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California Democrats Surrender, Pass Consumer Online Privacy Act

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democrat-controlled California legislature surrendered to privacy advocates and passed some of the world’s strongest online protections to prevent a November initiative vote on even stronger protections.

The tax-avoidance strategies used by Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple have cost governments around the world as much as $240 billion a year in lost revenue, according to the OECD

Protect Your Facebook Account Privacy by Following These Steps

Following the recent revelations that the user data of millions of Facebook accounts was allegedly compromised via a personality quiz app, securing your Facebook account has become even more important. Follow the steps below to control what private data apps can access.

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Spanish Regulator Fines Facebook $1.4 Million for Privacy Breach

The Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) has fined Facebook 1.2 million euros, or just over $1.4 million dollars, for breaching the country’s data protection and privacy regulations. The fine follows an investigation into how the social media giant collects, stores and uses data which found it did not obtain the proper user consent necessary beforehand.

Protesters in midtown Manhattan in New York demonstrate against the National Security Agency's surveillance of Americans' telephone records on Sunday, August 4, 2013. The NSA has ended its warrantless broad surveillance program as required by law and will be replacing it with a more targeted program. (Photo by Richard Levine/Corbis …

ACLU Uncovers Memos Showing Obama Admin’s Spying Violated Civil Liberties

The American Civil Liberties Union has uncovered memos that show the National Security Agency (NSA) and FBI “violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama administration by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts,” as reported by The Hill on Tuesday.