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Online privacy to remain thorny issue

2014-12-19 07:46

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 has showed.

Cable & Wireless 'helped' UK with internet spying

2014-11-21 13:24

Telecommunications firm Cable & Wireless has helped Britain eavesdrop on millions of internet users worldwide, a report says.

WhatsApp messages get end-to-end encryption

2014-11-19 07:51

An online privacy tool endorsed by Edward Snowden is being used to protect WhatsApp messages from snooping by encrypting them.

Facebook: Government info requests spike

2014-11-05 12:45

Facebook has said requests by governments for user information rose by about a quarter in the first half of 2014.

Top tips to protect yourself online

2014-10-30 11:27

Hackers may be stalking your every move on the web, but by taking some simple measures, you can help protect your data from falling into the wrong hands.

SA firms dragging their heels on Popi

2014-10-23 10:10

The implementation phase of the Protection of Personal Information Act is around the corner, but the majority of South African enterprises have not yet made an effort to comply with the legislation.

Google chair: US spying could 'break' internet

2014-10-10 07:52

Google's Eric Schmidt has said US online spying is a threat so dire it could wind up "breaking the internet".

Hack-proof your life with these easy tips

2014-10-07 13:00

As cyber criminals continue to attack devices in order to gain valuable financial information, users are required to up their security strategy.

Living in SA better to avoid cyber snooping

2014-09-17 13:01

South Africa may be one of the better countries to conduct cyber accounts if the results of the Google Transparency report are anything to go by.

Google hosts meetings on privacy rights

2014-09-08 09:31

A panel appointed by search engine Google will hold the first of a series of meetings to debate the balance between privacy and the free flow of information.

Social media firms back Facebook in privacy fight

2014-08-12 07:26

Facebook's fight against New York City prosecutors over search warrants for users' postings and other data is drawing support from other social media companies.

Fury in Russia over new Wi-Fi curbs

2014-08-08 14:45

A new government decree requiring Russians to provide their passport details when logging on to public Wi-Fi networks has had internet users up in arms.

Court rules tycoon can sue Google over 'triad' link

2014-08-06 14:20

A Hong Kong court has ruled that a local tycoon can sue Google for defamation because searches for his name on Google suggest adding the word "triad".

Google defends child porn tip-offs to police

2014-08-05 10:01

Google has defended its policy of electronically monitoring its users' content for child sexual abuse after it tipped off police in Texas to a child pornography suspect.

Google says 'forgetting' isn't easy, as requests mount

2014-08-01 09:31

Google has told European officials that forgetting isn't easy, especially when details are few and guidelines are murky regarding when personal privacy trumps public interest.

Connected devices have huge security holes - study

2014-07-31 13:05

The surge web-connected devices - TVs, refrigerators, thermostats, door locks and more - has opened up huge opportunities for cyber attacks because of weak security.

Do you have the right to be forgotten online?

2014-07-30 10:30

Erasing history at the touch of a button is something we all might wish we could do, but is it right - and is it even possible in South Africa? News24 finds out.

Flaws found in privacy-protecting software

2014-07-24 16:45

Researchers have found a flaw that could expose the identities of people using a privacy-oriented operating system touted by Edward Snowden.

Bill ensures emails, photos won't die

2014-07-17 11:59

A group of influential US lawyers has the answer to the question of what would happen to Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts when a person dies.

Cyber war rages, blame hard to pin

2014-06-24 14:04

While it is clear that some governments are involved in cyber warfare, assigning blame is difficult, especially given the obfuscation tools agencies use.

China lawyers warned against 'online misbehaviour'

2014-06-18 14:39

China's lawyers' group has warned its members against "online misbehaviour" and other activities, generating criticism of overreach from within its own ranks.

SA cellphone operators ordered to keep mum on spying

2014-06-09 07:52

Mobile operators in SA have no right to report government intrusions into their network, a legal expert has said.

Internet giants to face tougher EU data law

2014-06-06 18:10

Foreign firms operating in the EU, including those that dominate the internet, will be subject to a new data protection law which is still being finalised.

Tech firms mark 'Snowden Day'

2014-06-06 08:41

Some of the largest technology firms and activists marked the anniversary of Edward Snowden's leaks with new efforts to thwart online snooping and boost privacy.

 

After Google, Facebook investigated over privacy

2014-12-17 10:30

A Dutch government-affiliated watchdog is probing changes in Facebook's privacy policy, the latest skirmish in a wider fight over the commercial use of online personal data.

