apps
Dad Creates App to Demand Child Returns Calls

An angry dad has come up with a way of making sure his child responds to his messages. He's built an app that makes the phone go berserk and sets off all the alarms until the child responds. Read More >>

security
How to Snoop-Proof Any Phone or Tablet

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It’s likely that you’ve got details of your whole life stored on your phone—the people you know, the banks you’ve used, the videos you’ve wasted hours watching—and you don’t necessarily want that info getting out into the wider world. If you’re keen to lock down your handset against unwelcome visitors, you need to take a few steps. Read More >>

Office
privacy
ECHR Says it’s Fine for Employers to Sift Through Workers’ Online Communications

Most of us raised our eyebrows, tutted and shook our heads when we heard about the Daily Telegraph’s weird employee-monitoring tools, though a ruling made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) this week could see even more invasive measures introduced by employers. Read More >>

playstation
Paris Terrorists May Have Used the Sony PS4 to Coordinate Their Attacks

Much of the world is still reeling from the events in Beirut, Paris and Syria over the weekend, and investigations in mainland Europe have taken an unexpected turn. A PS4 has reportedly been seized by authorities in Belgium, with the games console believed to have been used as a communications platform by the Paris attackers. Read More >>

wikileaks
New WikiLeaks Cache Reveals a Decade of US Spying on Japan

A new series of documents released by WikiLeaks reveals a list of 35 high-profile targets in Japan that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has spied on since 2006. Read More >>

privacy
11 Wildly Creepy Things People Have Done to Snoop on Smartphones

We've all felt the urge to snoop through our loved ones' phones before—and sometimes that itch is just too strong to resist. For some people, though, that gentle itch is more like a knife wound. And the lengths they'll go to for a peek are astounding in the creepiest possible ways. Read More >>

microsoft
Microsoft Will Leave Email Snooping Up to the Authorities Now

After last week's uproar over Microsoft's 2012 snooping in a blogger's Hotmail account, the company says it will no longer perform its own email snooping in criminal cases. In an official blog post today, Microsoft Executive Vice President Brad Smith said that, effective immediately, when investigations occur, "we will not inspect a customer's private content ourselves. Instead, we will refer the matter to law enforcement if further action is required." Which sounds like what should've been protocol in the first place. Read More >>

privacy
Hundreds of Police Sacked and Forced to Resign for Snooping on Ex-Wives and Kids

Stats on police disciplinaries have uncovered over 2,000 data protection breaches since 2009, with some police using their privileged access to national databases to check out their partners and kids, and also giving out inappropriate case data on social networks. Read More >>

Password
chatroom
Do You Really Care That GCHQ Is Spying on Your Internet?

Friday night brought the revelation that the UK government is watching, or more specifically its GCHQ digital lapdog is. Following on the from the US PRISM scandal, it seems the UK is going even further. The thing is, do you really care? Read More >>

Mega
privacy
Kim Dotcom: Super-Paranoid, Mega Email Is on the Way

Are you a tiny bit paranoid that people are reading your email? You know, those that aren't meant to be reading your email. I have good news for you. Kim Dotcom's bringing Mega-style email your way -- fully encrypted, government-snooping proof email. Read More >>

instagram
This Instagram-Street View Mash-Up Is a Stalker’s Wet Dream

As if Instagram wasn't already an amazing way to snoop on what people are doing around the entire planet, a new website called The Beat lets you see exactly where the photographs were taken, too. Read More >>

privacy
How Rental PCs Loaded With Spyware Snooped on and Photographed Their Users

When you pay to use a computer, you don't expect it to be tracking your each and every digital move as a result. But that's exactly what happened to Aaron's Sale and Leasing customers — who had their rental computers snooped on in incredible detail. Read More >>

security
Ads in Internet Explorer Could Be Tracking Your Mouse

If you still use Internet Explorer, there's more to worry about than a crappy browsing experience. Microsoft has confirmed that it's looking in to a "mouse tracking" flaw, which affects IE 6 through 10. Read More >>

google
Google: Government Surveillance Is on the Rise

Google's released its twice-yearly transparency report, and there's one message within it that rings loud and clear: the US government is spying on us harder than ever. Read More >>

privacy
Kim Dotcom Suspected Government Snooping Because of a 150 Millisecond Connection Delay in Modern Warfare 3

According to the New Zealand Herald, Kim Dotcom suspected he was being spied because of a 150 millisecond connection delay while playing his favourite game—Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Read More >>