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Google’s Unified Privacy Policy Draws Threat Of $15M Fine In The Netherlands

youtube nl The national data protection authority in the Netherlands has warned Google that it could be fined up to $15 million if it does not make amendments to its privacy policy by the end of February 2015, to comply with Dutch data protection law . Read More

Uber Limits ‘God View’ To Improve Rider Privacy

mpicpp sends this report from CNN: Uber has rolled back employee access to its “God view” mode, which allows the company to track riders’ locations and other data. The ride service company was faced with questions about its privacy policies from U.S. Senator Al Franken, following a series of recent privacy debacles. Uber’s updated policy is detailed in its response to the senator’s questions. Franken sent Uber a letter (PDF, Uber’s response) in November after news reports made two things clear: The ride service company collects lots of data on customers — and some executives don’t exercise that power responsibly. In one case, an Uber employee using “God View” easily tracked a reporter’s movements on her way to a meeting.

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Apple, Amazon, dozens more rally behind Microsoft in fight for U.S. search warrant

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Tech giants like Apple and Amazon, as well as media companies and civil rights advocacy groups, are standing behind Microsoft as it wages a legal battle that could have a big impact on digital privacy in the United States and abroad.

The U.S. government is trying to force Microsoft to turn over an individual customer’s emails that are stored on servers in Ireland. The case relates to drugs and money laundering, but the name of the account holder’s identity and nationality are not known.

Microsoft refused to hand over information, even after being issued a search warrant from the government, because the data is kept outside of the country. In July, a federal judge ruled that the company had to surrender those emails to the American government. Microsoft appealed Read more…

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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

An anonymous reader writes Tech giants such as Apple and eBay have given their support in Microsoft’s legal battle against the U.S. government regarding the handing over of data stored in an Irish datacenter. In connection with a 2014 drugs investigation, U.S. prosecutors issued a warrant for emails stored by Microsoft in Ireland. The firm refused to hand over the information, but in July was ordered by a judge to comply with the investigation. Microsoft has today filed a collection of letters from industry supporters, such as Apple, eBay, Cisco, Amazon, HP, and Verizon. Trade associations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Digital Rights Ireland have also expressed their support.

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Sen. Al Franken Not Happy With Uber’s Evasive Responses On Privacy

GodView.png Senator Al Franken is critical of Uber’s response to the concerns he raised around privacy — specifically complaining that it lacks detail and that the company’s three page letter avoids answering some of his questions. Read More

Snowden Leaks Prompt Internet Users Worldwide To Protect Their Data

Lucas123 writes: A new international survey of internet users from 24 countries has found that more than 39% of them have taken steps to protect their data since Edward Snowden leaked the NSA’s spying practices. The survey, conducted by the Center for International Governance Innovation, found that 43% of Internet users now avoid certain websites and applications and 39% change their passwords regularly. Security expert Bruce Schneier chastised the media for trying to downplay the numbers by saying “only” 39%” have taken action and “only 60%” have heard of Snowden. The news articles, “are completely misunderstanding the data,” Schneier said, pointing out that by combining data on Internet penetration with data from the international survey, it works out to 706 million people who are now taking steps to protect their online data. Additionally, two-thirds (64%) of users indicated they are more concerned today about online privacy than they were a year ago. Another notable finding: 83% of users believe that affordable access to the Internet should be a basic human right.

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Verizon, HP, eBay, Cisco, Salesforce File Amicus Brief To Back Microsoft In Irish Cloud Data Appeal

privacy Microsoft’s got some more support today in its ongoing appeal and wider campaign against the U.S. government over how the latter requests customer data from the cloud, and specifically when the servers where the data is stored are located outside the U.S.. Verizon, HP, eBay, Cisco, Salesforce and Infor have come together to file an amicus brief in support of Microsoft’s position… Read More

How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

An anonymous reader writes How identifiable are you on the web? This updated browser fingerprinting tool implements the current state of the art in browser fingerprinting techniques(including canvas fingerprinting) to show you how unique your browser is on the web. Good food for thought when three-letter agencies talk about “mere metadata.”

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Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

An anonymous reader writes Trusteer Rapport, a software package whose installation is promoted by several major banks as an anti-fraud tool, has recently been acquired by IBM and has an updated EULA. Among other things, the new EULA includes this gem: “In addition, You authorize personnel of IBM, as Your Sponsoring Enterprise’s data processor, to use the Program remotely to collect any files or other information from your computer that IBM security experts suspect may be related to malware or other malicious activity, or that may be associated with general Program malfunction.” Welcome to the future…

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Blackphone to launch privacy-oriented app store

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Unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Blackphone is a project aiming to offer consumers a secure Android phone coupled with a privacy-oriented mobile operating system called PrivatOS

On Tuesday, the company announced a new version of PrivatOS, as well as the launch of the Blackphone app store, which it says is the first privacy-focused app store

The most important new feature in PrivatOS is called Spaces, giving users the ability to create completely separate sandboxes in which they can have different apps and accounts. A typical use for the feature would be to have a separate space for work and personal use, or a separate space for parents and kids Read more…

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