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Google backs off on previously announced Allo privacy feature

Google has come under fire again for the privacy choices its made for its new smart chat app, Allo.  By Liam Tung | September 22, 2016 Edward Snowden has criticised Google's new messaging app. Image: CBS News   Google's Allo messaging app and its Assistant bot has finally arrived, but it's been slammed for reneging on…
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Windows 10: ‘Microsoft should pay compensation for user upgrade woes’

Now Microsoft's pushy Windows 10 upgrade offer is over, a consumer rights group has called on Microsoft to compensate users for the issues it caused.  By Liam Tung | September 22, 2016 Upgrade issues quoted by which? Include problems with printers, Wi-Fi cards, lost files and email accounts not syncing properly.      Image: Microsoft    Respected…
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Unprecedented and Unlawful: The NSA’s “Upstream” Surveillance

By Ashley Gorski and Patrick C. Toomey   September 22, 2016   The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA) — the statute the government uses to engage in warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international communications — is scheduled to expire in December 2017. In anticipation of the coming legislative debate over reauthorization, Congress has already begun to…
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This Tool Lets You Check If Your Personal Info Is on the Dark Web

September 21, 2016  Written by  Joseph Cox  Contributor   It’s pretty hard to know when your data might have been compromised. Over the last few years, an industry of threat intelligence firms has popped up that offer to monitor criminal forums, paste sites, and Tor hidden services for stolen intellectual property or customer information. Now,…
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The Cryptographic Key That Secures the Web Is Being Changed for the First Time

Joseph Cox September 21, 2016 Matt Larson of ICANN. Image: Kim Davies/Flickr   Soon, one of the most important cryptographic key pairs on the internet will be changed for the first time. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the US-based non-profit responsible for various internet infrastructure tasks, will change the key pair…
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An end to ID theft? This facial recognition is so smart even twins can’t fool it

A young Estonian entrepreneur hopes to take security and online identity verification to the next level.  By Kalev AasmaeSeptember 20, 2016 With, left, Estonian e-residency project head Kaspar Korjus, Veriff CEO Kaarel Kotkas: "There are some differences that a human eye could miss, but the algorithm won't."  Image: Erkki Saarniit/Veriff   In the spring last…
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