• Google counter-screws Scroogle

    Posted May 11, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    A "Google scraper" called Scroogle no longer functions, thanks to changes made by Google recently to how its search engine works.
  • Reports: Facebook hires ex-FTC chair to defend privacy issues

    Posted May 10, 2010 - 3:59 pm

    Heavy controversy, scrutiny over privacy changes may have lead Facebook to beef up its legal team with a big-gun antitrust attorney.
  • Facebook's privacy bait and switch

    Posted May 9, 2010 - 11:26 pm

    The firestorm over Facebook’s rapidly shrinking privacy protections shows no sign of abating, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to Facebook.
  • 4 Reasons to Worry about Privacy on Facebook

    Posted May 7, 2010 - 4:09 pm

    Facebook is opening up new and interesting ways for you to share information, links and other items online with new features like its universal like button and Instant Personalization. But at the same time, Facebook's tendency to make more and more of your previously private information public continues to be a troubling habit of the popular social network. Concerns over Facebook's treatment of user privacy recently led the Electronic Privacy Information Center and 14 other consumer advocacy groups to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over Facebook's stance on privacy.
  • Facebook, It's Time to Get Serious About Privacy

    Posted May 7, 2010 - 11:36 am

    Google yesterday blew out half a candle, celebrating the six-month anniversary of its Dashboard feature. The quiet celebration marked half a year spent trying to increase transparency and protect our privacy online, a lesson that fellow Web giant Facebook needs to learn.
  • Q&A: Facebook users aren't outraged over privacy issues

    Posted May 7, 2010 - 10:50 am

    Facebook executive Ethan Beard defended the firm's privacy policies, noting that users join the social network specifically to share personal information with others.
  • Playing it Safe on Facebook

    Posted May 7, 2010 - 9:08 am

    Your information can't be made safe on Facebook, but you can make it safer. Here's what you need to do.
  • Facebook Privacy Complaint: A Complete Breakdown

    Posted May 6, 2010 - 3:20 pm

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center and 14 other consumer protection groups lodged a formal complaint against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday. The groups take issue with Facebook's privacy policies and accuse the site of unfair and deceptive trade practices that "violate user expectations, diminish user privacy, and contradict Facebook's own representations."
  • New Facebook Social Features Secretly Add Apps to Profile

    Posted May 6, 2010 - 1:34 pm

    When a piece of software is automatically installed on your computer without your knowledge, it's called malware. But what do you call it when Facebook apps are added to your profile without your knowledge? We discovered Wednesday that this is actually happening, and stopping it isn't as easy as checking a box in your privacy settings.
  • Facebook Fixes Bug That Exposed Private Chats

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 9:32 pm

    Another day, another Facebook security snafu. The popular social network has patched a major security bug that allowed users to snoop on their friends' private chats, and view their pending friend requests.
  • Facebook bug exposes private chats

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 9:04 pm

    A bug allowed Facebook users to view their friends' chat sessions on the site, prompting the social-networking company to disable its internal instant-messaging service. The bug also let people see their friends' pending friend requests.
  • Report blames IT staff for school Webcam 'spying' mess

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 4:04 pm

    The IT department of the Pennsylvania school district accused of spying on students using their school-issued laptops took the brunt of the blame in an independent report released Monday.
  • Facebook security flaw makes private chats public

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 3:49 pm

    Facebook is dealing with the fallout of a security hole that gave users the ability to see what their friends were saying to others during private chats
  • Facebook vs. LinkedIn: Which has the better privacy?

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 11:42 am

    Privacy advocates' criticism over recent moves by Facebook and Google Buzz begs the question: Is privacy possible in a social network? And, if so, which social-network service does it the best? To answer this question, this month I donned my privacy goggles and pored over the two social networks that my professional peers seem to use the most: Facebook and LinkedIn. I also asked all my Facebook friends and LinkedIn connections to tell me which they thought did privacy better. (I didn't look at Buzz because I admittedly don't know anyone using it.) What did I find out?
  • Open Letter to Facebook on Privacy

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 9:48 pm

    Facebook appears to be working diligently at establishing itself as the site that people love to hate. Don't get me wrong, passionate views are a mark of success--just look at Microsoft, Apple, and Google. Still, the trick is to foster that passion (and generate revenue) without inviting undue regulatory scrutiny or legal backlash.
  • Will we finally learn the truth about 'Webcamgate'?

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    By tomorrow we should know a lot more about Webcamgate, the scandal surrounding a tony school district outside Philadelphia and how it used school-issued laptops to spy on its students.
  • 5 Technology Security Myths, Busted

    Posted May 3, 2010 - 9:09 pm

    Think you can hide behind the privacy of an "unlisted" cell phone number? Think again. Maybe you believe you don't need security software on a Mac or iPad. You'd swear that Firefox is the safest browser in town. Wrong on both counts.
  • Facebook's privacy controls are seriously broken

    Posted May 2, 2010 - 7:42 pm

    I've spent a fair amount of time lately messing about with Facebook's privacy settings, which is almost like having a life, but not quite.
  • Facebook gets a little too personal

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 9:36 pm

    When you're a social network with tens of millions of users and you've got the attention of the US Congress, that's almost never a good thing.
  • Facebook execs meet Schumer staff today

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 9:18 pm

    Facebook officials today met with members of Sen. Charles Schumer's staff to discuss his criticism of the social network's privacy policies.
  • Five Ways Facebook Should Improve User Privacy

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 3:36 pm

    Whenever Facebook introduces new services, especially those that expand into other parts of the Web, it doesn't take long before privacy advocates and users start complaining about the changes. This time, however, Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) have joined the fray.
  • Facebook seeks to meet with Schumer on privacy issues

    Posted April 27, 2010 - 9:46 pm

    Sen. Charles Schumer today continued his call for Facebook to better protect user privacy, but has yet to respond to the social networking firm's request for a meeting.
  • Google's privacy afterthought

    Posted April 26, 2010 - 4:41 pm

    A few days ago, 10 privacy commissioners from Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Israel, Ireland, The Netherlands and New Zealand wrote an open letter to Google's CEO Eric Schmidt asking for more proactive privacy protections in new applications. The commissioners are not objecting to Google's overall privacy policies, but to the way Google launches new services.
  • Five Facebook myths (and how to spot them)

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 12:00 pm

    It’s time for an episode of Mythbusters, social network style. Here are five things you may have heard or thought about Facebook (and its Web 2.0 cousins) that aren’t necessarily true.
  • Google Buzz: Give us one more chance. Please?

    Posted April 6, 2010 - 12:07 pm

    Can we get a do-over, please?That's what Google is asking the Webosphere about Buzz, its Twitter-meets-Friendfeed wannabe that launched last February and did an immediate face plant.
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