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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Jason Koebler writes: According to plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Google, personal information about you and your browsing, email, and app-using habits that is regularly sent between apps on you Android phone is harming your battery life. As odd as it sounds, this minor yet demonstrable harm is what will allow their lawsuit to go forward. A federal judge…

The UK Did *NOT* Just Decriminalize File-Sharing

From next year people in the UK can download and share whatever they like. Movies, music and video games. You name it – it’s a free-for-all download bonanza with zero consequences other than four friendly letters asking people to try Netflix and Spotify. In fact, the UK government has even gone as far as decriminalizing online copyright infringement entirely, despite…

Black Hat Presentation On Tor Cancelled, Developers Working on Bug Fix

alphadogg writes A presentation on a low-budget method to unmask users of a popular online privacy tool Tor will no longer go ahead at the Black Hat security conference early next month. The talk was nixed by the legal counsel with Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute after a finding that materials from researcher Alexander Volynkin were not approved for public…

Vuze Releases Leap, a Simple and Lightweight Torrent Client

Vuze is one of the most recognized BitTorrent brands. Their client is used by millions of people each day and has a steadily growing user-base. In recent years Vuze’s core BitTorrent client has evolved into an advanced download solution with every complex feature heavy BitTorrent users could wish for. The downside of being so complete is that the application can…

UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

nk497 (1345219) writes “Broadband customers are overwhelmingly choosing not to use parental-control systems foisted on ISPs by the government — with takeup in the single-digits for three of the four major broadband providers. Last year, the government pushed ISPs to roll out network-level filters, forcing new customers to make an “active” decision about whether they want to use them or…

Megaupload Wants to Freeze MPAA and RIAA Lawsuits Until 2015

Well over two years have passed since Megaupload was shutdown, but there is still little progress in the criminal proceedings against its founders. The United States want New Zealand to extradite Kim Dotcom and his colleagues but this process has been delayed several times already. Earlier this month the extradition hearing was postponed again until February next year. In addition…

For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings — And That’s It

New submitter Tmackiller writes with an excerpt from VG247.com: The British government has decriminalised online video game, music and movie piracy, scrapping fuller punishment plans after branding them unworkable. Starting in 2015, persistent file-sharers will be sent four warning letters explaining their actions are illegal, but if the notes are ignored no further action will be taken. The scheme, named…

Torrent Sites Stay Blocked Long After World Cup Ends

While news of site blockades breaks every month (oftentimes more frequently) reports that sites have been unblocked are far less regular events. In fact, it’s becoming apparent that aside from isolated instances, once websites get put on national blocklists in the UK or Italy, for example, it is unlikely that they will become readily available again. Since no one in…

A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

New submitter bnortman (922608) was the first to write in with word of “a new research paper discussing a new form of user fingerprinting and tracking for the web using the HTML 5 .” globaljustin adds more from an article at Pro Publica: Canvas fingerprinting works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer…