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Obama NSA reform plan revealed

Obama NSA reform plan revealed

President Obama has defended the NSA's spying actions, arguing that the continuing pace of technological advancement means surveillance is essential, though revealing a "series of concrete and substantial reforms" he believes will address public concerns. The proposals, already being picked apart by privacy advocates, include changing the controversial section 215 metadata program, and what Obama described as the "unprecedented" extending of rights around monitoring to non-US citizens outside of America.

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NSA Dishfire program pilfers millions of text messages per day

NSA Dishfire program pilfers millions of text messages per day

The latest in a long line of NSA-centric leaks comes a report about alleged project "Dishfire" from The Guardian, a program said to result in the harvesting of millions of text messages by the security agency on a daily basis. This is not targeted message collection, instead being the mass harvesting of nearly 200 million messages per day, which are then stored and used to extract details like credit card info, geolocation, and one's contact networks.

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Starbucks: We’ve patched the iOS app security goof

Starbucks: We’ve patched the iOS app security goof

Starbucks has reacted to the news that its iOS mobile app stores passwords and other personal details in easily-extracted cleartext, updating the app to address the security flaws, though insisting that there have been no reported cases of actual exploits so far. The Starbucks iOS app was found to save each user's password, username, and email address, along with geolocation tracking data as unencrypted text, a huge potential security hazard that the coffee company now says it's patching.

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Ford CEO defends privacy policy as Senator demands answers

Ford CEO defends privacy policy as Senator demands answers

Ford is working with US regulators on ways to protect driver privacy as more cars become connected, with chief exec Alan Mulally being forced to backtrack on suggestions that the company tracks drivers when they break traffic laws. Ford is "supporting and participating" regulators on potential legislation, Mulally said while at the North American International Auto Show this past week, quick to insist that Ford "do not track the vehicles" and does not collect data on how law-abiding drivers of its cars are.

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Starbucks mobile payment app stores user data in clear text

Starbucks mobile payment app stores user data in clear text

Shopping at Starbucks is convenient for the mobile users among us via the use of the company's mobile payment app. As it turns out, this same app stores user data in clear text, causing a potential privacy issue. Confirmation of this was made by Starbucks yesterday night, and executives confirmed they were previously aware of the method of storage. The discovery was first made known by Daniel Wood, a security researcher who reportedly attempted to contact the company about it this past November.

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Google runs afoul of Canadian privacy law

Google runs afoul of Canadian privacy law

Coming a few hours after word surfaced that Google will be appealing a fine issued by France over privacy violations, issues have arisen over another breach of privacy, with this particular instance resulting in Canada. According to the nation's Privacy Commissioner, Google utilized so-called "sensitive personal information" to target certain advertisements in violation of privacy law.

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