID project is back on track

Critics are concerned that the biometric data may be misused

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Tech industry groups ask US Senate to 'swiftly pass' NSA curbs

The coalition of tech industry groups wrote a letter to Senate leaders as an erosion of trust was affecting their business abroad

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Home Depot confirms breach of its payment systems

Customers will not be held responsible for fraudulent charges, the company said

Instagram, Grindr, and more popular Android apps put user privacy at risk, researcher says

Instagram and Grindr stored images on their servers that were accessible without authentication

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Facebook fan page operators not responsible for user data, German appeals court confirms

But a German data protection commissioner called the decision 'a catastrophe and a setback for data protection'

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New Facebook tool walks users through a privacy settings checkup

It's the latest initiative by the company to help its members make sure they're not over-sharing on the social networking site.

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DOJ, intelligence official support bill ending bulk phone collection

The Senate is likely to vote on a pumped-up version of the USA Freedom Act this fall

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How to keep your sexy selfies (and other sensitive files) safe in the cloud

Whether you're storing old tax returns or the occasional naughty photo, some files deserve some extra security. Here's how to keep them private.

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Verizon settles FCC consumer privacy investigation

The company failed to notify telephone customers that they could opt out of targeted marketing campaigns, the agency said