European ministers attempted to overcome "hurdles" and agree on common rules for data protection laws on Wednesday at informal talks hosted by new EU president Italy.
The State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, passed a bill obliging foreign Internet companies to store Russian citizens' personal data on servers within the Russian Federation.
The EU on Wednesday said the US had taken an "important step" in ongoing privacy protection talks by pledging new legislation to allow Europeans to sue over improper use of their personal data, AFP reports. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said the promise of legislation by US Attorney General Eric Holder was "an important step in the right direction."
The US National Security Agency is collecting millions of images of people to use in facial recognition software, the latest top secret documents provided by the former NSA and CIA contractor Edward Snowden show.
US online giant eBay said Thursday the number of users potentially affected by a massive data breach could be as many as 145 million, AFP reports. "All eBay users are being asked to change their password," a spokeswoman said in an email on Thursday. "At the end of the first quarter, we had 145 million active buyers." The number is higher than the 128 million active users cited on the eBay website. The company disclosed Wednesday that cyber attackers broke into its database containing customer passwords and other personal data.
The US National Security Agency has never said what it was seeking when it illegally invaded the computers of Petrobras, Brazil’s huge national oil company, but Brazilians assumed: the company’s troves of data on Brazil’s offshore oil reserves, or perhaps its plans for allocating licenses for exploration to foreign companies, the New York Times reports.
California state has banned the NSA from spying on its residents. According to the new bill, from now on, the federal government would require a warrant from the judge for the agencies to get information about the residents' personal records and phone conversation.
A new push to encrypt email, keeping messages free from government snooping, is gaining momentum. One new email service promising "end-to-end" encryption launched on Friday, and others are being developed while major services such as Google Gmail and Yahoo Mail have stepped up security measures.
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Facebook promises to protect personal data of its users. Now, using special applications, one will not be afraid that one’s data might be disclosed.
Privacy remains one of the most sensitive issues for the majority of average Americans. The White House has recently published two reports regarding privacy and data collection policy, which sparked controversy between privacy advocates and industry representatives.
Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google believe that users have a right to know in advance if their e-mail records and other online data are demanded for by investigating authorities and expand the practice of notifying them about government data seizures. Yahoo is going to join this policy in July.
For the first time since the US government began collecting data about Americans' phone calls in bulk after 9/11, Verizon telecommunications company has questioned those surveillance activities in court, according to a judge's opinion unsealed on Friday, wsws.org reports. Proceedings in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) are often secret, and this unsealing was the first time since the inception of bulk surveillance that one of the telecommunications companies targeted for such surveillance is known to have used the court itself to question those tactics.
In a most controversial ruling that came about last Friday, Internet service providers are obliged to turn over all customer emails and other digital content sought by US government search warrants even when the data is stored overseas.
Ahead of a two-day Net Mundial international conference in Sao Paulo on the future of the Internet, Brazil's Senate has unanimously adopted a bill which guarantees online privacy of Brazilian users and ensures equal access to the global network.
Facebook is introducing a mobile feature called Nearby Friends that taps into that steady stream of location information so friends can track each other in real time. The idea is to make it easy for people to meet up in real life, so they can have conversations in person instead of comment threads, temporarily replacing Likes and LOLs with eye contact and actual laughter.
OpenSSL, a technology used to provide added encryption of an estimated 66 percent of all servers on the public Internet, has seen a significant glitch, which puts nearly all the web protection at risk. Never used online banking service? This is surely not the right moment to set about it.
The European Court of Justice on Tuesday struck down an EU-wide law on how private data can be collected and stored, judging it too invasive - despite its usefulness in combating organised crime and terrorism.
President Barack Obama's plan for overhauling the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program could force carriers to collect and store customer data that they are not now legally obliged to keep, according to US officials.