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Google et al slammed by justice chief over 'right to be forgotten'

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Europe’s Commissioner for Justice, Martine Reicherts, has slammed Google and other opponents of the 'right to be forgotten' ruling, claiming that they are attempting to undermine the reform.

Google adds deceptive software warnings to Safe Browsing service

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The days of having your homepage switched or suddenly discovering a mysterious toolbar in your browser may be set to come to an end following an announcement from Google yesterday. From next week, Chrome will display a message whenever a piece of software attempts to do anything sneaky or unexpected with your browser or computer.

How Google plans to encrypt the web

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This could be an inflection point for web security. By making HTTPS something that impacts search results Google are applying the stick to an enormous security push that's been all carrots up to now.

Google given 18 months to change its handling of user data

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The Italian Data Protection Commissioner has given Google 18 months to change the way it treats and stores user data.

Google+ drops real name policy. What do you think? [POLL]

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Following years of criticism, Google announced on Tuesday that it is waving goodbye to the real names policy it employed to block the use of pseudonyms on its Google+ social network.

SSCC 156 - Warbiking in Manhattan, hubris for Google, and how less can be more [PODCAST]

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Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin are back with this week's security podcast, turning plain old news into advice you can use.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

SSCC 154: Fraud, viruses, patches and encryption (in that order!) [PODCAST]

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Where does your country sit on the fraud list? Just how much can you trust SMSes on Android? Is Apple serious enough about iOS security? And will Google's End-To-End email encryption plugin save the world?

Find out with Chet and Duck in this week's Chet Chat podcast...

Anatomy of a buffer overflow - Google's "KeyStore" security module for Android

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Here's a cautionary tale about a bug, courtesy of IBM.

Not that IBM had the bug, just to be clear: Google had the bug, and IBM researchers spotted it.

Supreme Court refuses to drag Google out of its Street View privacy wreckage

Supreme Court won't drag Google out of its Street View privacy wreckage

Google's planning to slurp up ever more data, from wearables, fitness apps and more. It sure would be nice for Google if the Street View fiasco would fade away and stop reminding people of how they snooped on data and then lied about it, but the Supreme Court isn't disposed to helping it out on this one.

Google looks to make OpenPGP easier for Gmail users

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In early June Google announced a new project designed to create a Chrome plugin to allow end-to-end encryption of web-based emails using OpenPGP. We take a look at its current state and explain how it works.

"Towelroot" app makes it easy to root Galaxy S5 and other locked Androids...

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Galaxy S5 users will be cheering. System administrators are probably groaning.

Paul Ducklin looks at an Android-era variant of Hamlet's dilemma: "To root or not to root, that is the question."

BoringSSL wants to kill the excitement that led to Heartbleed

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Some things just aren't meant to be exciting. In fact some things are supposed to be so far from novelty, surprise and frivolity that any whiff of excitement at all is a bad sign indeed. Introducing Boring SSL...

Google and Microsoft want to kill your phone if it's stolen. Do you feel safer?

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The law enforcement group Secure Our Smartphones is claiming victory after Google and Microsoft announced they will add a "kill switch" to their mobile operating systems.

Our online advertising model fails have put us all in danger

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Why hand over hard-earned cash for something when we can get the same thing for free? It seems like a no-brainer, but our unwillingness to pay for things directly has led the internet into a dark and dangerous corner where a dependence on advertising is putting our privacy and security on the line.

Yes, your smartphone camera can be used to spy on you...

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A researcher claims to have written an Android app that takes photos and videos using the device camera, even while the screen is turned off - so you wouldn't even know the camera was spying on you.

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