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Report: Egypt nixed Free Basics over Facebook’s refusal to spy

Report: Egypt nixed Free Basics over Facebook’s refusal to spy

In December, news surfaced that Egypt had shut down Facebook’s Free Basics Internet service, news that itself followed the social network’s troubles in India. The move was a sudden one, and officials made no public announcements about their reason for pulling the plug. According to new sources who have surfaced, Free Basics was canned because Egyptian government officials wanted access to spy on users, something Facebook reportedly rejected.

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Reddit’s 2015 Transparency Report teases National Security Letter

Reddit’s 2015 Transparency Report teases National Security Letter

Reddit has released its 2015 Transparency Report, the followup to its 2014 report with updated numbers on government requests and more. Says Reddit, it aims to show users a couple different types of data, namely the number and variety of requests it gets for user information and content removal, as well as how many requests it gets that it is legally required to act on. It seems this time around, Reddit may have received a National Security Letter, as well.

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Apple makes encryption stand: “we will not shrink” insists Cook

Apple makes encryption stand: “we will not shrink” insists Cook

Today at the Apple Town Hall meeting, CEO Tim Cook took the stage after showing off a brief history of the company. They showed 40 years of the company in 40 seconds, which was little more than a quick flash of words such as "Lisa" "1984" "iMac" and more. After letting us know that Apple's 40th birthday was coming up on April 1st, he took a moment to talk about something far more important.

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FTC warns Android developers about apps that monitor users’ TV habits

FTC warns Android developers about apps that monitor users’ TV habits

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued warnings to a handful of Android app developers using controversial software that could invade users' privacy without their knowledge. Known as "SilverPush," the advertising framework can use an Android device's microphone to listen for television shows in the background, in turn providing third-party advertisers with information on users' viewing habits.

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Encrypted ProtonMail opens service to public, mobile apps ready

Encrypted ProtonMail opens service to public, mobile apps ready

The fight between Apple and the Justice Department over the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone has once again put the spotlight on security, privacy, and encryption. The last time that was a hot topic was nearly 3 years ago at the height of the "Snowden Files". Born out of that very same controversy, Swiss encrypted email provider ProtonMail has seen it fit to finally open up its service to the general public, removing the invite-only barricade for individuals and groups to sign up for an end-to-end encrypted secure e-mail service.

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Man charged, pleads guilty in celebrity photo iCloud hacking case

Man charged, pleads guilty in celebrity photo iCloud hacking case

A Pennsylvania man has been formally charged in the hacking case that saw hundreds of private photos from celebrities stolen from their iCloud and other cloud storage accounts and posted online in the fall of 2014. The US Department of Justice says 36-year-old Ryan Collins is facing felony computer hacking charges after he broke into more than 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts. He has agreed to plead guilty, and is expected serve at least 18 months in prison.

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Google webpage encryption made transparent

Google webpage encryption made transparent

This week Google has opened up a new section in their ever-changing, ever-updating Transparency Report for the public. In this new section, google delivers encryption for the masses. Not that they hadn't been moving toward encryption and data security in all things public before - now it's just that they're making more of an effort to show you, the user, how they're doing in their move to HTTPS. This new Transparency Report section is called - appropriately enough - HTTPS at Google.

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Apple FBI case simplified by John Oliver Encryption video

Apple FBI case simplified by John Oliver Encryption video

If you weren't already convinced one way or the other about the Apple FBI encryption case, today "Last Week Tonight" will do that job for you. John Oliver tackles encryption, showing how the situation has played out so far and how absurd everything has been. In this Last Week Tonight, like all Last Week Tonight episodes, Oliver not only takes the case and makes it all simple enough for any person to understand, he drops the mic at the end as well.

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What the new FCC Internet Privacy rules mean for you

What the new FCC Internet Privacy rules mean for you

On March 10th, 2016, the FCC proposed a set of broadband rules for consumer privacy across the United States. What we're looking at here is what might be - not what is just yet. What you'll find is that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing is that "when consumers sign up for internet service, they shouldn't have to sign away their right to privacy." Novel concept, yes?

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Amazon Fire tablet encryption to return as retailer backtracks

Amazon Fire tablet encryption to return as retailer backtracks

Amazon has backtracked on Fire tablet encryption, having triggered an outpouring of criticism after removing support in the latest Fire OS 5 release. The retail giant blamed minimal customer interest for the decision, which saw Android's data encryption option stripped from the Fire tablet platform, though communications with Amazon's own servers were still secured.

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Google “Right to be Forgotten” changes further muddy privacy

Google “Right to be Forgotten” changes further muddy privacy

Google is changing the way it handles "Right to be Forgotten" requests, taking into account location in a further attempt to appease European privacy regulators. Although the search company - among others offering search engine services in Europe - has been delisting select entries from its search results since May 2014, the way in which that process is handled is now getting tweaked.

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Amazon: Fire owners didn’t care about encryption

Amazon: Fire owners didn’t care about encryption

Amazon has pushed back at suggestions it's selling out Fire tablet users on data encryption, arguing that it was a Spring clean not a security lapse. The online behemoth faced vocal criticism this week over its Fire OS 5 software for its affordable Android-based tablets, which quietly removed support for encrypting data.

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