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

Keyboard. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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

Apple. Image courtesy of Lester Balajadia/Shutterstock

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.

DEA sued over "suspicionless" mass surveillance of Americans' phone records

DEA sued over secret dragnet of Americans' phone records

Human Rights Watch and EFF are suiing the drug agency, along with the FBI, DOJ and the USA itself, to make sure they torch the bulk surveillance program and purge its mountain of records.

A third of Americans have changed online and phone behaviours post-Snowden

A third of Americans have changed online and phone behaviours post-Snowden

Edward Snowden has been heard, and his words are having at least some effect. True, a minority have changed to better protect their privacy, but the more people know, the more likely they are to change.

Wikimedia joins forces with others to sue NSA, DOJ over mass surveillance

Wikimedia sues NSA, DOJ to stop spying

The ACLU has filed a suit on behalf of rights groups against the NSA's spying program - in particular, its large-scale search and seizure of internet communications, commonly referred to as upstream surveillance.

Ruin privacy-invading photos with reflective glass nanosphere clothing

Reflective nanosphere clothing ruins paparazzi's photos

Wearing clothes that turn you invisible is one way to fend off unwanted photographs, but your identity's still up for grabs in the light of day.

NoFlyZone aims to keep the airspace over your home drone-free

NoFlyZone aims to keep the airspace over your home drone-free

NoFlyZone.org registers each address along with its GPS coordinates, which are then relayed to drone manufacturers to create a geofence around the home.

Canary Watch site will keep an eye out for vanishing warrant canaries

Canary Watch

Canary Watch will track changes to these transparency report statements that would indicate providers had received subpoenas with gag orders.

Super Bowl XLIX - a costly spectacle amid heightened security and surveillance

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The Department of Homeland Security has declared that there is not a specific, credible threat against the Super Bowl this year, but that's not stopping the agency from going all out on security and surveillance.

Massive DEA license plate reader program tracks millions of Americans

DEA tracking millions of license plates in "forfeiture" program

The DEA is using license plate reader cameras to capture information on an enormous number of motorists, with nearly 800 million license plates stored in a database used by federal and local authorities.