Last week a furore erupted over a statement Google made about privacy - it was widely interpreted as having said that Gmail users could have no legitimate expectation of privacy. Then Google was widely re-interpreted as not having said that. So what happened, what did it say, and now that the mistake has been corrected is everything rosy in the garden?
In a motion to dismiss a lawsuit over its data-mining of email, Google says people shouldn't expect privacy when they send messages to a Gmail account, any more than people would were they to send a business letter that could be opened by an assistant.
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Are you prepared to accept a digital equivalent of locking your keys in the car forever?
Or would you prefer to have what amounts to a backdoor to your own, or worse still, to other people's, personal information?
Hot on the heels of the so-called "master key" bug in Android comes what Chinese Android researchers are calling "a similar vulnerability."
They've definitely found a bug, and an another embarrassing one for Google's coders, too...
Are cryptographic holes the new buffer overflows?
Take a look at this week's 60 Second Security video and let us know what you think!
A class action lawsuit brought against Google for mass SMS spamming is drawing to a close, with a final hearing last week upholding the $6 million compensation fund agreed a year ago.
The process may hold up submissions, Google says, but no cause for freak-out. The scan shouldn't ever take more than an hour, it says - time well spent for the greater security good.
The privacy officials of six countries and the European Commission have a host of questions about Google Glass, wouldn't mind getting their hands on the devices, and are wondering why, exactly, Google hasn't rung most of them up to hash out the privacy issues?
Swedish bureaucrats have instructed a town in the Scandinavian country to say "No" to Google.
They object to the leeway over customer data that Google grants itself in its cloud contracts...
The judge who decided that national security letters demanding user information were unconstitutional has now ordered Google to comply with the FBI's data demands. Is this just one more golden brick in what privacy advocates have dubbed the Golden Age of Surveillance?
Are you an IT administrator still caring for Windows XP computers that are running Internet Explorer?
Google's latest announcement brings another good reason to upgrade your systems or switch to an alternative browser.
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Claims are made that the Aurora hackers weren't just Chinese-sponsored hackers bent on messing with Tibetan activists.
Rather it was a Chinese counterintelligence operation that sought to discover if the US had uncovered the identity of clandestine agents operating within its borders.