Microsoft’s overseas privacy battle may be far from over

Privacy advocates, especially those outside the U.S., can rest a little easier now.  A federal court has rebuked the U.S. government’s attempt to access emails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland.

But the legal battle may be far from over. Thursday’s ruling could affect how the U.S. conducts surveillance over suspected criminals and terrorists overseas, so expect the government to appeal, said Roy Hadley, a lawyer at Thompson Hine who studies cybersecurity issues.

“There’s a fine line between privacy and national security,” he said. “And it’s a difficult line to walk.”

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How to Remove Save Serp Now (Uninstall Guide)

Save Serp Now is a potentially unwanted program that is bundled with free software you download from the Internet. Once running, Save Serp Now will use the bundled open source Geckofx to constantly connect to various sites on the Internet. When it connects to these sites, Save Serp Now will not display any of the information from that site, but will instead hide the connections in the background so you do not see them on your screen.
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Remove OtherSearch Ads (Removal Guide)

OtherSearch is an adware program that injects advertisements into the search result pages of web pages that you visit. Whether these search results are from a search engine like Google or from a search on Amazon, OtherSearch will inject their own ads into the top of the web. Strangely, these ads are written in Dutch even if you are using a computer from another country.
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Microsoft wins appeal over U.S. government access to emails held overseas

A U.S. appeals court has quashed a search warrant that would have required Microsoft to disclose contents of emails stored on a server in Ireland, in a case that has broad ramifications for privacy, diplomatic relations and the ability of American companies to sell web services abroad.

“We think Microsoft has the better of the argument,” said Circuit Court Judge Sarah Carney, in an opinion written for a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.

The panel based its judgment on the 30-year-old U.S. Stored Communications Act. The act, Carney wrote, “does not authorize courts to issue and enforce against U.S.‐based service providers warrants for the seizure of customer e‐mail content that is stored exclusively on foreign servers.” The opinion was posted Thursday.

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A surge of Pokemon Go-related apps is out to steal your data

Privacy fears about the Pokemon Go app have been largely addressed, but dozens of other apps that piggy back on the popular game have raised further concerns.

Since the game launched last week, a swarm of unofficial apps has emerged and is trying to capitalize on the title’s success. And many are hungry for your personal data.

These unofficial apps have been offering cheats, tips and even songs from the hit game. But in exchange, they demand permission to access sensitive data on your phone, said Chad Salisbury, a security engineer with RiskIQ, which monitors mobile malware.

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How to remove ads from NetSecure (Removal Guide)

NetSecure is an adware program from the Adware.Privox family that injects advertisements into web sites that you are visiting. When this adware is installed, it will configure your browser to send all traffic through a bundled Privoxy server that has a filename of oxy.exe. This allows it to monitor all of the victim's web traffic and inject advertisements into the web sites they are visiting.
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How to remove Ads by CB Ad Rotator (Removal Guide)

Ads by CB Ad Rotator is an adware program from the Adware.Privox family that injects advertisements into web sites that you are visiting. When this adware is installed, it will change the proxy settings on your browser to send all web traffic through a bundled Privoxy server. This server will be running on the computer as a process called oxy.exe and allows the adware program to monitor all of the victim's web traffic and inject advertisements into web sites.
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Goodbye, firstborn children: This study shows how wordy terms of service hurt users

It’s no secret that few people pay much attention to reading and understanding all the terms of service and privacy policies you come across online. Now a new study shows just how ridiculous and anti-consumer the lengthy agreements really are.

The new paper, titled “The Biggest Lie on the Internet,” created a fake social networking site with suggestive and outrageous clauses in its Terms of Service (ToS). But surprise! Nearly everyone joined anyway, as first reported by Ars Technica.

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US Senator Al Franken has privacy concerns about Pokémon Go’s data collection

The popularity of augmented reality smartphone game Pokémon Go has raised a variety of concerns, including a warning by the National Safety Council, urging drivers not to play the game behind the wheel and asking pedestrians to be careful while playing it.

U.S. Senator Al Franken, a strong privacy advocate, has raised the inevitable question about the privacy of the extensive data the game collects from its users, including children, and whether the data is used for other purposes.

“I am concerned about the extent to which Niantic may be unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users’ personal information without their appropriate consent,” Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, wrote in a letter Tuesday to John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic, the developer of the game.

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US Senator has privacy concerns about Pokémon Go’s data collection

The popularity of augmented reality smartphone game Pokémon Go has raised a variety of concerns, including a warning by the National Safety Council, urging drivers not to play the game behind the wheel and asking pedestrians to be careful while playing it.

U.S. Senator Al Franken, a strong privacy advocate, has raised the inevitable question about the privacy of the extensive data the game collects from its users, including children, and whether the data is used for other purposes.

“I am concerned about the extent to which Niantic may be unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users' personal information without their appropriate consent,” Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, wrote in a letter Tuesday to John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic, the developer of the game.

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