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UK police can now demand encryption keys

People in the UK who encrypt their data are now obliged by law to give up the encryption keys to law enforcement officials who request it, under part of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA). Section 49 of Part III of RIPA compels a person, when served with a notice, to either hand […]

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Merijn, the creator of HijackThis recently sold the popular application used to remove malware to Trend Micro. In addition to improvements like support for Windows Vista, they’ve added a deceptively titled “AnalyzeThis” button. While the average user likely thinks the AnalyzeThis button provides helpful information for diagnosing their log, it’s main purpose is to send […]

Microsoft, Ask.com pressure Google on privacy

Microsoft is joining Ask.com in offering Web surfers a way to use its search engines anonymously, and the two companies are now calling on the search and online advertising industry to develop a common set of privacy practices. By year?s end, Microsoft will give users a way to search anonymously on its Microsoft Windows Live […]

It’s such a tremendously bad idea that it’s almost bound to succeed. Microsoft has filed another patent, this one for an “advertising framework” that uses “context data” from your hard drive to show you advertisements and “apportion and credit advertising revenue” to ad suppliers in real time. Yes, Redmond wants to own the patent on […]

Google named worst privacy offender in study

A new report puts Google in last place when it comes to privacy protection. Despite recent moves to anonymize server logs and other pro-privacy gestures, Privacy International called the company “an endemic threat to privacy.” Only Google earned the dismal “black” color bar from the group, which has just issued a report on Internet privacy […]

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Remove your phone number from Google Search

Concerned about your privacy? One proactive step you can take is to remove your phone number from Google PhoneBook. As you may know, typing a residential phone number into a Google Search bar (though not the Google Toolbar) performs a reverse lookup that lists your name, address and even a link to a Google Map […]