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  • Microsoft cuts time Bing stores some user data to six months

    Posted January 19, 2010 - 11:04 am

    Microsoft announced plans to cut the length of time it stores IP addresses of Web searchers using its Bing search engine from 18 months to six in a bid to improve its privacy track record.
  • Yahoo puts a (low) price on privacy

    Posted December 8, 2009 - 5:31 pm

    For some, it is a comfort to know that Yahoo will work with law enforcement if necessary to catch criminals, rifling through their private messages to get the job done. However, the cost for such an invasion — $60.
  • Yahoo launches tool allowing users to control targeted ads

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 12:46 pm

    Users can turn off behavioral advertising or adjust the categories of ads they receive.
  • Facebook kills regional networks in privacy revamp

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 3:26 pm

    Facebook will soon make major changes to the social-networking site's privacy settings as it tries to make it easier for users to know what personal information and photographs they're sharing.
  • Get a free, disposable phone number from inumbr

    Posted November 23, 2009 - 10:38 pm

    Savvy online shoppers will often use disposable credit-card numbers (which are available from PayPal and some banks) to protect their privacy. Here's a perfect companion: inumbr, which gives you free, temporary phone numbers.
  • Developer finds major coding errors in Facebook, MySpace

    Posted November 6, 2009 - 11:41 am

    Social-networking sites MySpace and Facebook have apparently fixed coding errors that could have allowed an attacker access to all of their users' data and photos.
  • Analysis: Real ID program on life support

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 11:23 am

    A decision by lawmakers in Congress to slash funding for the unpopular Real ID national driver's license program has put an already struggling program on life support.
  • CalOptima says data on 68,000 members may be compromised

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 11:02 am

    Personal data on about 68,000 members of CalOptima, a Medicaid managed care plan serving Orange County, Calif., may have been compromised earlier this month.
  • Judge says TD Ameritrade's proposed security fixes not enough

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 9:11 pm

    A federal judge's rejection of a proposed settlement by TD Ameritrade Inc. in a data breach lawsuit marks the second time in recent months where a court has weighed in on what it consider to be basic security standards for protecting data.
  • Privacy: Why Google Social Search Gives Me The Creeps

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 1:19 pm

    Has Google started following us around? It's new Google Social Search feature, going live today, sure feels like it. And hints at what Google can do both for and to you with all the information it has collected.
  • 500,000 job hunters details exposed in Guardian hack

    Posted October 26, 2009 - 12:15 pm

    Sensitive personal data belonging to 500,000 job hunters have been exposed after hackers attacked The Guardian's Jobs website.
  • Public cloud vs. internal social networks

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    Jaime Gesswein says it's his job to be paranoid. So when doctors and staff at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, Va., began requesting access to YouTube to view medical videos and Facebook for monitoring patients' comments, Gesswein, who's in charge of network security, was more than a little skeptical.
  • Baited and duped on Facebook

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 2:52 pm

    When CIO Will Weider encouraged employees at Ministry Health Care and Affinity Health System in Wisconsin to use Facebook to spread the word about new programs and successful projects, he was surprised at the result: Few did so.
  • 6 Ways We Gave Up Our Privacy

    Posted October 17, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    Privacy has long been seen as a basic, sacred right. But in the Web 2.0 world, where the average user is addicted to Google apps, GPS devices, their BlackBerry or iPhone, and such social networking sites as Facebook and Twitter, that right is slowly and willingly being chipped away. In fact, some security experts believe it's gone already.
  • Opinion: P2P law would do nothing but make Congress feel good

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    In response to some incidents in which peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing caused sensitive information to show up on computers that it shouldn't be on, Congress reasonably decided to hold hearings in anticipation of actions it might take that would prevent future compromises. Unfortunately, one of the actions that Congress has taken is to consider passage of the most useless law imaginable.
  • Hacker leaks thousands of Hotmail passwords, says site

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    More than 10,000 usernames and passwords for Windows Live Hotmail accounts were leaked online late last week, according to a report by Neowin.net.
  • E-health Security Is a Delicate Balance

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    John Halamka has an inside seat when it comes to the ongoing debate over establishing electronic health records systems.
  • House members seek stronger health care data breach notifications

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 9:42 am

    A House committee is voicing concern over a controversial provision in a recently passed health care breach notification bill that gives health care companies considerable discretion on whether to disclose a data breach.
  • Survey: US residents don't want targeted ads

    Posted October 1, 2009 - 10:48 am

    Contrary to the claims of online marketers, most U.S. residents do not want to receive Web advertising tailored to their interests, according to a study released Wednesday by two universities.
  • Report highlights Smart Grid security vulnerabilities

    Posted September 30, 2009 - 10:38 am

    A cybersecurity coordination task force released a report this week that assesses various security and privacy requirements for the U.S. Smart Grid, as well as strategies needed to address them.
  • Retrievable iPhone numbers mean possible privacy issues

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 2:54 pm

    I admit, sometimes I forget the iPhone is a phone. When a couple voicemails didn't show up recently, I thought nothing of it until a friend asked me if I'd gotten his message--people just don't call me that often. But a phone it is, as some users are reportedly being reminded when they get phone calls from the publishers of a free app they've downloaded from the App Store.
  • Google, bank end dispute over Gmail account

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 5:01 pm

    A federal judge in California has vacated a temporary restraining order that directed Google Inc. to deactivate a Gmail account in response to a complaint filed by the Rocky Mountain Bank of Wyoming.
  • Watching the detectives bowl

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 11:40 am

    A tale of cops caught on video in a house search, the state of video surveillance in the UK, and pondering whether our operating systems might be rigged …
  • Med students' tweets, posts expose patient info

    Posted September 27, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    Future doctors are too frequently putting inappropriate postings and sometimes confidential patient information, on social sites like Facebook and Twitter, according to study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • DHS privacy report: Laptop searches at airports infrequent

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 3:52 pm

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's annual privacy report card revealed more details on the agency's controversial policy involving searches of electronic devices at U.S. borders.
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