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The European Commission Wants to Do Away With Geo Blocks

The European Commission is considering a formal competition inquiry into geo-blocking in Europe that would make services like Netflix accessible regardless of country. Margrethe Vestager, European Competition Commissioner, said that it was not acceptable that European customers cannot access the content they are already paying for when they visit other countries. This goes against the […]

‘Unauthorized Access’ on Twitch, User Passwords Reset

Game streaming site Twitch has reset all user passwords following news that there “may have been unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information.” “For your protection, we have expired passwords and stream keys and have disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube,” said the company in a blog post this evening. “As a result, you […]


Netflix CEO Not Worried About VPN Users in Australia

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he is not concerned about the about the number of VPN users in Australia accessing the US catalog and is confident that users will switch to the Aussie version when it launches next week. “People use VPN because they want the content,” Hastings told Australia’s Financial Review. “They’re paying for […]

NSA Allowed to Continue Phone Records Collection Until June 1

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in the United States has voted to approve an extension on the NSA’s most controversial phone record collection programs until June 1. The campaigns, which have caught an equal amount of flak from both sides of the aisle, have repeatedly avoided being shut down despite the continued efforts of Democrats, […]


Samsung Smart TVs Could Be Listening to Everything You Say

Today, Samsung took a candid moment to come forward and inform the TV purchasing public that certain brands of their Smart TVs might accidentally be listening in on customers’ conversations, and reselling the data gathered by the microphone to third-party advertising services. The company themselves are actually the ones putting out the warning, which suggests […]

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Kick Ass Torrents Offline Following Domain Name Seizure

Well-known torrent site Kick Ass Torrents is temporarily offline after its domain was seized but the owners say they will be moving back to an old domain name shortly. The site’s .so domain name was registered in Somalia, which was considered a “safe haven” according to Wired where it was out of the reach of […]


MPAA May Try to Stop Data ‘At the Border’

The MPAA is attempting to apply a new tactic in tackling piracy, the International Trade Commission (ICT), which would allow data to be stopped ‘at the border’. According to a leaked document and two public filings (1)(2), the movie industry is trying to have digital transmissions regulated much like imported goods and apply this law […]

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Arizona Judge Says Police Don’t Have to Reveal Stingray Details

A reporter in Tuscon, Arizona has been denied access to public records related to the use of stingrays, also known as cellphone trackers, under Arizona’s public records act. In a ruling, a local judge said it would not be in the ‘best interests of the state’ to disclose the training manuals and related material from […]


Canada Rules Police Can Search Cellphones Without A Warrant

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that police can search mobile phones belonging to suspects, provided that they limit the scope of the search and follow certain steps. This verdict is widely regarded as a setback to privacy advocates. The judgment was given regarding a case that concerned an armed robbery that took place […]

Alaska Mental Health Co. Fined $150K For Data Breach

A mental health services provider in Alaska has been fined $150,000 under HIPAA for failing to patch its software, which led to a data breach in 2012. The case raises more questions over how much effort the healthcare industry is putting into safeguarding electronic records. HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and […]