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New Windows 10 Update Re-Enables Data Collection Disabled by Third-Party Software

Anecdotal evidence suggests that Microsoft’s November update for Windows 10 has re-enabled all data collection features that may have been disabled by the user via third-party software. Many Windows 10 users, while enjoying the new operating…

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FBI Admits Use of Zero-Day Exploits and Stingrays

In a profile of Amy Hess, the FBI’s executive assistant director for science and technology and overseer of the bureau’s Operational Technology Division, conducted by the Washington Post in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings,…

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IRS Used Stingray To Track 37 Phones

Digital security is an issue that is raised weekly, with digital privacy seeming to be at odds, security or privacy. These topics come to a point when the topic of Stingray towers is brought up, mobile…

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VTech Leak Contained Headshots of Kids and Chat Logs

Recently it came to light that VTech had been hacked, potentially revealing thousands of emails and usernames. The hacker has revealed more information though on what was contained and revealed within the hack, the information which…

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Pensioner Demands Compensation After Apple ‘Wiped Away His Life’

Whether you love or hate Apple, the turnaround times for replacing iPhone models is very impressive and I wish more companies adopted such a swift procedure. However, as with any customer service, there are situations which…

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Edward Snowden Explains Why he Supports Ad-Blockers

Edward Snowden, the whistleblower-turned-press freedom advocate exiled in Russia after leaking NSA documents that demonstrated the terrifying scope of its mass surveillance program, has publicly endorsed ad-blocking software and has encouraged every internet user to employ…

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TalkTalk Boss Argues ‘Customers Think We’re Doing Right Thing After Attack’

The TalkTalk cyberattack raised serious security questions about the company’s ability to properly encrypt sensitive customer information. Despite the negative publicity and widespread outrage, TalkTalk chief executive Dido Harding claims the:  “majority of customers support our…

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Apple CEO Predicts ‘Dire Consequences’ For Privacy if Snooper’s Charter is Passed

The UK government’s Investigatory Powers Bill allows the police, and officials to record each person’s web activity for a 12 month period. Additionally, internet service providers are required by law to assist the state and break…

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Schoolboy in TalkTalk Arrest Plans to Sue Newspapers Over Privacy Concerns

The TalkTalk data breach was allegedly masterminded by a 15-year-old schoolboy in County Antrim which caused a great deal of embarrassment and raised questions about TalkTalk’s encryption. Senior staff at TalkTalk believed the DDOS attack to be…

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Full Scope of UK’s Worrying Surveillance Bill Revealed

The UK Home Secretary, Conservative MP Theresa May, has outlined the full scope of the proposed Investigatory Powers Bill. The bill, which has been teased by both May and UK Prime Minister David Cameron as a…

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Snapchat Defends Privacy Policy Changes

Photo sharing on social media websites has become extraordinarily popular due to the “selfie” craze as smartphone users try to capture the moment. Snapchat is one of the most popular choices and revolves around quick snapshots…

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Controversial CISA Cybersecurity Bill Passed by US Senate

The CISA bill that allows the US Government to collect personal data without a warrant has been voted in by the Senate by 74 votes to 21, and without amendments that would protect the privacy rights…

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Morrison To Face Lawsuit Following Data Posted Online

This week has been a bad one for companies when it comes to personal information, what with TalkTalk now in the sights to take thousands of pounds (maybe even millions) of lawsuits after someone accessed their…

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TalkTalk Could be Put Out of Business by Compensation Claims

UK ISP TalkTalk could potentially be put out of business by compensation claims following the recent hack that compromised unencrypted user data. While TalkTalk admitted that it was a victim to a cyberattack last Thursday (22nd…

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Tim Cook Tells NSA That Good Guys Shouldn’t Get Backdoors

Apple CEO Tim Cook has spoken out against proposals for backdoors in encrypted systems for intelligence agencies to exploit. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal Digital Live technology conference in Laguna Beach, California, Cook spoke out…

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California’s Legal System Now Supports Digital Privacy

In recent years, there has been a big uproar courtesy of a certain reveal by a man named Edward Snowden, regarding digital privacy. To be more precise, it was about the lengths that groups went to…

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How DuckDuckGo Makes a Profit Without Tracking Users

Gabriel Weinberg, founder and CEO of ‘ethical’ Google search engine rival DuckDuckGo, recently took part in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) for YCombinator’s Hacker News, during which he revealed that his business makes a healthy profit,…

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Wikipedia Founder Says There’s “No Excuse” Not to Use Encryption

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, a major proponent of both freedom and privacy online, as evidenced by him filing a lawsuit against the NSA following the reveal of its mass surveillance program by whistleblower Edward Snowden, has…

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Microsoft Addresses Windows 10 Privacy Concerns by Pretending They Don’t Exist

Since the release of Windows 10 at the end of July this year, there’s been much frenzied concern – some hysterical, some justified – regarding the operating system’s approach to user privacy, but Microsoft has refused…

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One Plus 2 Equals Malware?

Well, yes, sort of, before I am lambasted for inserting a clickbate headline, let me explain, OnePlus 2 Smartphone’s have been somewhat of a revelation since its launch, from a repairable part design to more than…

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Tor Network Receives Anonymity Boost

The Tor network is commonly referred to as ‘The Dark Web’ and perceived as an encrypted space to exchange illegal goods or engage in unscrupulous activities. While this is generally true, it only accounts for a…

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Facebook Is Sued (Again) This Time For Storing a Billion Face Prints

Facebook’s business model is a paradox for consumers who yearn for privacy yet share their selfies, intimate images and sometimes bizarre postings within its borders. How much privacy would you expect from a company built on…

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How to Stop Windows 7 and 8 From Spying on You

By now, the internet is saturated with articles advising Windows 10 users how to stop the new operating system from tracking and collecting their data, with many existing Windows 7 and 8.1 users breathing a sigh…

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Windows 10 is Spying on Kids and Not Everyone is Happy About it

Windows 10 spies on its users. This is no secret. But did you know that it specifically spies on kids and sends weekly reports of children’s computer history and internet browsing details to parents in a…

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Windows 10 Data Policy is Optionally Coming to Older Operating Systems

The recently revised “Microsoft Services Agreement” has caused a great deal of controversy and could theoretically disable pirated games and unauthorized software. Additionally there are concerns about Microsoft’s data policy in regards to monitoring user activity. It’s…

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UN Expert Calls UK Surveillance “Worse Than 1984”

The new Special Rapporteur on Privacy for the United Nations, Joseph Cannataci, has branded the UK surveillance state “a rather bad joke at its citizen’s expense” that is “worse” than the dystopian vision of the future…

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Microsoft is Keeping its Windows 10 Updates Secret

Microsoft has refused to reveal the content of its Windows 10 updates, unless the revisions to its operating system are what it deems “significant”. Microsoft was asked by The Register to clarify its policy following the…