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Facebook meets with LGBT community over real-name policy

Facebook meets with LGBT community over real-name policy

After mounting protests, Facebook reps scheduled a meeting with San Francisco activists and city officials over its real-name policy, which many say discriminates against the LGBT community.

New Google transparency report details hike in government user data requests

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Governments around the world are demanding increasingly larger amounts of user data from search giant Google, according to the company’s latest Transparency Report.

Apple questioned on Watch privacy by state attorney general

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Apple calls the gadget its "most personal device ever". Attorney General George Jepsen would like to know how Apple's planning to protect all that data, which will include things as intimate as our heartbeats.

California passes "landmark bill" to protect students' personal data

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There's a lot at stake: think student records that cover attendance, grades, discipline, health, academics, intimate details about family members, parent and student contact information, biometrics, and sometimes even a child's geolocation.

Apple adds two-step verification for iCloud, effective immediately

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Apple has listened, and extended its two-step verification system to iCloud.

It's a great start...but does it go far enough?

Apple relents, lets you "depurchase" that U2 album you never bought in the first place‏

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Apple has listened!

The company has come up with a free Album Removal Tool that allows you to "unbuy" the U2 album that recently showed up in your iTunes account...

"Shocking" Android browser bug could be a "privacy disaster": here's how to fix it

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The Metasploit crew is calling this Android Browser bug a "privacy disaster.”

Here's what you can do to avoid trouble...

Man buys old servers, accuses Ernst & Young of data breach

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Mark Morris claims he picked up some old servers for $300 and recently found out they're full of customer data. Ernst & Young wants the data deleted or just to get the servers back, but Morris says whoa, not so fast - time is money!

Why would we let you say "No" to something that's free? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's our latest 60 Second Security video for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy...

Apple's free gift: Did U get the album 2?

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Apple's gift of a free U2 album for iTunes users?

Turns out it's "free" as in "compulsory"...

Target tops the list of most epic privacy fails

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Our readers ranked Target’s data breach ahead of Adobe, Snapchat, Google Glass, and Talking Angela for the biggest privacy failure of the past year.

US government "threatened" Yahoo with daily $250,000 fines over user data

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In the post-Snowden era many web firms came in for criticism over their apparent willingness to bend over for the NSA as the agency went on a massive data grab. Now, however, Yahoo has revealed how much it would have cost the company to disregard government data requests – a cool quarter of a million dollars per day.

85% of apps not up to scratch on privacy, study finds

Worldwide app study finds 85% not up to scratch on privacy

A coordinated study of apps run by a group of national privacy and data protection bodies from around the world has found that the majority are failing to provide adequate information on the privacy implications of using the app.

Microsoft held in contempt while it appeals court decision in customer email case

Microsoft held in contempt while it appeals court decision in customer email case

Microsoft and the US government have agreed that the company will be held in contempt for its refusal to hand over email stored in the cloud at its Dublin data center but won't be fined or punished, giving it a chance to appeal a court order to cough up a customer's communications.

Bitcoin inventor's identity allegedly under threat after claimed "Satoshi Nakamoto" email hijack

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An anonymous internet user claims to have hacked the email account of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of virtual currency Bitcoin, and is threatening to unveil Nakamoto's identity for 25 Bitcoins.

Teen's open Facebook invite leads to 500 unexpected gatecrashers

Teen's open Facebook invite leads to 500 unexpected gatecrashers

Maybe there's a better way to impress a girl than hosting a party where she invites all her gazillion Facebook friends to trash your mum's house.

Reddit bans celebrity naked photo leaks subreddit 'The Fappening'

Underage photos of McKayla Maroney prompt Reddit to ban r/TheFappening

Reddit has banned r/TheFappening, a subreddit in which people shared the leaked nude celebrity photos. With some of the images said to be taken of American gymnast McKayla Maroney when she was underage, Reddit was leaving itself open to claims of publishing child pornography.

Tim Cook says Apple *does* care about iCloud Security. But is that enough? [POLL]

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Tim Cook told the WSJ that, yes Apple *does* care about iCloud security, and will take steps to make it more secure.

Really?

HealthCare.gov breached, injected with malware

HealthCare.gov breached, injected with DoS malware

Federal health officials have discovered that the US insurance exchange site HealthCare.gov was breached in July, when an intruder uploaded malware with the apparent motive of using the system to launch cyberattacks against other sites.