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Can The Privacy Revolution Prevail?

How many of you were suckered by the Facebook privacy hoax and posted the scary note revoking Facebook’s rights to your pictures and data? Oops. Snopes has pointed outthat Facebook never owned your data. The message is useless. You control who sees your information through Facebook privacy controls, but by agreeing to the site’s terms …

More than a million Android phones are infected with Gooligan, a strain of malware Google is fighting in earnest

Android ‘Gooligan’ Hackers Just Scored The Biggest Ever Theft Of Google Accounts. Cybercriminals used the spyware to steal 1.3 million Google accounts in the last four months, researchers warned. A new variant of Android malware is responsible for what’s believed to be the biggest single theft of Google accounts on record. The so-called Gooligan strain has infected …

2016 Mobile Data Privacy and Security Update and 2015 Review

To say that mobile device usage has reached a tipping point would be an understatement. There are now more mobile devices than people in the world, a staggering 7.9 billion mobile devices for 7.4 billion people on Earth. In the U.S., more time is spent on mobile media than on desktop and other media, 2.8 …

Firefox Focus: new app offers very private browsing

Mozilla is back with a second try at mobile browsing with a new browser, which hopes to be the go-to for iPhone users Mozilla is back with a second try at mobile browsing with a new browser, which hopes to be the go-to for iPhone users. There are tools available on iPhones right now that …

Instagram wants to be Snapchat, adds disappearing messages

 Instagram’s apparent quest to become Snapchat continues today with the addition of disappearing private messages. It’s also adding live video functionality.  The new private messaging feature, which mimics Snapchat’s original core functionality, comes three months after Instagram launched a nearly exact clone of Snapchat’s “Stories” feature, which lets users post a series of photos and …

Austrian teenager sues parents for ‘violating privacy’ with childhood Facebook pictures

Awoman in Austria is suing her parents to force them to remove childhood pictures of her from Facebook, in the first case of its kind in the country. The 18-year-old woman, who has not been named under Austrian privacy laws, said the pictures were embarrassing and a violation of her privacy. “They knew no shame …

FriendFinder Networks hack reportedly exposed over 412 million accounts

If you have an account on AdultFriendFinder, Cams.com, Penthouse, Stripshow and/or iCams.com — and reused it on other sites — you should probably change your password. FriendFinder Networks, the parent company of those sites, has reportedly been hacked, resulting in the leak of of over 412 million accounts, according to Leaked Source (h/t to CSO). For context …

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The Perils of an AT&T-Time Warner Merger: commercial surveillance

With the news that telecom giant AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion, Frank Sesno might as well be having an acid flashback. Sesno was CNN’s Washington bureau chief back in January 2000, when Time Warner, the cable network’s parent company, triumphantly announced its acquisition by AOL. Like the latest proposed megamerger, …