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Dropbox says it isn't poking around in our stuff

Dropbox says it isn't poking around in our stuff

"We don’t look at the files in your private folders and are committed to keeping your stuff safe", the company said in the wake of an internet freakout sparked by a user finding himself unable to share copyrighted content. Time to relax, or time to consider encrypting your files before they get to Dropbox (or any other cloud storage)?

Google Glass recording without permission could become illegal in Australia

Google Glass recording without permission could become illegal in Australia

The country's considering an overhaul of privacy laws that could make it illegal to record private conversations or activities without consent via Google Glass or similar wearable technologies.

Porn site age-check law demanded by UK media watchdog

Porn site age-check law demanded by UK media watchdog

A video-on-demand watchdog in the UK - whose government seems to have its knickers in a permanent twist over children potentially accessing internet porn - is demanding an age-check law for porn sites.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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Make sure you're up to date with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Word zero-day, Snapchat blasted, MS-DOS released - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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What should you do about the latest Word zero-day? What does Mr Rockefeller think of SnapChat? And is that MS-DOS I see before me?

Watch 60 Sec Security for 29 March 2014, and find out!

Turkey blocks YouTube access amid “security concerns”

Turkey blocks YouTube access amid “security concerns”

The Turkish government continued its heavy-handed approach to social media on Thursday, restricting YouTube access after the leak of an audio recording of Turkish officials discussing possible military action in Syria.

Boston Bomber slipped past while spelling glitch tripped up the law

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The old data-quality maxim "garbage in, garbage out" proves true yet again in the case of the Boston Marathon bomber, who, a Congressional report confirms, slipped through the border when a database failed to suggest an alternative name spelling.

US school to fork over $70K for hassling sixth-grader about Facebook posting

US school to fork over $70K for hassling sixth-grader about Facebook posting

Riley Stratton was forced to hand over her Facebook and email passwords and, with a police officer in the room, school officials searched her Facebook page for an alleged conversation she had with a boy about sex. Is this a grade-school version of prosecutorial overreach?

Chinese cops nab 1,530 mobile SMS spammers in raid on fake base stations

Chinese cops nab 1,530 mobile SMS spammers in raid on fake base stations

Chinese police have arrested 1,530 spammers who've been driving around, spewing spam at people's phones from mobile, fake base stations. But it's just a drop in China's enormously spammy bucket.

Secret CEO wrestles with cyberbullying issues on new anonymous sharing app

'Secret' CEO wrestles with cyberbullying issues on new anonymous sharing app

Unlike its anonymous sharing-app brethren - Yik Yak, Whisper, PostSecret, or Ask.fm - this service is limited to your contacts, instead of being a free-for-all full of strangers. Will that be enough to keep the young service from turning into another cyberbullying mosh pit?

Facebook's online teen privacy argument challenged in California court

Facebook's online teen privacy argument challenged in California court

A long-running legal dispute that was settled is now bubbling up once again. Namely, the way that Facebook appropriates children and teen users' names and photos for "Sponsored Story" ads when users "Like" something, regardless of whether such users want to be seen as endorsing the subject of their thumbs-upping.

Turkey bans Twitter, citizens tweet more

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Last Friday the Turkish government slapped a ban on Twitter, saying that it had failed to comply with court orders imposed after some of its citizens used the social networking site to share allegations of corruption amongst high-level officials. But that doesn't seem to have stopped Turkish tweeters.

Microsoft admits reading blogger's Hotmail as part of leak investigation

Microsoft admits reading blogger's Hotmail

Microsoft has admitted that it had read a former employee's email to confirm he had leaked confidential company information. While the search is considered legal, the company's actions have drawn attention from privacy violation critics.

Revenge-porn 'scumbags' slapped with $385,000 judgment

Revenge-porn 'scumbag' slapped with $385,000 judgment

They had a racket wherein one site posted sexually explicit photos without permission of subjects. When victims panicked and asked for the photos to come down, they got sent to another site that charged as much as $350 each to remove the illicit content.

US DHS digs out 27,000-member child abuse ring buried on Tor

US DHS digs out 27,000-member child abuse ring buried on Tor

The child predators targeted children as young as 3 years old. More than 40 terabytes of data were seized, 15 men have been arrested, 251 child or teen victims have been identified.

NSA can record 100% of another country's telephone calls

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The National Security Agency has the ability to record every single one of a foreign country's telephone calls and then play the conversations back up to a month after recording, according to a report by The Washington Post.

Three indicted over $15 million identity theft spree

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Three men have been indicted in a New Jersey court, charged with participating in an identity theft conspiracy which could have cost its victims upwards of $15 million.

Sextortionist who preyed on Miss Teen USA and 150 others sentenced to 18 months

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Jared James Abrahams, 20, a college student studying computer science, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on Monday - only the latest in a string of sextortionists to face jail time in Southern California as the law tracks them down.

Morrisons employee arrested in connection with staff payroll breach

Morrisons employee arrested in connection with staff payroll breach

100,000 employees' bank details were breached last week in what the company suggested was an insider job. A Morrisons employee has been arrested in Leeds.