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In Senate hearing, tech giants push lawmakers for federal privacy rules

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Another day, another hearing of tech giants in Congress. Wednesday’s hearing at the Senate Commerce Committee with Apple, Amazon, Google and Twitter, alongside AT&T and...

Ex-Google scientist raises Project Dragonfly concerns in Senate letter

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In a letter to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, former Google research scientist Jack Poulson details why he stepped down from...

Watchdog says face scanning at US airports is plagued with technical...

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A watchdog report has warned that Homeland Security’s face scanning program, designed to track all departing travelers from the U.S., is facing “technical and...

France records big jump in privacy complaints since GDPR

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Another European data protection agency has reported a sharp rise in the numbers of complaints since the EU updated its privacy framework four months...

Seven reasons not to trust Facebook to play cupid

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Facebook getting into dating looks very much like a mid-life crisis — as a veteran social network desperately seeks a new strategy to stay...

Firefox will soon start blocking trackers by default

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Mozilla today announced that its Firefox browser will soon by default automatically block all attempts at cross-site tracking. There are three parts to this strategy....

DuckDuckGo gets $10M from Omers for global privacy push

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Pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo, which offers an alternative to surveillance engines like Google, has quietly picked up $10M in fresh funding from Canadian pension...

Privacy groups ask senators to confirm US surveillance oversight nominees

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A coalition of privacy groups are calling on lawmakers to fill the vacant positions on the government’s surveillance oversight board, which hasn’t fully functioned...

Openbook is the latest dream of a digital life beyond Facebook

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As tech’s social giants wrestle with antisocial demons that appear to be both an emergent property of their platform power, and a consequence of...

Oasis Labs raises $45 million for ‘privacy first’ cloud on blockchain

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Oasis Labs has raised $45 million to build a “privacy-first” cloud computing platform with blockchain technology. Berkeley, California-based Oasis Labs is designing a platform to overcome...