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Is data privacy an out of date concept?

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For some people, it seems as if they put their whole lives on display on social media. They are often, themselves, posting the very information that organisations go to great lengths to try to protect. So are we trying to protect privacy based on past social values? Are we old-fashioned in trying to keep a lid on the social media generation?

SSCC 140 - Does Windows have more holes than OS X? Whither messaging privacy? [PODCAST]

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How bad is the latest Microsoft Word 0-day? Does OS X really need patching less often than Windows? What does Gmail's move to HTTPS-only really mean? And if WhatsApp has privacy coded into its DNA, is it coded into its app, too?

Chet and Duck get stuck in...

Spyware app turns the privacy tables on Google Glass wearers

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A spyware app developed by two researchers has shown that Google Glass can be used to secretly take photos of whatever a Glass wearer is looking at without their knowledge - making the Glass user the one whose privacy and security is potentially compromised.

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.

Phone spyware, Mac security, and WhatsApp privacy - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How do you get spyware on your victim, er, target's phone? Have Mac users changed their attitude to security? And how deep does privacy run at WhatsApp?

Find out in 60 seconds!

Google switches Gmail to HTTPS only

Google switches Gmail to HTTPS only

Google is now using an always-on HTTPS connection and encrypting all Gmail messages moving internally on its servers.

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.

WhatsApp and privacy - will Facebook make things better, worse, or both?

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WhatsApp, the super-popular SMS replacement acquired by Facebook for $19 billion, continues to wrestle with a thorny problem.

How can it tame the public's attitude to its own attitude to privacy?

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.

Whatsapp's Jan Koum says privacy won't suffer with Facebook acquisition

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Jan Koum, co-founder and CEO of Whatsapp, has responded to concerns that have surfaced since the company was acquired by Facebook.

Google sued for data-mining students' email

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The suit charges the company with surreptitiously building profiles of students by scanning their email in order to target advertising at them.

Security Essentials: What is PCI DSS?

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Many of us know what PCI DSS stands for, but we haven't actually read through the standard.

John Shier was one of them - so he decided to put things to rights...

mSpy now selling phones pre-loaded with spyware

mSpy now selling phones pre-loaded with spyware

You used to have to get your hands on somebody's gadget to eavesdrop on them like a creepy stalker, but no more! Now, you can just buy your target a boobytrapped bugging device-cum phone, wrap it up with a pretty bow, and try to pretend that you're not trampling on their privacy when you "gift" them with it.

Anatomy of a Bitcoin phish - don't be too quick before you click!

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Paul Ducklin looks at a recent Bitcoin phish, and offers some tips on how not to get suckered in just because things look familiar...

Is Snowden reshaping global privacy?

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This week, the European Parliament met and discussed written testimony from US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The EU legislators also passed a new pan-European data privacy law backed by stiffer penalties...

Browsers pwned, Korean megabreach, hackers phoiled, and Chet Chat turns 4! [VIDEO]

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Which browser plugin withstood PWN2OWN? How big was the latest South Korean megabreach? What happens when hackers attack phishers?

Find out in 60 Second Security...

Mark Zuckerberg called Barack Obama to 'express frustration' over surveillance

Zuckerberg calls Obama to 'express frustration' over surveillance

Mark Zuckerberg has phoned the US president to vent his frustrations over alleged internet surveillance.