Don't-Miss Privacy Stories

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Private I: When security products don't actually make you safer

Well-intentioned attempts to help users improve security could leave them more vulnerable than they think.

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BitTorrent's serverless chat app Bleep arrives on iOS

BitTorrent is taking a page from Snapchat with disappearing encrypted messages.

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Private I: Knock twice to see the future of the Apple Watch as a security device

Knock has extended from the iPhone to the Watch to let you unlock your Mac with a tap. This is more of what the future will bring.

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Private I: Apple's Chinese market share may affect security judgment

Apple's latest earnings show a huge uptick in revenue from China, now the company's second biggest market after the US. But China demands a lot from companies that do business within its borders.

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Private I: The collision of automatic Wi-Fi connections and a security flaw

Malicious parties could force iOS devices in public places to reboot continuously because of the intersection of two flaws, one longstanding.

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How to download your entire Google search history

Want a copy of your personal Google search history for your very own? Now you can export and download it, though it's in a funky file format.

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Private I: Fire Cannon! Encryption everywhere protects you on the web

A malicious rewriting system tied to China highlights the perils of ordinary unsecured connections hijacked by governments and criminals.

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Safari users in the UK can sue Google over alleged privacy violations

The ruling from an appeals court could lead to claims from millions of British users

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Google error leaks owner personal info for nearly 300,000 websites

The leak of the information could help phishing campaigns.

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First medical apps built with Apple's ResearchKit won't share data for commercial gain

That's the assurance from the companies involved with the mobile framework's first five apps

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White House privacy proposal aims to give you control over your data

Some privacy advocates, however, say the draft bill limits privacy enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission.

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Private I: Encrypting email with public keys

In part 1 of a series on PGP, Glenn Fleishman explains the problem with email and why end-to-end encryption is within your reach.

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White House: Apple Pay will support debit cards for Social Security and veterans benefits

The federal government just endorsed Apple Pay in a big way.

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Apple's Tim Cook warns that sacrificing privacy 'risks our way of life'

Apple's chief believes the personal impact of security breaches can be devastating

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Personal weather stations can expose your Wi-Fi network

Netatmo weather stations upload Wi-Fi passwords and SSIDs to the company's servers over insecure connections