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Payment privacy tools swap benefits for security

Kelly Dilworth

Startups capitalizing on consumers’ annoyance with data breaches are offering new payment tools that promise to aggressively shield cardholders’ privacy. But in exchange for peace of mind, you may be giving up card rewards and other useful perks. Before you…
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Google plan to track card data outrages privacy activists

Kelly Dilworth

Google has started tracking what you buy with your credit and debit cards so that it can convince retailers that its targeted ads are persuading you to spend more. While this helps marketers, privacy activists – and everyday consumers like…
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Federal cybersecurity bills advance

Sienna Kossman

While we may not be able to completely deter hackers from going after our digital data, better understanding the threats — and attacks — they make against large companies is a good first step to slowing down their progress and federal lawmakers are tackling that task this week.
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Card transactions eerily revealing

Kelly Dilworth

According to a new study published in Science magazine, researchers with access to ‘anonymized’ credit card data — transactions that have been stripped of personally identifying information — can piece together who bought what simply by using a few publicly available markers they’ve collected online, such as geo-tagged tweets and time-stamped Facebook status updates.
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By blinding retailers, mobile payments may boost privacy

Kelly Dilworth

If Apple Pay and similar mobile payment systems catch on with enough people, it will help undermine the data broker industry, which has been collecting and selling people’s purchase histories for years. It may also help attract more privacy and security-conscious cardholders to mobile payments, which have struggled to gain traction with consumers.
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