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California Assembly OKs Bill Banning Warrantless Smartphone Tracking

The assembly vote approved legislation to prohibit state law enforcement personnel from obtaining location data from an individual's GPS-enabled mobile devices without a warrant.

GOP Senator: No Partisan Fight Over Cybersecurity Bill

A senior Republican senator on Thursday insisted there is no partisan dissent over the need for a strong national cybersecurity policy but added that a Democratic-backed cyber bill that is stalled in the Senate is not the answer.

Security Vendor Exposes Vulnerabilities in DDoS Rootkit

In what it says is an attempt to turn the tables on malicious hackers, security vendor Prolexic on Tuesday released details of vulnerabilities it has discovered in a toolkit family used by hackers to launch distributed denial of service attacks against corporate networks.

Researcher Releases Smart Meter Hacking Tool

Power companies and utilities will be able to use Termineter to identify and validate internal flaws that make the meters vulnerable to hacking and tampering.

Judge Dismisses Privacy Lawsuit Against LinkedIn

A federal judge in California dismissed a privacy class-action lawsuit against LinkedIn that alleged the social media network violated provisions of the Stored Communications Act (SCA) when it disclosed the IDs and browsing histories of LinkedIn users to advertising companies.

Twitter Ruling Disappoints, but Doesn't Surprise Privacy Advocates

Privacy advocates say they are dismayed but not surprised at a New York Criminal Court judge's decision ordering Twitter to hand over data on an Occupy Wall Street protester.

Cost of Protecting U.S. Classified Data Doubles Over 10 Years

The U.S. government -- minus key spy operations -- spent $11.36 billion to protect classified data in 2011.

Mobile Privacy Standards to Be Discussed at Government Meetings

Industry stakeholders, rights groups, and Internet marketers will discuss privacy issues involving consumer data on mobile devices.