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Mobile apps siphon off reams of data through excessive permissions

Each mobile app includes an average of nine permissions that you agree to in order to download the app to your phone--permissions that grant access to your name, phone number, email address, phone call history, contact list and other personal data, according to a study by Mojave Threat Labs.

Agreeing to a BYOD policy could land an employee in jail

By agreeing to a BYOD policy, employees could be dragged into civil or criminal litigation, warns Michael Kassner, a freelance writer and information security consultant.

Google faces $7 million fine for 'Street View' data collection

Google is facing a $7 million fine over its Street View mapping cars collecting personal data from Wi-Fi networks, according to Reuters, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Proposed bill would enable mobile phone users to delete app-collected data

Proposed legislation in Congress would enable mobile phone users to direct mobile application developers to delete personal data already collected and to stop collecting personal information once the user stops using the application.

Google removes more malware-ridden apps from Android Market

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) has removed from the official Android Market some two dozen apps containing malware that threaten smartphone data, a mobile security firm is warning. The security firm Lookout

BP loses oil, now personal data

BP--infamous for last year's Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico--is still having trouble containing its resources. First it caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history, and now it lost

Investigation finds smartphone apps violating user privacy

A Wall Street Journal investigation of 101 popular smartphone apps, which includes games and other software applications for the iPhone and Android devices--showed that 56 transmitted the devices'

Facebook sued over privacy changes

A lawsuit has been filed against Facebook, charging that it modified its privacy settings, reducing rather than increasing, privacy protections. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in the

Some Sprint Palm users missing webOS backups

Just weeks after T-Mobile USA Sidekick users experienced a cloud computing snafu, Palm users on Sprint Nextel's network who are trying to move their backed-up content from one webOS-based device to

T-Mobile USA resumes sales of Sidekick

T-Mobile USA said that it has resumed selling Sidekick devices, a little more than a month after a Microsoft server glitch caused some Sidekick users to lose their personal data. The carrier