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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.

Pirate Wi-fi is IN DA HOUSE - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly "60 Second Security" video.

The latest news, presented in a way that will make you smile...and it only takes a minute.

David Cameron wants to ban encrypted apps like iMessage and Whatsapp

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In the wake of the Paris attacks, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is targeting encrypted communications that governments can't read.

Schmidt: Want to keep your sensitive data away from the NSA? Use Google

Schmidt: Google's your best bet to evade the NSA

NSA spying revelations shocked Google, so it encrypted the beejezus out of everything. We'll all be dead by the time it's cracked, Schmidt said.

How have attitudes to privacy changed post-Snowden?

Survey: post-Snowden, 39% take steps to protect privacy

A recent survey reports 43% of users avoid certain websites and applications and 39% change their passwords regularly since the Snowden revelations. Is that number low, or is it an encouraging sign of growing sensitivity to privacy issues?

US Congress OKs 'unprecedented' codification of warrantless surveillance

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The US Congress has quietly passed a bill that includes warrantless forfeiture of private communications to local law enforcement and allows for indefinite retention of any encrypted content.

Senate kills bill that would have reined in NSA and rampant surveillance

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Yesterday the Senate axed The USA Freedom Act, which missed the chance to be debated by just two "yes" votes. With it goes what privacy advocates had called the best opportunity yet to curb the country's run-amok surveillance.

Would you allow access to Facebook at Work? [POLL]

What would you say to a variant of Facebook that you could use at work?

And not just *at* work, but *for* work?

YouTube channel swamps police with requests for disclosure of body-cam video

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A YouTube channel has been surfacing police body-cam footage. It now has some 75 videos up, showing, among other things, men with knives, break-ins, car accidents, drug smoking, and an emergency phone call about a woman going into labor. Subjects' privacy, it seems, is getting trampled in the stampede to get at such video.

Placemeter monitors streets from apartment windows: time to don a mask?

Placemeter monitors street views from apartment windows: time to don a mask?

Placemeter wants window-owners to survey real-time traffic, while promising that all that data is aggregated and anonymized and won't be stored or shared. Should we relax?

Adobe will update e-reader to mop up clear-text data spillage

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Adobe is working on an update to fix the latest iteration of its e-book reader, which has a gluttonous appetite for readers' data and the slovenly habit of reporting our reading habits back to Adobe - in plain text.

Twitter sues US federal agencies in attempt to remove the gag around surveillance

Twitter sues US federal agencies in attempt to remove the gag around surveillance

Twitter doesn't want its transparency report to be fuzzy to the point of meaninglessness, full of "broad, inexact ranges" about how many times the US government has shaken it down in its surveillance operations, it says – for example, by counting them to the nearest thousand.

Dubai police add facial recognition to Google Glass

Dubai police add facial recognition to Google Glass

A spokesman confirmed a report that Dubai police have developed software that will connect a Glass wearer to a database of wanted people.

Is it 1984 yet?

Head of 'StealthGenie' mobile stalking app indicted for selling spyware

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The indictment alleges that StealthGenie can and has recorded all incoming/outgoing voice calls; intercepted calls to be monitored in real time; allowed the buyer to call the phone and activate it at any time to monitor all surrounding conversations within a 15-foot radius; and much more...

Tor users could be FBI's main target if legal power grab succeeds

Tor users could be FBI's main target if legal power grab succeeds

The US Department of Justice is proposing a power grab that would make it easier for domestic law enforcement to break into computers of people trying to protect their anonymity via Tor or other anonymizing technologies.