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DuckDuckGo traffic up after Apple integration and privacy issues

Privacy search engine DuckDuckGo has seen traffic rocket after recent widely publicized privacy scares, according to the company.

Is your GoPro camera secretly spying on you?

Poor choices of passwords can lead to your privacy being breached, after researchers revealed just how easy it could be for hackers to break into GoPro cameras.

Bluetooth fitness trackers ‘a threat to privacy’

Devices using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to transmit their data can be intercepted by hackers, potentially exposing a trove of fitness data from wearables, IT Pro reports.

UK government amends hacking laws to give intelligence service immunity

The British government has passed legislation amending the Computer Misuse Act to prevent GCHQ, the police and intelligence services from prosecution over any hacking into mobile phones and computers.

Apple seeks to block sale of RadioShack customer data

Apple has filed a court objection against the sale of RadioShack customer data for those who had purchased its products, reports Ars Technica.

Security concerns prompts ‘gold rush’ for Chinese enterprise computing market

Concern over the security of Windows in China has led to a ‘gold rush’, as Chinese firms race to fill the gap left by Microsoft’s operating system, reports Reuters.

The dirty secrets of webcam-hacking peeping toms and sextortionists

Virtually every computer sold today comes with a dirty little secret. It can spy on you. Learn more, and how to protect yourself.

Data breach bill passes House committee despite concerns

The Data Security and Breach Notification Act has passed The House Energy and Commerce Committee by a vote of 29-22, reports The Hill.

Your identity has already been stolen, ‘Catch Me If You Can’ subject warns US citizens

The reformed conman that the 2002 film ‘Catch Me If You Can’ is based on has told The Times that anyone living in the US or UK has already had their identity stolen.

Passport and visa details of world leaders disclosed in accidental G20 privacy breach

A common email mistake accidentally disclosed passport and visa details of 31 world leaders attending the G20 summit in Australia, the BBC reports.

Android apps track your location every three minutes, says Carnegie Mellon study

A Carnegie Mellon University study has discovered that a selection of Android apps collect location data on their users on average every three minutes, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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.

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.

Anthem hack puts at least 8.8 million NON-customers at risk

Even if you’re not a customer of health insurer Anthem, your data could have been put at risk. Be on your guard.

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.

Facebook turns 11 – what you need to know, and what do your likes say about you?

Facebook updated its privacy settings at the end of January. As Facebook turns 11 today, here’s what you need to know about the new settings and how they could affect you.

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