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US senator introduces privacy bill that would jail CEOs for user privacy violations

Sen. Ron Wyden (left) speaking to Sen. Dianne Feinstein in June 2013 (Image: J.S. Applewhite/AP) Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced today a new bill that introduces sweeping privacy protections for Americans’ private information. Named the Mind Your Own Business Act (MYOBA), the bill includes clauses that will give Americans “an easy, one-click way to stop companies from selling or sharing… Read more →

The 10 best smartphones of 2019: We have a winner

The best smartphones on the market right now ZDNet’s Matthew Miller talks with TechRepublic’s Karen Roby, breaking down the best of the best smartphones that are available to consumers right now. Read more: CNET Best Phones for 2019 Our editors hand-picked these products based on our tests and reviews. Read More Leaks revealed everything we expected from Google with… Read more →

Google expands Chrome’s Site Isolation feature to Android users

Google Chrome’s Site Isolation security feature is now also available in a limited fashion on Android devices. If Chrome for Android users visit a site where they enter passwords, Chrome will isolate that site from all the other tabs in a separate Android process, keeping the user’s data safe from Spectre-like attacks, Google said today. Furthermore, Site Isolation, which has… Read more →

Maybe shadow IT isn’t so bad after all, study suggests

What’s not to love about shadow IT? It’s been a never-ending worry for IT leaders, especially when it comes to security, control and data formats. End-users subscribe to their own cloud accounts, use their own assortment of devices, and often even hire their own outside developers to build mobile apps and localized applications.  Photo: Michael Krigsman The icing on the… Read more →

The impact of Brexit on CISOs

UK firms aren’t ready for a no-deal Brexit Large numbers of small and medium-sized tech businesses haven’t made any preparations for the UK leaving the EU – and many believe the government isn’t listening to the concerns they have ahead of Brexit. Today we see some signs of optimism from the EU and the UK about the potential to conclude… Read more →

OnePlus 7T review: The best smartphone value of 2019

At this time of year we see high end flagships announced by Samsung, Apple, and Google with prices for the larger devices starting at $899. OnePlus entered the fray with one of its most affordable phones in the past couple of years with the OnePlus 7T. top picks The 10 best smartphones right now It’s easy to find a great… Read more →

Germany’s cyber-security agency recommends Firefox as most secure browser

Image: Mozilla Firefox is the only browser that received top marks in a recent audit carried out by Germany’s cyber-security agency — the German Federal Office for Information Security (or the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik — BSI). Special feature Special report: A winning strategy for cybersecurity (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature, offers… Read more →

Permanent Record, book review: The whistleblower’s tale

Permanent Record • By Edward Snowden • Macmillan • 352 pages • ISBN: 978-1529035650 • £20 In 1990, when Simon Davies founded Privacy International, active privacy advocates were likely to find themselves accused of paranoia, even though the Scottish investigative journalist Duncan Campbell kept proving their point with his late 1980s exposés of government surveillance. Davies, who published a memoir of… Read more →

Pendo raises $100 million for $1 billion valuation, eyes international expansion

Digital transformation: Four most disruptive technologies Thomas Siebel, author and CEO of, tells Tonya Hall about four of the most disruptive technologies in digital transformation and their effects in the tech industry. SPECIAL REPORT Digital Transformation: A CXO’s Guide You can download all of the articles in this special report in one PDF (free registration required). Read More… Read more →

Tor Snowflake turns your browser into a proxy for users in censored countries

Image: Tor Project The Tor Project has published Chrome and Firefox extensions over the summer to help users in censored countries connect to the Tor network. The extensions are not meant to be installed by users living in oppressive countries that block access to the Tor network. They’re meant for those living in free countries, where governments don’t block Tor… Read more →

Cyberbit discovers international airport riddled with Bitcoin-mining malware

Cyberbit says its computer security software helped uncover a large infection of cryptocurrency mining software at an unnamed “international airport in Europe” where the majority of workstations were infected with active malware. The company won’t name its client but in a blog post, its researchers said that standard types of anti-virus software would have failed to catch the crypto-miners, including… Read more →