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Google starts removing 'right to be forgotten' search results

European Google users may now see a warning when they search for a name

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Disconnect's new browser plugin translates complex privacy policies into simple icons

The Privacy Icons browser add-on translates websites' privacy policies into nine easy-to-grasp categories

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The EFF wants to improve your privacy by making your Wi-Fi public

Could allowing strangers to use your Wi-Fi actually protect your privacy? The EFF thinks so, and plans to make it easier with a new tool.

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Appeals court rules warrant required for cellphone location data

The first ruling of its kind in the US is being hailed by privacy advocates

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Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: 'Right to be forgotten' is censorship

Wales sits on a committee advising Google on dealing with an EU court's ruling that people have the right to be forgotten online.

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What Europe's new 'right to be forgotten' online means

Would something like this ever happen in the U.S.? Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales doesn't think so.

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Reset the Net: How the web is fighting back on the anniversary of Snowden's revelations

One year to the day after Snowden's first NSA revelation broke, the web is aflutter in rebellion. Here's the details, and tools you can use to protect your privacy.

Report: NSA facial recognition program collects 'millions' of photos from the Web

Newly leaked documents reveal a massive NSA program to collect and analyze photographs, according to the New York Times.

Tech giants team up to take on US Government gag orders

Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo are working to end US government gag orders that prevent them from disclosing how many national security data requests they've received.

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Facebook proves it (finally) cares about privacy with new features

The network once defaulted to public posts for new users, but after years of complaints, Facebook is changing its tune.

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Yahoo drops 'Do Not Track' policy in favor of 'personalized' experience

Yahoo says it'll be easier to give you what you want if they know what you want—by tracking you.

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Report: Verizon (unsuccessfully) challenged NSA surveillance program

The ruling against Verizon runs counter to a previous decision, which stated that the NSA's phone surveillance program may be unconstitutional.

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California phone kill-switch bill fails vote in state senate

The telecoms industry scores a win, but the bill could return later in the session

Report: NSA secretly exploited devastating Heartbleed bug for years (Update: NSA denies)

News of the Heartbleed bug has brought the Web to its knees, and Bloomberg says the NSA has been exploiting it for at least two years.

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How to hide your online searches: We browse incognito with Disconnect and Silo

Want to keep Google from serving you search-based ads, or cookies from dropping in unannounced? One of these tools could help.

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