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For many of us, our smartphones carry our whole world — contacts, messages, payment information, eclectic music collection — so it's hard to understate the importance of keeping everything safe and secure. Certain apps can make a big difference — protecting your data and securing your communications. Here are six well worth installing.

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On Friday, Mark Zuckerberg published an updated founder's letter for Facebook, his first since the company went public in 2012. Largely summarising the CEO's previous comments, the sweeping manifesto was newsworthy while containing little news. In at least one version of the text, however, Zuckerberg wrote about using artificial intelligence for online surveillance — a line stricken from the final draft.

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Microsoft just scored a point for its customers' privacy. Today, a US District Judge ruled that the government can't avoid a lawsuit alleging that its surveillance operations violate citizens' constitutional rights. The judge in question is the same one that Donald Trump recently referred to as a "so-called judge".

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A long-running case on whether you're allowed access to view your own mobile phone metadata — retained by Australia's telecommunications companies for government snooping, including comprehensive call logs and location data — and whether that data is classified as "personal information" has come to an unceremonious end.

Australia's Federal Court has put a stop to a final attempt by Australia's peak privacy advocates to restrict the retention and access of information by Australia's telcos, and the judgment will have wide-ranging implications for what information is considered personal under the terms of the Privacy Act.

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With modern cars becoming more connected, with smarter features, hacking is a real danger. It's rare, but it's already happening. We're not in the "stop your engine" world yet, but it's easy to break into a car with keyless entry and steal everything inside without the owner ever knowing the car was unlocked.

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If you're erasing sensitive files from a computer, you probably want them gone forever and far beyond the reach of data recovery tools. Unfortunately, that's not what happens all of the time. Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure your files are deleted permanently.