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News Scan: Data privacy and public distrust; Linux programmers in short supply; more

The top news stories for April 23, 2014.

Brits don't trust cryptocurrency, Google Glass, surveys find

Two of the most hyped technologies in tech circles are cryptocurrency and wearables. However, recent studies show the average U.K. customer is not as excited about them, and in fact is worried about the security and privacy risks of these technologies.

Personal data breaches on the rise, Pew finds

More U.S. Internet users had their personal information stolen in the second half of 2013 than in the first half, according to surveys conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International for the Pew Research Center.

Facebook's dodgy privacy record prompts FTC warning over WhatsApp buy

Facebook's dodgy privacy record has prompted the Federal Trade Commission to take the extraordinary step of warning the social media giant about its proposed $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging startup WhatsApp.

Trust is the first casualty of government cyberspying, says ISF

Last year's revelations by former contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency was engaged in surveillance and massive data collection of ordinary U.S. citizens have "seriously undermined" trust in cyberspace, judges the Information Security Forum.

The year of the insider threat

While organizations try to remain on guard against a host of outside IT security threats, this year may in fact be the year of the insider threat, one security expert argues.

Government moves could force data breach confessions

Organizations in virtually all industries could soon be impacted by govenment moves that would require public data breach alerts and limit the storage of personal information.

3 questions to ask before allowing BYOD

There are three important questions that small and medium-sized businesses should ask before allowing BYOD devices into the workplace, advises Matthew Held, CEO and co-founder of Manawa Networks.

NSA spying puts a hurt on US cloud providers

When news of the National Security Agency's broad data surveillance came to light via Snowden's disclosures, some pundits predicted that U.S.-based vendors of cloud services would lose revenue. They were right, although the most dire predictions appear to have been off-base.

Healthcare organizations face multiple risk analysis requirements under federal law

There are four requirements involving risks analysis that apply to healthcare organizations, explains Mac McMillan, chair of the Health Information Management Systems Society Privacy and Security Policy Task Force.