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Ridiculously redacted interpretation of FISA snooping law released

Posted  January 16, 2013 US privacy organization EFF invites you to click on thumbnails of the summaries it managed to pry out of the government, but let’s save your finger muscles the workout with this summaries summary: ——————————. Read the full story, in which I use words, punctuation and the like, because I am not […]

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Medical group fined $140K for tossing patients’ health records into public dump

Posted  January 15, 2013 Medical diagnoses for cancer patients, names and Social Security numbers all went into the trash, unredacted and unshredded, probably in a very misguided effort to save a few bucks on proper record destruction. Read the full story on Naked Security.

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Texas student appeals court order to wear “Mark of the Beast” RFID tracking badge

Posted Jan. 14, 2013 Andrea Hernandez on Tuesday was ordered to wear an RFID tracking badge that she claims bears the “mark of the beast”, but by Friday she had turned the case right back around, asking a federal appeals court to overturn the order to either wear a chip-less badge or change schools. Here’s […]

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Mobile apps for kids collecting and sharing information with third parties

Posted December 12, 2012 The second of two FTC reports on kids’ mobile apps shows that the industry hasn’t improved with regards to privacy, with many apps sharing personal information with third parties, all without notifying parents or asking for their permission. Read the story now.

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But did she STEAL the iPhone? App takes photo of woman trying to unlock it

Posted December 11, 2012 A woman who tried to unlock a stolen iPhone unwittingly took her own photo. An application on the phone then automatically sent the photo to the owner, who called the police. It’s a good reminder that there are tools out there, either free or darn close to it, that can track […]

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US Secret Service probed after sensitive files left on Metro train

Posted December 10, 2012 A contractor working for the US Secret Service left two tapes full of extremely sensitive data on a Metro train, losing the extremely sensitive, personal data of staff, contact and overseas informants. Here’s more.

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48 countries join forces for biggest-ever fight against online child sex abuse

Posted December 6, 2012 Experts estimate that there are now some one million images of abused and/or exploited children available online, with the total growing by 50,000 per year. Read all about it.

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US woman arrested for bank robbery brags on YouTube about robbing a bank

Posted December 5, 2012 A woman tells, in a YouTube video, how she stole a car, smoked the marijuana found therein, robbed a bank, is a victim of the government, and told her mother it was the “best day of her life.” She was arrested before police even found the video. Read the full story […]

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PPI SMS text spammers fined £440,000 by UK Information Commissioner

Posted November 29, 2012 The UK information commissioner has for the first time used its shut-the-hell-up powers to quash the annoyance that is spam text messaging, having fined two men nearly half a million pounds. More such investigations are in the works, the ICO promised. Read more.

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Cyber Monday sting seizes 132 counterfeit-selling sites

Posted November 28, 2012 Agents in the US and Europe celebrated the Cyber Monday online shopping blitz by seizing 132 domain names and shutting down dozens of sites that were allegedly selling counterfeit or falsely labeled goods to unsuspecting buyers. Read all about it.  

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