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  1. privacy
    Facebook Wasn’t Keeping a Close Eye on How Its Data Was Being UsedNew info emerges about privacy audits and the company’s agreement with the FTC.
  2. 2038
    In 20 Years, the Internet Will Have Swallowed You, So Nothing Will Be PrivateOn this week’s episode of 2038, the author of What Is Code? talks about the true (maybe terrifying) meaning of the “internet of things.”
  3. privacy
    Tim Cook Pushes for Strong Privacy Regulations That Don’t Really Affect AppleThe Apple CEO says his company supports “comprehensive” federal laws.
  4. hacking
    Good News! The Enormous Facebook Data Breach Only Has 30 Million Victims!The company is working with the FBI to investigate.
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    One Coffee? Your Total Is Some Personal Data.Shiru Café offers “free” coffee in exchange for student data.
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    Inside the Decades-Long Fight to Protect Your Children’s Data From AdvertisersWhat’s stopping internet companies from using everything they can to target kids? Surprisingly little.
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    Smart-Home Robots Are Using Their Cuteness to Spy on You BetterIf self-driving cars need a good sense of physics, social robots need the tools of a confidence artist.
  8. Rand Paul Remains the GOP Rebel Who Rarely RebelsPaul quickly abandoned his concerns about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, not with a bang but a whimper.
  9. California Passes Sweeping Privacy RegulationsOther states could follow suit.
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    What Iran and Russia’s Telegram Ban Means for Secure Messaging AppsUp until the late ’90s, basic encryption technologies in the U.S. fell under the same category as anti-aircraft missiles and militarized submarines.
  11. Facebook Bug Might Have Had Users Post Private Things PubliclyThe glitch affected 14 million people.
  12. Google, Facebook Already Facing Lawsuits Under New European Privacy LawThe E.U.’s new data-privacy law went into effect today — and Google and Facebook are already facing legal complaints.
  13. How Storyful Kept a Very Close Eye on What Journalists Looked AtA social-media aggregator monitored what journalists were looking at, hoping to gain an edge on what content was about to go viral.
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    The E.U.’s New Privacy Laws Might Actually Create a Better InternetData regulation could do more than protect your personal information — it might result in a new, happier internet.
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    ‘F*ck Them. We Need a Law’: A Legendary Programmer Takes on Silicon ValleyA conversation with legendary programmer Richard Stallman on the real meaning of “privacy rights” and why he only ever uses cash.
  16. Facebook Previews Underwhelming Privacy TweaksThe system appears designed to gain informed consent without actually informing.
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    A Paranoid Guide to Smart-Speaker PrivacyThe demon boxes cater to your every need! How much should you trust them?
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    An Apology for the Internet — From the Architects Who Built ItEven those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created. A breakdown of what went wrong.
  19. Ever Record a Video on Facebook? Facebook Still Has It.Facebook quietly saved videos users filmed on the platform but never actually posted.
  20. As Facebook Fears Mount, Zuckerberg Apologizes in Ad BlitzThe company lost nearly $50 billion in stock value last week following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
  21. It’s Now Really Easy for Your Boss to Read Your Slack DMsSlack announced some changes to its privacy policy.
  22. MoviePass Stops Secretly Tracking UsersConcerns were raised after MoviePass’s CEO mentioned that the app was tracking users before and after the theater.
  23. Your Friendly Neighborhood Best Buy Geek Squad Is Even Friendlier to the FBIRepair technicians have a lot of incentive to search for illegal material.
  24. You Should Probably Check Your Airbnb for Hidden CamerasPeople are trash and technology is terrible.
  25. ‘Anonymous’ Browsing Data Isn’t As Anonymous As You ThinkAll it really takes is the right data broker and some deductive reasoning.
  26. Russia and China Clamp Down on VPN AccessIt’s getting harder to mask one’s online activity.
  27. Facebook Has One Big Problem in Its Quest to Transform ItselfThe site offers little anonymity, even as it encourages users to post intimately in private spaces.
  28. Alexa, Give My Data Over to DevelopersAmazon is considering allowing third-party app developers access to your voice queries to Alexa.
  29. Judge Dismisses Facebook Tracking LawsuitHaving a “like” button on a website doesn’t count as wiretapping.
  30. Can Cities Protect the Free, Open Internet for Everyone?When cities like New York shape the internet to their needs and beliefs, the web — and society — benefit.
  31. Dear Select All: Should I Get a VPN?With the FCC able to sell my browsing data, is it time to sign up for a VPN?
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    It’s Time for a Grassroots Movement Toward Better Online PrivacyCongress won’t fight for you. Corporations won’t protect you. It’s only going to get worse.
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    There’s No Such Thing As an Anonymous Social-Media AccountIt took less than a day for James Comey’s secret Twitter and Instagram accounts to be discovered.
  34. What to Know About Congress’s New Internet-Privacy RollbackWhy Republicans and the telecom industry want to nullify privacy regulations.
  35. Senate Approves Letting ISPs Sell Your Info Without PermissionAnother Obama rule gets reversed.
  36. Enormous Corporate Database Leaks Info of 33 Million PeopleA Dun & Bradstreet database has been leaked to the web, filled with incredibly detailed information.
  37. How a Plush Toy Exposed Millions of Voice Messages Between Kids and ParentsA message you can hug, but probably shouldn’t.
  38. How to Keep Your Smartphone Safe While Entering the United StatesDon’t want a customs agent looking through your Twitter DMs? Here’s how.
  39. GOP Senator Wants to Let Your ISP Sell Your Info to Advertisers AgainAnother consumer protection could quickly get rolled back under the new Washington regime.
  40. What Your Smart TV Knows About YouWhat your smart TV may be tracking about your viewing habits — and how to get it to stop.
  41. Vizio Smart TVs Were Watching Everything You WatchedStare into a Vizio smart TV and a Vizio smart TV stares back.
  42. reproductive freedom
    How to Plan an Abortion in the Surveillance StateGoogling and texting are second nature to most of us, but thinking about how to secure communication isn’t.
  43. hacking
    Pretty Little Liars Star Tells Hackers Who Leaked Her Nudes to ‘Kiss My Ass’She will not apologize for having her privacy violated.
  44. privacy
    Uber Employees Reportedly Used the App to Spy on Their ExesA former employee recounts chilling examples of how the app’s tracking capabilities were used.
  45. The Encrypted Chat App That’s Booming in a Post-Trump WorldWith a Trump presidency looming, the private-messenger app Signal is suddenly much more popular.
  46. Use Windows? Disable Flash Right NowA massive vulnerability in Windows was revealed by Google, of all companies.
  47. If You’re Ever Dissed in a Hacked Email, Try to Respond Like Larry LessigWikiLeaks revealed that some Clinton aides hate Larry Lessig. Lessig is outraged – that those aides had their privacy violated.
  48. Can You Be Online Without Leaving Any Digital Fingerprints?We talked to a security expert about whether true anonymity is possible in 2016.
  49. choices
    Kim Kardashian West, Elena Ferrante, and the Right to PrivacyWomen are punished no matter how public they choose to be.
  50. don't trust the cloud
    Arrest Made in Pippa Middleton iCloud Photo HackThe hacker reportedly offered The Sun and The Daily Mail 3,000 pictures for a large sum of money.
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