VPNs illegal in UAE, says Dubai Police

A senior official in the Dubai Police force has stated that the use of Virtual Private Networks is illegal across the United Arab Emirates.

The immortality of data (and people) in the digital age

In the future, everything around us will be managed by data, and those who have data will have power. So, will anonymity be possible (or desirable)?

Superfish: Lenovo goes on the bloatware offensive

Its been just under three weeks since February 19th, when Lenovo became entangled in a web of controversy over its preinstallation of Superfish’s Visual Search adware on some of its popular consumer laptops during last year’s holiday shopping season.

The human cost of phone hacking

Phone hacking ruined the lives of celebrities, and – in at least one case – almost drove a victim to suicide.

US lawmakers want taxi apps to check driver fingerprints

Ride-sharing taxi apps Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have been asked by US lawmakers to adopt fingerprint-based background checks for their drivers,

ESET’s Mark James on 2015’s security trends

how is 2015 shaping up in security? We caught up with ESET security specialist Mark James to get his take on threats, security and how people should ensure their year is free of malware.

India blocks third party email services to government officials

The Indian government has changed the way in which its officials are allowed to operate when working, it has been announced.

Uber security breach could leave 50,000 drivers exposed

As many as 50,000 Uber drivers could have been affected by a security breach last year, potentially leaving their personal data in the hands of an unauthorized third-party, reports Tech Crunch.

Kris Jenner reveals naked video could be leaked in iCloud hack

Kris Jenner is reportedly being blackmailed over a naked video that was stolen from her iCloud and could be released in the public sphere.

Fer O’Neil: Say What? Required contents of notice in data breach notifications

With so many data breaches happening these days, Americans are getting a lot of breach notification letters and emails, but do they deliver useful, readable content, other than a general warning to remain vigilant?

Lenovo apologizes over pre-installed tracking software

Lenovo has issued a public apology, admitting it “messed up badly” by selling laptops with a controversial tracking software pre-installed.

12,000 exposed to possible ID theft after Jeb Bush publishes emails

Possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has has had to retroactively redact over 12,000 personal details from emails published in the name of transparency

Did GCHQ illegally spy on you? Here’s how to find out

Law enforcement agencies shouldn’t be above the law.

Find out if the UK’s GCHQ illegally spied on you…

Russia seeks VPN and Tor ban in anonymity clamp down

Russian authorities have indicated that VPNs and online anonymising software Tor could soon be banned for the country’s 143.5 million residents.

Electronic health records and data abuse: it’s about more than medical info

After the Anthem mega-breach, questions abound about possible abuses of medical data. Here is a breakdown that offers some context.

Outlook app blocked by EU parliament over ‘serious security issues’

The Microsoft Outlook app has been banned from use in the EU Parliament, according to emails from the parliament’s IT department, seen by PC World.

WhatsApp privacy is ‘broken,’ reveals proof-of-concept hack

WhatsApp’s privacy settings are “broken” and can be bypassed by downloading a simple bit of software, claims the Dutch developer behind proof-of-concept tool WhatsSpy Public.

UK Government publishes its guidelines for ‘equipment interference’

The British government has released a document outlining the rules that British spy and law enforcement agencies have to follow in their hacking activities, reports The Guardian.

Stop talking in front of Samsung TVs… if you value your privacy

Your internet-enabled Samsung Smart TV could be listening to everything you say, and sharing it with third parties.

Anthem hack could affect 80 million health insurance customers

Anthem Inc. has suffered an attack on its database which is likely to be the biggest data breach ever disclosed by a health insurance company.

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