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Should we care if over a million schoolkids have been fingerprinted?

Should we care if over a million schoolkids have been fingerprinted?

A study released last week claims that as many as 1.28 million schoolchildren in the UK may have had their fingerprints taken by their school authorities last year, with over 30% of those schools not getting permission from parents first.

Dead donkeys, gun wielding penguins and the Internet Worm at 25 - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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The big stories of 2013 were Adobe, PRISM and CryptoLocker - but what about some of the wackier stuff? Google's dead donkey? The Space Station lost and found? Gun wielding penguins?

All this and more in 60 Sec Security - 04 January 2014

US court dismisses suit brought against border laptop searches

US court dismisses suit brought against border laptop searches‏

A US federal court in New York closed out the year by saying that it's OK for the government to search travelers' electronic devices at border checkpoints without reasonable suspicion that people have done anything wrong, given that "reasonable" takes on a whole new dimension when you're talking about the crucial zone of border crossings.

OpenSSL bug, DDoS bust, Snapchat SNAFU and a free Threatsaurus - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Can a bug ever be good? What's the prison sentence for DDoS criminality? How well does Snapchat protect your data? What's a Threatsaurus, and why do you want one?

Watch and find out!

Privacy lenses pointed at Snapchat for making phone number searches too easy

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Security researchers claim that Snapchat, the controversial selfie-sharing picture site, is far too liberal with the phone numbers of its users.

*If* those users are genuine - the researchers also found they could register bogus users as easily as they could look real ones up...

How Twitter tracks the websites you visit, and how to stop it

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Last Thursday Twitter introduced promoted tweets (ads) targeted according to the websites you've visited. It seemed like a good time to explain how Twitter is doing it, how they've used a different technique to track the websites you visit for some time now, and how to turn it all off if you want to.

FTC slapdown, no iPhone for Mr President, and Dutch banks get tough - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

How could the brightest flashlight leave you in the dark? Do you need to close Joel's Backdoor? Why can't the President choose his own phone? Should you update your anti-virus before you bank online?

Find out in 60 Second Security!

FTC acts against "Brightest Flashlight" app for deceptively tracking your location

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A torch that needs to know where you are? What on earth for? So it can adapt the intensity of the light to your latitude?

Of course not! The data was mined and sold to advertisers...

Privacy is alive! Seattle eatery tells Google Glass user where to stick his spectacles...

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If you follow technology gossip, you probably saw the fuss kicked up last week by a Seattle resident called Nick Starr, who went into a local 24-hour diner wearing Google Glasses.

Briefly put, the restaurant said, "No!"

SSCC 125 - Happy hour, forward secrecy, $300 extortions and LG unrepentant [PODCAST]

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Chet and Duck dig into the good and bad of the week's news, from the amusing "Happy Hour Virus", through Twitter's implementation of forward secrecy, to LG's data-grabbing TVs and the company's unamusingly casual attitude...

LG decides its TVs *don't* steal personal information - "viewing info" isn't personal

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The story of LG's "data stealing" TVs continues to twist and turn, with LG now on its third version of what happened, and why.

LG is sorry for the confusion caused by reports of problems, but not for the problems themselves - in fact, it doesn't seem to think they're a problem at all...

Tesco to scan your face to better tailor advertisements to you

Tesco to scan your face to better tailor advertisements to you

Tesco, the UK's largest supermarket chain, is set to install facial recognition technology in all 450 of its petrol station forecourts.

Facebook privacy, Google ads, D-Link security, CryptoLocker ransom - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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What leaves your computer standing but your data in ruins? Should Facebook teenagers be able to message the world? How can you stop Google using your photo in ads?

Find out in this week's Sophos 60 Second Security!

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: 10th anniversary, 10 topical tales

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October 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the USA's annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM).

So we thought we'd come up with 10 topics, in vaguely chronological order, that have burst into our collective security concerns at various times in the last decade.

Copying fingerprints, Firefox trusted, Facebook not, Yahoo recycles - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How do you copy fingerprints? Which is the most trustworthy browser? Who will use Facebook for payments? How long does an email address live?

Satisfy your curiosity with this week's 60 Second Security!

European Commission calls for single privacy law in wake of PRISM snooping

European Commission calls for single privacy law in wake of PRISM snooping

The European Commission is hoping to restore trust and growth in the data-driven economy with new cross-national data protection laws.

Half of Facebook-quitters leave over privacy concerns

Half of Facebook-quitters leave over privacy concerns

Research from the University of Vienna has found that 48.3% of those who left Facebook did so because of concerns over privacy.

Monday review - the hot 24 stories of the week

Monday review

Missed anything last week? Catch up with everything we talked about with our weekly roundup.

Size doesn't matter - at least, not quite as much as smartphone privacy

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A new study finds that privacy is more of a concern for smartphone users than screen size, phone brand, weight, or camera resolution.

Meanwhile, 80% of users won't download apps they don't trust. (Hurray! Let us now nag the other 20%.)