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Groups ask US FTC to investigate Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp

The proposed deal raises concerns about WhatsApp users' privacy, two groups say.

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Tracking with metadata: It's not all bad

Human rights groups are using metadata to verify the authenticity of eyewitness footage

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Sprint accused of overcharging U.S. for spying assistance

Sprint is accused of overcharging law enforcement agencies more than US$21 million

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Privacy challenges stand between you and your own private robot

In this video report, we meet NAO, a nearly two-foot tall humanoid robot currently used for research, but destined for the consumer market -- if its maker can resolve privacy concerns.

Privacy challenges await robot home companions

NAO is a nearly two-foot tall humanoid robot made by Paris-based Aldebaran Robotics currently used for research, but destined for the consumer market. While companion robots are seen as easing the lives of humans, they also raise privacy concerns.

NSA director defends surveillance, but calls for better cybersecurity

The NSA director says the agency is doing what the US residents want it to do

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British spy agency may have seen you naked in surveillance of Yahoo webcam chats

Whistleblower Edward Snowden turned over documents to The Guardian detailing GCHQ’s collection of at least 1.8 million Yahoo users’ webcam chats.

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U.S. wants to store bulk metadata longer for defense in metadata privacy lawsuits

The government says it needs to hold the data because of various lawsuits challenging its collection

Blackphone plans more secure devices, bouyed by Snowden leaks

The Blackphone handset goes on sale in June for US$629. It looks like a typical Android smartphone and is based on a security-hardened version of the OS called "PrivatOS."

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Nov'IT pitches rooted Android phones as a pro-privacy weapon

Uhuru Mobile is a new ROM derived from Cyanogen that aims to make Android phones more secure.

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Whisper a Secret to the whole world with no names attached

Anonymous apps let you speak your mind, but at what cost?

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IRS warns of leading tax scams

The U.S. tax agency releases its "Dirty Dozen" of leading tax scams that have surfaced, urging consumers to take care.