Data Security

Snapchat reveals unopened snaps can be retrieved and given to law enforcement

Snapchat reveals unopened snaps can be retrieved and given to law enforcement

Snapchat's premise is that it deletes snaps, something that has been foiled in various ways since the service found itself thrust into the popularity spotlight. Still, the notion that snaps are deleted might give users a wrong impression of their data's security and level of privacy, something the company recently covered in a blog post. Among other things, it was detailed that under certain conditions, law enforcement can get its hands on some messages.

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Lavabit goes live temporarily for user data recovery

Lavabit goes live temporarily for user data recovery

The Lavabit debacle has been ongoing for weeks now, with details about the previously hush-hush case coming to light in recent days. For those who were affected by the spontaneous shutdown this past summer, a temporary window is being provided to get your data. Starting today, a subdomain of the site is up allowing users to change their email password. This will be up for 72 hours, after which point there will be a similar window for grabbing emails.

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NSA reportedly collects vast number of contacts from email and IM accounts

NSA reportedly collects vast number of contacts from email and IM accounts

According to the latest documents leaked in the Edward Snowden saga, the NSA collects "hundreds of millions" of email and instant messaging accounts' contact lists globally, including those belonging to individuals in the United States. Additional information on the subject was provided to The Washington Post by unnamed individuals said to be senior intelligence officials.

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Google Mobile Meter app tipped to reward users for being tracked

Google Mobile Meter app tipped to reward users for being tracked

If you had harsh feelings about having Google, Facebook, or any other massive company tracking your activity for their own gain, fret no more: Google is being tipped today to make with the rewards. According to a tip sent to Engadget, there's a new app coming soon to Android and Apple's iPhone devices, one that will "compensate" users in return for tracking their data. This system is said to be using codename "Mobile Meter" internally and will be sending mobile usage data back to Google where Google will use it anonymously.

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Xbox One Kinect won’t amass advertisement data on users, says Microsoft

Xbox One Kinect won’t amass advertisement data on users, says Microsoft

Over the weekend, Microsoft's Vice President of Marketing and Strategy Yusuf Mehdi spoke during a conference via the Association of National Advertisers. His speech, in which he touched on the subject of the Xbox One and advertising, lead to a report in Ad Age stating that the company's gaming console is "like [a] TV that watches you," amassing data for advertisers about users and what happens on their side of the screen. Microsoft denies this.

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Government charges 13 alleged Anonymous members

Government charges 13 alleged Anonymous members

The United States government has filed charges against thirteen members of the hacking collective Anonymous, according to Reuters. The alleged members of the group were hit with a grand jury indictment today on charges of various hackery said to have taken place as part of Operation Payback. The indictment took place in a U.S. District Court in Virginia.

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