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Privacy

  • Passcode at SXSW: Ad blockers, spies, hackers, and Hollywood

    From biometric tracking to smart cities to hackers on film, bookmark our four panels on digital security and privacy at this year's South by Southwest festival in Austin. 

  • US regulator set to tamp down on privacy rules

    The Federal Communications Commission will announce plans to delay Obama-era privacy regulations that would push broadband companies to institute stronger standards for protecting consumers' data.

  • Can parental spyware keep kids safe online?

    Some law enforcement officials say it won't – and are discouraging parents from relying on a growing number of smartphone surveillance apps to guard against bullying and sexual predators.

  • Passcode Voices Opinion: Will Trump sink Privacy Shield?

    If Trump walks back US surveillance reform, he could jeopardize a trade agreement with the European Union that ensures the free flow of data across the Atlantic.  

  • Passcode Voices Opinion: The Senate should pass the Email Privacy Act without delay

    The Senate must step up to pass this desperately needed legislation that restores the privacy rights of all Americans in the Digital Age.

  • Passcode Voices Does the health data industry prioritize profits or patients?

    In his new book about medical privacy, Adam Tanner argues patients are in the dark about a multibillion dollar industry that profits from their medical records.

  • Privacy by design: How fashion combats surveillance

    Designers, artists, and students around the world are creating accessories and clothing meant to hide wearers' identities from mass surveillance.

  • Want to buy a 'smart' hair brush? Read this first

    Cybersecurity experts say many of the internet-connected products increasingly turning up on store shelves are insecure, giving malicious hackers new ways of attacking consumers – and the entire internet.

  • Video: How to create a secure password, as told by a 12-year-old

    A young New Yorker started her own business to sell secure passwords. 

  • How The Citizen Lab polices the world's digital spies

    University of Toronto professor Ron Deibert launched The Citizen Lab in 2001 to become the 'CSI of the internet.' Since then, it has become one of the leading watchdogs for digital censorship and online suppression. 

  • Passcode Voices Opinion: Congress needs to check government hacking powers

    Now that law enforcement has more leeway to hack computers and surveil suspects due to changes in criminal procedure, Congress needs oversee these powers to protect Americans' civil liberties and privacy.

  • Are these toys spying on your kids?

    This week privacy groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that the popular My Friend Cayla and I-Que Intelligent Robot dolls collected kids' personal information without consent.

  • When mom becomes Big Brother

    What are the tools and tricks of internet tracking in the home, and why building a domestic surveillance state is worth it for one family.

  • Passcode Voices Opinion: An automotive privacy collision

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration owes it to motorists to set more robust and clearer privacy standards for connected cars.

  • Passcode Voices Opinion: The FCC needs to end warrantless cellphone spying

    Police departments' growing use of devices known as "Stingrays" that intercept – and disrupt – people's communications represents a clear danger to Americans' privacy.

  • Passcode Voices What parents don't get about cyberbullying

    In his new book about kids and digital safety, Nathan Fisk argues that efforts to thwart cyberbullying shouldn't stop young people from participating in online communities where they can figure out the right ways – and wrong ways – to communicate.  

  • How Social Security numbers became skeleton keys for fraudsters

    The Social Security number is overused and abused by hospitals, banks, and even retailers, putting millions of Americans at risk of identity theft. But experts say it doesn't have to be this way.

  • Worried about surveillance under Trump? Here's what to do

    Tech advocates concerned that the Trump administration may deploy surveillance measures against critics are encouraging activists and others to take steps to protect their privacy.

  • The Dark Web isn’t all dark

    Researchers who combed through the Dark Web, a portion of the internet masked by anonymizing software, found that a majority of the content there is legal.   

  • Report finds racial bias in facial recognition technology

    More than 40 rights groups asked the Department of Justice to launch a probe examining whether systems used by police to investigate crimes disproportionately identify blacks as criminal suspects.

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