privacy

US Authorities Used 225-Year-Old Law To Bypass Phone's Password

When it comes to encryption, some of the Department of Justice’s views are… interesting. Now, it transpires that it’s been using laws that date back 225 years to get phones unlocked too.


The EU Wants To Extend Its 'Right To Be Forgotten' Around The World

Earlier this year, the European Union Court of Justice ruled that people could ask Google to delete sensitive information from its internet search results. Now, it wants to extend the measure around the rest of the world.


Censoring The Web Isn't The Solution To Terrorism, It's The Problem

In politics, as with internet memes, ideas don’t spread because they are good — they spread because they are good at spreading. One of the most virulent ideas in internet regulation in recent years has been the idea that if a social problem manifests on the Web, the best thing that you can do to address that problem is to censor the Web.


Report: Regin Spyware Linked To US And UK Intelligence Services

Over the weekend, Syamantec published a report that described a sophisticated piece of spyware called Regin that had been snooping on servers for years. Now, new reports suggest that it’s linked to US and UK intelligence services.


Download This Free Tool To See If The US Government's Spying On You

It’s been over a year-and-a-half since documents leaked by Edward Snowden shook our sense of privacy to the core. Those documents proved that government is spying on us pretty much all the time. And now that we know Congress isn’t going to do anything about it right away, it’s time to find the tools to protect yourself. Detekt is a good one.


DOJ Says iPhone Encryption Will Kill A Child, Which, C'mon

Here we go again. Just a few days after a former FBI agent argued that the new iOS 8 encryption would cause somebody to die, a US Department of Justice boss upped the ante. At a meeting on October 1, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told a room full of Apple executives that iPhone encryption would cause a child to die. A child!


How To Keep Your Sensitive Info Off The Lock Screen In Android Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop revamps the lock screen so you can see (and deal with) notifications without having to unlock your phone each time — great! That also means that anyone who picks up your handset can have a browse through your notifications — not so great! Here’s how to make sure that nothing private shows up on the lock screen.


Opinion: You Don't Get To Complain About Privacy Anymore

You may have read reports this week that put Uber in hot water. A company executive has reportedly been caught following a journalist using the company’s back end software, and talked about spying on people who say bad things about the service. That has shocked users around the world. That reaction confuses me. If you’re using a phone, you don’t get to complain about privacy anymore.


Report: Uber Can Track Any Customer Using Its 'God View' Tool

Uber changed its privacy policy yesterday, but even that may not cover its back this time. Because its top New York executive, Josh Mohrer, has been using an internal tool called God View to track a journalist without her permission.


Uber's New Privacy Policy Has A Hilarious Loophole

In case you haven’t already switched to a new method of getting around town, this might help to cement your decision. Uber has published an update to its privacy policy and it includes a loophole so wide you can drive an entitled black SUV through it.


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