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Jaikumar Vijayan is a freelance technology writer specializing in computer security and privacy topics. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

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...

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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.