Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

Mozilla’s iOS Content Blocker Kills Ads That Want Your Data

Mozilla released a content blocking app Tuesday that only works on Apple's Safari Web browser on iOS 9.

 | Leah Becerra

Digital Rights Group To Google: The Kids Are Not All Right To Track

The Electronic Frontier Foundation says Google didn't follow its promise to safeguard students' data, though Google disputes the claim.

 | Leah Becerra

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The Broad, Warrantless Reach Of National Security Letters

New court documents from one ISP's ordeal reveal just how much information the government can demand by issuing a National Security Letter.

 | Evan Thomas

Amazon Resets Customer Passwords Over Possible Leak

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday quickly approaching, this might be the worst time of year for Amazon to have security concerns.

 | Ben Lawson

Paris: Perfect Excuse To Push For More Surveillance Powers

In the wake of the Paris attacks, U.S. policymakers renewed calls for weakened encryption and more expansive digital surveillance.

 | Evan Thomas

CISA Passed The Senate; What Happens Next?

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act passed in the Senate on Tuesday, and parts of the bill that worried privacy advocates are still in place.

 | Evan Thomas

How The US Government Tries To Make Apple Unlock Phones

The Justice Department has used a U.S. law about court orders as a way to ask reluctant manufacturers, such as Apple, to unlock suspects' phones.

 | Evan Thomas

Facebook Will Tell You When A Government Hacks Your Account

Facebook will let you know if a state-sponsored actor hacks your account, but not if a governing body asks for your data.

 | Leah Becerra

How Britain's GCHQ Spies On The Entire Internet

New documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden say the British intelligence agency is trying to track all of the Internet's users.

 | Evan Thomas

The NFL Can Now Fly Drones, Just Not During Games

The NFL is the first major U.S. sports league to gain FAA approval to fly drones for commercial use.

 | Matt Moreno

China Wants US Tech Companies To Play By Its Rules

A new report from The New York Times says China is trying to get some American tech companies to pledge that they'll play by the country's rules.

 | Kate Grumke

Lawsuit Claims Twitter's Been Reading Your Direct Messages

Twitter could face a class-action lawsuit that would potentially pay out a lot of money to anyone who has used the site's Direct Messaging feature.

 | Leah Becerra

Govt. Agencies Get New Regulation On Stingray Phone Monitors

Rights groups welcome the transparency and privacy federal regulations will bring, but say more state-level rules are needed.

 | Evan Thomas

Ashley Madison CEO Steps Down After Hack

Ashley Madison CEO steps down after a recent wave of leaked emails shows he was having a series of affairs.

 | Mari Jo Valero

What Happens To Famous Christians Found On Cheating Sites?

Two popular Christian personalities have backed away from the public eye after their names came up in the Ashley Madison data dump.

 | Christian Bryant

Here Are Some Secrets Hidden In The Ashley Madison Data Dump

The data dump has just begun, and we already have potential accounts from a celebrity and thousands of government personnel. Yikes!

 | Jake Godin

Can Divorce Lawyers Benefit From Ashley Madison Leaks?

Hackers have released nearly 10GB of stolen data from cheating site Ashley Madison, but can that information be used in potential divorce cases?

 | Christian Bryant

NSA, AT&T Report Could Help Lawsuit Against Spy Agency

The Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the NSA in 2008 for working with AT&T to collect data on Americans. A new report could help its case.

 | Christian Bryant

Now The FBI Is Looking Into Clinton's Private Email Server

The FBI has contacted Hillary Clinton's lawyer about files Clinton stored on her private email server while she was secretary of state.

 | Jake Godin

More Calls For Encryption: Are The Scales Tipping Yet?

Former defense officials are the latest big names to take a side in the encryption debate.

 | Evan Thomas

Vizio's IPO Filing Reveals How It Monitors What You Watch

Vizio is planning to go public, and its paperwork for the Securities and Exchange Commission showed how the company can track everything you watch.

 | Leah Becerra

When Will We Take Security Experts Seriously On Encryption?

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory recently warned against leaving backdoors in modern encryption.

 | Evan Thomas

Surveillance Decisions Could Trigger Friction Between Courts

As it greenlights continued phone metadata collection, the FISA court says it isn’t bound by Second Circuit appeals court decisions.

 | Evan Thomas

Privacy Group Files FTC Complaint Over Uber's New Policies

The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint after Uber unveiled a new privacy policy in May.

 | Matt Moreno

EFF Scorecard Spotlights Recent Evolutions In Data Privacy

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's privacy scorecard has evolved over the years, just as tech firms' data practices have.

 | Evan Thomas

Tim Cook Tears Into Personal Data-Based Advertising

Tim Cook sought to distance Apple from the data-mining and advertising practices of other Silicon Valley companies.

 | Evan Thomas