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Data Privacy Day 2015: Respecting privacy, safeguarding data, enabling trust

January 28 is Data Privacy Day, an international acknowledgment of the importance of privacy in an increasingly data-driven world. The key themes of Data Privacy Day this year are: Respecting privacy, Safeguarding data, Enabling trust.

Obama to propose legislation that protects firms sharing cyberthreat data

President Barack Obama is planning to push legislation which would protect companies from lawsuits for sharing cyberthreat data with the government, reports the Washington Post.

British Prime Minister wants access to messaging apps

British Prime Minister David Cameron has stated his belief that encrypted messaging services must have backdoor access to government agencies

Anonymous hackers ‘declare war’ on al Qaeda and Islamic State

The Anonymous hacking collective has “declared war” against the terrorists said to be responsible for the shootings of staff at France’s satyrical Charlie Hebdo magazine, reports The Telegraph.

Obama calls for 30 day data breach notification and greater student privacy

President Barack Obama is today to propose legislation that would ensure companies inform customers of any leaks within 30 days of a data breach, reports Physorg.

The drones are coming, what could go wrong?

Continuing from Consumer Electronics Show 2015 here in Las Vegas where we were covering this week the first impresisions of the show and also some lessons that this digital invasion is leaving us. Now, we will approach another interesting topic that involves privacy and new technology: drones.

Internet of Things Privacy: FTC chairwoman warns of risks

The Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission has offered stern warnings of privacy in relation to the Internet of Things in her opening remarks at CES 2015, reports SC Magazine.

Digital Invasion: 3 things we learned from CES 2015

Ever lost a kid somewhere? Not anymore if the gadget vendors have anything to say about it. Now you can digitally strap your kid to your tablet and keep track of them. Kids not running enough to stay trim? There’s an app for that that works the same way. Got high blood sugar? You can keep track of that too using the sensor-du-jour highlighted at CES 2015 in Las Vegas.

University researchers concerned with wearable privacy

A paper from researchers at various universities suggests that security is an area that needs work for wearables, according to a report in The Register.

Unpatched security hole has left millions of Moonpig customers at risk for 17 months

Moonpig, the online personalised card company, has been accused of a shockingly sloppy attitude to security, after apparently leaving a serious hole in its security unpatched.

Facebook privacy – network faces court for ‘reading user messages’

Facebook is to face a class action lawsuit over ‘reading’ its user’s messages, a U.S. judge has ruled.

Hobbit-inspired sword can help you find unsecured WiFi hotspots

Like many others, I was enchanted by The Hobbit (and later Lord of the Rings) at a young age – long before Peter Jackson turned J R R Tolkien’s middle-earth fantasy books into a series of blockbuster movies.

Spyware abuse – partner tracking reaching “epidemic proportions”

Realtime call-monitoring and GPS tracking of partners by domestic abusers is on the rise, both via dedicated electronic listening devices or using sophisticated spyware software.

Yik Yak – what security-conscious users need to know

It’s billed as the hottest new messaging app on the planet, and it’s rocketed into the top ten in the U.S. in just a year. But how safe are you on Yik Yak?

UK Broadband ISPs hijacking browsers to push porn blocks

A host of UK broadband providers are hijacking people’s browsers mid-session to force them into making decisions on adult content filters.

Mobile security: flaw allows hackers to read texts and listen to calls

Hackers can eavesdrop on your phone calls and text messages even with cell networks using “the most advanced encryption available” according to The Washington Post.

Webcam security – how to lock down the cameras in your home

Our tips will help you hacker-proof anything from baby monitors to surveillance cameras – and keep your home private.

Privacy focused Blackphone app store in development

Blackphone – the Android smartphone that pushes privacy and security above all else – is to open an app store set to rival the Google Play marketplace.

Identity theft – six tips to help keep yours safe

Private data such as addresses and social security numbers can be just as valuable to cybercriminals as valid credit card details can be to thieves – if not more so. Lock yours down with our tips.

WhatsApp gets tough on security

But only on Android for now. The popular messaging service has announced a default encryption protocol that surely makes WhatsApp THE most secure consumer messaging system in the world right now.

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