privacy issues

  • Eric Schmidt rumored to be contender for Commerce Secretary

    Posted March 11, 2011 - 12:05 am

    Should a guy who revels over his company getting "right up to the creepy line" regarding user privacy be on the short list for a powerful government job in Washington, D.C.?
  • Facebook + Bing: The Good, the Bad, & the Incontinent

    Posted October 16, 2010 - 10:08 pm

    And so it begins in earnest. The Web has become the Social Web, and these days “social” translates almost literally into Facebook. Soon there will be few places on the InterWebs untouched by the Zuckerberg machine.
  • Google has been snooping on your wireless network

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 3:15 pm

    Right about now Facebook should be sending Google a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates, because the search/advertising giant has committed a privacy violation that makes Facebook's recent troubles seem trivial.
  • Facebook's New Features & Privacy: All You Need To Know

    Posted April 23, 2010 - 3:45 pm

    Facebook is about to get a lot more personal and dig deeper into you and your friends' likes, dislikes, and what you do online. This week at a Facebook developers conference called F8, the company pulled the curtain back on some very cool and soon to be available features.
  • Commerce Department scrutinizes Internet privacy

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 9:17 pm

    The U.S. Commerce Department Wednesday kicked off an initiative to take a close look at how the privacy of individuals is impacted broadly in the Internet economy with the goal of providing advice to the White House on how both the president and government policymakers might regard the topic.
  • Privacy in a mobile world: Massachusetts data privacy law

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    The Massachusetts Data Privacy law, effective as of March 1, 2010, states that all businesses that collect personal data from or about Massachusetts residents will need to adopt a comprehensive written security program. Unlike most state-based data privacy laws, which focus primarily on public disclosure once a breach occurs, the new Massachusetts law prescribes that more stringent protective measures be taken to prevent breaches from occurring in the first place.
  • Man who left USB drive in shared PC waived privacy claims, court rules

    Posted April 13, 2010 - 9:33 pm

    A person who forgot to remove a thumb drive from a shared computer that he was using waived his privacy claims to the content on that device, a federal judge in Florida has ruled.
  • Google Hits Restart on Buzz Privacy Settings

    Posted April 6, 2010 - 10:48 am

    The launch of Buzz left Google with a black eye over several privacy mishaps. The main source of angst was the exposure of user Gmail contacts, and Google's rushed tweaks just weren't good enough. Now Google wants a total re-do--and perhaps forgiveness--with the implementation of even further fixes.
  • Ruling suggests limits on employer's access to personal e-mail

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 11:19 am

    Can employers read an employee's personal e-mail composed and sent via a corporate computer, and does the employer own that e-mail? Especially if it's an e-mail to a lawyer, which raises special questions of client-attorney privilege that invoke confidentiality?
  • Bringing Internet privacy into the 21st century

    Posted April 2, 2010 - 9:30 am

    Finally, there's something Google and Microsoft can agree on: Our electronic privacy protections are in serious need of an overhaul. They, along with Intel, AOL, AT&T, the ACLU, and a dozen other household names, have formed the Digital Due Process coalition, aimed at urging Congress to modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) -- the only thing keeping Johnny Law from pawing through your digital life.
  • Why ECPA Should Make You Think Twice about the Cloud

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:43 am

    The Digital Due Process coalition is pushing Congress to modernize privacy laws in the United States. The coalition--comprised of technology companies and special interest groups, including Microsoft, Google, EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), eBay, and others--feels that existing privacy regulations do not adequately protect data in the digital era, and could stop businesses from embracing cloud computing.
  • Facebook Flub Leaks Private E-mail Addresses

    Posted March 31, 2010 - 11:41 am

    Private e-mail addresses that many Facebook users wanted to keep hidden were revealed publicly last night on a multitude of Facebook profiles, Gawker reports. The glitch lasted about 30 minutes before Facebook sealed the gap.
  • Tech Secrets: 21 Things 'They' Don’t Want You to Know

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 9:42 am

    Yes, the truth is out there. But they don't want you to know about it.
  • Facebook Mulls Privacy Changes, Causes More Outrage

    Posted March 30, 2010 - 9:14 am

    Facebook users are expressing strong disapproval of proposed privacy changes that will let the site share some user information with third-party Web sites and applications.
  • Facebook Weighs Privacy Changes (Again)

    Posted March 29, 2010 - 1:13 pm

    Facebook is apparently again considering changes to its Privacy Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities -- and you know how well those tend to go over with Facebook's population.
  • TSA plans to double its use of whole body scanners

    Posted March 22, 2010 - 8:57 pm

    A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office shows that the Transportation Security Administration plans to install more than double the number of whole body scanners at U.S. airports than originally planned.
  • Your location privacy is up for grabs

    Posted March 22, 2010 - 12:23 pm

    Forget FourSquare. Twitter and Facebook location updates? Feh. Gowalla can go suck eggs. The real action in location will be in direct-to-mobile marketing, according to an interesting article by AdAge's Kunar Patel. He writes:
  • FTC member rips into Google's privacy efforts

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 3:20 pm

    Several major U.S. Internet companies, including Google and Facebook, need to "step up" and better protect consumer privacy or face tougher penalties from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a commissioner said Wednesday.
  • Privacy is Not Dead, Just Evolving

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 11:42 am

    It's a brave new world. Unfortunately--continuing the literary allusion--Big Brother is watching. As technology makes more information more accessible, it also threatens to expose information that is not intended to be shared. Privacy is a concept that is caught in the middle of the struggle.
  • Schneier: Fight for privacy or kiss it good-bye

    Posted March 9, 2010 - 1:32 pm

    If the public wants online privacy it had better fight now for laws to protect it because businesses won't and individuals don't have the clout, security expert Bruce Schneier told RSA Conference.
  • Travelers file complaints over TSA body scanners

    Posted March 8, 2010 - 10:51 pm

    Documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) shows complaints have been lodged with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) over the use of whole body scanners at U.S. airports.
  • TSA installs full-body scanners to screen air travelers

    Posted March 8, 2010 - 5:02 pm

    Full-body scanners were installed at Boston Logan International Airport on Friday, a technology that some see as important in identifying terrorist threats but which others worry is an invasion of privacy.
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    Video: TSA installs full-body scanners to screen air travelers

    Posted March 8, 2010 - 5:00 pm

    Boston Logan International Airport officially unveiled 3 new full body scanners on Friday that it hopes will help TSA agents better identify threats among air passengers.
  • Open Identity Exchange backs U.S. gov't privacy guidelines

    Posted March 4, 2010 - 2:41 pm

    Google, Equifax, Verizon and others launched the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) this week to support federal government guidelines for online privacy and security.
  • FTC seeks extensive information from firms being investigated for P2P breaches

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 10:47 pm

    Several companies being investigated by the FTC for inadvertently exposing customer and employee data on peer-to-peer networks, have been asked by the agency to submit extensive information on their data-collection, usage and protection practices.
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