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FBI Quietly Removes Recommendation To Encrypt Your Phone  27 March 2015 
Source: TechDirt - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Back in October, we highlighted the contradiction of FBI Director James Comey raging against encryption and demanding backdoors, while at the very same time the FBI's own website was suggesting mobile encryption as a way to stay safe. Sometime after that post went online, all of the information on that page about staying safe magically disappeared, though thankfully I screenshotted it at the time:
 
Tech Companies, Privacy Advocates Call for NSA Reform  26 March 2015 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A group of technology companies, non-profits and privacy and human rights organizations have sent a letter to President Barack Obama, the director of national intelligence and a wide range of Congressional leaders, calling for an end to the bulk collection of phone metadata under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.
 
Google error leaks website owners' personal information  13 March 2015 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A Google software problem inadvertently exposed the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers used to register websites after people had chosen to keep the information private.
 
Wikipedia parent Wikimedia sues NSA and Department of Justice for violating users privacy  11 March 2015 
Source: TechWorm - Posted by Anthony Pell   
The Wikimedia Foundation which operates the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia has filed an lawsuit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) of United States for violating user privacy.
 
Snowden docs show CIA's attempts to defeat Apple device security  11 March 2015 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Researchers sponsored by the U.S. government have reportedly tried to defeat the encryption and security of Apple devices for years.
 
Wikimedia sues NSA to stop it from spying on its users  10 March 2015 
Source: Network World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
In an effort to stop the U.S. government from spying on Wikipedia’s readers and editors, the Wikimedia Foundation will sue the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
 
EFF, ACLU, Other NGOs Urging U.N. to Create Privacy Watchdog  06 March 2015 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A coalition of 63 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world are calling on national governments to support the establishment of a special rapporteur on the right to privacy within the United Nations.
 
Snowden: Spy Agencies ‘Screwed All of Us’ in Hacking Crypto Keys  26 February 2015 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden didn’t mince words during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on Monday when he said the NSA and the British spy agency GCHQ had “screwed all of us” when it hacked into the Dutch firm Gemalto to steal cryptographic keys used in billions of mobile SIM cards worldwide.
 
Update: Superfish is the Real End of SSL  25 February 2015 
Source: Security Ledger - Posted by Dave Wreski   
In-brief: Outrage over Lenovo’s promotion of privacy busting adware continued to grow amid lawsuits and more spying revelations. The big question: is this the final – final straw for the beleaguered Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology? (Updated to add comment from Kevin Bocek of Venafi.)
 
Research: 84 percent more concerned about security and privacy in 2015  23 February 2015 
Source: ZDNet Blogs - Posted by Alex   
Security and privacy are top concerns for many IT professionals, and it's especially relevant now, after 2014's highly publicized data breaches. Because of the constant concerns about security and privacy, Tech Pro Research, ZDNet's premium content sister site, conducted a new survey on the topic and compared the results back to a previous survey from 2013.
 
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