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  • 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.?
  • 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?
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 'Spygate' teenager demands webcam pix from Pa. school

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 5:58 pm

    The suburban Philadelphia teen who has accused his high school of spying on him at home with the camera in his school-issued laptop wants school officials to hand over copies of all photographs snapped by students' MacBooks.
  • Google vows to appeal Italian convictions

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 12:26 pm

    Google denounced the conviction of three of its executives by an Italian court and said it will help the employees appeal the ruling.
  • Pa. school spying case: What's the law?

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 12:13 pm

    The suburban Philadelphia school district accused of spying on students through their school-issued laptops doesn't have a legal leg to stand on, the legal director of the ACLU said today.
  • Conviction of Google execs in Italy shear madness

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 12:56 pm

    Google was not any more responsible here than the postal service would be for delivering a ransom note.
  • School Webcam Spying Holds Lessons for Businesses

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 1:54 pm

    The Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania is getting a crash course--trial-by-fire style--on the limits of what is acceptable when monitoring computer activity. The facts are still being worked out, and investigations and lawsuits are still pending, but there are some lessons to be learned here for conducting an effective--and legal--monitoring program.
  • Pa. school district denies spying on students with MacBooks

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 12:24 pm

    A suburban Philadelphia school district yesterday denied it spied on students by remotely activating the cameras on their school-issued MacBook laptops.
  • Google Buzz Faces More Scrutiny Over Privacy

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:05 pm

    Google Buzz has barely entered its second week of operation, and the new social network continues to be dogged by privacy issues. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada said late Tuesday it is looking into privacy concerns surrounding Buzz, according to Canada's CBC News. This announcement comes on the heels of the news the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a privacy complaint over Google Buzz with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
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