The W3C standards body responsible for developing the Do Not Track standard is lurching toward a final document, roughly 18 months behind schedule. The likelihood that a useful standard will emerge is small, leading one Mozilla-backed group to develop its own set of tougher privacy controls.
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There's an awful lot of paranoia going around these days. But the biggest threats to your privacy don't come from the NSA or the FBI. They come from private companies building massive databases to track your movements. Here's a sensible set of strategies to minimize privacy risks.
In response to stories about widespread spying by the NSA, some giant tech companies asked the government for permission to disclose more details about national security orders. The government has now granted those requests, with significant restrictions that have Microsoft and Google agreeing they don't go far enough.
Last week's bombshell stories by The Guardian and The Washington Post accused some of the biggest names in tech of willingly working with the NSA to give up your data. It now appears that those stories misread the technical details and got the story wrong.
At long last, Microsoft has released a version of its Office suite for iOS. The new app targets the iPhone and closely resembles the Office app that’s built into Windows Phone 8. Here's what you'll find in the new app, which is available from the App Store immediately.
Don't obsess over the Start button. In a world where desktop PCs are becoming dinosaurs, the real goal of Windows 8.1 is to get Microsoft's operating system onto mobile devices.
In an open letter to the United States Attorney General and the director of the FBI, Google’s Chief Legal Officer says that the government-ordered nondisclosure agreement on legal demands for information is “fueling speculation” and that claims made in the press are exaggerated.
A bombshell story published in the Washington Post this week alleged that the NSA had enlisted nine tech giants, including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Apple, in a massive program of online spying. Now the story is unraveling, and the Post has quietly changed key details. What went wrong?
When Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 later this year, it will include a slew of usability changes designed to address user complaints. I've put together my own list of small changes that would make Windows 8.1 more usable. Maybe they'll make it into Windows 8.2 next year.
In an announcement at the Computex trade show, Microsoft executive Tami Reller announced that the upcoming Windows 8.1 update will include a welcome addition for Windows RT: Microsoft Outlook 2013.