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Hacked celebrities 'dumb', says proposed EU digital commissioner

Legislation can't protect people from their own stupidity, Günther Oettinger told the European Parliament during his confirmation hearing

Facebook's new ad sales plan raises hackles in Germany

Facebook users who really want to avoid being targeted by ads should get an ad blocker, German consumer organizations said


New ad-free social network Ello is pro-privacy, but with caveats

The site still gathers certain types of data about users

FBI director concerned about encryption on smartphones

The agency has talked to Apple and Google about concerns that new security will help criminals, the director says

Yahoo reports a drop in government data requests

There were 18,000 requests in the first six months of this year, down from 29,000 a year ago

New organization sets out to make secure communication tools more user-friendly

Simply Secure will identify usability problems in open-source privacy tools and will work with developers to address them

New US Senate bill aims to limit access to emails stored abroad

The legislation follows Microsoft's refusal to turn in emails in Ireland to U.S. law enforcement

Right-to-be-forgotten 'dashboard' to help EU's data protection authorities

The complaints should be dealt with in a common way, the authorities said

Apple updates privacy policy, sets up site to guide users

Apple said it believes a great customer experience shouldn't come at the expense of user privacy

NSA reform bill stalled with Congress headed toward fall recess

Members of Congress are set to leave Washington for an extended fall recess in a few days

Apple Watch under scrutiny for privacy by Connecticut attorney general

Attorney General George Jepsen is particularly concerned about the protection of health information collected by the new wearable device

Yahoo slams new 'digital will' law, says users have privacy when they die

Yahoo says legislation giving estate attorneys broad data access violates its terms

Open-source project promises easy-to-use encryption for email, instant messaging and more

Pretty Easy Privacy system aims to make encryption of written online communication accessible to masses

Data protection authorities find privacy lapses in majority of mobile apps

One in three applications request excessive permissions, and privacy information is inadequate in 85 percent of them, a study found

Yahoo says it faced $250,000 daily fines for defying US surveillance requests

Yahoo's disclosure comes amid newly unsealed court documents

India's biometric ID project is back on track

Critics are concerned that the biometric data may be misused

Five million Gmail addresses and passwords dumped online

The data was not likely stolen from Google, but from other websites, researchers said

Ernst & Young accused by Canadian used computer dealer of data breach

A used computer dealer in Canada claims he discovered a trove of Ernst & Young customer business data on Dell servers bought back in 2006 -- and he wants the global consultancy to pay him to return the data. But is the breach for real...

Encryption failures fixed in popular PGP email security tool Enigmail

Users of Enigmail 1.7 are advised to upgrade to version 1.7.2 as soon as possible

Tech industry groups ask US Senate to 'swiftly pass' NSA curbs

The coalition of tech industry groups wrote a letter to Senate leaders as an erosion of trust was affecting their business abroad

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