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Google has made it easier to find your phone and see the data it’s collecting on you

“OK Google, show me my Google account” and the My Accounts tool automatically pops in.
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Google launched My Account, a centralized hub for managing your privacy settings, security safeguards, and advertising preferences across the search giant’s vast catalog of digital services, just about a year ago. Since then, the portal has expanded to expose — and provide greater control over — a broader swath of the personal search and device data Google’s collating, and today sees the addition of tools to help streamline things further. Google has now announced the addition of link-based and voice-activated shortcuts to My Account, plus a “find my device” tool that’s entirely platform agnostic.
Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/google-my-account-phone-finder-vanity/
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Nightmare Russian facial recognition app is one step closer to the end of privacy

FindFace lets users take a photo of a crowd and work out individuals’ identities with 70 percent reliability!!
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While facial recognition technology has a number of positive uses, such as finding missing people, an alternative form of ID, and even tagging friends on Facebook, it does have worrying implications when it comes to privacy.
Read more: http://www.techspot.com/news/64857-nightmare-russian-facial-recognition-app-one-step-closer.html

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Kiddicare customer data stolen from ‘test’ website

Security researchers have warned that the details could be used by criminals to try to scam those affected

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Parenting retailer Kiddicare has suffered a data breach that exposed the names, addresses and telephone numbers of some of its customers.
The company said it had emailed 794,000 people who may have been affected by the incident.
Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36247189
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Encryption, Privacy & Free Speech: An April Recap

Originally a ban on smartphone encryption was tinkered with until it became a requirement for encryption backdoors.
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As part of our funding campaign for our coverage of encryption, we reached out to some companies that care about these issues to ask them to show their support. Today, we’re taking a look back at a series of four posts sponsored by Golden Frog, a company dedicated to online privacy, security and freedom.
Read more: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160504/08312734344/encryption-privacy-free-speech-april-recap.shtml
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Switzerland protected your money — now it’ll protect your data

Switzerland is positioning itself as the best country for data privacy.lock-89027_640
Swiss Alps, Swiss banks … Swiss privacy?
With rising international concern about data privacy, Switzerland is positioning itself as the best country for data privacy. There are several strong arguments in favor of it: The Swiss constitution and laws are on your side, for one thing.Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/switzerland-data-security/

 

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Privacy and security: Is there a difference?

Privacy and security may have some things in common, but are actually quite different concepts.
Privacy and security: Is there a difference?
It is easy to get the two terms confused – and in most conversations, we end up talking about them as if they were the same thing. Privacy and security may have some things in common, but are actually quite different concepts. Security can best be thought of a form of defence. Privacy is more about control and the freedom to make decisions about what you want to reveal.
Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2016/04/21/privacy-and-security-is-there-a-difference/
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Brussels terror attacks: Why ramping up online surveillance isn’t the answer

Suspicion is infectious.
When misappropriated and misdirected, suspicion becomes racism and prejudice.


ISIL is not only fighting a cultural war; it’s fighting a media war. For that reason maybe we should stop talking about it as though it were a “real” war. As though there were valiant warriors on both sides. As though those responsible for the Brussels bombings are anything more than murderers, plain and simple.
Read more: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/04/brussels-terror-attacks-surveillance-isnt-the-answer/
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How to take back your privacy on Facebook

Here are 5 simple ways to protect your privacy!!
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With more of our lives going online, and especially on Facebook, it’s more important than ever to have control over who sees what.
Facebook has made several changes to its privacy settings over its lifetime, so it’s worth checking up to see if you’re still only giving the people you want your private information and photos.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/03/18/five-tricks-to-take-back-your-privacy-on-facebook/
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Apple-FBI battle is over but Silicon Valley is still preparing for the privacy war

The FBI revealed it might have a workaround provided by an unnamed third-party.
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This wasn’t the way the fight between Apple and the FBI was supposed to end.
This was supposed to be big: the biggest case Silicon Valley has ever seen. Alliances were formed. Legal briefs were filed. The entire technology industry put aside their fierce rivalries to back Apple in a very public and very controversial fight with the U.S. government, defending the need for strong privacy and encryption even in the face of national security concerns.
Read more: http://evap.mashable.com/2016/03/25/apple-fbi-battle-silicon-valley/#pwOlrcR.skqy
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House Lawmaker Wants to Make it Illegal to Buy a Burner Phone Without ID

The bill will require anyone purchasing a “pre-paid mobile device or SIM card” to provide name, address and date of birth.
House Lawmaker Wants to Make it Illegal to Buy a Burner Phone Without ID
House Representative Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) has put forward a bill that will require retailers to ask for identification from anyone buying a prepaid cellphone.
The bill, called Closing the Pre-Paid Mobile Device Security Gap Act of 2016, is designed to “close one of the most significant gaps in our ability to track and prevent acts of terror, drug trafficking, and modern-day slavery,” according to Speier.
Read more: http://gizmodo.com/house-lawmaker-want-to-require-personal-information-to-1767368371
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