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Photo app maker Snapchat not ready for its U.S. Senate close-up

By Alina Selyukh and Gerry Shih WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Snapchat is known for an app that enables users to send photo messages that can vanish within seconds of being viewed. On Wednesday, company officials didn't even appear at a Capitol Hill hearing on data security they'd been invited to - and a top senator wasn't happy.

Target, security auditor Trustwave are sued over data breach

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Target Corp and Trustwave Holdings Inc, which provides credit card security services, have been sued by two banks for "monumental" losses they say card issuers will face because of the retailer's holiday season data breach.

Security alert during Obama's Belgian visit declared false alarm

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian police said a security alert caused by a suspicious package found on a Brussels bus during a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday had turned out to be a false alarm. The package that had caused the scare was found to be harmless and the security perimeter set up around the bus was about to be lifted, a police spokesman said.

Obama says U.S. needs to win back trust after NSA spying

By Adrian Croft THE HAGUE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that U.S. intelligence agencies were not snooping on ordinary citizens but admitted it would take time to win back the trust of European governments and people after revelations of extensive U.S. surveillance. Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures about the sweep of the National Security Agency's monitoring activities triggered a national debate over privacy rights but also damaged relations with some European governments.

Student loan data on half a million people was left unsecured: watchdog

OTTAWA - A portable hard drive containing personal information on more than half a million people who took out student loans was left unsecured for extended periods and lacked password protection and encryption, says the federal privacy czar. Employees handling the device were not aware of the sensitivity of the information it contained, concludes a report from interim privacy commissioner Chantal Bernier. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada acknowledged last year the drive held data on 583,000 Canada Student Loans Program borrowers from 2000 to 2006.

White House proposes to end NSA bulk data collection

The White House outlined plans Tuesday to end the National Security Agency's bulk telephone data collection on Americans, aiming to reassure the public following revelations about widespread surveillance. The plan would keep the data outside of government while allowing access for national security reasons, officials said. Key US lawmakers welcomed the proposal, and one group put forward reform legislation along the same lines, with bipartisan support.

NSA 'metadata' reform plans seek to defuse potential opposition

By Mark Hosenball and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Proposals by the White House and a congressional committee to reform the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' telephone "metadata" are being crafted with an eye toward defusing potential opposition from telephone companies and privacy advocates, sources familiar with the plans said.

Snowden sees 'turning point' in NSA reforms

Fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said Tuesday he sees a "turning point" in the surveillance reform plans unveiled by the White House and Congress. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked documents which provided details of vast US surveillance programs, gave a guarded welcome to a proposal from President Barack Obama to end bulk collection of telephone data.

Target missed many warning signs leading to breach: U.S. Senate report

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Target Corp missed multiple opportunities to thwart the hackers responsible for the unprecedented holiday shopping season data breach, U.S. Senate staffers charged in a committee report released on Tuesday. There was no indication the No. 3 U.S. retailer responded to warnings that malware was being installed on Target's system. Other automated warnings the company ignored revealed how the attackers would carry data out of Target's network, according to the report.

White House proposes to end NSA bulk data collection

The White House outlined plans Tuesday to end the National Security Agency's bulk telephone data collection on Americans, aiming to reassure a public outraged by revelations about widespread surveillance. The plan would keep the data outside of government while allowing access for national security reasons, officials said. Key US lawmakers welcomed the proposal, and one group put forward reform legislation along the same lines, with bipartisan support.
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