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Google must rewrite European privacy policy or face legal sanctions

Google must rewrite European privacy policy or face legal sanctions

Google must change its European privacy policy or run the risk of legal censure, with the UK joining Germany, Italy, France, and Spain in demanding the search giant modify its contentious "unified" policy. The UK's Information Commissioner's Office, the independent privacy watchdog, confirmed this week it had contacted Google giving it until September 20 to rewrite its privacy policy, as currently it "raises serious questions about its compliance with the UK Data Protection Act." If it fails to amend the policy, the ICO warns, Google could find itself the target of "formal enforcement action."

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US Army blocks whistleblower Guardian over PRISM

US Army blocks whistleblower Guardian over PRISM

The US Army has blocked access to the website of UK newspaper and PRISM whistleblower The Guardian, claiming security issues over leaked "classified information". Describing the move as "network hygiene" a spokesperson for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) confirmed the block to the Monterey Herald, after restricted access was spotted this week. "There are strict policies and directives in place regarding protecting and handling classified information" spokesman Gordon Van Vleet highlighted, with army security staff supposedly arguing that in fact the censorship is in the best interests of armed forces employees.

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Microsoft follows Google in demanding FISA disclosure permission

Microsoft follows Google in demanding FISA disclosure permission

Microsoft has demanded permission to disclose FISA security requests, following Google in aiming to publicize the frequency and extent of calls from the NSA and others to hand over user data. "Microsoft respectfully moves this court for an order, judgement, or other such relief as the court may deem appropriate declaring that Microsoft may lawfully disclose aggregate statistics concerning any orders and/or directives that Microsoft may have received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and/or FISA Amendments Act" the company said in a motion [pdf link] filed on June 19.

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Apple denies PRISM backdoor: iMessage end-to-end encrypted

Apple denies PRISM backdoor: iMessage end-to-end encrypted

Apple has released a public statement on the NSA PRISM surveillance program, denying any backdoor server access for government agencies, and revealing just how many court orders for data disclosures it has seen in recent months. Between December 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013, Apple received as many as 5,000 requests from US law enforcement for data on Apple customers, the Cupertino firm said, covering between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices. However, Apple points out, the most frequent reason wasn't counterterrorism, as you might expect.

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SlashGear 101: PRISM, FISA, and the modern NSA

SlashGear 101: PRISM, FISA, and the modern NSA

Since the beginning of June, the public has been privy to an ever-expanding flower of information springing from the NSA tagged with the code name PRISM. This keyword is attached to a program that whistleblower Edward Snowden is said to have been the sole leaker of for reports leading to the Guardian story on the GCHQ and the Washington Post story on the NSA. What lies beneath is a story on the expanding abilities of the NSA beyond their original bounds in international surveillance.

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Facebook and Microsoft reveal FISA and NSA data request numbers [UPDATE: Google speaks]

Facebook and Microsoft reveal FISA and NSA data request numbers [UPDATE: Google speaks]

Earlier this week, companies began to seek permission to release the number of government data requests it receives, something that was kicked off by Google with a letter it made public on one of its blogs. It has only been a couple days, but permission has been granted, and both Facebook and Microsoft have posted numbers detailing government requests and the particulars that go with that.

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NSA’s PRISM “tip of the iceberg” warns lawmaker “astounded” by spying

NSA’s PRISM “tip of the iceberg” warns lawmaker “astounded” by spying

Surveillance programs like the NSA's PRISM are "the tip of the iceberg" a US House representative has admitted, claiming she and her fellow lawmakers were "astounded" by the extent of the monitoring when it was explained in a confidential briefing. Representative Loretta Sanchez, a Californian democrat, was one of a number of people told "significantly more" by the National Security Agency about counterterrorism strategy underway in the US at present, The Hill reports, subsequently telling media that even the controversial leaks so far have only grazed what is actually happening.

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WWDC 2013 software wrap-up: iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks lead the way

WWDC 2013 software wrap-up: iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks lead the way

This year's WWDC keynote revealed both the next generation in Apple's mobile operating system and their change of name re-track of their desktop-based OS X. With iOS 7, Jony Ive's look and feel are rather apparent with a top-to-bottom adjustment to the operating system along with some pointed connections to the desktop side of things. Apple's update to OS X, on the other hand, sees a slightly less drastic adjustment happening: and no, that's not OS X Sea Lion, it's more of a wave sort of situation.

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iOS 7 official with new multi-dimensional user interface

iOS 7 official with new multi-dimensional user interface

As WWDC 2013 introduced iOS 7, Tim Cook made it clear that this would be the biggest change to the operating system since the introduction of the iPhone. This system update was introduced in kind by a video-based Tony Ive, lead industrial designer at Apple, the man that'd been put in charge of the user experience of iOS earlier this year.

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