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Al Franken questions Apple on Touch ID fingerprint sensor

The humorist-turned-politician sent an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook with a dozen questions on the privacy implications of Touch ID.

NSA-resistant Android application 'burns' sensitive messages

Silent Circle, a company specializing in encrypted communications, released a messaging application for Android devices on Wednesday that encrypts and securely erases messages and files.

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Clockwise Podcast 8: Amazon, Nokia, iPhone, and AT&T

Tech products get colorful, AT&T gets cozy with the feds, Microsoft pulls Nokia into its watery embrace, and Amazon introduces MatchBook. With guests Jonathan Seff and Mark Sullivan.

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Tech legal news site Groklaw shuts down because email privacy 'is impossible'

Technology legal news website Groklaw is shutting down due to concerns over the continued availability of secure email in the wake of revelations about U.S. government surveillance.

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Google says UK privacy laws don't apply to Safari cookies dispute

Google has told British consumers in a privacy claim that it does not have to answer to English courts and U.K. privacy laws don't apply to it, according to the law firm for the plaintiffs.

Kim Dotcom's Mega vows to create useable encrypted email for the masses

Kim Dotcom's Mega organization vows to create a new encrypted email system that would include functionality such as email search.

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The Guardian: NSA’s XKeyscore program has nearly limitless access to all Internet activity

Newly unveiled NSA program from Edward Snowden shows how authorities have access to nearly all Internet activity including emails, browsing history, and even Facebook chats.

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W3C rejects ad industry attempt to hijack do-not-track specs

The World Wide Web Consortium has rejected an attempt by the advertising industry to hijack a specification describing how websites should respond to "do not track" requests sent by Web browsers.

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Stores turn to Wi-Fi to track shoppers' comings and goings

More brick-and-mortar retailers are tracking shoppers who come into their stores by using Wi-Fi signals to figure out how long shoppers stay, where they look, and whether they wind up at a cash register.

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Modified online children's privacy rules take effect in US

Some websites and mobile app developers are confused about how to comply with revised rules governing the online collection of personal information from children that took effect in the U.S. Monday, critics said.

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