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Web service protects shoppers’ card details (for a price)

Kelly Dilworth

The creators of the new anti-tracking service “Mask Me” couldn’t have picked a more prescient time to launch their newest venture. On July 24, the Boston-based online privacy firm Abine sent out a press release announcing the new service, which allows users to anonymously shop and surf the Web without disclosing credit card details or other personal information (such as email addresses or phone numbers). The following week, the British newspaper The Guardian disclosed fresh details about the National Security Agency’s now infamous online tracking capabilities.
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Credit data isn’t above government snooping

Kelly Dilworth

It’s been more than a week since the British newspaper The Guardian revealed that the National Security Agency is indiscriminately collecting Americans’ telephone records (or, in NSA parlance, “telephony metadata” — which includes when and where you made a phone call and what number you called, but doesn’t reveal what you said). Since then, numerous leaks have spilled out about what else the intelligence agency is collecting — including the revelation that credit card purchase data may be getting swept up as well.
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U.S. government might have your credit card records

Tyler Metzger

In the last seven years, your credit card data might have been mined and stockpiled by the U.S. government. But hey, it was all for national security.
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