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Avast Acquires Secure.me

Avast a consumer antivirus maker has just acquires the Facebook-focuesd security startup Secure.me in a move to widen there reach both to the online users and the users that just worry about their immediate systems. Secure.me was launched to the public in November of 2011 as a way that parents could see their children’s Facebook

Plaintiff’s In Mobile App Privacy Suits Seeking Class Action

Earlier this year when Path came under fire for uploading the entire contents of users mobile address books (contacts) to their private servers, it launched a myriad of individual lawsuits. This week we’re hearing that 13 of those plaintiffs are seeking to build a class against a group of well known apps. The new class

Smartphone Photo Controversy Prompts Senate Inquiry

As last week closed out, the safety and security of photos stored locally on your smartphone became an issue. At first it was iPhone only however Google freely admitted that photos on an Android device (and any smartphone for that matter) are stored in such a way that apps could access them, just like they

Motorola Forgot To Wipe The Data On Some Refurbed Xooms

Motorola has made a mistake and wants to rectify it as soon as possible. We learned from a press release sent out on Friday that an allotment of Xoom tablets that were sent to Woot to be sold as “refurbished” were not properly wiped. The tablets in question were sold by Woot between October and

Mobile Device Privacy Act To Prevent Carrier IQ Incidents In The Future

When Carrier IQ was first exposed by Geek.com’s Russell Holly it sparked a whirlwind of information and debate even at congressional levels. Key members of congress like Senator Al Franken and Congressman Edward Markey, both wanted to hear from Carrier IQ in regards to protecting citizens privacy. The debate over Carrier IQ sparked a new

Google’s Eric Schmidt Responds To Government Concerns Over Privacy Policy

Google is in the process of changing their privacy policy. Rather than having 60+ different privacy policies that cover each of their products they’ve opted for one comprehensive policy that covers all of their products collectively. Congressman Ed Markey, along with seven other members of congress, sent a letter to Google expressing their concern over

App Spotlight: Hide It Pro

Personal privacy is important to everyone made through our creation of things like blinds for our windows, etc. While we enjoy expressing our own opinions, it doesn’t mean we want people being able to see every aspect of our lives. This is especially true when it comes to our phones. For many people these devices

Congress Concerned About Security In Kindle Fire’s Web Browser

Representative Ed Markey of Massachusetts, the co-chair of the bi-partisan privacy caucus has sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The letter outlines the caucus’s concerns over the privacy of users who buy the recently announced Amazon Kindle Fire. Amazon has taken pre-orders for hundreds of thousands of Kindle Fire tablets (e-readers) that use

HTC Says They’ll Only Spy On You If You Want Them Too

The interwebs were hot Thursday with reports that an update to the HTC Sensation 4G and the HTC Evo 3D were spying on their users. According to a report originally published in the Boy Genius Report, users were accusing HTC of sending data back to Taiwan as part of an update received by both devices.

Twitter Releases Private Information To British Councillors

Until recently Twitter has never given into pressure to release private data of it’s user base.  Twitter has been protective of usernames, email addresses, geo-location and real names of it’s users. Twitter has now given into pressure from British Councillors, and released private data of users accused of allegedly made libelous tweets. Twitter users @councillorkhan