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

Eight companies hit with lawsuit over Carrier IQ software

Apple is one of eight companies that have been named in another class-action lawsuit filed over the use of Carrier IQ software in mobile handsets.

AT&T, Sprint confirm use of Carrier IQ tracking software on mobile phones

Amid what's snowballing into a major privacy controversy, AT&T, Sprint, HTC and Samsung today confirmed that their mobile phones integrate controversial tracking software.

Supreme Court set to hear landmark GPS tracking case

The Supreme Court next week will begin hearing arguments in a landmark case involving the government's authority to use GPS tracking devices in criminal investigations without first obtaining a court order.

Big boost in U.S. requests for Google user data

U.S. government requests for Google user data jumped nearly 30 percent in the first half of this year compared to the prior six months.

Federal court to review $67,500 music piracy fine

A federal appellate court has been asked to consider the appropriateness of the damages being sought by the RIAA against individual copyright infringers.

Judge: RIAA request for trillions in LimeWire copyright case is 'absurd'

RIAA claims that LimeWire owes it trillions of dollars were called 'absurd' by a New York federal judge.

Analysts: Apple could disrupt mobile payment industry

Apple could cause some serious disruption in the mobile payments space if it enters the field as reported, say analysts.

FCC investigating Google over Street View

The FCC confirmed that it's investigating whether Google broke any federal eavesdropping laws when collecting data for its controversial Street View mapping service.

Consumer group lampoons Google CEO over privacy issues

Consumer Watchdog, a group that has been a sharp critic of Google's privacy practices in the past, is at it once again.

After Google-China dust-up, cyberwar emerges as a threat

Few events have crystallized U.S. fears over a cyber catastrophe, or brought on calls for a strategic response, more than the recent attacks against Google and more than 30 other tech firms.

Attacks on Google may have been work of amateurs

The recent cyberattacks against Google and more than 30 other high-tech companies were carried out by relatively unsophisticated attackers using outdated botnet tools, according to an Atlanta-based security firm.

Obama administration partially lifts secrecy on classified cybersecurity project

President Barack Obama's administration has declassified portions of the highly secret multi-billion dollar Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative.

Facebook hit with class action over privacy changes

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Facebook over changes that the social networking site made to its privacy settings last November and December.

RIAA preps for third trial in music piracy case

The long music piracy fight between the Recording Industry Association of America and Minnesota native Jammie Thomas-Rasset shows no sign of ending anytime soon.

Users still make hacking easy with weak passwords

In a report likely to make IT administrators tear out their hair, most users still rely on easy passwords, some as simple as "123456," to access their...