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France Demands Facebook Stop Tracking Non-Users And Sending Data To US 

French authorities are not impressed with Facebook: The nation’s data protection authority has told the social network that it has just three months to stop tracking the browsing of non-users.


Government Says It 'Needs To Keep Up With The Times' And Monitor Welfare Recipients' Social Media

Yesterday it was revealed that State and Federal Government agencies are monitoring the social media and eBay accounts of Centrelink recipients, and using that data to prosecute fraud claims against them.

In response, The Department of Human Services has told Gizmodo it is “serious about protecting the integrity of Australia’s welfare system and conducts extensive compliance activity,” and will “take action to ensure those who attempt to deceive the Department are caught and held to account.”


New Hacker-Proof RFID Chips Make Great Gifts For Paranoid Friends

Credit cards and passports are filled with microchips brimming with your personal information — and give off radio waves to any nearby sleazebag that wants to steal your identity. A new generation of those chips stands to stop hackers in their tracks.


A Health Insurer Lost Six Hard Drives Holding Data From A Million Customers

The US health insurer Centene has admitted that it’s performing an “ongoing comprehensive internal search” for six hard drives. Sadly, those hard drives contain personal details about 1 million of its customers. Oops.


Disneyland's Local Police Force Caught Secretly Using Powerful Phone Spying Tools 

If you’ve visited Disneyland, you may have seen a small plane fly overhead at one point. The OC is full of rich-arse people, might be a Newport Beach golfer, no big deal, right? Except, as it turns out, the Anaheim police department had access to military-grade dragnet phone spying equipment, the kind that can suck up your phone’s information from an aeroplane along with thousands of others.


3D Cameras Will Help Tokyo Cops Take Futuristic Mugshots In Scary Detail

Soon, police stations could have a lot more dirt on you than just your fingerprints. Cops could soon be taking 3D mugshots that will give them unprecedented details of your face, and they will store it in a creepy nanny state database to help nail crooks.


Uber Screwup Exposed US Driver's Social Security Numbers And Tax Info

Doing taxes already sucks for independent contractors, but some US Uber drivers who logged on to the company’s Partners portal to receive their tax forms are complaining about an especially nasty surprise: Instead of their own information, drivers say they received the tax forms of another driver.


Nest Thermostats Leaked User Data, But Don't Freak Out

It’s no secret that connected home devices are riddled with security concerns. A recent investigation into Nest thermostats leaking user data onto the internet seemed especially anxiety-inducing, given how incredibly popular the gadgets are. But the story’s not as scary as some reports might lead you to believe.


The NSA Can Spy On You With Or Without Encryption

The leaders controlling the US surveillance apparatus can’t agree on encryption. FBI Director Comey has hysterically characterised it as a safe haven for evil-doers. A high-ranking Department of Justice official insisted that encryption could cause a child to die. Meanwhile, the National Security Agency’s leaders are extremely chill about encryption — which is terrifying.


Skype Finally Hides Your IP Address

Way back in 2012, it came to light that a flaw in Skype made it easy for hackers to acquire your IP address. Now, finally, Microsoft has updated the software so those details are hidden by default.


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