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8. Government data requests to Google have more than doubled in 4 years
Google's latest transparency report shows that requests by governments have gone up by 120 percent since 2009. The search, cloud, and mobile giant has been pushing back against the U.S. Justice Dept. for months in efforts to try to release more information about the data requests made by the U.S. in the wake of the National Security Agency surveillance leaks.
9. Stolen Twitter accounts can be 'more valuable' than credit cards
A Twitter account can be more valuable to a hacker than someone's credit card, latest research shows. Credit card data once stood at $20-$135 per account, but that dropped to about 75 cents per record. Nowadays, social media accounts can be more valuable, ranging in at as much as $325 per account, depending on the reach of the profile.
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10. Tech companies can be sued for having 'illegible' privacy policies
And last but not least, soon may see the end of those lengthy, complicated, and "illegible" privacy policies, after a French consumer group filed a lawsuit against Google, Facebook, and Twitter, arguing these texts are too complex for most to understand. The group wants a French judge to remove or modify "the vast number of contentious clauses these companies impose."
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