Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

Microsoft successfully fights off FBI gag order, but agency still got its way

The FBI declined to fight Microsoft after it found another way to keep its investigation secret

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Facebook proves it (finally) cares about privacy with new features

The network once defaulted to public posts for new users, but after years of complaints, Facebook is changing its tune.

How bickering and greed neutered the 'Do Not Track' privacy initiative

The lack of a standard has hamstrung the browser privacy tool.

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Cisco's Chambers tells Obama that NSA surveillance impacts U.S. technology sales

Chambers was reacting to reports that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepts equipment shipped abroad to install surveillance tools

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Definitely deleted: How to guarantee your data is truly gone before recycling old PCs and drives

Hitting 'delete' is just the beginning. Depending on the type of storage and the sensitivity of the information, there are other things you need to do to make sure your deleted files are gone for good.

Europe's top court orders Google to forget about you

A person has the right to request that search engines remove personal information from search results, the Court of Justice ruled

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Regain your privacy with these 3 browser add-ons

It's tough to remain private online, but these three extensions can help.

House votes to outlaw NSA's bulk collection of phone records

The USA Freedom Act would require the agency to get court approval to collect records on a case-by-case basis.

Groups want to 'reset the 'Net' to resist NSA surveillance

Privacy groups call on Web users to deploy security and encryption tools.

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Yahoo drops 'Do Not Track' policy in favor of 'personalized' experience

Yahoo says it'll be easier to give you what you want if they know what you want—by tracking you.

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EFF's new Privacy Badger browser add-on closes the prying eyes of online trackers

The EFF is working on a new weapon in the fight against online tracking: Privacy Badger.

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Report: Verizon (unsuccessfully) challenged NSA surveillance program

The ruling against Verizon runs counter to a previous decision, which stated that the NSA's phone surveillance program may be unconstitutional.

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California phone kill-switch bill fails vote in state senate

The telecoms industry scores a win, but the bill could return later in the session

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Leave no trace: Tips to cover your digital footprint and reclaim your privacy

Reduce your exposure to spying eyes with sandboxing, disk encryption and more.

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Dropbox CEO defends Rice despite 'Drop Dropbox' privacy backlash

CEO Drew Houston cites Rice's international experience, as users fume over the appointment of a known wiretapping advocate to the Board of the cloud storage company.