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Ghostery breaks out of the browser with Midnight, a privacy suite for your entire system

Ghostery's Midnight desktop app offers system-wide ad- and tracker-blocking for a fee.

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How blockchain will kill fake news (and four other predictions for 2020)

As blockchain gains credibility in the marketplace, it's being piloted for uses never before considered. But the nascent technology will need to mature, both technically and as a part of a more complete ecosystem, before seeing...

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U.S. Senators press Amazon for answers about Ring security

In a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, lawmakers question Ring's suspect security practices and push for more details.

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Yes, Google's using your healthcare data – and it's not alone

There's a multi-billion dollar industry built around collecting healthcare data and anonymizing it so it can be used for research; it's perfectly legal.

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NordVPN review: A great choice for Netflix fans, but who's running the show?

NordVPN has good performance, great features, and suits novices and power users alike. But who is running the show down there?

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Utah county moves to expand mobile voting through blockchain

Utah County plans to allow disabled voters to use a blockchain-based mobile app to vote in November, and one city hopes to use an app for all of its citizens, who are mostly young, tech-savvy millennials.

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What is the Tor Browser? And how it can help protect your identity

The Tor Browser is a web broswer that anonymizes your web traffic using the Tor network, making it easy to protect your identity online.

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Speaker disinvites at CyberCon spark controversy

NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and Australian academic Dr. Suelette Dreyfus disinvited from speaking at CyberCon a week before the conference.

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Justice Department takes another run at encryption backdoors with ‘lawful access’

Law enforcement officials and experts on the distribution of child pornography gathered on Friday to make the emotional, if not technological, case that tech companies should open up their encryption schemes to police investigating...

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California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA): What you need to know to be compliant

California's new privacy law, AB 375, might not burden security as much as the GDPR, but details are subject to change.

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Senator Warner seeks "grand alliance" to protect against surveillance threat from China’s tech dominance

The senator believes Chinese companies will be required to aid surveillance of the US, especially as 5G networks roll out.

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Microsoft's privacy policy admits contractors listen to Cortana, Skype recordings

Microsoft's updated privacy policy now discloses that contractors are allowed access to recordings of speech captured by Windows, without user permission.

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Amid privacy concerns, Google nixes the ability turn off the status light on active Nest cameras

Nest Cam, Dropcam, and Hello owners will no longer be allowed to completely turn off the status lights on their cameras, although they will be able to dim them.

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The best privacy and security apps for Android

Forget malware scanners or over-the-top security suites: These are the apps that'll actually improve your security and protect your privacy on Android.

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the splinternet

The web was never going to be worldwide. The idea of one single global internet is an obsolete fantasy.

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What Facebook's new government-enforced privacy restrictions mean for you

The Federal Trade Commission slapped Facebook with a $5 billion fine for violating a 2012 order governing data privacy. Here's how the new rules governing Facebook's use of app data, facial recognition, passwords, and phone numbers...

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How to automatically delete the web activity and location history data in your Google account

Google has launched a new privacy setting that lets you automatically delete your location and web activity data. Here's how to do it.

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Why your laptop's always-listening microphone should be as easy to block as your webcam

If we're going to talk seriously about privacy issues and PCs, we can't worry just about webcams. We need to address the issue of always-on laptop mics, too.

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