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Multiple tech giants, including Apple, Verizon and Cisco, have joined Microsoft in opposing the US government's requests for search warrants for data stored on overseas servers.
Online shoppers in Europe now have new protections under laws that introduce a 14-day 'cooling-off period' for digital purchases, ban retailers from 'pre-ticking' boxes for optional extras, and more.
Edward Snowden has revealed documents showing that the NSA actively collects millions of images of the faces of citizens each day to be used in a new facial recognition system to identify criminals.
In the fourth 'Who Has Your Back' report into the privacy standards of companies online, Snapchat, AT&T & Amazon have been named as failing to provide adequate privacy protection for their customers.
Under new 'anti-terrorism' legislation in Russia, Skype, Facebook, Gmail and other services could be banned for failing to comply with new laws unless the companies changes where user data is stored.
In an attempt to force ISPs to act as legal agencies, and outlaw the right not to turn over your email passwords, the Attorney General has used 68 pages to display technological ignorance.
A driver who was cited for using Google Glass behind the wheel was found innocent by the court. While this is an important precedent it also brings up the issue of an activity indicator on the device.
After New Zealand made the controversial decision to (almost) kill off software patents on Wednesday, experts have expressed doubt at the bill's validity; they question how best it can be enforced.
Apple has been hit with a $118,000 fine for illegally distributing copyrighted material in China. Judge Feng Gang ruled that Apple showed negligence in ensuring uploaded content was legal.
TechNet, a lobbying firm representing Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and more, have sent a letter to Congress in support of the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.
Two of Twitter's co-founders have been granted a patent for the service described as a 'system (and method) for device-independent point to multipoint communication is disclosed.'
Chinese laws forcing real-name registration to use the internet have been passed, with further revisions likely to come. The legislation could allow removal of "illegal" posts within the country.
A Mexican court has fined Yahoo $2.7 billion dollars over an apparent breach of a contract that seems to date back to 2003. The search giant obviously intends to challenge the decision made.
A Dutch national who demanded rewards for ceasing attacks on an MMO's servers could be "levelled up" to five years in the slammer after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.
Cypress Hill backing musician Michael 'Shagg' Washington has finally had his case against Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas voided, ending an argument that has been ongoing since 2010.
In a court case in Germany earlier today, it was ruled that Google-owned Motorola isn't infringing on a Microsoft patent that "enabled applications to work on different handsets."
California Governor Jerry Brown has passed new legislation that will bring free digital textbooks to students at all community colleges in the state as well as those attending University of California
File sharing continues to be a thorn in the side of the entertainment industries. Now public prosecutors in Portugal have said that file sharing copyright material online is, in fact, legal.
Twitter, who has been fighting to protect an Occupy Wall Street protester's details from the government has surrendered the details after being forced into a metaphorical corner.
Facebook is coming under scrutiny by the FTC after it was discovered the company had 'deceived' developers by charging for app verification and doing nothing.
After the Republican party managed to reject the Cybersecurity Bill in Congress, indications have suggested Obama could issue an executive order for the bill, completely cutting Congress out.
In the wake of the capture of one of the terrorists responsible for the Tokyo sarin gas attacks of 1995, Japan's government has quietly amended one of their laws which could theoretically ban YouTube.
A NY State Court ruled that merely viewing child porn on the web can't be considered as a crime. The defendant conviction still stands because of image file found on his computer's hard disk.
A bill prohibiting employers from asking employees for their passwords to social networking sites has passed the Senate and House in Maryland and awaits the governor's signature.
A court has cleared the way for Sony to change the Terms of Service for what is now known as its Entertainment Network (formerly PSN), arguing that users make a conscious decision to use the service.
A proposed amendment that would have prohibited employers from demanding potential hires' usernames and passwords to social networking sites was shot down Wednesday in the House of Representatives.
Two United States Congressmen proposed a bill on Monday that would require most video games to carry a warning label, similar to those found on cigarettes, but cautioning about violent content.
JotForm, a service that allows users to create online forms, was taken down by the U.S. Secret Service for a couple days due to content posted by a user, according to a JotForm co-founder.
An Oklahoma legislator has introduced a bill that proposes to add a one percent excise tax on all "violent video games," claiming that video games can lead to obesity and bullying.
A new bill drafted in the House of Representatives would give the Federal Trade Commission power to regulate "monitoring software" like Carrier IQ, which sparked privacy debates last fall.
The popular file sharing website -- Megaupload -- has been shut down by the US government as a result of being charged with piracy, and effective immediately has disappeared.
New documents released by Wikileaks earlier this week suggest Apple is struggling to counter against the Chinese counterfeit gadget trade. Local authorities are reportedly uncooperative with Apple.
A judge working on an infringement case between both Apple and Samsung has denied a Samsung request to see Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPad 3 devices, saying that the company is not required to hand...
It seems that the state of Tennessee is in the news yet again. After reporting on a bill that makes sharing your Netflix login credentials illegal, it now appears the state is going against offensive...
The council of South Tyneside has successfully obtained the details of multiple Twitter accounts, which the council claims were used to post libellous messages. Officials were pushed to take the company to court in its...
A new bill proposed Tuesday calls for a major overhaul to a digital privacy law that is now 25 years old. It would allow for more restricted access by requiring government officials receive a probable...
Activision has joined a growing list of media, research and other groups opposing a proposed law that would ban the sale or rental of video games to minors in the state of California. Making a...
A Pakistani lawyer has filed a "First Information Report" alleging that Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is responsible for the distribution of blasphemous Islamic content. A "Draw Muhammad" contest started by a Facebook user resulted in a...
An Italian consumer group is planning a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft over the pre-installation of Windows on computers. According to Reuters, the move comes after a new law was passed, allowing consumer associations to file...
Windows 7 can allow potentially incriminating data (such as child pornography) to be encrypted on a user's hard drive and make detection by police "impossible", experts in Australia claim. Speaking to News.com.au, Hetty Johnson, a...
Revealed this week, a tax increase of 50p may become law for UK taxpayers that will go towards a fund to fuel growing development for the infrastructure of Internet networks throughout Britain. Appearing as part...
Today it has been released that members from the EU Commission are proposing to give Games and similar Software a two year guarantee that is currently in place for "tangible movable consumer goods". Meglena Kuneva...
The incredible wave of negative publicity from Time Warner's (now postponed) plan for bandwidth caps on all of their broadband internet plans has barely died down. That isn't stopping the increasingly despised ISP from giving...
The French National Assembly has shot down a bill that would have given music and movie industries an overwhelming amount of power to shut off end users internet access after a three strikes rule. "Under...
According to the Local, various members of the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) have taken the stand in the ongoing trial against the Pirate Bay now unfolding in Sweden. At one point, John...
It all started with an article in The Consumerist, which noted that a change to Facebook's Terms of Service had been instituted, seemingly on the sly*, that extended the company's access to your content essentially...
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, in 2005 California politicians passed a law that would put onerous limits on the video-gaming industry, seeking to impose severe restrictions upon their availability by making it a crime...
In a decision that could set the tone for journalism in the digital age, a California appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers, like traditional reporters, have the right to keep their sources confidential. A panel...