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Jaikumar Vijayan covers data security and privacy issues, financial services security and e-voting for Computerworld.

Rights group lauds privacy changes in Apple's iOS 6

Apple has received rare praise from a leading rights advocacy group for incorporating important new privacy enhancing features in its recently released iOS 6 operating system.

FBI denies it was source of leaked Apple device ID data

The FBI denied that the 1 million unique device identifiers for Apple devices posted publicly by hacker group AntiSec on Monday had come from its computers.

Judge refuses to set aside $675K fine in music piracy case

In the latest twist in a saga that has dragged on for seven years, a federal judge refused to set aside a $675,000 fine that a jury imposed on a former college student for illegally downloading 30 songs.

Privacy groups hail Google, FTC settlement over Apple Safari tracking

Privacy advocates welcomed news of a possible Google proposal to settle Federal Trade Commission charges related to its surreptitious tracking of Safari users.

LinkedIn provides breach update -- sort of

In an update that raises more questions than it answers, LinkedIn assured members that the company is working hard to protect their personal data in the wake of a security breach that exposed about 6.5 million hashed LinkedIn passwords.

Path tightens mobile app security

Social networking service Path has upgraded the security of its mobile application in apparent response to a recent outcry over its data gathering practices...

Apple, other firms named in privacy suit over mobile apps

Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Yelp and 14 other companies have been hit with a lawsuit accusing them of distributing privacy-invading mobile applications.

FBI seeks social media monitoring tool

In a move that's unlikely to sit well with privacy advocates, the FBI has begun scouting for a tool that will allow it to gather and mine data from social networks like Facebook.

Lawmaker pushes consumer notification bill in wake of Carrier IQ concerns

In response to the recent Carrier IQ controversy, a Massachusetts congressman has proposed a bill that would require all phone companies to notify consumers of any user tracking and monitoring software in their phones.

Supporters of SOPA, PIPA stick to their guns

Beleaguered supporters of two online antipiracy bills today downplayed widespread protests against the legislation and insisted the opposition is misguided.

Lawmakers seek hearing on Carrier IQ privacy issues

Three House members today called for a Congressional hearing on the implications raised by the use of the Carrier IQ's software by wireless carriers.

Sprint claims 26 million Carrier IQ installs, AT&T 900,000

Documents filed in response to a U.S. lawmaker's request show that Sprint is by far the biggest user of Carrier IQ's software, with more than 26 million handsets featuring the software.

Carrier IQ moves to allay fears of its tracking software

Carrier IQ has released a 19-page document describing its technology in what appears to be a belated attempt to quell continuing concerns over its controversial tracking software.

FBI rejects request for information on Carrier IQ

The FBI has denied a request for the release of information regarding its use of Carrier IQ's software.

Carrier IQ downplays 2010 patent request

A Carrier IQ executive downplays the significance of the company's effort to patent a technology that it said could help wireless carriers undertake "advertising audience segmentation analysis and content copyright analytics."