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Senate bill to allow warrantless government access to your online services

A Senate bill that, at one point, would have protected e-mail privacy has gone the opposite way, and would allow government surveillance of online services without a warrant if passed into law.

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Judge accepts $22.5 million Google fine in Safari privacy case

A U.S. judge has indicated she will accept the terms of a settlement deal between Google and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in which Google will pay a $22.5 million fine for circumventing privacy protections in Apple's Safari browser.

Verizon Wireless raises privacy ire over data collection

Verizon says data-gathering does not violate Wiretap Act because the data cannot be linked to a single customer, but advocates are crying foul.

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Supreme Court refuses to hear NSA, AT&T wiretapping case

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to overturn legal immunity for telecom carriers that allegedly participated with a U.S. National Security Agency surveillance program during the last decade.

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Facebook's phone search can be abused to find people's numbers, researchers say

Attackers can abuse Facebook's phone search feature to find valid phone numbers and the name of their owners, according to security researchers.

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California bars employers from demanding employees' social media log-in info

A new California law prohibits employers and universities from requiring or requesting social media log-in information from employees, potential employees, students, potential students, and student groups.

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ACLU: Electronic surveillance by US agencies skyrocketing

U.S. law enforcement surveillance of email and other Internet communication has skyrocketed in the last two years, according to data obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Firefox 15.0.1 fixes bug that exposed websites visited in private browsing mode

Mozilla released Firefox 15.0.1 on Thursday in order to fix a bug that potentially exposed the websites visited by users while in "Private Browsing" mode.

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.

Browser plug-in and website warn about data harvesting by Facebook apps

Secure.me has launched a website and a browser plug-in designed to make Facebook users aware of the personal information that gets harvested by third-party applications.

Twitter appeals court ruling to turn over user information

Twitter has filed an appeal of a New York judge's June decision requiring the company to turn over detailed information about a user tied to the Occupy Wall Street protest movement.

Consumer Watchdog challenges Google-FTC privacy settlement

The nonprofit consumer advocacy group is dialing up its criticism of the proposed privacy settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and Google.

Weekly Wrap: Fix Mountain Lion bugs, avoid scary hacks

Don't look now, but summer's kind of winding down. Now's the time to go outside with your laptop or iOS device, and catch up on both the sun's rays and Macworld's biggest stories from the past week.

FTC gives final approval to Facebook privacy settlement

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has approved a settlement with Facebook related to charges that the social networking leader deceived consumers regarding the privacy of their data.

How to configure Google's two-step authentication

Enabling Google's two-step authentication comes with a few complexities. But it also might save your data from nefarious folks out to steal or delete it for fun.