The view from the top of IT with TechWorld Editor Rohan Pearce
Explosive revelations in the past six months about the U.S. government's massive cyber-spying activities have spooked individuals, rankled politicians and enraged privacy watchdogs, but top IT executives aren't panicking -- yet.
By Juan Carlos Perez | 05 December, 2013 19:28
Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) this week asked automakers what they're doing to protect vehicles from wireless hacking threats and privacy intrusions.
By Jaikumar Vijayan | 05 December, 2013 18:28
The developer of a popular flashlight app for Android devices has agreed to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that it shared users' geolocation information with advertising networks and other organizations without permission.
By Grant Gross | 05 December, 2013 18:16
The U.S. government has a huge image problem worldwide as it promotes Internet freedom on one hand and conducts mass surveillance on the other, potentially creating major problems for U.S. technology companies, a former official with President Barack Obama's administration said Thursday.
By Grant Gross | 05 December, 2013 16:48
The U.S. National Security Agency is collecting location data daily from tens of millions of cellphones around the world, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
By Jaikumar Vijayan | 05 December, 2013 12:27
Microsoft moved to reassure business and government customers worldwide that it is committed to informing them of legal orders related to their data, and will fight in court any 'gag order' that prevents it from sharing such information with customers.
By John Ribeiro | 05 December, 2013 07:11
The U.S. is collecting nearly 5 billion records a day on the location of cellphones around the world to feed a large database of the location of "at least hundreds of millions of devices," according to a newspaper report.
By John Ribeiro | 05 December, 2013 04:28
The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has received a formal complaint from UK-based privacy group Privacy International following allegations that the ASD offered to share information about Australian citizens with international counterparts.
By Hamish Barwick | 04 December, 2013 10:21
A wide variety of government officials could gain access to live data concerning users of ISPs and online services including content-hosting sites, without the approval of a judge, under a draft law approved by members of the French National Assembly on Friday.
By Peter Sayer | 02 December, 2013 17:19
Google's practice of combining personal data from different Google services violates the Dutch data protection act, the Dutch data protection authority (DPA) said Thursday. But Google will not face any enforcement actions for now.
By Loek Essers | 28 November, 2013 16:50
Europe’s Home Affairs Commissioner said on Wednesday that she would be keeping a close eye on data sharing deals with the U.S.
By Jennifer Baker | 27 November, 2013 17:01
The European Union will not set up a Terrorist Finance Tracking System (TFTS) due to concerns about data security.
By Jennifer Baker | 27 November, 2013 15:59
The European Commission said Wednesday it will not suspend the safe harbor agreement with the U.S. despite calls from the European Parliament.
By Jennifer Baker | 27 November, 2013 15:05
Following reports about U.S. surveillance worldwide, a United Nations panel adopted Tuesday a resolution on potential threats to human rights such as the right to privacy in the digital age.
By John Ribeiro | 27 November, 2013 05:23
The U.S Federal Bureau of Investigation should make public a legal opinion it used to justify a past telephone records surveillance program because other agencies may still be relying on the document for surveillance justifications, the Electronic Frontier Foundation argued in court Tuesday.
By Grant Gross | 26 November, 2013 17:40