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US law enforcement now needs a warrant to use stingrays

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Federal law enforcement agencies will now require a warrant before they can deploy stingrays and other similar devices. Any data collected will also have to be deleted post haste.

Now there's a species of crayfish named after Edward Snowden

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In a research paper published this week in the journal ZooKeys, German carcinologist Christian Lukhaup revealed the name of a new species of crayfish he discovered. He called it Cherax snowden.

Stingrays used to track petty crime

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Baltimore revealed that it's used stingrays 4300 times, and now we know most of that is on the level of check forgery and phone theft.

Pirate sites ban Windows 10 over privacy worries

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Paranoia has spiked over the notion that Microsoft plans to keep people from running software they never bought.

Jeb Bush: encryption makes it harder to catch "evildoers"

Jeb Bush: encryption makes it too hard to catch "evildoers"

Republican US presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that encryption makes it harder for the NSA to do its job, and advocated for broad NSA surveillance powers to catch "evildoers."

The latest accessory to flummox facial recognition cameras - the Privacy Visor!

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Wear it with the melting-face T-shirt and the hoodie that kicks away light, and you'll be the belle of the privacy ball!

The NSA is funding a 'safer' Internet of Things

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A university project aims to build a lightweight virtualization architecture that can be used to bake cybersecurity into connected systems from the design phase.

Stingray-like phone spying machine used to blackmail and rig state tenders

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A South African official is suspected of forging a document to allow a businessman to illegally/allegedly buy the pricey device.

Websites can track us by the way we type - here's how to stop it

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Researchers have come up with a new Chrome extension that muffles our key-press duration and typing lags.

Celebrity caught on police camera causes Twitter uproar

Strictly speaking, you couldn't tell who he was, because the pic showed the top of his head...

...but you *could* see a suit and a pink shirt.

Who killed Proxyham?

Who killed Proxyham?

The new and cheap anonymizing device, Proxyham, has been axed and its DEF CON talk cancelled. Was the firm hit with a gag order, or was it just hype to begin with?

WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger could be banned by UK's newly proposed bill

WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger could by banned by UK's newly proposed bill

Newly proposed UK legislation will demand that messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Snapchat remove encryption from their apps altogether or see them banned.

iOS 9 enhances two factor authentication, introduces 6-digit passcodes

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Apple announced on Monday that iOS 9 will have native two-factor authentication as well as (slightly) more secure passcodes.

California passes law requiring warrant to search computers, cellphones and tablets

California passes law requiring warrant to search cellphones, tablets

The hodgepodge of US state and federal laws about phone search, some of which say the law needs a warrant and some of which say they don't, just got a bit messier.

Obama signs USA Freedom Act into law, clipping NSA's powers

Obama signs USA Freedom Act into law, clipping NSA's powers

Patriot Act provisions snap back to life, but spying will be a tad more inconvenient for the NSA, and there'll be a bit more transparency.

Phones' accelerometers allow you to be tracked on the metro

Phones' accelerometers allow you to be tracked underground

No GPS or cell tower triangulation necessary. All it takes is learning the world's unique metro routes, then listening as phones jiggle along.

Apple, Google and others urge Obama to say no to backdoors

Tech firms and cryptographers lobby the Obama administration, urging resistance to the implementation of backdoors in popular software.

South Korea mandates spyware on teens' phones

South Korea mandates spyware on teens' phones

Parents can't opt out, regardless of any privacy concerns. Let's hope they don't get hit by an mSpy-esque data breach.