ARTICLES RELATING TO ONLINE PRIVACY

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.

Iran judge summons Facebook CEO to court

2014-05-27 13:50

A judge in Iran has ordered Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear court to answer complaints by individuals who say Facebook-owned applications Instagram and Whatsapp violate their privacy.

Hacker helped block 300 cyber attacks

2014-05-27 07:37

US prosecutors say a hacker helped thwart 300 cyber attacks, and cripple the Anonymous movement.

Tech firms pull support for NSA reform bill

2014-05-22 08:29

US lawmakers will vote on legislation reforming controversial bulk data collection laws, but major tech firms like Google and civil liberties groups have withdrawn their support after the Obama administration demanded key changes.

China warns US cyber charges may damage ties

2014-05-20 12:44

China has warned the US was jeopardising military ties by charging five Chinese officers with cyberspying and calls the US 'the biggest attacker of China's cyberspace'.

Google case in EU important for SA

2014-05-14 13:32

The case against Google in the EU holds wide implications for the way online publishers are meant to handle personal data, legal experts have said.

China detains man in online 'rumour' crackdown

2014-05-13 10:29

China has detained a man for "publishing false stories" on an overseas news portal alleging gross rights abuses in the latest step in a wide-ranging crackdown on "internet rumours".

Twitter, Amazon team up for in-app purchasing

2014-05-05 22:18

Amazon has rolled out a new feature allowing Twitter users to select items for purchase on the online retail site without leaving the messaging platform.

Google to stop monitoring student e-mails

2014-05-02 13:13

Google will stop looking for advertising ideas in the e-mails of students using a suite of the internet company’s free products tailored for schools.

Cuban-American leaders helped 'Cuban Twitter'

2014-04-22 08:35

Leaders with the largest non-profit organisation for young Cuban-Americans have quietly provided strategic support for the federal government's secret "Cuban Twitter" programme.

China jails blogger in 'rumour' crackdown

2014-04-17 07:29

A Chinese court has jailed a blogger for three years, the first person to be sentenced in a government-led crackdown on so-called internet rumours.

 

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.

Cyber attack threat against World Cup sponsors

2014-05-31 14:37

The hacker group Anonymous is preparing a cyber attack on corporate sponsors of the World Cup in Brazil to protest the lavish spending on the soccer games, according to a hacker.

Cyber crooks winning in security battle

2014-05-27 08:33

Hackers are always one step ahead of computer security professionals because the nature of the crime is to test hardware and software for vulnerabilities.

Arrests over 'Happy' online video highlight Iran rift

2014-05-23 10:42

The arrest of six Iranian youths for dancing to US singer Pharrell Williams' hit Happy in a video that went viral highlights the rift between conservatives and youths fascinated by the West.

Power corrupts, warns Julian Assange

2014-05-21 14:23

The centralisation of power represents a major threat to democratic institutions, says Julian Assange.

Google gets hit with take-down requests

2014-05-15 11:32

Google is already getting requests to remove objectionable personal information from its search engine after Europe's top court ruled that subjects have the "right to be forgotten".

EU rules: People have the right to be forgotten

2014-05-13 14:39

The EU's top court, in a surprise ruling, has said that individuals do have the right to ask US internet giant Google to delete personal data.

Obama popular in tech world, policies less so

2014-05-09 12:40

Silicon Valley recoil at government's data-gathering tactics yet, President Obama remains a popular political figure among wealthy tech leaders who continue to support the Democratic Party.

White House calls for consumer data protection

2014-05-02 14:43

The White House has called on congress to pass legislation to create a national standard for telling consumers when their data has been hacked.

US Supreme Court takes on cellphone privacy

2014-04-29 11:45

The US Supreme Court is taking up two cases about whether police need warrants to search detainees' mobile phones, which have become vast repositories of personal data.

German media boss: I'm scared of Google

2014-04-17 10:40

The head of Germany's biggest media company says he is afraid of Google and wants the company to become more transparent.

South Korea blocks adultery website

2014-04-16 07:29

South Korea has blocked the newly launched Korean version of the global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison, saying that it threatened family values.

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