Australia passes data retention bill

2015-03-26 15:01

Australia's upper house has passed a controversial law requiring telecommunication firms to retain customers' digital data for two years.

NSA looks to US Congress to extend spying law

2015-03-24 07:59

US intelligence agencies will stop bulk collection of data on calls by US telephone subscribers, unless Congress extends a law authorising the spying.

Google: Tech firms will win encryption battle

2015-03-19 07:59

Technology firms will ultimately prevail in their efforts to use strong encryption on devices that cannot be accessed by the government, Google executive chair Eric Schmidt has said.

Germany backs end-to-end encryption for email

2015-03-11 08:17

Users of an email service backed by the German government will soon be able to rely on strong encryption of the kind that used to be the preserve of geeks and hackers.

Iran ready to let in Google in on conditions

2015-03-02 05:00

Iran has regularly cut access to Facebook and Twitter, but it it will now allow the services of internet giants like Google if they respect its cultural rules.

Facebook warned over data protection

2015-02-27 14:28

German consumer groups say they will file a lawsuit against Facebook unless the social network changes its terms of service.

US, UK spies hacked mobile SIM cards - report

2015-02-20 07:55

US and British intelligence services can tap into mobile voice and data communications of many devices after stealing encryption keys of a major SIM card maker, a report said Thursday.

Russia triples Twitter removal requests

2015-02-10 16:30

Data released by Twitter shows that Russia nearly tripled its requests in the past six months to remove posts critical of the government.

Canada spy agency runs global web watch - report

2015-01-29 14:06

Canada's electronic spy agency has been intercepting and analysing data on up to 15 million file downloads daily as part of a global surveillance programme.

Wearable tech to 'erode' your privacy

2015-01-26 10:45

Modern smart wearable devices and their accompanying apps pose a risk to those who are concerned about personal data, according to an expert.


Court strikes down offensive internet message ban

2015-03-25 07:35

India's top court has affirmed people's right to free speech in cyberspace by striking down a provision that had called for imprisoning people who send "offensive" messages.

Heart-breaking video highlights cyber bullying

2015-03-20 10:11

A clip intended to illustrate the dangers of cyber bullying has received a welcome reception online.

Americans eye ways to beat online snooping

2015-03-18 07:50

Americans have been stepping up efforts to keep their data private since the revelations about vast US government surveillance programmes.

CIA to make sweeping changes, focus on cyber ops

2015-03-10 09:25

The Central Intelligence Agency is launching one of the biggest reorganisations in its history, aimed in part at sharpening its focus on cyber operations.

China deletes 1000s of internet accounts

2015-02-27 16:32

Some of China's largest internet companies have deleted more than 60 000 online accounts because their names did not conform to regulations.

Lenovo says sorry over flawed 'Superfish' adware

2015-02-20 15:00

Lenovo has apologised to consumers who have the Superfish adware on computers the company produced.

Concerns that Samsung smart TV could spy on you

2015-02-11 09:32

Samsung has clarified a privacy statement after concerns about the potential for smart TVs to eavesdrop.

Google to change privacy policy

2015-01-30 18:15

Google has agreed to better inform users about how it handles their personal information after an investigation by Britain's data protection regulator.

WikiLeaks blasts Google for handing emails to US government

2015-01-27 10:16

WikiLeaks has criticised Google, alleging that the company waited more than two years to notify members of the anti-secrecy group that it had turned over their private emails to the US government.

China blocks VPNs amid internet crackdown

2015-01-26 07:59

China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook amid a wider crackdown on online information.

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