• EPIC gives Obama administration mediocre privacy grades

    Posted October 22, 2010 - 11:42 am

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center has given the Obama Administration mediocre grades in its second annual privacy report card released this week.
  • Widespread Confusion over Protecting Privacy

    Posted October 20, 2010 - 4:59 pm

    Are you taking the appropriate steps to protect your identity and privacy online? A new survey from Anonymizer suggests that not only is there a good chance you're not, but that you don't even clearly understand what those steps might be.
  • New Rules for Employees' Mobile Device Privacy

    Posted October 20, 2010 - 4:37 pm

    How CIOs should adjust their privacy policies to conform to the Supreme Court's decision on monitoring employees' text messages.
  • Zynga Hit With Lawsuit Over Facebook Privacy Breach

    Posted October 20, 2010 - 11:32 am

    Zynga might need a friendly neighbor to tend its Farmville crops for a little while, as the Facebook game maker gets ready for a court battle over privacy. The company behind Facebook games such as Farmville, Mafia Wars, and Cafe World was roped into a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday. The suit alleges that Zynga collected and shared the data of 218 million Facebook user IDs with advertisers and data brokers.
  • Facebook battles another privacy firestorm

    Posted October 19, 2010 - 11:28 am

    Facebook contended that reports that the private data of users has been revealed to third part firms have been 'exaggerated.'
  • Privacy? Run a background check on yourself

    Posted October 19, 2010 - 11:17 am

    My company hired a new employee recently and as part of my responsibilities, I ran a basic background check for our new hire. If you've never seen a professional background check, you will most likely be shocked by the level of detail that can be gleaned from public records.
  • Spain moves to fine Google over Street View

    Posted October 19, 2010 - 10:50 am

    The Spanish Data Protection Agency is preparing to fine Google over infractions against local data protection laws when it collected Wi-Fi data as part of its Street View service, it said in a statement on Monday.
  • Facebook's 'ID-gate' privacy breach: Why it matters

    Posted October 19, 2010 - 10:06 am

    It seems the 10 most popular Facebook apps are sharing your Facebook ID -- and possibly your name -- with advertisers, in direct violation of both Facebook’s and the app makers’ privacy policies. It also seems neither Facebook nor the app developers were aware of this fact until some Wall Street Journal reporters told them about it.
  • Facebook Privacy Fail: Apps Leak Private Info, Report

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 1:14 pm

    Even if you use the strictest privacy settings on Facebook, many applications can pass on information that personally identifies you and your friends to advertisers, says a Wall Street Journal investigation.
  • The Intimate Social Graph

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 11:02 am

    The privacy of the intimate social graph rests on the vagaries of localized judicial interpretations of a creaky 24-year-old law.
  • School district settles webcam spying suit for $610,000

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 1:42 pm

    A suburban Pennsylvania school district accused of spying on students by using school-issued laptops has agreed to pay $610,000 to settle litigation stemming from its controversial practice.
  • Don't look now, but you've just been scraped

    Posted October 12, 2010 - 5:00 pm

    Everywhere you go on the Web, you leave breadcrumbs behind -- a comment here, a "like" there, a tweet, and so on. Those tracks may one day come back to haunt you.
  • What's wrong with Facebook's 'Group' grope

    Posted October 9, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    I spent the past three days largely unmolested by radio waves -- in the mountains, far from any cell tower, with the barest minimum connection to the wired world. It was nice.When I returned, I discovered I'd joined a couple of Facebook Groups I'd never heard of before, and had message notifications from people I'd never heard of.
  • Facebook takes on privacy with new tools

    Posted October 7, 2010 - 8:34 pm

    After taking a beating from users over privacy issues this year, Facebook got the message and gave users more control over their information.
  • Android Apps Spy on Users: 8 Tips to Boost Privacy

    Posted September 30, 2010 - 9:05 pm

    Worried your Android apps are spying on you? You should be, according to a recent study that found several popular Android Apps regularly share your location and critical phone data such as your phone number with advertisers and others. Researchers from Intel Labs, Penn State, and Duke University randomly selected 30 out of 358 popular apps from the Android Market for this study. The computer scientists were able to track each application's behavior using a special monitoring program called TaintDroid developed by the researchers.
  • Is your Android phone spying on you?

    Posted September 30, 2010 - 3:26 pm

    Got an Android phone? Installed apps from the Android Market? Congratulations, you have been named the Mayor of We Know Where You Went and What You Did Last Week.
  • BT customers details among those leaked on web

    Posted September 30, 2010 - 10:38 am

    BT has been embroiled in the incident that saw the names of 5,300 Sky customers acussed of illegally downloading porn films, leaked on the web following an attack on the website of loaw firm ACS:Law.
  • Many Android apps leak user privacy data

    Posted September 29, 2010 - 4:59 pm

    Researchers have created Android-based code that tracks what applications on a smartphone actually do with the data they have access to. They do a lot, it turns out, and most of what they do is unknown to the enduser
  • Feds eye plan to make Internet snooping easier

    Posted September 28, 2010 - 10:57 am

    The Obama Administration is reportedly considering a statute that would make it easier for federal authorities to intercept communications over Facebook, Skype and BlackBerry -- an idea that's stoking anxiety within the privacy community.
  • Cloud vendors seek better online data protections

    Posted September 23, 2010 - 10:07 pm

    Data store in cloud computing systems should be protected by the same privacy laws that protect information stored on personal computers, vendor executives told a Congressional committee Thursday.
  • Lawsuit: Ad Network Could Be Tracking You With HTML5

    Posted September 22, 2010 - 1:57 pm

    HTML5 is an exciting technology with lots of potential. But one potentially insidious use has surfaced, and one group of privacy experts isn't taking it lightly.
  • Will the "Facebook phone" become a privacy nightmare?

    Posted September 20, 2010 - 2:29 pm

    The great thing about writing about products that don't yet exist is that you can say virtually anything about them and not be proven wrong.
  • Yes, Mr. Zuckerberg, we do care about privacy

    Posted September 16, 2010 - 11:37 am

    Privacy is dead, get over it. Sharing is the new social norm. If you're doing something you don't want others to know about, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.
  • Have we entered a computer police state yet?

    Posted September 14, 2010 - 5:07 pm

    "Ok son, pull your laptop over to the side of the road and let me see your hard drive. Warrant?
  • Can privacy be saved? Maybe

    Posted September 14, 2010 - 1:58 pm

    At the CSO Security Standard Tuesday, General Electric's senior counselor explained what GE is doing to protect customer, employee and supplier privacy.
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