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Home Depot left customers’ unprotected personal data online

It’s been awhile since hackers broke into Home Depot’s servers and stole 56 million customers’ credit card information back in 2014. But recently, a tipster pointed business watchdog site Consumerist to a web address under the HomeDepot.com domain. The unprotected page stored photos of various home improvement projects…and 13 Excel spreadsheets filled with customer data.
Read more: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/28/home-depot-left-customers-unprotected-personal-data-online/
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Secret Service loses encrypted laptop with possible access to classified data

This laptop contains Trump Tower floor plans and ‘national security information!
Secret Service loses encrypted laptop with possible access to classified data
An encrypted Secret Service agency laptop was stolen from an agent’s vehicle recently, it has been revealed, potentially giving the thief access to classified data located on agency servers. According to one source speaking about the theft, this laptop contains Trump Tower floor plans and ‘national security information,’ though the Secret Service stresses that its laptop has ‘multiple layers of security.’
Read more: https://www.slashgear.com/secret-service-loses-encrypted-laptop-with-possible-access-to-classified-data-17479005/

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Leaked Documents Show German Intelligence Agency Spent Years Spying On Foreign And Domestic Journalists

From 1999 on — Germany’s foreign intelligence agency (BND) has used its powers to snoop on journalists and their sources.

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The tools are there to be abused. Anyone who doubts this aspect of intrusive surveillance programs is either a supporter or a beneficiary. Oversight might be in place and various checks and balances instituted, but the scope and breadth of these programs ensures — at minimum — collection of communications and data government surveillance agencies have no business looking at.
Read more:  https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170227/07572936794/leaked-documents-show-german-intelligence-agency-spent-years-spying-foreign-domestic-journalists.shtml
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Samsung warns customers not to discuss personal information in front of smart TVs

The company is warning customers not to speak about personal information while near the TV sets!

Samsung has confirmed that its “smart TV” sets are listening to customers’ every word, and the company is warning customers not to speak about personal information while near the TV sets.
Read more: https://theweek.com/speedreads/538379/samsung-warns-customers-not-discuss-personal-information-front-smart-tvs
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Brain scanners allow scientists to ‘read minds’ – could they now enable a ‘Big Brother’ future?

This raises some chilling questions about the possibility for a “Big Brother” future where our innermost thoughts can be routinely monitored. 

Are you lying? Do you have a racial bias? Is your moral compass intact?
To find out what you think or feel, we usually have to take your word for it. But questionnaires and other explicit measures to reveal what’s on your mind are imperfect: you may choose to hide your true beliefs or you may not even be aware of them.
Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/brain-scanners-allow-scientists-to-read-minds-could-they-now-enable-a-big-brother-future/
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German consumer groups sue WhatsApp over privacy policy changes

WhatsApp said it would modify its privacy policy to allow it to share lists of users’ contacts with Facebook!

WhatsApp’s privacy policy change allowing Facebook to target advertising at its users has landed the company in a German court.

The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBZ) has filed suit against WhatsApp in the Berlin regional court… Read more: http://www.pcworld.com/article/3163027/private-cloud/german-consumer-groups-sue-whatsapp-over-privacy-policy-changes.html
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The Best Way to Protect Students’ Personal Data

The first line of defense in protecting student privacy are our teachers.
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Gearing up for their district’s password-reset day in October, teachers and school administrators in Raytown, Missouri, watched a spoof video “gym” tour by their tech-support staff, who offered tips for stronger passwords amid “laptop lunges” and “cross-tech” training.
Read more: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/01/how_to_protect_students_personal_data.html
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Browser history and location can change what you pay online

You could be paying more at checkout!
paymoreShopping online could make you a victim of price discrimination. Companies can use data like your past searches or location to influence the price you pay. Anna Werner reports on how that could mean paying more at checkout.
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/browser-history-and-location-can-change-what-you-pay-online/
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Facebook is buying data about users’ offline lives

You may not be aware of is that Facebook also works with several data brokers to gather information about users’ “offline life”.
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The company collects data on your income level, shopping history and more. …what you may not be aware of is that the company also work with several data brokers to gather information about users’ offline life. This can include things like places that you frequent, how much money you make and the number of credit cards you have.
Read more: http://www.techspot.com/news/67588-facebook-buying-data-about-users-offline-lives.html
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