The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy regulations, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell your browsing habits and other personal information as they expand their own online ad businesses.

Those rules, not yet in effect, would have required internet providers to ask your permission before sharing your personal information.

That’s a much stronger privacy-protection weapon than letting them use your data until you tell them to stop. As anyone who has ever tried to stop getting targeted ads on the internet knows, opting out is hard.

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News organization have been abuzz this week following the release of a new WikiLeaks document dump detailing the hacking tools used by the CIA to spy on Americans. Of the countless worrisome discoveries made possible by the leaked documents, one of the most frightening was the assertion that the CIA is capable of “bypassing” encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and WhatsApp. This detail was widely reported throughout the week, but according to the New York Times, those reports are overblown.

The Times reports that following the dump, security researchers used automated tools to search the entire database and couldn’t find a single mention of any popular encrypted messaging apps. That means top messaging apps like WhatsApp, Signal, Wickr and Apple’s own iMessage platform are all safe from the CIA’s prying eyes.

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Amazon Web Services, which provides hosting for thousands of sites, is experiencing widespread outage issues that have left thousands of services crippled.

The AWS service health dashboard reported as of 11:35 PST the ability to update the dashboard, but the company said it continues to “experience high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1, which is impacting various AWS services. We are working hard at repairing S3, believe we understand root cause, and are working on implementing what we believe will remediate the issue.”

Some of the Web sites affected by the outage include Adobe, Airbnb, Giphy, Sailthru, Slack, Twitch, and image hosting at a number of publisher Web sites, such as MediaPost. Internet-connected devices also are affected with reports on Twitter that consumers cannot check their . . . .

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Homes are getting connected through a host of smart devices but that doesn’t mean they’re secure.

Even worse, most consumers are concerned about the security of data from their connected devices but are unsure of what to do about it, based on a new global study.

The biggest concern consumers have related to personal financial information being stolen, according to the study.

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