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What is Differential Privacy and why is Apple so excited about it?

Apple further positions itself as the bastion of user data protection.
What is Differential Privacy and why is Apple so excited about it?
The unexpected star of iOS 10 may well end up being a barely-known cryptography system to balance privacy and personalization, as Apple further positions itself as the bastion of user data protection. Differential privacy may not be as slick as Siri’s increased skill set, or as timely in a cultural sense as new emojis and stickers, but it’s arguably far more important than either.
Read more: http://www.slashgear.com/what-is-differential-privacy-and-why-is-apple-so-excited-about-it-14444221/
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Self-driving cars: overlooking data privacy is a car crash waiting to happen

Self-driving cars reveal personal data about drivers and occupants. So what happens to the data?
State laws focus on physical safety, but self-driving cars also reveal personal data about drivers and occupants. So what happens to it?
States across the US are scrambling to figure out how to regulate self-driving cars , wearable technologies that track our health, smart homes that constantly monitor their infrastructure and the rest of the devices emerging from the so-called “internet of things” (IoT). The result is a smattering of incomplete and inconsistent law that could depress the upside of the technology without really addressing its risks.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jun/08/self-driving-car-legislation-drones-data-security
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How to protect your privacy when shopping online

Half of Americans do not carry out normal online tasks anymore because of fears for online privacy and security!!! Are you prepared for the all-digital age?
How to protect your privacy when shopping online
According to a survey by American National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), recently published by major news portals, half of Americans do not carry out normal online tasks anymore because of fears for online privacy and security.
Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2016/05/31/how-to-protect-your-privacy-when-shopping-online/
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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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