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Windows 10 Banned by Torrent Trackers

Paranoia over Windows 10’s privacy policy is reaching its apex with the news that users of the operating system have been banned by a number of torrent trackers. The excessive prohibition has been implemented over concerns…

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Spotify’s CEO Clarifies New Privacy Policy After Controversy

Spotify’s updated terms and conditions page has caused outrage amongst users and resulted in a number of high profile individuals to cancel their membership. To access the Spotify streaming service, you need to accept a privacy policy which…

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Drone Munition Now Available To Consumers

Picture the scene; you look skywards and what lies before you? Some morons drone which is circling above your house, what do you do? If you live in the good old US of A, you walk…

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Google Could Begin Searching Your Desktop’s Local Files

Google has recently filed a patent listing with the USPTO entitled, “Computer Application Data in Search Results” which catalogues search results across the internet, cloud and local storage. This means Google will be able to search through your data…

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Facebook Revoked Internship for Exposing Privacy Loophole

Facebook has axed a Harvard student called Aran Khanna, who was about to start an internship after he publicly exposed a privacy flaw within Facebook Messenger. Khanna discovered each message contained data pinpointing the sender’s location and created an…

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Twitter Personal Information Requests Double In UK

The UK Government has made more than double the amount of requests about citizen’s data on Twitter compared to six months ago. Twitter’s open ethos means the company publishes a “Transparency Report” about the number of…

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How To Turn Bing System Web Results Off in windows 10

Windows 10 with Cortana has been received with mixed reactions due to certain bugs and privacy issues, but users have also found another annoying feature which integrates with a system file search. If you would like…

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New Tool Challenges Windows 10 Privacy Issues

So far the brand spanking new Windows 10 OS has been a huge success compared to the mishmash that was Windows 8, which tried to do its best to annoy consumers with the deletion of the…

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New Free App Will Stop Windows 10 From Spying on You

It has been a week since the full release of Windows 10, and the general consensus has been largely positive, but with special exception given to its rather intrusive approach to privacy. Windows 10 collects your…

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Treason Investigation For Netzpolitik.org Paused In Germany

Secrecy and news. These things are against odds in recent years with the public being aware of just how much we do not know courtesy of the Snowden leaks. In Germany, there is an investigation into…

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Man Shoots Down Expensive Drone

Drones may be the future, but owners certainly need to take a bit more responsibility while flying them if this tale is anything to go by. A gentleman by the name of William H. Merideth looked…

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The Privacy Question Of Windows 10

Windows 10 is out as of today (Wednesday 29th July 2015) and on the surface is a major improvement over the much maligned Windows 8. This should be excellent news for consumers, which it is to…

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Former Homeland Security Secretary Speaks Out About Encryption Backdoors

While some governments are trying to ban end-to-end encryption or insert backdoors into encrypted systems, a prominent yet unexpected voice has spoken out in support of protecting people’s privacy. Michael Chertoff, the former Secretary of Homeland…

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No Privacy For Posterior Pocket Diallers

Is this really a thing? Apparently so according to a ruling which states that anyone who Pocket dials someone with their leg or any other anatomy part does not have either an expected or legal right…

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Google Photos App Continues to Sync Photos After Uninstall

One might think that an application would stop with the uploading and synchronizing of files when you uninstall it, but not so with the Google Photos App as David Arnott, a journalist at Nashville Business Journal, recently discovered.…

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David Cameron Plans to Ban WhatsApp

Since Edward Snowden spilled the beans on how government agencies spy on us, a lot of companies took precautions in preserving users’ privacy when using their apps. But it seems that will be made illegal and…

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UK Privacy and Apps Under Threat

Let me just jump on my soapbox for a minute with regards to this subject, according to reports, the newly elected Conservative Government wants to again reintroduce the Snoopers Charter, sorry, I mean the new fangled…

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Hackers Gain Access To Government Data On 21.5 Million People

Hackers stole crucial information on 21.5 million people in a cyber-attack carried out in June this year. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) are responsible for 90% of federal background checks in the United States and…

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Google’s Covert Snooping Tool Installed Without User Consent

Google’s reputation with privacy advocates is pretty abysmal and the latest revelation that audio footage has been monitored on PCs without permission will do little to improve matters. Open source developers noticed a peculiar line of…

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Facebook Knows When You Missed The Flash

Let’s picture the scene, you upload a snap of a special occasion to your Facebook account to share with your friends, family and followers, as there are many people in the scene you decide to tag…

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reddit Ditches HTTP Goes All In HTTPS

Starting June 29th, popular site reddit will be enforcing HTTPS compliance with all of its traffic. Plaintext HTTP traffic will be rejected by the site starting on that date. HTTPS will be supported by HSTS to make…

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US Retailers Want In Store Facial Recognition Without Consent

Nine privacy advocates have abandoned a government organized forum around industry best practices for facial recognition. This comes after more than a year of talks, as corporations dug in, refusing to ask consumers for permission before using…

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Amazon Breaks Silence On Disclosure Requests and PRISM

Governments have been requesting people’s details for a while now, from their internet providers to web-based forums, companies have been asked to reveal a myriad of information about their users with a variety of reasons. Amazon…

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Edward Snowden Praises Apple’s “Pioneering” Work in Privacy

Despite being the most popular computing company in the world, it’s rare that anyone has a good word to say about Apple, so it’s refreshing to hear Edward Snowden, the man who leaked how the NSA…

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Uber Drivers Can Track You if You Agree

Uber, the car sharing phenomenon that has taken the world by storm; has recently updated its terms and conditions to include a new tracking feature for the drivers. This new tracking will allow swifter and more…

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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Proclaims Edward Snowden “a Hero”

Steve Wozniak, who co-founder Apple with Steve Jobs, has celebrated NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, calling him a “total hero” who “gave up his own life […] to help the rest of us.” In an interview with…

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Mozilla Protests Against France’s New Mass Surveillance Law

In a post on its blog, Mozilla has expressed its deep concern over the French National Assembly’s Projet de Loi Relatif au Renseignement, a new law which legitimises mass surveillance though the installation of “black boxes”…