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What Are America’s Biggest Tech Fears?

In a recent Halloween-themed telephone survey, Americans discussed their greatest technological fears–and it turns out that our neighbors worry about mundane (and surprisingly common) things. According to a survey from IT firm Modis, 50% of Americans are most afraid of their banking information being leaked without consent, while 22% worry about their email account being hacked.

By comparison, other concerns were more niche. Seven percent of Americans worried most about their social media account passwords being leaked without their consent, 5% worried about their private text messages being exposed to the world, and 3% were most concerned about their browser history being exposed.

Interestingly, 13% of 18- to 34-year-olds were most concerned about having their photos or videos publicized without their consent, a number that stays steady at 11% for 35- to 44-year-olds, but drops to 0 for 55- to 64-year-olds.

via Fast Company.

Skype under investigation in Luxembourg over link to NSA

Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg’s data protection commissioner over concerns about its secret involvement with the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy programme Prism, the Guardian has learned.

The Microsoft-owned internet chat company could potentially face criminal and administrative sanctions, including a ban on passing users’ communications covertly to the US signals intelliigence agency.

Skype itself is headquartered in the European country, and could also be fined if an investigation concludes that the data sharing is found in violation of the country’s data-protection laws.

The Guardian understands that Luxembourg’s data-protection commissioner initiated a probe into Skype’s privacy policies following revelations in June about its ties to the NSA.