Google got more government data requests than ever at the end of 2015

According to Google's latest transparency report, the government asked the company for more data than ever at the end of 2016. Google also handed over more data in the second half of 2015 compared to the first half of the year.

No secrets, no shame: How technology forces honesty

When everyone already knows what you’re trying to hide, will there be any point to privacy? We may be moving toward a world where we’ll find out.

Keeping pace with the web trackers

From cookies to fingerprinting, the tracking of people online for ads is becoming more and more sophisticated. Still, privacy advocates are hopeful the right tools can stem the flow of your data, and help you take back control.

Max Schrems warns Privacy Shield deal between U.S. and Europe will fail

Austrian lawyer and privacy advocate Max Schrems says the new U.S.-EU data transfer deal Privacy Shield will fail before the courts just like Safe Harbor and businesses will refuse to sign up to it.

New EU-US data transfer agreement, 'Privacy Shield,' is made official

After several months of debate, Privacy Shield, the new data-transfer deal between the U.S. and the EU has been approved by European officials giving legal standing to how data moves across the Atlantic.

Google greatly expands its targeted ads, but thankfully it’s opt-in

You may be seeing a prompt from your Google account soon -- it's to ask if you want to opt-in for a new advertising feature that would make ads even more relevant. Google also has a new My Activity page that lets you control how your data…

Judge: Don’t expect privacy if you leave your phone at a crime scene

According to a U.S. District judge, if you committed a crime and left your phone at the scene while running away, you are not entitled to any "reasonable expectation of privacy." The relevant trial will take place next year.

Apple's differential privacy won't start until iOS 10 launches, and it will be opt-in

Apple unveiled a technique it is implementing in iOS 10 to boost user privacy when gathering data -- differential privacy. Apple didn't invent it -- in fact, Google has been using the technique in its Chrome browser since 2014.

Keep your Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde apart with this feature for multiple online personas

Mozilla is experimenting with a feature called Containers, which aims to separate business, personal, shopping, and banking in the web surfing experience. This way, users can safely access personal and business-based Facebook accounts…
Social Media

Social media account scoring by landlords and employers on the way

Score Assured will offer landlords and employers suitability reports of all social media accounts of prospective tenants or employees. Your friends, conversation topics, likes, comments and private messages will all be used to score your…

The FBI wants to know your internet browsing history

The FBI is pushing for expanded powers that would allow the agency to obtain a user's "electronic communication transactional record." An ECTR coalition comprised of Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and privacy organizations strongly disagree.

Yahoo becomes the first company to disclose secretive national security letters

Legislation introduced in the USA Freedom Act has allowed Yahoo to publish information pertaining to three National Security Letters the company was sent by the FBI.