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  • 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.
  • Location-Based Services: 5 Myths Debunked

    Posted August 25, 2010 - 9:07 am

    With location-based services such as Facebook's Places come many misconceptions about risks. Here's a look at what's true and false regarding location-based technology.
  • IT pros: Lurking legal gotchas and how to avoid them

    Posted July 19, 2010 - 10:34 am

    Ignorance and seemingly innocent activities can subject you to fines, lawsuits, and even jail. Here's how to play it safe.
  • Facebook Privacy Fix: New Tool Finds Trouble Spots

    Posted May 24, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    If Facebook's ever-more-complex privacy settings leave you scratching your head, try this new tool that simplifies it with one click.
  • 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.
  • Universities Cope with New Anti-Piracy Requirement

    Posted June 22, 2009 - 11:08 am

    David Reis, director of IT security and policy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, has been on what he calls a "nine-month journey" to figure out exactly how he's going to make sure his school doesn't break the law -- even though they were never in trouble in the first place.
  • How Facebook and Twitter Are Changing Data Privacy Rules

    Posted June 15, 2009 - 1:08 pm

    Web 2.0 applications connect like Legos, creating opportunities for companies to gather incredible amounts of data. On social networks and blogs, people post vast amounts of information about themselves. Marketers, meanwhile, are developing ever-better tools to exploit information about what individuals do online. Companies routinely unlock sensitive data for business partners. As businesses enter into cloud computing, they will give custody of their data to service providers. These trends create the potential for unprecedented insight into people's behavior and open new ways to do business. But they also create challenging questions about privacy.
  • What Google knows about you

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Google may know more about you than your mother does. Got a problem with that?
  • Facebook's privacy options

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 11:29 am

    Facebook users -- and their managers -- who are concerned about keeping control of their information should get themselves over to the social network's Privacy Settings page without delay.
  • Why privacy plays a part in social network's fiscal future

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 10:00 am

    As social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn strive to formulate sustainable business models built upon advertising or the selling of premium services, the biggest hurdle they face might rest within their users' increased awareness of online privacy.
  • LinkedIn Privacy Settings: What You Need to Know

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 9:58 am

    Since LinkedIn doesn't require you to share the same types of personal information as you do on Facebook, the service's privacy settings appear to be much more straightforward than its less business-oriented competitor. But if you leave the default settings in place, you might be surprised to know what information you make public on LinkedIn.
  • When A Company Folds, Who Guards Your Data's Privacy?

    Posted March 2, 2009 - 10:10 am

    From HIPPA to Sarbox, a slew of regulations to protect customer and employee data force CIOs to step lively to comply. The punishment for failure to do so is costly and even dire. But once a company folds -- and more are folding every week given the economy -- what happens to that data?
  • Online dating: Your profile's long, scary shelf life

    Posted February 13, 2009 - 1:08 pm

    Online dating services have privacy policies that offer some assurances about how that data will be used and not used, but they don't necessarily delete your data after you've canceled your subscription and moved on. Many sites keep the profiles and related data long after you've left the service; some won't delete it unless you ask -- and others never delete it at all.
  • Social media company can't stop making email blunders

    Posted January 23, 2009 - 8:45 am

    Rock You is a popular social media company that provides apps and widgets for such blockbuster sites as Facebook and MySpace. They’ve won awards, have sucessfully raised millions in capital and appear to be a rising star. Too bad they are completely clueless about email etiquette. Really, really clueless.
  • Top 10 tech embarrassments you'll want to avoid

    Posted December 18, 2008 - 6:06 pm

    Thanks to the ease, speed, and reach of technology, we now have the potential to be bigger doofuses in front of more people than at any other time in history. Here are ten examples of real people who have been shamed by technology, along with some ways you can avoid a similar fate -- lest you end up in articles like this one.
  • Deleting your digital past -- for good

    Posted November 17, 2008 - 11:59 am

    As time goes by, more of us are being tailed by some little thing out there on the Web, an awful bit that emerges when someone Googles our names, a black mark that we'd like to erase before a colleague or a prospective employer sees it. Is it possible for an ordinary person to get some damaging tidbit entirely erased from the Web?

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