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BT is Being Investigated After Claims it Exposed User Data

BT is being investigated by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) due to a whistleblower's claims that it "exposed user credentials en masse," as users' email accounts were moved from a Yahoo-based system. Read More >>

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Facebook's Zuckerberg Says Surveillance Systems Put the Internet as We Know it Under Threat

Social network kingpin Mark Zuckerberg has spoken out against the US government's use of surveillance systems to track web users, calling it a "threat" to the internet. Read More >>

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Surprise: Phone Metadata Gives Away the Most Secret of Your Secrets

If you're one of the masses who inexplicably think that NSA phone surveillance doesn't matter --or that it doesn't apply to us Brits-- then you're in for a shock: new research reveals that simple analysis of mobile phone metadata can reveal masses about you. As if it wasn't bad enough that our social media habits are being monitored. Read More >>

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Eric Schmidt Claims Google's Data is Safe From NSA's Prying Eyes

Google has been very outspoken about the issue of the NSA having access to its private servers, but Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt, has made it clear that the information the tech giant has is safe from everyone -- including the US Government. Read More >>

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WhatsApp Purchase Challenged Over Privacy Concerns

Facebook's recent acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp took a great many people by surprise, and unsurprisingly a number of people have raised concerns about the implications the purchase will have on user privacy. This is Facebook, after all. A complaint filed with the US Federal Trade Commission has demanded that the deal be put on hold until Facebook can shed light on its plans for user data. Read More >>

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The NSA Has a Secret Advice Column for its Paranoid Employees

Even having access to (nearly) all the information in the world doesn't mean you have all the answers. Which is, apparently, why the NSA created its very own, accessible-through-private-intranet-only agency-wide advice column. Because when you're working for the NSA, you can bet you're going to be paranoid as hell. Read More >>

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An Invisible Mirrored Fence is Way Better Than a White Picket Fence

Sure a white picket fence is part of the idyllic image of many dream homes, but it's much cooler to have this fence of mirrors surrounding your house. It turns the boundaries of your land invisible. It changes colours with the seasons. And it is gleaming fun to look at. Read More >>

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Lost Password Leaves Police Dept Complaints Unchecked for 8 Years

Until recently, the Delhi police department in India had been enjoying a baffling long streak totally free of complaints. Of course, it's a lot easier to keep a clean slate when you never check the complaint database in the first place. Because someone lost the password...eight years ago. Read More >>

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Did Private NHS Records Appear Online?

A company selling its search products caused some internet privacy ripples yesterday, after what appeared to be data about the treatment of some NHS patients was discovered as part of a map generated through search terms. Read More >>

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Tor is Developing an Anonymous Instant Messaging Service

Now that we know the NSA is even spying on instant messaging services, the denizens of the deep web need a new way to chat anonymously. Of course, Tor comes to the rescue. Read More >>

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British GCHQ Spies Have Been Watching Your Sexy Webcam Calls

It has today been revealed that British intelligence unit GCHQ ran a program codenamed "Optic Nerve" from 2008 to 2010 that involved capturing webcam images from internet users. And yep, as you'd imagine, that included a lot of sexy time. Read More >>

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Boeing is Working on a Self-Destructing Phone for Spies

Government employees who rely on Blackberry's famously secure encryption might have another phone to choose from some day soon: Myce reports that Boeing has filed papers with the FCC for a phone that self-destructs if you tamper with it. It's called the Boeing Black, of course. Read More >>

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WSJ: Obama Weighing Four Alternatives to NSA Phone Surveillance

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Obama administration has been presented with "four options for revamping NSA phone surveillance"—including one which would scrap it for good. Read More >>

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The NHS is Flogging Patient Health Records to Insurers

For those of you not content with just the NSA stealing your personal information, good news: the NHS has been selling patient data to private insurers, which, combined with info from your credit report, can give a fairly detailed impression of who you are, when you last had a cold, and what you had for breakfast last Thursday. Read More >>

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The Privacy-Pimping Blackphone is Here to Lock Up Your Data

Paranoid? Privacy conscious? Somewhere in between? Well there's now an unlocked (forked) Android phone for you. Blackphone is on the scene and it looks as discrete as it keeps all your juicy info. Read More >>

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The OS X Apps Affected by Apple's Unpatched Security Flaw

While Apple recently patched a major security flaw for iOS, the same vulnerability continues to affect OS X. Until Apple releases a fix—which it says will come "very soon"—here are some of the apps you should avoid using on public Wi-Fi. Read More >>

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