UK demands Russia shut down webcam spying site

2014-11-21 11:55

A Russian website offering thousands of live feeds peering into bedrooms and offices around the world by accessing poorly secured webcams should be taken down immediately, British officials have demanded.

EU antitrust chief needs time over Google probe

2014-11-12 08:00

Europe's new antitrust chief said on Tuesday that she would take some time to decide on the next step of a four-year-long investigation into Google.

Vodacom fixes subscriber leaking software

2014-10-31 14:43

Vodacom has reversed a software glitch that led to some subscribers' phone numbers being leaked.

Vodacom subscriber details leaked

2014-10-30 10:01
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Vodacom has allegedly been providing its subscribers' numbers to businesses and marketing companies, The Times has reported.

FBI renews call for wider spying powers

2014-10-17 07:50

FBI chief James Comey has renewed a call for broader authority to tap into emerging technologies, saying the Edward Snowden revelations have led to unwarranted mistrust of law enforcement.

Japan court orders Google to remove search results

2014-10-10 11:20

Tokyo District Court ordered Google to remove some internet search results revealing the name of a Japanese man who claims his privacy rights have been violated.

Twitter takes on US over data disclosure

2014-10-08 10:01

Twitter has sued the US government, claiming its free speech rights are being violated by restrictions on its ability to disclose numbers of secret orders to hand over user data.

Hack-proof your life with these easy tips

2014-10-07 12:38

As cyber criminals continue to attack devices in order to gain valuable financial information, users are required to up their security strategy.

US threatened Yahoo with huge fine over surveillance

2014-09-12 07:51

US authorities threatened to fine Yahoo $250 000 a day if it failed to comply with a secret surveillance programme requiring it to hand over user data in the name of national security.

5 Facebook messenger app myths busted

2014-08-13 12:05

Facebook's effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Check out the myths versus reality.

How safe is your data with foreign firms?

2014-08-11 09:07

The location of your personal data has no relevance if the government requests a company to hand over information, says an industry insider.

Google to reward secure websites with search ranking

2014-08-08 12:20

Google has said it is encouraging website developers to make their sites secure for visitors by using site encryption as one of the factors to determine search ranking.

7 ways to create better, stronger passwords

2014-08-06 11:03

If there's reason to believe any of your passwords might have been compromised, change them immediately. Here are seven ways to create strong passwords.

Here's how to avoid internet embarrassment

2014-08-01 14:21

Personal images and content uploaded on the internet may leave many South Africans wondering how to remove unpleasant content.

Microsoft ordered to turn over foreign data

2014-08-01 07:27

Microsoft must turn over a customer's e-mails and other account information stored in a data centre in Ireland to the US government, a US judge has ruled.

Microsoft challenging US on overseas data

2014-07-31 10:34

In a case closely watched by the tech sector, Microsoft will challenge a US court order requiring it to give prosecutors electronic mail content associated with an overseas server.

Dating site admits to Facebook-style experimentation

2014-07-29 07:25

OkCupid, a top US matchmaking website, regularly mismatches users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive service has revealed.

Debate rages over snooping of Google user e-mails

2014-07-21 09:08

A federal judge has granted prosecutors access to a Gmail user's e-mails as part of a criminal probe, a decision that could fan the debate over how aggressively the government may pursue personal data.

NSA internet spying effective, but worrying - watchdog

2014-07-02 14:35

The US National Security Agency's (NSA) data collection programme has been an effective tool to enhance the country's security but some elements of the cyber spying raises privacy concerns, a US federal privacy watchdog has said.

Microsoft updates privacy policy

2014-06-19 14:33

Microsoft has announced that it had revised its privacy policy to limit targeted advertising to users of its applications.

BlackBerry rolls out secure BBM for companies

2014-06-17 13:48

BlackBerry is taking BBM to the enterprise and promising that security will be central to the service, the company has announced.

Vodafone reveals gov't snooping

2014-06-06 20:20

A Vodafone report shows governments around world can access data without seeking permission.

SA government could be tracking cellphone data

2014-06-06 12:16

It would be hard - but not impossible - for South Africa's government to demand wholesale access to data from Vodacom under current legislation, according to Vodafone.

Google steps up bid to stymie e-mail snooping

2014-06-04 22:18

Google has stepped up its effort to make it tougher for spies or anyone else to snoop on e-mail, unveiling Chrome browser software for scrambling digital messages.

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