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  1. Press: Cambridge Analytica shuts down over use of Facebook data
    Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that worked for the Trump campaign and had come under attack for its use of personal Facebook data in other elections, announced it would cease operations and declare bankruptcy in… | May 03, 2018
  2. Press: A flaw-by-flaw guide to Facebook’s new GDPR privacy changes
    Facebook is about to start pushing European users to speed through giving consent for its new GDPR privacy law compliance changes. It will ask people to review how Facebook applies data from web to target… | Apr 18, 2018
  3. Press: Facebook:‘Malicious actors’ used its tools to discover identities, collect data
    Facebook said Wednesday that “malicious actors” took advantage of search tools on its platform, making it possible for them to discover the identities and collect information on most of its 2 billion users worldwide. The… | Apr 05, 2018
  4. Press: Facebook is not the problem. Lax privacy rules are
    Last week, Facebook said it was simplifying and centralizing privacy settings, making it easier for its more than two billion users to change how much personal information they share. That was an important and necessary… | Apr 01, 2018
  5. Press: The scary truth that Cambridge Analytica understands
    Cambridge Analytica, a London-based data firm that sold its services to political campaigns, has been thrust into the spotlight this week thanks to a number of startling exposés. Undercover footage, along with testimony and evidence… | Mar 22, 2018
  6. Press: Equifax extends free credit freezes
    Equifax has extended its offer of free credit freezes through June 30. Equifax made freezes free late last year in the wake of a data breach that compromised personal data on about 145 million U.S.… | Jan 31, 2018
  7. Press: Companies exposing your personal information know a lot about you
    Alteryx is a data analytics company that makes its money by repackaging data that it has collected from different sources. And it became the latest reminder of how much data little-known companies have collected on… | Dec 26, 2017
  8. Press: Security breach and spilled secrets have shaken NSA to Its core
    Jake Williams had written on his company blog about the Shadow Brokers, a mysterious group that had somehow obtained many of the hacking tools the United States used to spy on other countries. Now the… | Nov 13, 2017
  9. Press: Equifax faces hundreds of class-action lawsuits over data breach
    Equifax, the credit reporting firm, is facing more than 240 class-action lawsuits from consumers — in addition to suits from shareholders and financial institutions — over the way it handled a massive data breach that affected 145.5 million… | Nov 10, 2017
  10. Press: What to do if your financial information is stolen
    Contrary to what movies portray, the most common crimes are not Taken-style abductions or home invasions, but the theft of personal information.  "The most effective way to keep tabs on all of these accounts is… | Oct 19, 2017
  11. Press: Making the lives of cybercriminals and spies harder online
    As a cybersecurity reporter, what do you do to secure your technology setup?  Online, I make sure to use two-factor authentication whenever it is available. I use Gmail and Chrome’s web browser because those have… | Oct 12, 2017
  12. Press: Equifax says cybersecurity incident could affect 143 million consumers
    Equifax said it discovered the breach on July 29. "Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files," the company explained. Leaked data includes names, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses… | Sep 07, 2017
  13. Press: Trump signed repeal of FCC privacy rules. Here’s what’s next
    President Trump signed congressional legislation that repeals the Federal Communications Commission's privacy protections for Internet users.  The Obama-backed rules would have banned Internet providers from collecting, storing, sharing and selling certain types of customer information… | Apr 06, 2017
  14. Press: Push for Internet privacy rules moves to statehouses
    As on climate change, immigration and a host of other issues, some state legislatures may prove to be a counterweight to Washington by enacting new regulations to increase consumers’ privacy rights.  Illinois legislators are considering… | Mar 27, 2017
  15. Press: Congress vote may overturn Internet privacy rules
    The rules, which would have required Internet service providers to ask customers' permission to collect, use and sell personal information, were passed Oct. 27, 2016 by the FCC, then chaired by Democrat Tom Wheeler. But Republicans… | Mar 23, 2017
  16. Press: New rules to protect your online privacy already under threat
    At a time when our country is divided about so many issues, there’s an area of overwhelming agreement: the importance of privacy. A Pew study found that 91 percent of adults feel they have lost… | Feb 09, 2017
  17. Press: Identity fraud hits record number of Americans in 2016
    Identity thieves, who commit financial fraud with stolen account information, had a banner year in 2016.  Despite widespread efforts to fight this crime wave, the crooks successfully netted two million more victims and stole $16… | Feb 02, 2017
  18. Press: Facebook doesn’t tell users everything it really knows about them
    Facebook has long let users see all sorts of things the site knows about them, like whether they enjoy soccer, have recently moved, or like Melania Trump. But the tech giant gives users little indication… | Jan 04, 2017

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