Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

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Privacy disclosures in kid apps are better, but still need work, says U.S. FTC

Mobile applications aimed at children are doing a better job in recent years of disclosing their privacy practices, but many apps still lack basic information, according to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission survey.

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Stop ad injections with HTTPS connections or a VPN

You already knew that secure web connections prevent snooping by criminals and others on points between you and a server. But they also keep networks from injecting advertising.

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Twitter shutdown of apps for deleted tweets could give politicians new control

By effectively shutting down apps that showed politicians' deleted tweets, Twitter is giving politicians more control over public speech, and at the cost of transparency, some digital media experts said.

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Spotify CEO hints why the music service's privacy policy gets all up in your business

Spotify recently changed its privacy policy. Now the CEO is hinting why.

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Ashley Madison disclosure shows paper-thin privacy

The membership data for a site that advertised itself as catering to cheating married people has been disclosed, shredding some last vestige of online confidentiality.

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EFF's tracker-smashing Privacy Badger exits beta

After more than a year in beta, the EFF's Privacy Badger privacy-protecting add-on for Chrome and Firefox is available in its first stable version.

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Mac 911: Does Spotlight reveal other users' files?

A reader asks for help limiting Spotlight searches in Yosemite, but does Spotlight search other users' accounts?

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Wi-Fi sensibility: Not really risky, but not really needed

Windows 10 lets you share Wi-Fi network access with contacts in a seemingly secure manner, but it opens all Wi-Fi networks to the potential of unwanted use.

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Google Maps' new 'Your Timeline' feature helps you track your travel history

Your Timeline shows you where you've been on any given day if you're storing your location history with Google.

Why a strong password doesn't help as much as a unique one

While it's important to have a well-chosen password to avoid it being cracked, unique passwords for every site and service are critical.

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Private I: Firefox and others deal with unwanted trackers, whether ads or malicious

A deep setting in Firefox lets you reduce tracking even further than Do Not Track. It seems to be a dead end, but the path is being well trod.

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Hacking Team hack reveals why you shouldn't jailbreak your iPhone

A massive breach in the private data of a firm that sells software to governments to spy on communications shows that jailbroken iPhones are vulnerable.

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Apple's privacy play: A good start, but far from perfect

Will Apple's efforts to focus on the security and privacy of its customers lead us to a safer future?

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Tim Cook takes shots at Google, NSA during speech on privacy and encryption

The Apple CEO is highly critical of companies that sell personal user data -- email, search queries and even photos -- to advertisers. But is Cook throwing stones in Apple's glass house?

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Apple, Google, and other tech giants ask Senate to pass NSA reform bill

The USA Freedom Act was earlier passed by the House of Representatives.