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WhatsApp launches video calling for everyone

SAN FRANCISCO: One of the world’s most popular means of communication, Facebook’s WhatsApp, is adding fully encrypted video calling to its messaging app on Monday, a move that comes as privacy advocates worry about the potential for stepped-up government surveillance under a Trump administration. WhatsApp, which boasts more than a billion users worldwide, adopted end-to-end…

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November 15, 2016


Apple report shows 30,000 law enforcement data queries

WASHINGTON: Apple received some 30,000 data requests from law enforcement agencies globally in the second half of 2015, and provided information in a majority of cases, the company’s latest transparency report showed. In the report released late Monday, Apple said it provided some data in 80 percent of the 4,000 request from US law enforcement…

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April 19, 2016


Hollywood mogul blasts Obama, Google over piracy

LOS ANGELES: Movie mogul Avi Lerner branded US President Barack Obama “a coward” on Saturday, berating him for not taking on Google over piracy. The 68-year-old American-Israeli producer told AFP that the White House’s failure to force the search engine giant to improve its anti-piracy measures was costing Hollywood millions of dollars a year. “It’s a…

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April 17, 2016


Microsoft offers endorsement of new EU-US data pact

BRUSSELS: Microsoft became on Monday the first major US tech company to say it would transfer users’ information to the United States using a new transatlantic commercial data pact and would resolve any disputes with European privacy watchdogs. Data transfers to the United States have been conducted in a legal limbo since October last year…

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April 11, 2016


WhatsApp encryption a safe haven to criminals?

WhatsApp has implemented full end-to-end encryption. The move steps up privacy but leaves law enforcement agencies helpless against tech-savvy criminals communicate without detection. Watch this report…

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April 8, 2016


No one can see inside your WhatsApp message

No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even the WhatsApp company, since it has implemented full end-to-end encryption. This move steps up privacy but may lead to conflicts with law enforcement agencies. The Facebook-owned mobile application with one billion users worldwide made the announcement following weeks of…

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April 8, 2016


Panama lawyer at center of data leak denounces attack on privacy

PANAMA CITY: The head of a Panama-based law firm at the center of a massive leak of offshore financial data on Sunday denied any wrongdoing, and said his firm has fallen victim to “an international campaign against privacy”. German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung said it received a cache of 11.5 million leaked documents from the law…

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April 5, 2016


Apple, US govt to face off in court over iPhone privacy

LOS ANGELES: The US government and Apple will face off in court on Tuesday in a closely-watched case that could have wide-reaching implications on digital security and privacy. The crucial hearing before a federal judge in Southern California focuses on the battle between the tech giant and federal investigators who want help from Apple to…

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March 21, 2016


Brazil arrests Facebook executive in row over police access to data

SAO PAULO: Brazilian police arrested the vice president of Facebook for Latin America on Tuesday after the social media giant refused access to data the authorities said was important in a drug probe. Diego Dzodan was detained following “repeated non-compliance with court orders” to share Facebook data requested in a drug trafficking case, federal police…

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March 2, 2016


Pakistan privacy activists slam 'unethical' British hacking claims

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani rights campaigners have urged Islamabad to take action to protect the privacy of its citizens after leaked top-secret documents appeared to show British intelligence had gained access to almost all the country's Internet users. The revelations were based on a cache of files from 2008 released by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden…

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June 24, 2015


'Billions' of records at risk from mobile app data flaw

SINGAPORE: Security researchers have uncovered a flaw in the way thousands of popular mobile applications store data online, leaving users' personal information, including passwords, addresses, door codes and location data, vulnerable to hackers. The team of German researchers found 56 million items of unprotected data in the applications it studied in detail, which included games,…

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June 17, 2015


Google out to win trust with simpler privacy controls

SAN FRANCISCO: Google made it simpler for people using its popular online services to manage privacy, in a move aimed at bolstering trust. “Everyday, we make choices that affect our privacy and security online,” Google account controls and settings product manager Guemmy Kim said in a blog post. “Most people, however, don't feel they have…

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June 2, 2015


Cyber bill threatens free speech, privacy: rights groups

ISLAMABAD: International rights organisations including Human Rights Watch on Monday urged Pakistan's parliament to reject a proposed cybercrime bill which they said threatened freedom of expression and privacy. The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2015, which was approved last week by a committee and is set to go before a parliamentary vote, contains provisions that…

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April 20, 2015


Google to change privacy policy

PARIS; Search engine Google has agreed to better inform users about how it handles their personal information after an investigation by Britain's data protection regulator found its privacy policy was too vague. The Information Commissioner's Office said in a statement that it required Google to sign a “formal undertaking” that it would make the changes…

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February 2, 2015


Privacy is dead, Davos hears

DAVOS: Imagine a world where mosquito-sized robots fly around stealing samples of your DNA. Or where a department store knows from your buying habits that you're pregnant even before your family does. That is the terrifying dystopian world portrayed by a group of Harvard professors at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, where…

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January 22, 2015


Obama to propose new laws to protect consumer data

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Monday plans to discuss three new proposed laws aimed at protecting Americans and the trail of data they leave on smart phones, computers and other devices. Congress has long wrestled with how to beef up federal laws to protect consumers and their privacy, a struggle that intensified after hackers…

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January 12, 2015


Online privacy to remain thorny issue: survey

WASHINGTON: Online privacy will remain a thorny issue over the next decade, without a widely accepted system that balances user rights and personal data collection, a survey of experts showed Thursday. “The vast majority of experts agree that people who operate online are living in an unprecedented condition of ubiquitous surveillance,” said Lee Rainie, a…

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December 18, 2014


Google and Facebook must meet privacy rules: EU

BRUSSELS: Companies based outside the European Union must meet Europe's data protection rules, ministers agreed on Friday, although governments remain divided over how to enforce them on companies operating across the bloc. The agreement to force Internet companies such as Google (GOOGL.O) and Facebook (FB.O) to abide by EU-wide rules is a first step in…

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June 7, 2014


France fines Google over data privacy

PARIS; France's data protection watchdog has fined Google 150,000 euros after the U.S. search engine ignored a three-month ultimatum to bring its practices on tracking and storing user information in line with local law.The privacy watchdog, known as CNIL, has also ordered Google to post the decision on its homepage for 48 hours within…

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January 9, 2014


Schumacher “stable”, media urged to respect privacy

GRENOBLE: Seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher was in a stable condition on Wednesday, three days after suffering brain injuries in a skiing accident, his agent Sabine Kehm said outside the hospital treating him.Kehm urged journalists to respect the 44-year-old German's privacy after security guards said they had intercepted a journalist disguised as a…

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January 1, 2014


Google removes privacy feature from Android mobile software

SAN FRANCISCO: Google Inc has removed an experimental privacy feature from its Android mobile software that had allowed users to block apps from collecting personal information such as address book data and a user's location.The change means that owners of smartphones using Android 4.4.2, the latest version of the world's most popular operating system for…

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December 14, 2013

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