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New Snapcash Feature Triggers Concern; Users Call it ‘Future of Cam Girls’

New security concerns were raised after Snapchat launched a feature that allows users to send cash within the app, according to media reports. On Reddit, users named Snapcash “the future of cam girls,” saying the service will also be used to pay for online prostitution. To ease security concerns, Snapcash is powered by credit card processing and business solutions company Square. The service handles the bac...

Google Calls for Laws to Allow Europeans to Challenge Data Abuse by US Government

Google is calling for legal changes that would allow European Union citizens to go to US courts to challenge misuse of their personal data by the US government, according to a Google blog post. The company’s support for the extension of the US Privacy Act in Europe joyed by US citizens – who can go to European courts to challenge misuse of their data by European governments. The move follows Edward’s Snowde...

New Facebook App Encourages Anonymous Sharing

Facebook’s new mobile app, Rooms, allows people to create groups and share their interests under pseudonyms, Facebook announced. "A room is a feed of photos, videos, and text — not too different from the one you have on Instagram or Facebook — with a topic determined by whoever created the room," Facebook says. The app does not require users to reveal their real name, own a Facebook account or an email addr...

Safety Check – a new Facebook tool that hopefully you’ll never have to use

If you were caught up in the middle of a tsunami or an earthquake, I certainly hope your first thought wouldn't be to reach to your smartphone to post a message to your Facebook page or Twitter account. But, human nature being what it is, chances are that many would - after they have checked they are not in imminent danger - be keen to find out what the heck is going on by checking a social network, and rea...

Schoolgirl aged 15 left humiliated when teachers showed her bikini photo in assembly

Remember when you were a teenager? And you had thousands of friends on Facebook? No? That doesn’t describe my childhood, either, but it rings true to many of today’s teens. According to a survey, a child’s social media development begins at nine and over the next four year period, their online activity evolves from just viewing online content to using social media platforms. Social networking safety issues...

200,000 naked Snapchat images leaked, after third-party hack

Are you, or is a member of your family, in the habit of exchanging intimate private pictures via Snapchat? If so, I hope you won't be relying on them remaining private. Because, as has been known for some time, there will always be ways for Snapchat images to be preserved by recipients - even if you were hoping they would expire and delete themselves a few seconds after being viewed. Now, in an event dubbed...

Apple Does Not Read Your Emails, CEO Says

Apple continues its series of security and privacy updates, refreshing its Privacy Policy in view of the iOS 8 launch, according to macworld.com. In a public message on the company’s privacy page, CEO Tim Cook discussed how the company treats users’ data: “We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers," he said. "We don’t 'monetize' the information you st...

Comcast Allegedly Threatens to Terminate Service to TOR Users

Comcast subscribers who use the anonymous TOR browser have been reportedly threatened by the company with service termination if they continue to use the "illegal" browser, according to the Deepdotweb. Comcast's customer representatives told customers that the use of TOR is against its policies and "illegal". "Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things t...

Facebook’s privacy dinosaur will check your settings for you

Facebook has announced that it has started rolling out a new feature which will help you "review and control who you're sharing with" on the world's biggest social network. With a little help from a blue dinosaur cartoon character, the "Privacy Checkup" will allow you quickly review your privacy settings, and see if you're comfortable with how your account is configured. Unless you're a privacy ninja who fe...

US Companies Still Mine Europeans’ Private Data despite Promises, CDD says

Dozens of US tech companies, including Adobe Systems, AOL and Salesforce.com, continue to violate Europeans’ privacy despite promises to comply, according to the Center for Digital Democracy. The advocacy group filed a complaint against 30 data brokers, tech giants and data management firms that promised to better handle personal information of EU residents. “The commercial surveillance of EU consumers by U...

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