Data Security

Android’s backup feature means Google knows most of the world’s WiFi passwords

Android’s backup feature means Google knows most of the world’s WiFi passwords

As shipment numbers have shown many times, vast quantities of the technology-using public own or have owned an Android smartphone or an Android tablet, and as such have used Google's operating system to log onto their own and likely other WiFi networks. What isn't so commonly known is that those WiFi passwords are stored by Google as part of its backup feature, giving Google the passwords to many of the world's wireless networks.

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NSA shares docs containing citizen data with Israel, Snowden leak reveals

NSA shares docs containing citizen data with Israel, Snowden leak reveals

A new document pilfered by Edward Snowden -- and likely leaked to the media a while ago now, based on some terms Snowden has agreed to -- has been revealed by The Guardian today, in which NSA and Israeli data sharing is detailed. In particular, the documents show that the NSA "routinely shares" what is called raw intelligence data with Israel that could contain emails and other data on US citizens.

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iPhone 5s Touch ID hands-on: What we know

iPhone 5s Touch ID hands-on: What we know

As revealed this week, the iPhone 5S is set to be the first Apple device with its own fingerprint scanner (or fingerprint sensor, if you wish), working with Apple's own Touch ID technology. Apple suggests that this technology will only allow the information gathered by the sensor to be read and used by the device itself - no 3rd party developers aloud - and with this sensor you'll be able to log in to your iPhone with ease. Even as we first lay hands (or fingers) on Touch ID, this new bit of biometrics technology is set to start a firestorm in the mobile security world - even though it's technically not the first time a feature like it has been implemented.

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Street View legal appeal rejected, Google held liable under Wiretap Act

Street View legal appeal rejected, Google held liable under Wiretap Act

Google has been in hot water since it was revealed that it had harvested data, such as user names and email addresses, from wireless networks. The Internet giant sought to have the lawsuit against it dismissed, saying that claims it had violated the Wiretap Act weren't valid, something an appeals court in the US ultimately did not grant, regardless of the fact that the wireless networks were unsecured.

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Apple Touch ID official: iPhone 5S first for fingerprint sensor

Apple Touch ID official: iPhone 5S first for fingerprint sensor

We suspect much of the excitement today comes from the newly announced iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, not to mention the upcoming public release date for iOS 7, but there is more to the event. We have seen details in terms of the 64-bit processor and the camera and up now we have some discussion of security. Talk coming from the stage reflected on how we have lots of information we need to protect on our devices.

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Yahoo releases first transparency report, details government-originating requests

Yahoo releases first transparency report, details government-originating requests

The topic of government intrusion into the public's privacy via the technological underpinning of modern life has been a frequent headline this year, and as more information surfaced many tech companies felt the pressure from their users. Yahoo! has been vocal about its opposition to government intrusion, and today has announced its first transparency report complete with government data request numbers.

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NSA’s digital Bullrun: a “clandestine campaign to preserve its ability to eavesdrop”

NSA’s digital Bullrun: a “clandestine campaign to preserve its ability to eavesdrop”

The documents provided by Edward J. Snowden seem to be never-ending: today's drop is a set of secrets surrounding the NDA's full code-breaking abilities on the internet: essentially speaking on how much they're actually able to see of any and all web-based data. This information was reportedly restricted to those cleared for a highly classified program that went (or still goes) by code-name "Bullrun" - this information coming from Snowden-sent documents given to the New York Times. It's there that it suggests that the NSA has broken into - or gotten around - "much" of the security used on the internet today, and has been working to do so for the past 13+ years.

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Facebook Privacy rules changing: data collection, use, personalized ads

Facebook Privacy rules changing: data collection, use, personalized ads

The Chief Privacy Officer of Policy for Facebook Erin Egan has this week begun setting down a series of changes to several of the key Facebook Governing Documents, with emphasis placed on their Data Use Policy and their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. For the average Facebook user, this means you'll be seeing Facebook make public edits to documents stating their intentions with collecting and using data you provide. It also means Facebook is editing the rules that apply to both you and Facebook when you choose to use the social network.

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