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Morning Security Brief: ACTA Under Review, YouPorn Exposes User Data, Mobile App Privacy Policies, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►The European Union is sending ACTA anti-piracy trade agreement to its highest court to see if it complies wit the EU’s fundamental rights, its trade chief Karel De Gucht said this week. ACTA has been signed by 22 EU member states, but others declined after negative public reaction from the public who are concerned that it would increase censorship and surveillance, TechCrunch reports.

►A possible programming error made millions of usernames, email addresses, and passwords of YouPorn users available to the public this week. IT security blogger Anders Nilsson discovered glitch and wrote about it on his blog. Why is the breach of a porn Web site a big deal? Well, in addition to being a porn site, YouPorn is one of the top 100 most visited Web sites in the world -- that’s a lot of user data. The site has not released any statements about the breach.

►Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, RIM, and HP have added their names to an agreement with the California attorney general that promises to provide a privacy policy for any mobile applications that collect personal information. The policy must include and explanation on what data is collected and why. “Any developer that does not comply with this can be prosecuted under California's Unfair Competition Law and/or False Advertising Law. Helping them avoid this will be the big mobile firms that will work with developers on ensuring compliance and act as vehicles for user complaints,” the Inquirer reports.

►In other news, UCLA scientists say they found that traumatic brain injuries physically cause a change in the brain that makes a person more likely to develop PTSD. ♦ “If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest in the world and Joe Sullivan would be head of Homeland Security,” Forbes writes in a profile of Sullivan, Facebook’s chief security officer. ♦ And three members of Congress have received threatening mail containing a harmless white powder in the last two days. One of the letters said additional letters “will be arriving at more Senate offices and that some of these letters may contain actual harmful material.”

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