Do You Search Online Differently Since Snowden?

In the year-plus since Edward Snowden lifted the veil on just how closely the US government (and others) tracks our online lives, a few things have changed. Tech companies are encrypting more; foreign governments are trusting less; and, according to a new study, we’re all searching quite a bit more cautiously.

Bad Movie Fans Rejoice: Netflix Might Get An Incognito Mode

Good news for people with horrible taste in movies: Netflix is testing out a private viewing feature. Now the only ones aware of your affinity for Jungle 2 Jungle will be you and your crippling shame.

Catch Of The Day Hacked In 2011, Only Now Informing Users

This week, deal site Catch of the Day sent out an email regarding an “illegal cyber intrusion” of its website to affected users. The company believes “names, delivery addresses [and] email addresses”, as well as encrypted passwords and “in some cases” credit card data, were comprised during the attack. Fair enough you might say, letting people know you’ve been hacked. Shame it took CotD three years to do it.

Edward Snowden: Sharing Porn Selfies Is All In A Day's Work At The NSA

Notorious security campaigner Edward Snowden has given an interview about his times working for the NSA, claiming that employees enjoy poking through people’s private files — and sharing their best finds with their colleagues.

90% Of Wiretaps In The US Are Listening Out For Drug Deals

If you’re worried about being wiretapped you can probably rest easy — unless you’re talking about narcotics. Because that’s what a staggering 90 per cent of taps are listening out for.

Should Your Family Get Access To Your Online Accounts When You Die?

It’s a question that will eventually — hopefully not soon! — confront you, me and every other person reading this: Should our loved ones gain access to our digital lives, from email to Instagram to financial accounts, after we die? A cadre of state-appointed lawyers are creating a bill that would allow for just that.

Google+ No Longer Requires You Use Your Real Name

Following years of criticism, Google has announced that it’s scrapping its requirement that anyone using Google+ uses their real name on the network.

Australian Government Puts Data Retention Plans On Hold: Report

The National Security Agency isn’t the most popular government organisation in the US (and indeed the world) right now, thanks to its rather troubling obsession with collecting all of the things. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), is doing its best to keep up with its American counterpart, but its plans are going to have to wait, with news that the government isn’t quite ready to jump off the privacy deep end.

FBI And NSA Spied On Innocent Muslim-Americans

New documents have revealed that the NSA and FBI spied on specific, law-abiding Muslim-American leaders after 9/11 — possibly without warrants — under the pretext of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.