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Google project aims to preserve privacy when collecting software stats

RAPPOR has been released under an open-source license

Germany backs plan to retain personal flight data across EU

Retaining flight data would violate fundamental rights, opponents said


Europe's top court to rule on whether IP addresses are personal data

If IP addresses are considered personal data, that could be a win for some privacy advocates

Retain private data for police use or face $685,000 fine, Swedish authority tells ISP

Swedish ISP Bahnhof will fight the order -- and says it has a mysterious Plan B up its sleeve

Senator wants Whisper to explain how it tracks users, shares their data

Reports saying the supposedly anonymous social media app is sharing user information leads to questions from Rockefeller

Facebook and Yahoo prevent use of recycled email addresses to hijack accounts

A new mechanism helps email servers determine if a message was intended for a recycled account's previous owner

China attacks lead Apple to alert users on iCloud threats

China has allegedly staged the attack, according to an anti-censorship group.

Industry can head off IoT privacy rules, former US official says

Connected devices raise new concerns about personal data

FTC appoints privacy researcher Soltani as chief technologist

Soltani has assisted newspapers with investigations of government surveillance and online privacy

Candidates for EU's data protection job heard by the European Parliament

Europe is set to choose a new data protection supervisor after much delay

Apple's Yosemite OS shares Spotlight search terms by default

An engineer who's studied the new OS criticized its privacy settings

Anonymous sharing app Whisper under a cloud over user location data

The app is accused by The Guardian of tracking users' locations

FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

Apple and Google should also rethink their plans to enable smartphone encryption by default, he says

Hillary Clinton: Social media is no match for real-world interactions

The former U.S. Secretary of State said face-to-face meetings are more valuable when it comes to solving society's greatest problems

Dropbox dismisses claims of hack affecting 7 million accounts

The credentials leaked by an alleged hacker online were likely stolen from other services, the company said

Kmart hacked, exposing customers' card numbers

There is no evidence that personal information or debit-card PIN numbers were stolen, the company says

IT industry group slams burdens imposed by proposed EU privacy policy

A proposal by EU justice ministers to relax data protection rules for low-risk personal data doesn't go far enough, industry lobbyists say

Judges spar with attorneys on national security data requests

A federal appeals court will rule on the constitutionality of National Security Letters

Jitters over US surveillance could break the Internet, tech leaders warn

Loss of trust in Internet companies could lead to protectionism and a splintered Internet, they say

Twitter sues for right to reveal more about national security requests

Current laws violate Twitter's First Amendment rights, the company says

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