Jul
16
2016
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The email, data and privacy implications of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn

linkedin-microsoft We all took a collective gasp when we saw the price tag of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn. Now that the dust has settled a bit, we can pause and reflect on what this means from a data, privacy and email perspective — given that all three are potential strengths, weaknesses and concerns arising from the merger of two giants. Read More

May
25
2016
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Password management startup Dashlane, now with 5M users, raises $22.5M led by TransUnion

cyber-security-data-sharing Dashlane, the New York startup that provides a platform for users to manage their passwords and online identities across multiple sites and apps, has raised a further $22.5 million in funding and picked up a key strategic investor and partner in the process. TransUnion, a credit monitoring and ID protection company, led a Series C round, and it will use the deal to develop services with… Read More

May
24
2016
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BigID takes $2.1M to help enterprises grok customer data privacy risks

BigID The risks for businesses associated with storing and processing the personal data of their customers are growing as data volumes continue to increase and regulators sharpen their claws over data protection. But those risks are of course just another startup opportunity. Read More

May
20
2016
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The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference

awards3 (1) Let’s face it. Some tech conferences have lost their way. While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale. A minimum of 15,000 people, thousands of companies, echoing halls — and a lot of investors (and journalists) turning their badges around so they don’t… Read More

Sep
28
2015
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Blackphone 2 Goes On Sale, As BlackBerry Priv Decloaks

SilentCircle_Blackphone2_Angle-A You wait ages for the next gen of pro-privacy smartphones to come along and then a couple of contenders start making noise at once… Today Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 has gone on sale — with an RRP of $799 (excluding taxes) — a few days after BlackBerry CEO John Chen finally confirmed the various leaks pointing to a forthcoming Android-powered BlackBerry, due to go on… Read More

Aug
18
2015
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Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 Landing In September

Blackphone2 Silent Circle showed off the second generation of its pro-privacy Android-hardened smartphone, the Blackphone, back in March at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow — touting a summer launch for the device. In the event, it’s still not launched, and the company has now quietly put up a pre-order page on its website, for a September release. Read More

May
06
2015
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Encrypted Chat App Wickr Creates New Non-Profit Arm, Nico Sell Steps Down As CEO To Lead It

wickr devices Some big changes ahead for Wickr, the messaging app that emerged in the wake of the NSA private data leaks to offer consumers an encrypted, more secure alternative to mainstream services like Facebook. As of today, the company is splitting its operations in two: a for-profit division that will double down on Wickr as a business, specifically targeting enterprises and as a paid,… Read More

Feb
05
2015
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White House Report Sees Potential, Pitfalls Of Big Data

data-isometric A new report released by the White House today outlines the potential and pitfalls of big data in our lives. While there is tremendous economic and social promise from big data, there is also equal prospect for abuse, especially when it comes to privacy and personal data protection.
President Obama plans to file several pieces of legislation in the coming months around consumer privacy and… Read More

Dec
15
2014
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Verizon, HP, eBay, Cisco, Salesforce File Amicus Brief To Back Microsoft In Irish Cloud Data Appeal

privacy Microsoft’s got some more support today in its ongoing appeal and wider campaign against the U.S. government over how the latter requests customer data from the cloud, and specifically when the servers where the data is stored are located outside the U.S.. Verizon, HP, eBay, Cisco, Salesforce and Infor have come together to file an amicus brief in support of Microsoft’s position… Read More

Mar
03
2014
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Self-Destructing And Encrypted Message App Wickr Raises $9M Series A Led By Alsop Louie

The sale of WhatsApp to Facebook for $19 billion and the heightened awareness of data security in an NSA-watched world have created a perfect storm for apps that offer messaging with a privacy-first ethos. Wickr, which lets users send encrypted and self-destructing messages, is today announcing that it has raised a Series A of $9 million. Read More

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