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Google to encrypt data on new version of Android by default

Encryption has been optional since 2011, but Android L, due out later this year, will include activation procedures for automatic encryption.

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Apple transparency reports allude to Patriot Act demands

A "warrant canary" stating that Apple has "never received an order" under the Patriot Act is missing from its latest two reports -- suggesting such demands have been made.

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iOS 8 also comes with bucket of security fixes

Long list of iOS 8 security fixes makes your iPhone and iPad safer to use, but Apple doesn't say how severe some of the problems were -- again.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook sits down with PBS's Charlie Rose to talk shop.

Tim Cook explains Apple's privacy policies in open letter

Apple publishes new webpage that explains how it handles its users' personal information and government requests for that information.

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Apple toughens iCloud backup security

Two weeks after breach of celebrity iCloud accounts, Apple makes good on CEO Tim Cook's promises to strengthen security.

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​Internet's security bug tracker faces its 'Y2K' moment

From critical exploits to the tiniest bug, many security holes receive a tracking number through the US government. The system is being revamped to handle the ever-growing number of bugs, but the cure could create problems of its own.

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Foxconn worker allegedly sold iPhone 6 shells -- report

The person allegedly took six bodies for the iPhone 6 off the assembly line and sold them to a local gadget market in Shenzhen.

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is under fire for allegedly lying about government Internet surveillance.

New Zealand secretly built spying program, report says

The New Zealand government constructed a mass surveillance program as part of the 'Five Eyes' international data-sharing network, despite public denial of the surveillance, says Edward Snowden.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook sits down with PBS's Charlie Rose to talk shop.

Apple takes 'very different view' on customer privacy, Cook says

Apple's CEO tells Charlie Rose that Apple is not in the business of collecting customers' personal information.

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Most mobile apps will fail standard security tests, Gartner says

The market researcher says this poses a serious problem for businesses, where bring-your-own-device options are commonplace.

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​NSW Police named by Wikileaks for 'surveillance malware' use

Wikileaks has named NSW Police in a list of international customers of FinFisher -- a German company that produces malware designed to "silently intercept files and communications".

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Use Google's new panel in security settings to keep your account safe

The settings aren't new, but the wizard-like presentation is a new addition. It walks you through five important security settings for your Google account.

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