All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘EPIC’

Uber: We Don’t Collect Background Location Data, But We Might at Some Point

On July 15, Uber is putting a new privacy statement into effect, and part of it is raising some eyebrows. A few paragraphs down in the new policy, under the heading “Collection of Information”, you’ll find this: Location Information: When you use the Services for transportation or delivery, we collect precise location data about the trip from the Uber app …

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Colin Farrell: Son is “Amazing Boy”

Colin Farrell braved the cold weather in New York City to walk the red carpet for his film’s–Winter’s Tale–premiere, but it’s his brave son he gushes about and holds even nearer and dearer to his heart. Farrell’s 10-year-old son James has Angelman Syndrome, a genetic disorder that can impair movement, balance and speech. “James is an absolute stud,” he said …

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NSA Supreme Court Ruling: Spying Will Continue

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, also known as EPIC, skipped lower federal courts and took their petition against the NSA straight to the Supreme Court. They claimed that a secret federal court improperly authorized the government to collect electronic records from telecom giant Verizon and leading Internet companies, including Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo and Facebook. The court denied the petition …

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‘Infinity Blade III’ Launching With iOS 7

Today’s big Apple iPhone presentation was notable for being far from surprising. Nearly all of the leaks and rumors floating around about the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C were proven true this afternoon. One of the only surprises of the conference was when Donald Mustard, co-founder of video game developer ChAIR, took to the stage. Mustard announced that Infinity Blade …

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Gears of War: Judgment Season Pass Includes Permanent Double XP

Epic Games today announced the details of its “Season Pass” DLC bundle for Gears of War: Judgment. For 1600 Microsoft Points ($20), gamers will get two DLC packs that will be made up of six multiplayer maps, two new multiplayer modes, and exclusive armor and weapon skins. Purchasers of the Season Pass will also get early access to new multiplayer …

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Epic Opens an Online Store Just in Time For Christmas

Epic Games, the creators of the Gears of War series and the Unreal game engine, today launched an online store to sell merchandise related to its games and brands. The items being sold in the Epic store are exclusive, and can’t be found in other stores. We’re excited to launch Epic’s official store and provide our loyal fans apparel and …

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Epic Games President Steps Down to Advisory Role

Mike Capps, president of Epic Games, announced this week that he will be leaving his position and stepping down to an advisory role within the company. He will also remain on Epic’s board of directors. This announcement comes just two months after design director Cliff Bleszinski announced that he would be leaving Epic. While the reason for Bleszinski’s departure was …

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Unreal Engine 3 Demoed on a Windows 8 Tablet

If you’ve been following the news leading up to the IFA conference this week in Berlin, you might think the trade show was meant as a venue for Sony and Samsung product announcements. As much as Windows 8 has been bashed as a desktop operating system, it’s widely acknowledged that the platform is an excellent interface for tablet devices. And …

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Search Engines Owed Same Free Speech Protections As CNN, Claims Google Report

In a new report commissioned by Google that examines the scope of free speech that should be permitted to search engines, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, who authored the report, says that search engines should be regarded as media companies, akin to how CNN and the New York Times are media companies. In that respect, the report asserts that search …

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Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Debut Trailer

The first trailer for Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two has been released today. The game features some new aspects, along with some recurring points that made the original so good. It will be available for PS3 and XBox 360 for the first time; the first installment was for Wii exclusively. It will feature voice acting, something the original …

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EPIC Files Emergency Appeal Against Google

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a consumer watchdog group, has just appealed a court ruling in a Google privacy case, in which they’d asked that the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google’s latest privacy policy changes. On February 18th, EPIC’s initial request was denied by federal court, after the FTC basically told them to mind their own business, citing …

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Safari User Sues Google Over Tracking Debacle

In a turn of events that should surprise no one, a Safari user has filed suit against Google over recent news that the search giant had circumvented privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser. Matthew Soble of Illinois has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Delaware. The suit alleges that “default privacy settings on the web browser software… known as …

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FTC Responds To EPIC Google Privacy Suit

Two weeks ago we brought you news that the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a privacy watchdog, had filed suit against the Federal Trade Commission to compel the agency to block the planned rollout of Google’s new unified privacy policy, scheduled to go into effect March 1. Google responded quickly to the suit, saying that “EPIC is wrong on the …

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Google’s New Privacy Policy: Danny Sullivan Provides Insight

In January, Google announced that it was overhauling its more than 60 privacy policies and replacing them with one. As Alma Whitten, Google’s Director of Privacy in Product and Engineering, wrote in the announcement, the idea is to create a “beautifully simple, intuitive user experience across Google.”

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Google Responded To the FTC On Privacy Issues Before EPIC Sued

Yesterday we brought you news that the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) had filed a federal suit against the FTC in order to block Google’s switch to a new, unified privacy policy that would cover all their services. EPIC claimed that the new policy violated a 2011 consent order that prohibited Google from combining user data without consent. Google, however, …

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EPIC Google Privacy Suit Gets Expedited

Yesterday we brought you news that the Electronic Privacy Information Center had filed suit against the Federal Trade Commission to force them to block Google’s controversial new privacy policy, set to roll out on March 1. EPIC claims that the privacy policy violates an order issued in October 2011 preventing Google from combining user data without consent. Google responded quickly, …

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Google Responds To EPIC Lawsuit

Earlier this afternoon we brought you news that the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) had filed suit against the FTC to block the rollout of Google’s new privacy policy. EPIC claims that the new policy violates a consent order entered into by Google in October 2011. That order dealt with Google Buzz, and prevented Google from combining user data. EPIC …

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Privacy Watchdog EPIC Sues To Block Google’s New Privacy Policy

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed suit to block Google’s new unified privacy policy. They claim that the new policy violates a consent order issued in October of 2011 concerning Google’s short-lived Google Buzz social network. The order prevents Google from combining user data without consent. EPIC filed their suit against the Federal Trade Commission in federal court …

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Google Search Plus Your World May Draw FTC Complaint

EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, is reportedly considering filing a complaint with the United States Federal Trade Commission over Google’s new “Search Plus Your World” features. In an interview with the LA Times, EPIC’s executive director Marc Rotenberg said the group may file a complaint. The group has done so in the past, with regards to Google’s inclusion of …

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Facebook Timeline Violates FTC Settlement, Says One Privacy Group

Does Facebook have some more FTC trouble on the horizon? If one privacy organization gets its way, Facebook’s shift the the Timeline will be anything other than frictionless. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC (yeah, EPIC), has sent a letter to the FTC asking that they look into Facebook’s new Timeline feature and whether or not it violates the …

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Watchdog Group Calls For Stronger Online Child Privacy Law

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing today about issues surrounding the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and if it should be updated to address online data collection practices, social networks, and the mobile web.

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Google Getting Wrong Kind Of Buzz

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that Google’s new social networking service Buzz violates federal consumer protection law.

The EPIC complaint calls on the Trade Commission to require Google to make the Buzz service fully opt-in, to stop using Gmail users’ private address book contacts to gather social networking lists, and to give Google users more control over their personal data.

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