Legal & Security

17 August 2013

Gmail concerns highlight privacy disclosure challenges facing EU businesses using cloud services, says expert Out-Law

Comments advanced by Google in response to criticisms of its Gmail service relating to individuals' privacy highlight an important factor EU businesses need to consider before entering into contracts with cloud providers, an expert has said.

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13 August 2013

Lavabit Founder Says He Had 'Obligation' to Shut Service New York Times

Ladar Levison was not yet 20 years old when Congress passed the Patriot Act after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. It gave him a start-up idea: an e-mail service for what he thought of as "a tech-savvy crowd" that cared about privacy.

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When Lawyers Cut Their Clients Out of the Deal New York Times

"We always knew this settlement would get a tremendous amount of attention," Scott A. Kamber told the federal appeals court in San Francisco a couple of years ago.

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Meet Darknet, the hidden, anonymous underbelly of the searchable Web PC World

There's a place lurking beneath the Internet you use every day. It's a hidden underbelly, home to both rogues and political activists, and accessed only with the help of specially designed anonymizing software. It's a secretive place, where Arab Spring dissidents can hide their digital tracks, a place where whistleblowers can reach out safely to scoop-seeking media outlets. And, yes, it's also a dangerous place, where a lot of illicit, underground nastiness occurs.

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11 August 2013

Secure E-Mail Companies Say There's No Such Thing Anymore Businessweek

When President Obama held a news conference on Friday to reassure Americans about the National Security Agency's hi-tech spying, he focused primarily on such policy themes as transparency and oversight. Skeptics immediately described the plan as a way to make people more comfortable with surveillance rather than changing the underlying practices.

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09 August 2013

Two US Providers of Secure E-Mail Shut Down New York Times

Two major secure e-mail service providers on Thursday took the extraordinary step of shutting down service.

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31 July 2013

Google's Data-Trove Dance - Internal Debates Arise Over Using Collected Information and Protecting Privacy Wall Street Journal

In 2011, Google Inc. Chief Executive and co-founder Larry Page asked executives to develop a new, simplified privacy tool that would act as a kind of sliding scale, allowing users to designate whether they wanted minimal, medium or maximum collection of information about them in all of Google's services, and how much the information would be shielded from being viewed by other users.

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Thousands of abusive electronic message cases reach UK courts BBC News

More than 1,700 cases involving abusive messages sent online or via text message reached English and Welsh courts in 2012, the BBC has learned after a Freedom of Information request.

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30 July 2013

Twitter: We're not blind to the reality of abusive tweets The Guardian

Twitter appeared to respond to increased pressure to deal with abusive and offensive material on Monday by claiming it is exploring ways to make it easier to report abuse.

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UK police chief challenges social media firms to tackle online abuse The Guardian

A senior police chief has said that people have the right to use Twitter and Facebook without being subjected to harassment and abuse, as he challenged social media companies to crack down on rape threats and other offences committed using their services.

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UK 'losing fight' against internet crime, warn MPs BBC News

The UK must do more to stop online fraud and deter state-sponsored cyber-espionage or risk losing the fight against e-crime, MPs have warned.

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Australian crime body report finds organised crime rips $15 billion from economy each year ABC News

The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) has found global crime syndicates gouge about $15 billion a year from the economy.

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24 July 2013

Cybercrime Costs U.S Economy $100 Billion and 500,000 Jobs CIO

One of the few things that policy makers in Washington can agree on is that cybercrime is a large and growing problem.

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Cyberattacks account for up to $1 trillion in global losses CNET

While still costly, cyberattacks might not be depleting government cash at the rate previously thought.

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22 July 2013

UN warns on mobile cybersecurity bugs in bid to prevent attacks Reuters

A United Nations group that advises nations on cybersecurity plans to send out an alert about significant vulnerabilities in mobile phone technology that could potentially enable hackers to remotely attack at least half a billion phones.

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21 July 2013

Exposed: The dark side of the internet, where you can buy drugs, sex and indecent images Independent on Sunday

In a hidden corner of the web, the Silk Road site quietly earns millions as an illegal-drug marketplace - a kind of 'amoral eBay'. But start-up Atlantis wants a share, and it's pulling in business fast with ads on YouTube. Paul Peachey reports on a cybercrime turf war

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16 July 2013

'Do Not Track' Rules for Advertising to Web Users Come a Step Closer to an Agreement New York Times

Web users should be able to tell advertising networks not to show them targeted advertisements based on their browsing activities -- and those companies should comply. That is the verdict of the leaders of a working group that has been arguing for almost two years over how to establish a uniform Do Not Track standard for the Internet.

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15 July 2013

Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell New York Times

Like dozens of other brick-and-mortar retailers, Nordstrom wanted to learn more about its customers -- how many came through the doors, how many were repeat visitors -- the kind of information that e-commerce sites like Amazon have in spades. So last fall the company started testing new technology that allowed it to track customers' movements by following the Wi-Fi signals from their smartphones.

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14 July 2013

Nations Buying as Hackers Sell Computer Flaws New York Times

On the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta, two Italian hackers have been searching for bugs -- not the island's many beetle varieties, but secret flaws in computer code that governments pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to learn about and exploit.

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11 July 2013

Apple conspired to fix e-book prices, judge rules BBC News

Apple conspired with publishers to fix the price of electronic books, a US judge has ruled.

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Apple's e-book trial: What it means for consumers Washington Post

Now that a judge has found that Apple conspired with publishers to raise the price of e-books -- which Apple denies -- you may be wondering what this ruling means for the future of your wallet.

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10 July 2013

Talking Cyberthreat With China New York Times

We confront the problem of I.T. weaponry and national security today with the same uncertainty that we brought to nuclear weapons during the early years of the Cold War.

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Cybercriminals Increasing Attacks on Mobile Devices Wall Street Journal

Cybercriminals continue to increase efforts to break into computers to steal passwords and data, or take down critical infrastructure, and will to do so as long as they can get away with it, says a security analyst at a company that tracks such incursions.

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09 July 2013

Reach for your privacy settings: Facebook graph search goes public The Independent

Facebook is making its 'Graph Search' public today in an attempt to mine the wealth of data produced by users, utilising everything from places you've visited to your likes and photos.

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06 July 2013

European watchdogs order Google to rewrite privacy policy or face legal action The Guardian

Privacy watchdogs in the UK, Germany and Italy have told Google to rewrite its privacy policy in Europe or face legal sanctions, 15 months after the search giant unilaterally altered them to unify data collection.

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