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Germany wants a German Internet as spying scandal rankles

If more countries wall themselves off, it could lead to a troubling "Balkanisation" of the internet.

Tor and Bitcoin promise online stealth

The Silk Road website that was shut down by US authorities, who branded it a black market for drugs and other illicit wares, relied on Tor and Bitcoins to protect the anonymity of users. Tor The Tor network is a platform for online anonymity. The original name was The Onion Router, hence the acronym TOR, because the free software promises layers of protection.

France threatens Google over data protection breaches

France's data protection watchdog said Friday it would take action against US giant Google for failing to comply with national privacy guidelines. The issue of data protection has gathered steam worldwide following revelations by Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency, that the US had a vast, secret programme called PRISM to monitor Internet users.

U.S. judge allows lawsuit against Google over email ads

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss most of a lawsuit against Google Inc over allegations the company improperly scanned the content of customers' emails in order to place ads. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California ruled that the proposed class action lawsuit against Google can proceed. She rejected Google's argument that its users had consented to having their email read for the purposes of targeted advertising.

New tool lets Canadians opt out of some creepy online behavioural ads

TORONTO - Canadians who get spooked every time they see online advertisements that seem to be based on their web browsing history now have a tool available to stop some of the snooping ads. The Digital Advertising Alliance Of Canada has launched youradchoices.ca, which allows web users to opt out of so-called behavioural advertising.

Indonesian Google Street View driver in triple crash and run

A driver collecting video data for internet giant Google's Street View feature in Indonesia slammed into two vehicles after trying to flee responsibility for an earlier crash, police said Saturday. The Indonesian man had been driving a Subaru hatchback in Bogor district on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, on Wednesday with Google's logo and a camera poking from the roof, when he hit a public minivan.

Appeals court affirms that Google's data collection with 'Street View' cameras overreached

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Attorneys suing Google for enabling its camera-carrying vehicles to collect emails and Internet passwords while photographing neighbourhoods for the search giant's popular "Street View" maps look forward to resuming their case now that a federal appeals court has ruled in their favour. The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Tuesday that the Google went far beyond listening to accessible radio communication when they drew information from inside people's homes.

Google seeks to dismiss Gmail privacy lawsuit, says it has right to scan correspondence

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Attorneys suing Google say the firm violates privacy and takes personal property by electronically scanning the contents of people's Gmail accounts and then targeting ads to them. "This company reads, on a daily basis, every email that's submitted, and when I say read, I mean looking at every word to determine meaning," said Texas attorney Sean Rommel, who is co-counsel suing Google.

Google seeks to dismiss Gmail privacy lawsuit, says it has right to scan correspondence

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Google's attorneys say their long-running practice of electronically scanning the contents of people's Gmail accounts to help sell ads is legal, and have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to stop the practice. In a federal court hearing Thursday in San Jose, Google argued that "all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated processing."

Privacy fears cause more to cover online tracks

Amid growing fears about online surveillance and data theft, Americans are increasingly taking steps to remove or mask their digital footprints on the Internet, a study showed Thursday. The Pew Research Center report said 86 percent of US Internet users have taken some steps to avoid online surveillance by other people or organizations. Despite these precautions, 21 percent of online adults in the survey have had an email or social media account hijacked and 11 percent have had information like Social Security numbers or financial data stolen.
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