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NEW YORK – United States companies doing business abroad are grumbling over new European privacy laws set to take effect in less than one year. The EU privacy rules are far more stringent than U.S. laws, and are meant to give consumers the upper hand when it comes to controlling what data is stored by […]

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After a recent investigation, Mexican NGOs allege that the Mexican government is deploying sophisticated mobile spying software on local journalists, lawyers and activists. Using fake custom messages, such as news, pictures and text messages to lure victims into clicking various URLs, a series of zero-day vulnerabilities would be exploited to allow remote control of the targeted devices.

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The Fifth Amendment in the US has been used by defendants to protect themselves from divulging information that could incriminate them in an investigation — passwords and passcodes included. However, suspects can be forced by law enforcement to reveal their passwords for electronic devices as it doesn’t violate the amendment.

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The password-manager 1Password has just implemented a travel mode that tries to protect users while crossing borders. It doesn’t make much sense. To enable it, you have to create a list of passwords you feel safe traveling with, and then you can turn on the mode that only gives you access to those passwords.

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