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Privacy watchdog finds NSA program ineffective and illegal

Privacy watchdog finds NSA program ineffective and illegal

Just a few days after Obama's awaited, and disappointing to some, speech about the NSA's program, an independent federal body came out with its own rather scathing analysis of the divisive program. According to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the NSA's phone record collection spree in the name of counter-terrorism is not only ineffective but also illegal and needs to be shutdown.

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Smart Home players welcome Google (& warn it won’t be as easy as Android)

Smart Home players welcome Google (& warn it won’t be as easy as Android)

Google's surprise acquisition of Nest was met with no small amount of horror from existing users of the company's thermostats, but other players in the smart home segment aren't so worried about a big new name in the industry. Speaking to SlashGear, several of the better-known brands in home automation actively welcomed Google's involvement, countering user concerns around "Big Data" aggregation with the potential for far faster evolution of what's currently a fragmented market. In fact, as more than one company pointed out, it could've been so much worse: Apple could've bought Nest.

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I, for one, welcome our new Google Nest overlords

I, for one, welcome our new Google Nest overlords

Google's acquisition of Nest is controversial, for more than a few reasons. On the one hand, there are questions around how Google Ventures-invested companies segue into Google-owned divisions; many users are concerned as to whether Google will simply absorb nest and then one day simply shut down the project as it moves onto other things. Most upsetting, however, seems to be the question of privacy and whether - for all Nest CEO Tony Fadell insists the firm has no plans to modify the privacy policy - one day Google will be using Nest hardware as another spy into the home. The news has got some Nest owners threatening to rip the thermostats from their walls.

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Nest not giving Google data access, still supporting iOS and Android

Nest not giving Google data access, still supporting iOS and Android

Nest's $3.2bn acquisition by Google won't see the search giant immediately get its hands on the smart home firm's user data, founder Tony Fadell has insisted, and nor will it see products like the Nest thermostat ditch iOS support, despite Google's vested interest in Android. Chatter of Google gaining insight into when Nest thermostat owners were home and which rooms they were active in being factored into services like Google Now began almost immediately after the cash deal was announced, with many concerned that Google's hunger for more contextual information would overrule Nest's privacy policy.

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Google accuses governments of attempting search censorship

Google accuses governments of attempting search censorship

Google has released its eighth Transparency Report, its public disclosure of how much content governments request be removed from the search giant's database. 3,846 government requests were filed between January and June 2013, Google says, covering a total of 24,737 items of content. That, Google legal director Susan Infantino wrote today, is a 68-percent increase over the preceding six months. As Infantino points out, it's a sign of a "worrying trend" that remains.

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Google Glass real-time facial recognition arrives with “NameTag”

Google Glass real-time facial recognition arrives with “NameTag”

Since the first demonstration of the plausible future abilities of Google Glass, instant facial recognition has been one of the most exciting ideas in the pipeline. According the the development group Facial Network, the time for real-time facial recognition through Google Glass is coming a lot sooner than we originally expected. This isn't an app developed by Google, it's a 3rd party developer group - they've gone and done it first!

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Tech industry presents unified privacy front to White House

Tech industry presents unified privacy front to White House

A veritable pantheon of top-ranking emissaries from some of the largest and most powerful tech companies in the United States descended on the White House today to press the Obama administration to move aggressively on reforming the NSA's nearly universal surveillance of US citizens and the world. Their message was clear: Stop the spy agency from forcibly or stealthily seizing and storing bulk data about their customers. The message comes during an ongoing firestorm of public opposition to the agency's bulk data collection programs, ignited and continually stoked by the revelation of Edward Snowden's cache of an estimated 1.7 million stolen NSA documents detailing its ongoing quest for data omniscience.

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Google fighting to move UK court battle to California

Google fighting to move UK court battle to California

Google is embroiled in a legal row in the UK that the search giant insists shouldn't be heard in front of UK courts. Rather, Google is arguing that the case over the search giant allegedly circumventing the privacy of some internet users in the UK should be heard in California where it is based. Google's argument has led to the company being called "arrogant and immoral."

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Android slammed for removed privacy permissions tool

Android slammed for removed privacy permissions tool

A beneath-the-scenes change in Android 4.4.2 has prompted questions around Google's opt-out policies for personal data, with power users and privacy advocates angry that an accidentally included tool was removed. Google's decision to quietly remove the so-called "App Ops" permissions feature, which had allowed more granular control post-installation of what data on the phone or tablet third-party applications could access, saw it blasted as a result by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which accused it of overlooking a "massive privacy problem."

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Google, Microsoft, Apple & more demand government surveillance reform

Google, Microsoft, Apple & more demand government surveillance reform

Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and other big names in tech have joined forces to protest government surveillance worldwide, calling for "Global Government Surveillance Reform" to better balance keeping citizens safe while also preserving their privacy. The group, which also includes AOL, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo, sets out five principles for transparency, oversight, accountability, and respect, penning a collective letter to President Obama and the US Congress in which they allege the balance of power has tipped too far away from the people and too much toward the state.

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