Michele Neylon, director of Blacknight: “Because of the lack of rules, some companies just did what they wanted.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

People with websites for their company, blog, forum or organisation may soon face restrictions on their ability to keep their personal names, addre(...)

President Barack Obama, who wants congress to pass the USA Freedom Act on Sunday.

President Barack Obama has made a plea to Congress to pass a bill that limits some NSA surveillance powers, saying it would be “irresponsible” and “re(...)

 National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed government snooping. However, the information gathered by companies means citizen information can be made available to the government anyway, without secretly harvesting it.  Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The Patriot Act, the US legislation brought in as an emergency measure after the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks, expires in June and many are(...)

Police in London and San Francisco reported significant drops in iPhone robberies six months after the Find My iPhone feature was introduced in iOS 7. Photograph: Reuters

Easy to sell on, at home or abroad, smartphones are a lucrative target for thieves.Smartphone theft is believed to account for 30 to 40 per cent of al(...)

Jon Matonis: [Running the foundation is like] “going downhill in a go-cart trying to keep the wheels on.” Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Bitcoin Foundation’s executive director, Jon Matonis, travels the world to promote the virtual currency as a replacement for traditional money.(...)

It is illegal under Irish law for Microsoft to hand over information stored in Ireland to the US government without an Irish judge’s approval, former minister for justice Michael McDowell has warned

It is illegal under Irish law for Microsoft to hand over information stored in Ireland to the US government without an Irish judge’s approval, former (...)

Google has received more than 70,000 requests to remove search links to stories

Google has reversed its decision to remove several links to stories in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, underscoring the difficulty the search engine is (...)

A 2012 study by University of California, Berkeley researchers revealed 87 per cent of their survey group didn’t know about ‘DNT’ settings.

If, like a majority of web users in survey after survey, you have concerns about having your online activity tracked by advertisers, then you’ve turne(...)

Facebook and the Manhattan district attorney’s office are in a bitter fight over a US government demand for the contents of hundreds of Facebook accounts.   Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

Facebook and the Manhattan district attorney’s office are in a bitter fight over a US government demand for the contents of hundreds of Facebook acco(...)

Wireless world: using wireless networks – which exist all around us – is not only more efficient but also can be privacy-friendly

The Open Wireless Movement – led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and supported by Mozilla among others – is to launch software which will(...)