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Updated Google TOS Lets Them Use Your Name, Photo and Endorsement in Ads

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Do no evil... unless it helps you push product. In that case, feel free exploit as many people as you like. It seems that this has slowly but surely become Google's way of doing business

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Director of National Intelligence Defends PRISM and NSA

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An official statement has been issued by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper regarding the "surveillance activities" performed by the NSA and the United States government.

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Google Knew About Street View Personal Data Collection The Whole Time

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They knew. They knew all along that the Street View software was actively collecting all sorts of personal information from users without their knowledge, yet they continued... until we found out we were being violated.

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CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Passes US House, Might Not Get Through The Senate

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The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has not sparked too many protests compared to SOPA and PIPA, but it is certainly a reality and the US House of Representatives has passed the bill by a vote of 248-168.

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Apple Servers Scan Your Contacts and Song Info When Using iPad Dictation

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No, it's not quite the same as having Siri, but the Dictation feature in the new iPad is still there for some of your voice recognition needs, but it turns out that it could also turn into an invasion of privacy. This is partly conjecture, to be fair, but it is still something worth noting.

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Privacy: OnLive Desktop Plus Adds Flash To Your iPad, Also Tracks Everything You Do In Realtime

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Apple certainly is not planning to bring Adobe Flash to their iOS devices, in fact they iBlocked it. But OnLive has managed to find a way to go around that, and much more. The company’s OnLive Desktop Plus, the new version of their OnLive Desktop remote access app, will allow you access to an entire PC remotely which is equipped with Flash.

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Google Street View was sharing cell phone and laptop locations

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It seems that the Google Street View cars were not only taking pictures of the streets and buildings; they were also collecting (and sharing) the locations of millions of laptops, PCs, cell phones, and other WiFi-enabled devices. This goes beyond the sharing of unsecured WiFi networks that they already collected and shared.

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TomTom Caught Selling Customer Driving Activity Data

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We already know that your iPhone secretly records your geolocation data, but it's largely keeping this information between it and your computer. Such does not appear to be the case with TomTom personal GPS navigation devices.

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Apple Responds to Location Tracking Accusations with “Fix”

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It's not often we see a response from Apple on controversial topics like privacy, but their latest Q&A press release is a bit like a slap in the face to anyone with an IQ above 50 and contradicts the very essence of a secure operating system environment.

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Google Accounts Get Security Upgrade

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Google will be adding an extra layer of security -- Google Authenticator -- to their accounts in order to combat the growing threat of hackers and raise confidence in services such as Docs and Gmail.

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Institute: Red light cameras really do save lives

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Red light cameras saved 159 lives in the U.S. between 2004 and 2008 and would have led to the prevention of 815 deaths had every large city — defined as those with more than 200,000 people — been using the technology.

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Personal data harvested by Google Street View to be deleted

No, we're not even talking about the blurring of faces and license plates. Google already does that. There is a bigger issue at hand here for privacy campaigners, because the Google Street View cars were collecting personal data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks as they made their way around the highways and bi-ways.

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Google will hand over Street View data to South Korean officials

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Google's Seoul office in South Korea has come under fire for illegally collecting data from their Street View vehicles. This comes just two months after a global investigation began in countries like New Zealand and Australia regarding a each of privacy from Google Street View.

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Google’s Small Problem

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A new privacy issue has stemmed from a recent incident involving internet search giant Google. The investigation spearheaded by authorities from around the globe included New Zealand alongside the Australian Police. The issue came under fire when German regulators were made aware of a breach of privacy regarding Google Street View's unencrypted Wi-Fi network being left accessible while Google Street View, a division of Google Maps, was in operation.

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School administrators found spying on students through laptop webcams

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A recent filing in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania shows laptops issued to high-school students in the Lower Merion School District were loaded with surveillance software to allow school administrators to allegedly spy on students and family, anywhere they may be.

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