Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

Merkel puts NSA spying on EU leaders' agenda

Leaked documents showing the draft conclusions of the summit do not include any mention of NSA, spying, or mass surveillance. But Merkel's comments may change that.

U.S. VPN provider shuts consumer service in response to Lavabit case

CryptoSeal, a small virtual private network (VPN) provider based in San Francisco, has elected to close its consumer-facing service.

Protect your Facebook account from hackers with two-factor authentication

Don't be one of those people with a compromised account that spams all their friends.

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What you need to know about privacy, email, and particularly Gmail

Pritesh Singh asked if anyone other than the intended recipient can view files attached to a Gmail message.

Supreme Court shouldn't review NSA spying case, U.S. gov't says

The Patriot Act doesn’t allow privacy groups to challenge an NSA order directed at Verizon Communications, lawyers for the Obama administration argue.

How to enable Yahoo Mail's (soon to be default) SSL encryption today

The good news: Default SSL encryption is coming soon to Yahoo Mail. The better news: You can enable it today.

Lavabit to reopen for 5 days to let users download lost emails

Lavabit, the secure email provider that closed its doors rather than play nice with the U.S. government's spying demands, will briefly allow formers users to access their emails.

Novatel accelerometer checks how you drive

Novatel Wireless' latest device for vehicle tracking can be self-installed and has an accelerometer and GPS combo that can keep a close eye on driving habits.

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How to keep your real name and face out of Google's ads

Google just updated its terms of service to allow the company to use your real name, face, and comments in ads. Here's how to slam the brakes on it.

How to stay private now that anyone can find you on Facebook

Facebook is making it easier for people to find you, so it’s about that time again: Check your privacy settings.

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How to prevent sextortion threats via a compromised webcam

The beauty-queen "sextortion" case highlighted the security risks of webcams. Here's how to keep your own computer from being used to spy on you.

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You can post on Facebook but you can't hide

Facebook pulls the plug on a setting that allowed people to prevent others from finding them by name using the Facebook search bar, the company said on Thursday.

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Report: Microsoft cookies would share data between desktop, mobile, Xbox

Microsoft is said to be working on a replacement cookie technology that would share information between your desktop and smartphone.

Leaving Las Pinterest: How to kill your social media accounts

Have trouble with tweets? Loathe all those likes? Pinned your last pin? Here's how to leave your 'friends' behind.

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Facebook fan page creators escape German privacy law

German companies are not legally responsible for the way Facebook processes the personal data of people visiting the companies' Facebook fan pages, a German administrative court ruled on Wednesday, allowing the companies to keep using the pages without violating German data protection laws.